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Old 10-19-2010, 06:43 AM   #1
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Asbestos Exterior Shingles! Can they be cleaned and painted?


My wife inherited her Great Uncles house. It is covered with asbestos shingles, MOST are in good shape. We were going to cover with vinyl siding, (getting estimates this week), but was wondering if they could be cleaned and painted? The house was built in the 60's and there probably hasn't been ANYTHING done to the exterior since.

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Can they be? yes

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Can they be? yes
Thank You! Would it be worth it? as opposed to removal of shingles and replaced with vinyl siding?
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I myself havenít painted asbestos shingles but I know they can be painted and they hold up very well. The first thing you need to do is wash the shingles down to remove dirt and mildew. Jomax house wash by zinsser is good product to use and all you need is a pump up garden sprayer and a hose to use this product. You do not want to scrape or sand the shingles directly as you could release asbestos but otherwise you will be fine. Allow the shingles to dry for a couple of sunny days before you start to paint them. Then you will need to prime the shingles with an exterior acrylic primer, such as Duron Bond-N-Seal or any good exterior primer and then finish with 2 coats of either flat or satin acrylic house paint, such as Duron Weather shield or any good exterior acrylic paint. You might need at least two coats of finish to get an even look as it has been many years that the shingles were exposed to the elements and with the two coats the paint job will last that much longer so you do not have to re-apply it anytime soon.
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A useful discussion of options at asbestos sided properties:

https://www.insandoutsbooks.com/main...9/Default.aspx

Typical installation instructions for installing vinyl over asbestos siding:

http://www.certainteed.com/additiona...s/docs/528.pdf

Replacement siding for some of the common asbestos siding patterns:

http://www.gaf.com/Other-Building-Pr...nt-Siding.aspx

One product I've seen recommended by experienced painting contractors to stabilize asbestos siding prior to painting:

http://www.ugl.com/pdf/DRYLOK%20Maso...20Brochure.pdf

A discussion of asbestos siding history and maintenance:

http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/tps/r...tosarticle.htm
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Thanks again Mike, more great advice and great links!

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