08:03PM | 05/29/06
Member Since: 04/11/05
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Sure this must be an old debate. About to start painting exterior of my house. Old striated asbestos shingle. Primer (probably some sort of water based ), acrylic light yellow top coat.

What"s the current view on spraying versus rollering. I've never used a sprayer before - so that might negate any of its' advantages ?

Will have to RENT a sprayer. Hot summer; might have to wear too much protective gear in the heat ?

Any thoughts ?



02:18AM | 05/31/06
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
That type of siding would be one of the easier ones to spray as with it's texture you are less likely to have runs and sags when you spray it. But it may not be worth it by the time you cover up things on your house that you don't want overspray on such as windows and the roof, also you need to be aware of your neighbors house and cars with the overspray as well. That said brushing and rolling is not all that bad on this kind of siding as you you use a long nap roller (at least 1") to apply the paint.

Before you paint you will need to wash the house to remove dirt, mildew and chalky paint if it has been painted before. Allow to dry 3 days before you start painting. The primer will be an acrlyic exterior and don't get one that is interior/exterior. For added insurance you can add a quart of Emulsa-Bond per gallon of primer to get more adhesion to the shingle or the old paint if it has been painted before. The primer should be left white if the finish is going to be a yellow as yellows don't cover all that well and you want the primer to cover as well as possible to get better coverage out of the topcoat, and plan on two coats of finish over the primer. The finish will be an acrylic in either flat or satin and should be the best the paint store has (no big box paint) as it is your best value.

Hope this helps out.
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