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Old 12-24-2011, 01:42 PM   #1
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Old house built in 1910's. Sanding off inside window frames in prep for painting. Found some flat head nails under previous layer of paint---about the size of roofing nail heads. Have no idea if these are structural or someone just tried to hang curtains.

Would you try to dig these out, or try to pound them in deeper and cover, or what? Afraid they will rust and bleed through latex paint later. Just curious if there is a best way to do this.

Just started painting whole house and expect to find more of these later.

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Prime them with Zin 123- it is actually a good metal primer, besides being a great bonding primer.

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Sanding old paint probably means "lead", try a search in white box at top of every page or "Google" it.....

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Thanks! Yes I'm aware of possibility of lead. So Zin-123 takes care of the bleeding. What about protruding? I guess I'm just being too picky.

Speaking of nails, here's another one (a big one). Now why would someone do that to picture rail molding? To hang a picture, I guess. Ha! I think I'm going to try to hacksaw it off at the base and sink it. It has already split the molding.

Update: I got this last one out using a chunk of 2x4 to pry against. Minimal damage. Yay!!!



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