Repainting one choice for texture coat removal
"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, Angie's List member
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Pittsburgh area Henry Webber, owner of highly rated Master Brush Painting in McMurray, Pa., says it's hard to diagnose the situation without seeing the home, but he can safely say she needs to strip it off or laminate over it.
"A masonry brick with texture coat over it can be taken off with chemicals or sandblasting and intensive power washing," Webber says.
"But I'm skeptical if that would work [in her case]. If it's a new house with soft stucco material, you can't do anything without laminating it."
Webber says laminating - covering up - the surface would be the best bet cost-wise, because stripping, repairing and repainting can be more expensive than stucco.
Webber says to consider these factors: the surface underneath, the home's age, whether the surface has been covered up before and why the texture coat was applied in the first place.
He says there could be damage underneath, and you would want to find out before adding more weight to the frame of the home.
Even before new EPA lead regulations, Webber says "Very few people remove old paint; it's easier just to go over it."
He also says the exterior can look just as good if you remove loose surfaces and recoat it. "Just bury it," Webber says. "And make sure what you scrape off is disposed of properly."