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03:35PM | 04/02/03
Member Since: 04/01/03
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My home is 50 years old and has asbestos shingles. Needless to say, the house needs a paint job. What do I need to do? Can you even paint these things? Help!!!!


12:11AM | 04/03/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
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Yes you can paint them and they hold very well.
The first thing you need to do is wash the shingles down to remove dirt and mildew. Jomax is good product to use and all you need is a pump up garden sprayer and a hose to use this product. You do not want to scrape or sand the shingles directly as you could release asbestos but otheriwse you will be fine. Allow the shingles to dry for a couple of sunny days before you start to paint them. Then you will need to prime the shingles with an exterior acrylic primer, such as Duron Bond-N-Seal and finish with 2 coats of either a flat or satin acrylic house paint, such as Duron Weathershield. I feel that you will need to coats of finish to get an even look if it has been many years since it has been paint or even it if never and the paint job will last longer also.
Happy painting.


01:35PM | 04/03/03
Member Since: 02/03/03
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I beg to differ on the primer. Asbestos shingles chalk badly - even after a power wash - you are likely not going to be able to remove it all.

Latex products won't stick to chalk - alkyds will. Use an exterior oil primer - and two coats of 100 Acrylic Latex topcoat.....

Mr. Paint


01:09AM | 04/05/03
Member Since: 07/28/02
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The primer i reccomended is modified with an alkyd resin and will stick to slightly caulky surfaces, but if you can't get that product you do your own by adding EB (Emulsa-Bond) by the Flood Company to an acrylic primer and that will work great. That way you will not have to deal with an oil based paint and all the clean up and disposal of the dirty thinner.


12:35PM | 08/09/07
Member Since: 08/08/07
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Some of the asbestos shingles laminate is flaking. Is there any way to prevent this?


04:24AM | 09/17/09
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I read the advice about how to paint the asbestos shingles, but I am concerned. The shingles are extremely snug against one another. If I paint them as suggested (2 coats of primer) and then 1 or 2 coats of house paint, the entire outside of the house will be extremely sealed. Won't the exterior paint start to blister / bubble as interior moisture tries to escape, regardless of how good the paint is? In fact, won't the problem be worse with better paint?


04:25PM | 09/22/09
Member Since: 07/28/02
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You should apply only one coat of primer as that is all you need, as anymore is just a waste. Then you can apply one or two coats of finish paint over the primer and if is badly weathered the two coat route will be best for the long haul. The house will not be sealed up to tight as acrylic paint allow moisture to escape not hold it in. No the problem will not be worse with a better product as on an exterior you want the better resin package for long term durability.

Hope this helps out.

valerie ward

06:09PM | 03/24/14
Member Since: 03/24/14
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I really hope your suggestions work well, I am a single mothere and my twelve year old son and I are preparing to paint the house, the previous owners had attempted this, but the paint in peeling, apparently they had not investigated the situation. If there are any more suggestions please let me know. Thanz


10:18AM | 05/29/14
I painted my 70 yr old house with BEHR Premium Plus 1 Multi-Surface Primer and Sealer Exterior 2 yrs ago. It is blistering like crazy now. I washed the house and let the shingles dry in the sun for a few days first as well. Acrylic exterior did not stick. I am trying oil base next time. At $40 a gallon you would think it would stick.


10:56AM | 09/07/14
In New Orleans the problem with abestos tiles is mildew. Has anyone tried twp mildew sealer? We just brushed it on a section of tile after cleaning as much mildew off as possible and it looks pretty good. Oil has worked the best as far as not flaking off but mildew bleeds through.


07:52PM | 08/17/15
so if i prime the absestos shingles with oil based primer? do i get just an exterior oil based primer? and if i do get an oil based primer what kind of paint would i get i would rather not used an oil based paint if possible please help with this


07:56PM | 08/17/15
also one more question if the shingles are already white and i'm painting them (asbestos shingles) do i need to prime them? i'm painting the shingles the same color


06:21AM | 08/18/15
I've painted mine years ago and they still look great. No primer.Just exterior latex paint that was compatible with masonry surfaces. Make sure you use a latex based paint so it will breath.You don't need a primer. Larry


02:32PM | 09/19/15
Good afternoon. I am the proud owner of a 90 year old house covered in asbestos shingles! Underneath, I am fairly certain, are cedar shakes. The top layer of asbestos shingles were white and chalky when I purchased the house 11 years ago.
I attempted to have the house painted 6 years ago, then touched up in 2013 as the paint was peeling in large swathes.
I am attempting to have it painted again, but would like to avoid the peeling this time.
I have read conflicting comments on this topic. Help!!


