Painting wood siding, there must be a better way.

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    Aug 05, 2008 1:52 AM GMT
    Argh!!! I have an adorable 80 year old house with wood siding. I have spent the afternoon with a heat gun scraping off all the old flaking paint, for a smooth prep surface.

    This is tedious with only one side of the house done.

    Any other faster ideas?
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    Aug 05, 2008 2:24 AM GMT
    There are some products on the market that are like waxing for your body, but for a house instead. You paint on this "goo" and then put on a paper and rip it off. It's especially useful for rough surfaces like brick, etc... I've seen them use it on tv with great success (like on home improvement shows). I'd give it a google and see what comes up.
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    Aug 05, 2008 3:39 PM GMT
    26mileman saidArgh!!! I have an adorable 80 year old house with wood siding. I have spent the afternoon with a heat gun scraping off all the old flaking paint, for a smooth prep surface.

    This is tedious with only one side of the house done.

    Any other faster ideas?


    I'm presently stripping my stained cedar-sided house to prep it for restaining using a 1750 psi pressure washer. It has worked great for my situation, but I'm not sure how effective it would be on a painted (vs stained) surface and a wood other than cedar. In my case, I tried a friend's before I bought mine to see how well it would work.

    Note: Don't go too high on the pressure capability as excessively high pressures can strip away the wood as well.