Exterior Painting – Sanding Cedar Shingles

When you paint the exterior of a home, the most important part of the paint job is the prep work you do before painting.  If the base coat of your exterior paint job has failed and is peeling, the only way to make the next paint job last is to sand your shingles down to the bare wood.

EPA Lead Safe CertifiedAs of 2010, the EPA has new and strict requirements when disturbing lead-based paint.  Unfortunately, New Jersey has very old housing stock and most of our houses were built before 1978 when residential lead-based paint was banned at the national level.  (NJ banned residential lead-based paint in 1973) Monk’s Home Improvements is EPA certified in handling

Monk’s Home Improvements is EPA certified in handling lead-based paint.  Fortunately for us, our painting roots extend back to Maplewood NJ.  In the early 1990’s, Robert Roe, the health inspector from Maplewood, NJ implemented and enforced the toughest lead sanding laws in NJ.  With the exception of the paperwork requirements, the new sanding laws are very similar to the way we have been sanding houses for the last 20 years.

Process for Sanding Cedar Shingles

When sanding lead-based paint off the cedar siding, we tape and seal all the windows, doors and vents with plastic. Monk’s painters cover the ground and mark off the area with caution tape.  We remove the lead-based paint with HEPA-vac sanders, which contain about 80% of the dust.  Lastly, we use blue tarps to help knock down the dust.  The blue tarps are actually not required by the new EPA RRP law but are very helpful in controlling how clean the job site is.

Days One and Two

Prep work and sanding is completed.

Exterior Sanding
Exterior Sanding

 

Hazard tape is used to restrict access to the job site. Plastic on all the windows and doors helps to keep the dust out of the house.

Exterior Sanding - Lead Hazard Tape
Exterior Sanding – Lead Hazard Tape
Exterior Sanding - taped windows
Exterior Sanding – taped windows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Day 3

After the sanding, we use the HEPA vac to vacuum up any remaining chips or dust around the house and then power wash the house to remove any dust on the shingles.  At this point the house is clean and the lead dust is gone.

Exterior Painting After Sanding
Exterior Painting After Sanding

 

Days 4 through 7

After the house is clean and the lead dust is removed, we then; prime the house with an oil based primer, fill any nail holes, caulk the seams and corners and then apply two top coats of paint.  One this particular house, we used Duration Paint from Sherwin-Williams and then left the extra gallons in the basement for the homeowner.  We prefer a satin finish on the siding to help prevent mildew and to allow for easier cleaning in the future.  This house did not have any carpentry repairs and we were able to go straight from sanding to priming.

Exterior Painting - Duration Paint from Sherwin-Williams
Extra Duration paint left in the basement for the homeowner.
Sanding Cedar Shingles
Exterior Painting, Sanded Cedar Shingles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Completed Job

This is what our finished sanding job looks like:

Cedar shingles after sanding, priming and two coats of paint
Cedar shingles after sanding, priming and two coats of paint

 

The house is finished and the yard is clean and free from paint chips.

 

No paint chips - Completed exterior paint job
No paint chips – Completed exterior paint job
No paint chips - Completed exterior paint job
No paint chips – Completed exterior paint job

Day 7 – the house is turned back over to the homeowner!

House is complete
House is complete

If you are considering painting the exterior of your home, we would love the opportunity to discuss your project with you.

Please call Monk’s at 973-635-7900 to schedule your free estimate today!

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