01:59AM | 10/20/15
We cleaned all mold and mildew off using TSP. Followed with bleach and water. Followed by water. Let it dry.
Used the EB additive in the primer and the first coat as directed by the MAB "experts". 2nd coat was without EB additive.

The next spring, the east side of the house began to blister ... and bubble.

The MAB "experts" came and looked and said all they could do is give me some replacement paint for the east side.

The west side fared better, but still didn't hold up more than about 3 years. Ditto for the north side. Only one area has held up fairly well.

Every couple of years more paint slides of.

Considered enamel spray paint LOL. (well sort of LOL ... except I'm not laughing).

I have lost all desire to "do it right". This year I got the idea to try KILZ 2 as the primer since it is appropriate for use on "masonry". Am just cleaning the mildew/mold off the areas that have bubbled or peeled off, slapping some KILZ 2 on just that area, and painting without any EB. Can't last any less time than "doing it right" did! KILZ 2 recommends covering the whole area with it for an even appearance, but if the paint is going to bubble off another area ... why bother?

I'm thinking the oil base paint is a good idea. Maybe I should experiment on the back side of the garage?

VERY FRUSTRATING! If I could do it all over ... I would choose to do NOTHING. Back before starting this the house had an interesting rainbow of mold ... there was black, light green, dark green, orange, and red. One first time visitor commented that the inside of my home was a lot nicer than they expected based on the outside appearance. I responded to this tactless observation saying, "That is my home security system. Potential robbers look at the outside and skip it!"


08:04AM | 06/27/19
Wow, I'm better off just removing my abspestoes siding and replacing it with vyinl or aluminum. I don't have money to waste. I'm buying a 1900 year old house and as BV009272 Oct 20 2015 | 01:59am said the inside is like a mini mansion but outside looks like its abandoned. Lol


01:48PM | 07/22/19
I’d the paint is peeling in an asbestos sided house, I know you can’t scrape it, is it safe to peel what you can by hand ? There is a dusty chalkiness present?


03:48AM | 09/17/19
OMGOODNESS!!! Can I just say that these chat rooms are so much more helpful when theres either just one answer or all the answers agree with one another... I thought I knew what the plan was but now, not so much! And the only reason I’m painting my house built in 1890 is because if I don’t, good ole Farmers is going to cancel the policy that I’ve had with them for close to 14 years! Now that’s thanks for being a loyal customer for ya!

Bottom line, I’m going to lightly pressure wash my house to clean any and all debris and mold, then I plan on priming it with a 100% acrylic latex primer (just once) and following that with a layer of 100% acrylic latex paint. The original color of the house was white. The newbie who flipped it and that I bought it from decided to paint it the color of mint ice cream with a horrible beige trim. My dilemma is whether I go back to the white with white trim in satin paint or continue with the unsightly colors it is now. I’m a single mom with three kids and sadly don’t have the extra fund to try one and then the other. I know for a fact that I really do not like these colors nor do I like the flat paint but what’s a poor person to do??? Any bright ideas or amazing money saving suggestions?

Oh, one more thing... there is a small (1-1/2” triangular) piece of siding that is hanging on to my house. Can this be glued with a hot glue gun or super glue? Is there anyway to repair this little piece? Other then this one piece, the rest of my siding is like new (for lack of better descriptive terminology)!

Thanks in advance for your help! I need to have this done by the 20th of next month...



03:19PM | 06/02/20
When we did a test strip of painting white on white asbestos shingles, the paint turned slightly orange. Will using a primer prevent this bleed through?


06:08PM | 05/04/21
I painted my house 15 years ago..only one coat of California latex paint and I am going to do it again this year.


05:36PM | 11/27/21
I too have asbestos shingles and trying to decide what coating to use. It seems the decision of what primer and/or paint to use should be based on the fact that you're not really painting asbestos shingles; you're really painting all the paint layers on top of it. So the question should be What do you coat painted asbestos shingles with?


05:56PM | 02/26/22
Folks, Everyone here is missing a very important fact. The old asbestos shingles from the 1950's are primarily concrete. Essentially they are masonry and require a masonry-epoxy paint if you want to do it right.


05:56PM | 02/26/22
Folks, Everyone here is missing a very important fact. The old asbestos shingles from the 1950's are primarily concrete. Essentially they are masonry and require a masonry-epoxy paint if you want to do it right.


05:56PM | 02/26/22
Folks, Everyone here is missing a very important fact. The old asbestos shingles from the 1950's are primarily concrete. Essentially they are masonry and require a masonry-epoxy paint if you want to do it right.

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