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Starting Fresh for Long-Lasting Paint

Starting fresh for a long-lasting paint job.

Did you know that eventually historic linseed oil paints need to be stripped from the exterior of a house? The natural chemical reaction that allows liquid linseed oil to become a solid film, making it a useful vehicle for paint pigments, never stops. Eventually, this causes the oil film to become brittle and start cracking and separating from the base material.

It can be a century or more before the first layer of paint begins to fail in a significant way, especially if it has been repainted regularly. Once it begins in earnest, the only good way to get a lasting paint job on the house is to remove all the paint back to wood and start over.

Infrared heat for siding and professional-strength soy gel stripper for moldings are my preferred methods, but all commonly used methods are explained in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.” Lead safe information is also covered.

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