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.
As 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.
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.
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.
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.
This is what our finished sanding job looks like:
The house is finished and the yard is clean and free from paint chips.
Day 7 – the house is turned back over to the homeowner!
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!