Houston paint expert says siding may solve bad texture

Houston paint expert says siding may solve bad texture

"My 2,200-square-foot house has a horrible texture coat all over it. I'm thinking about having the texture coat removed, and then painting the house. But I can't find anyone to remove the texture coat. One contractor said it couldn't be sandblasted because that would damage the underlying wood. Help!"
- Susan Riess

The remedy depends on the age of the home, according to Ron Forest, owner of A-rated Carnival Custom Painting in Spring, Texas.

"If the home was built before 1978, lead paint might be a problem," he says.

If lead is found, removing the texture coat becomes more expensive and time-consuming. New EPA lead safety guidelines require certain actions, such as isolating the site with plastic sheeting and equipping workers with protective suits and respirators.

However, removing the texture coat isn't the only option.

"You could use a bonding primer and add a new layer of texture coat over it," Forest says.

Another option that may be more efficient in time and money would be to upgrade to a siding material, according to Steve Turner of Turner Enterprises, a highly rated painting company in Houston.

"You could change the whole look of the house by putting new siding over it," he says.

Forest agrees: "Going over it with a new material like siding might be cheaper and an easier fix."


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