window sills


Old 12-22-01, 04:06 AM
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window sills

How do I repair scratched, chipped and heavily painted window sills in a 60 year old house? The trim is to be repainted and I really do not want to strip or sand as I do not know what kind of paint may be underneath.
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Old 12-22-01, 04:46 AM
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Unfortunately, painting over scratched, chipped and heavily built-up paint is not going to look good (or last) without scraping and sanding it smooth or stripping off the old.
With a 60-year-old home, there may well be lead-based paint underneath all of those layers, but if you use gloves and a mask, you should be able to remove it safely.
You might want to ask the pros for tips over the Painting forum.
Good Luck!
Old 01-02-02, 05:06 AM
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This this an interior sill? Think about replacing it; this is classic lead poisoning opportunity. Remove the original sill carefully to use a a template for the new one.

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