Ancient cedar siding

Old 09-17-05, 08:45 PM
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Ancient cedar siding

I have an 100-year old house with Cedar shingle siding which has been covered for the last 50 or so years by asphalt and tar paper. The old asphalt siding is in bad shape and I'm taking it off. The cedar looks Ok but has some kind of green paint resedue. Is it worth restoring or should I just take it off and start over? Any ideas?
Old 09-18-05, 09:11 AM
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Ancient cedar siding

First and foremost is the lead issue in the colorant on the old shingles. You better find out, as lead will be absorbed through the skin via airborn particles not to mention breathing it in. So even if you decide to remove the old shingles, you better answer the question before kicking up a cloud of leaded dust !!!!
I just finished my own cedar shingle, siding job and learned after the fact that the life of the shingles won't be extended by any surface treatment.That's purely for cosmetic purposes. So, if there is no lead issue to deal with, just leave the shingles up and let them continue with a natural patina. EZway

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