Prep for Applying Exterior Stain

Old 05-20-00, 08:15 PM
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I'm planning to apply a solid color stain to the wooden exterior of our 80 year old house. Can someone offer advise on surface preparation? It now has multiple coats of paint, including lead-based. Do I have to go back to bare wood, and is some kind of primer needed? And which is better, oil or latex based stain?
Old 05-23-00, 08:05 AM
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I would be necessary to go to the bare wood. Since lead based paint exists, removal should be performed by a lead abatement contractor (not inexpensive). The potential consequences (health-wise and monetarily) of self removal aren't worth the risk. A typical option: encaptuale...after that the surface may be painted.

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