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Old 04-10-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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I will be painting an old Farmhouse after I replace one or two exterior walls. The walls are made of shiplap. A number of questions, if you please. Should I paint the new boards befor I install them or after they are all in place? For the existing or remaining walls that aren't being replaced, what is the best way to paint them? ... By brush, roller and brush or spray. The building is about 100 years old and is about 20 feet to the peak. The colors will be yellow with whith accent trims. Any advice is appreciated.
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It's always preferable to get at least prime and one coat on while on the ground, it saves the climbing and is faster. Just make sure, if unprimed, that you brush the primer in well. Work it into the pores. You could do both coats and touch up any damage. Will fasteners be visible? It's also a good idea to back prime any wood before installation with a quality oil base primer/sealer to prevent moisture transfer from the back side through the front. As to painting the rest, it's a matter of what is most effective and efficient.

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Thanks Joe. Should both sides of the boards be painted? I think that the back side (out of sight) should be left natural to allow for the wood to "dry out". No? What about these paints that suggest they don't require primers, any good or not worth the convenience? Any other hints are appreciated.
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Thanks Joe. Should both sides of the boards be painted? I think that the back side (out of sight) should be left natural to allow for the wood to "dry out". No? What about these paints that suggest they don't require primers, any good or not worth the convenience? Any other hints are appreciated.
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Backprime. If any moisture gets trapped behind the siding, you don't want it absorbed by the raw siding where it can be pulled through the front taking the paint with it. It's a vapor barrier. I would use a long drying, penetrating oil primer, front and back. What about the existing sides, any failure there? How are they holding up paintwise?
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Joe, The building is about 100 years old. The two walls that won't be rerplaced are in fair shape and, I think, a fresh coart of paint will enhance the appearance. It's only for show as this is a museum piece. On the two walls to be re-sided, I think I'll use a house-wrap (Tyvek or whatever) to replace what is there (I think tar paper or a cardboard paper). Because it is a show piece and a museum building, I want it to look nice and last a fair amount of time. As mentioned, the colors will be yellow with white trim. Is there a recommended paint for durability? Someone suggested Behr Premium, but I thought to ask a pro. Regards.
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Forget the Behr, PLEASE,Go to a paintstore such as Ben Moore or Sherwin Williams and get their top line exterior Acrylic paint. Just ask them.As for the priming, as Joe said ,Prime ALL sides, including the edges.
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Forget the Behr, PLEASE,Go to a paintstore such as Ben Moore or Sherwin Williams and get their top line exterior Acrylic paint. Just ask them.As for the priming, as Joe said ,Prime ALL sides, including the edges.
I'll second that. Even with a tyvek barrier, it's still good practice to back prime all wood, all six sides. I'd go with a BM or SW line as well. On the existing sides, scrape, sand, prime then finish. Good Luck.

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