My 11 year old house is located in the Pacific Northwest – on the wet side – needs repainting for the 3rd time. I worked for a painting contractor when in school and thought I knew something about preparation and good painting techniques, but I’m clearly doing something wrong. I’ve always used the best quality paint, first time Sherwin Williams and the last Benjamin Moore.
My main problems are failing paint on wood window trim and the Southwest exposed cedar siding. Earlier this year I had to replace two windows who’s wood frames had completely rotted through.
I’m interested in comments on two points – the success of the epoxy restoration products to consolidate and build up damaged wood trim, including ability to hold oil based primer and latex finish; and the advisability, after thorough bleach/TSP cleaning/power wash and needed scrapping, to do a two coat job – a complete re-prime and finish vs. just touch up prime and finish coat. I think I’ve read somewhere that a primer has better sticking capability than finish paint over old paint.
I’m not into complete paint stripping – I think I’d burn it first.
Any advice appreciated.