Texture coat removal raises lead safety issue

Texture coat removal raises lead safety issue

"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

Martin Keely, owner of highly rated Martin Keely Painting in Mequon, Wis., says stuccoing over the existing texture coat would be the easiest way to get a new look on the exterior of the home.

"There's no reason to remove the texture coat when you can just cover it up," Keely says. Keely also says you can totally strip off the texture and replace the exterior structure of the home, but that would cost more than a traditional stucco application.

"The best bet if she wants stucco or something that looks like stucco is to just leave the texture coat in place," Keely says.

Timothy Bast, owner of highly rated Bast Painting & Services in Franklin, Wis., says texture coat removal usually involves carpentry work, but it's hard to tell to what extent until you see the condition of the home.

"A lot of times, the board [under the texture coat] is weathered and damaged so it needs to be completely replaced," Bast says.

"And other times, you can scrape it off; it really just depends on the situation. There are many factors to consider, and each texture coat removal job is different."

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