11:49AM | 05/06/17
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I am going to paint the outside of my house. Actually, it's brick, so, just the wood part... eaves, fascia, soffits, gables. Has not been painted in, oh, maybe ten years. It's white paint and it's flaking. House is 58 years old. I am using a turbo nozzle on an old gasoline pressure washer I borrowed. I think it's 2200, maybe 2500 psi sprayer. The turbo nozzle seems to be doing a good job but it throws chips everywhere.

If I do not use drop cloths, how long will it take the paint chips to biodegrade? I may eventually sell this house but I doubt it will be in the next year or two. I have a couple of cheap tarps, nothing especially for painting. I don't know what kind of drop cloths/tarps to use, or if there are any tricks of the trade to using them for paint chips. I really would rather just let it fly, but wonder is this a mistake. I don't have any prize flowers or anything. A few shrubs here and there, but they will not be harmed. My brother and I painted this house before and we did not use drop cloths. Just can't remember how long it took it to degrade.
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