Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Up On The Roof

I've been stripping paint lately. 83 yrs worth of old, lead paint uncovered when I yanked down the aluminum trim earlier this summer.

The plan is to strip all of the exterior wood trim down to bare wood, treat with a borate, hit it with wood consolidator & wood epoxy where needed, prime, and paint.

The method I found that works best for me is a heat gun at a low setting to take off the multiple layers of paint.....then a follow-up with Zinsser's Strip Fast to clean off the remaining residue. This has worked pretty efficiently. I like to deal with the lead paint for as short of a period as possible. The trade-off, is I work with a pretty strong chemical.

My hope is to have the dormer bargeboard/fascia and the remaining surfaces of the front door overhang brackets stripped, treated, primed and painted by the end of the month. I'm using the same yellow paint colors that I used on my salvaged front storm door.

You can see in the photos that I've already been able to paint the little triangle of shingles on the dormer. The wood above it has been worked on with a heat gun. It just needs a final clean-up. The interior surfaces of the brackets were stripped and primed last fall to protect them from the elements. It still amazes me how rock hard this wood is, with the exception of where the old aluminum trim allowed water to sit.

Next summer I'll have to tackle the rest of the trim. Then I'll decide if I want to buy a Silent Paint Remover and, most likely, scaffolding.

Oh, and I am still waiting for the copper drip edge to be installed. The latest promised is by the end of this week. We'll see.


Derek said...

too bad some of that can't be varnished, the wood is so nice, it's a shame to paint it. I've seen houses in Vancouver like that, wouldn't last in your climate I guess. Looks great.

Our Little Bungalow said...

Hmmm well post pics of the Copper.....if you ever see it. You have me hooked by now.

Cranky Grandma said...

Dear M. Stuccohouse
You are fast becoming my bungelow guru and have a question. Do you know of any good references (blogs, www or books) for landscaping for bungelows? We also live in S. Mpls and have the quintessential S. Mpls hill as our front yard and need to something about it! One more lawn mowing of the hill and I think the hubby may shoot himself. :)

We're thinking of using stone of some sort. I keep driving around looking for good examples to copy from, but find nothing other than your typical Home Depot find. Any ideas?

Tiny Oak Park Bungalow said...

How much coffee do you drink each day? I get tired watching you go.

You would love the Silent Paint Remover! I've been using the Speedheater and it rips through paint on flat stock like nothing - and it's easy to scrape without screwing up the wood. Unfortunately most my interior trim has a lot of reveals and curves. I keep thinking I can't wait to get to my exterior - with all that flat trim and nice smooth siding but my wife would kill me if I started another job prior to finishing the bedroom.

Omar said...

Wow, looking good there! That heat gun & stripper combo seems to be working well.

StuccoHouse said...

Derek - The wood on the brackets has a nice tight old growth grain. The wood on the bargeboard/fascia is rock hard, but not that pretty. There are a few houses around here that keep the bare wood...I'm kind of a purist in that if it was painted, it's gonna stay painted. But I took a lot of photos, cuz you just doing see old growth pine like that anymore. If it makes you feel better, the inside of my house is mostly unpainted wood top to bottom :-)

Little Bungalow - Lol...*if* I ever see it is right. I called the copper guy (well, the office manager) today and told them I'm losing my patience. He's given me three different drop dead dates now....then never bothered to show for any of them.

Grandma - I'm afraid I won't be too much help to you on the landscaping end. I'm kind of at the same point you are....I've also been driving around looking for ideas. I've been filling my gardens each year with more old fashioned plants, thanks to my mom's advice....and the Friend's Sale Catalog. Have you seen the Northern Gardener? They sell it at Barnes & Noble in the regional mag. section (www.northergardener.org)...they have some pretty impressive ideas/photos/resources. I also have a list of bungalow era plants...that I got a few years ago from somone over at American Bungalow. If that sounds interesting, drop me an email at stuccohouse-at-aol-dot-com.

Tiny - Lol...I drink a LOT of coffee. Every morning starts with a latte. That said, I have been keeping an eye on your indoor work...and thought to myself a few weeks ago that if I had to deal with the detail of your interior wood....mine would stay painted :-) I've heard good things about the Silent Paint Remover. Anything for a new toy, huh?

Thanks, Omar.

Carrie said...

Hi! What a ton of work! I am soliciting your advice, as I am currently scraping the outside of my bungalow in a similar manner as you (but also using the SPR)... how do you reach the high spots on the fascia board that is on an angle (as with a gabled peak)? Once I get the ladder up it feels very unsafe to lean back from the ladder and scrape. I thought about renting a scissors lift, but they are expensive! Any suggestions?

StuccoHouse said...

Carrie - I have the same dilemma. I've been asking other people how they did their houses. I don't have a lot of faith in me or my ladder at heights. The areas I'm working on this summer are all pretty low (the dormer I can easily reach by crawling out the windows on to the roof). I've been shopping for scaffolding for next summer when I tackle the rest of the house. I've looked into renting, but I'm leaning towards buying - Fleet Farm has a set that looks quite sturdy and is pretty reasonably priced.

Carrie said...

Thank you for your suggestion! Fleet Farm is one place I didn't think about checking! I think I'd rather spend the money on that and do it myself than have someone do it when I know I won't be happy with it because I am so anal :-) Also, thank you for the storm door inspiration. My bungalow was relieved of its 1950's aluminum one and revived with a perfect 1920's one about week after yours! I was very inspired by your photos and salvage yard find!

StuccoHouse said...

I somehow stumbled on Fleet Farm. I have gone out and looked at the scaffolding they have it and looks pretty sturdy.....and reasonably easy to carry around & set up (my fear of the heavy duty rental ones). They go on sale regularily there....usually two 6' units that stack for $460....although I'm still not sure if that's tall enough.

Not a day goes by where I don't smile at my wood storm door. It changed the look of the house. Very cool that you found one too!

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