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Old 05-27-2007, 10:28 PM   #1
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My home is a 1917 four square with the original wood siding. When I bought it last summer, it was obvious that a paint job was needed in short order.

I've got some mildew to kill and clean, chalking to wash off, and scraping to do. I've read about all of these tasks, but will take any expert advice you may have.

It's the old nails rusting through that I am not completely sure what to do about. After I scrape away the rust with a wire brush, what do I seal the nails with? Do I just use primer? Should I use oil-based primer for the nails? Is there a specific sealant for this?

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You're on the right track
Dab some oil-based primer on there

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Thank you. (When I asked the paint dept. lady at Home Depot this question, she didn't know the answer. Lesson learned--go where the professionals go--not Home Depot--if you want to do your job right.)
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Glad to help
Yes, you can pretty much rest assured you will get better advice (and better products and tools) from a Paint Store rather than a paint dept.
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We are presently painting a large patio cover with a zillion 2x3 slats and large 2x10 beams, many of the fastener bolts are rusting.

We're gonna try something new, we gonna wire brush as much rust off the bolts we can then we're gonna paint them with that deep red Rust-oleum primer, we'll see how that works.
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We are presently painting a large patio cover with a zillion 2x3 slats and large 2x10 beams, many of the fastener bolts are rusting.

We're gonna try something new, we gonna wire brush as much rust off the bolts we can then we're gonna paint them with that deep red Rust-oleum primer, we'll see how that works.
Have you considered using products like these?:

http://www.interstateproducts.com/rustkiller.htm

http://www.ospho.com/
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That looks like good stuff. Now...where to find it for this week, I'll try SW first.
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RustAid for the stains, I've never used rustkiller but it's probably the same thing. Ospho, as mentioned, converts the rust to a non-reactive coating and follow up with an oil based primer. BM's Penetrating is my current favorite.

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