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repainting uprimed steel siding

Posted by Karen Tewart on November 14th, 2001 10:16 AM

I need some advice. We have an older farmhouse in SW Penn. It had steel siding put on about 23 yrs. ago. The paint has started to peel from the weather and we decided to refurbish the siding. It is white. When we had the refinisher out he informed us he couldn't guarantee the job because the steel siding had not been primed before the original coat of paint has been applied, sigh. He said his refinishing job would just flake off as the paint continued to flake off the nprimed surface underneath it. Another unhappy surprise for "this old house". We had the siding checked by a professional and it is in great shape, no need to replace it. Apparently the original owners(we are 2nd ownerw) bought top-of-the-line steel siding, just didn't bother to prime it, sigh.
We need to get this house painted. It sits on the main road in the center of a well-kept neighborhood and right now the curb appeal is quite lacking becuase of this. Does anyoe have any suggestion on how-to prepare the steel siding and existing paint job so the new paint job will stick without flaking off? Our temps here run from 89 degrees farn. to -10 degrees farn.As low as -20 farn., figuring in a blizzard condition wind chill factor. We live in a mild valley. Many thanks for any help you can give. The house looks so nice with steel, I don't want to change to vinyl.
Best Regards,
Karen Tewart

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