Backprime old clapboard – Kilz or Oil ?
I’ve ripped out a couple of interior walls down to the studs. The clapboard is nailed directly to the studs. No sheathing. House was built in 1840.
I was going to use Kilz, based on responses I’d gotten here to sealing odors from mice that had been in the wall. Today I am looking at the backside of the siding and it shows stong signs of past moisture. Now I don’t see how it could ever have gotten really that wet, so I am thinking it is from constant absorbption of humidity? The wood is a bit soft with age too. Shellac, aka Kilz, has a bad reputation in damp situations.
Edited 8/29/2004 10:18 pm ET by Cleveland_Ed