| Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise


Download our free Bridge Coating Systems eResource Book

Making History

From PWC, December 2009

by John Leeke

Painting old and historic buildings raises special issues. Here are some key considerations. Also: Working Lead Safe; Maintenance Minder; Tips and Techniques; Choosing the Right Coating (by Deborah Slaton)...
(Login to read the full article)


Tagged categories: Coating properties; Coating selection; Maintenance coating work; Paint and coatings removal; Paint application; Restoration; Surface preparation; Wood

Comment from Catherine Brooks, (3/1/2011, 9:46 AM)

It is unfortunate that John discounts the use of heat for paint removal. His recommended method of steam pushes water into the wood to make the paint release. To get the paint off, a deeper layer of wood also comes off during the scraping. As a result the gray wood surface is left feathered and usually must be sanded after a full drying step of at least 24 hours to get it smooth for repainting. I agree with John that the old methods of open torches and high heat guns (1000+ degrees)increased the risk of fire and vaporized the toxic lead in the paint. Both are now outlawed for these reasons. However, low temperature (400-600 degree) infrared heat does not generate lead vapors and has a low risk of fire when used properly (20-60 seconds on wood surfaces). In addition, the entire process using infrared heat for paint removal is safe, faster, and more protective and gentle on old wood than the steam method.

Comment from John Leeke, (3/23/2012, 10:21 AM)

The editors added a photo and the following caption to this article. I do not condone the use of power washing on older wood exteriors, nor do I advocate the use of any particular paint. John Leeke

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Nationwide Overspray
Profession Overspray Removal Services

The Finest Name in Safe Overspray Removal. We specialize in removing all contaminants from any surface. Family Owned and Operated for 33 years! Fully insured. Satisfaction is guaranteed.

Graco Inc.
Graco Mortar Pump

The M680 sprays epoxy-based mortars, anti-skid coatings, cementitious and filled materials. Compact.
Easy to use.
Call 877-844-7226 or

Absolute Equipment/Grand Rental Station
Portable Power from Absolute Equipment

•Lighting Systems
•Light Compaction
Sales • Rental • Service
Call 1-866-931-6655
Over a century of
providing excellence.

Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors

Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.

Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.

SABRE Autonomous Solutions
Safety, Productivity, Quality. Robotic Blasting

Learn how this simple to use, field deployed, automatic robot is eliminating hazards in major confined, cluttered and complex surface preparation projects.

Built for Tough Jobs

From Epoxies to Urethanes to other high solid coatings, the new Binks Airless 75 delivers a great finish using an ergonomic design. Visit for more information.

Atlantic Design, Inc.

what we did to this machine! Let ADI upgrade your machine, extending the life, efficiency, and value. Any make. Like new, but better! 866.Call.ADI

Novatek Corporation
Dustless Coatings Removal

Strip it, clean it, and profile it,
all dust free! High production
rates and Blast like finishes.
Comply with new lead

Abrasives Inc.
One Call Orders it All!

Life is good when it’s simple. We distribute Clemco blast equipment, nozzles & parts alongside our proven blast media. Make your call: Abrasives Inc. 800-584-7524

Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker

EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us

© Copyright 2000-2015, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail