A reader's Asbestos question: Asbestos siding painting?
Robert K. from Horsham, United States had this Asbestos siding painting question.Following on from the question about asbestos siding cleaning I have added this extra few tips on painting the siding.
To steal a line from the real estate industry, the three most important things in painting are "Preparation, Preparation and Preparation".
You need to fill up any cracks, damaged areas and slightly open joints. The reason is twofold, first the whole idea of painting is to provide protection from water ingress, to stop further deterioration and second and less import is to make it look good.
You will find that time spent doing filling work will not only give you a better job by holding potentially loose pieces, but the finished job will look better. As a bonus you will save time when painting by not having to continually go back and dab in more paint into open joints.
A couple of paint manufacturers here in Australia produce top class premier acrylic exterior grade paint products that are advertised as "no primer required". That is, the paint can be applied directly to most clean building surfaces. Wood, cement based products and most metals without using a primer. This type of paint is excellent for asbestos siding painting.
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