10:42AM | 05/07/05
Member Since: 05/06/05
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I am thinking of buying a home with 68 year old asbestos siding. The inspector said that every shingle is intact and in great shape. Because of its durability and its in great shape, I've been told that the worst thing to do is touch it. However, I am going to use a low setting power wash to clean the siding and then paint it. What types of primers and paints should I use with asbestos-cement siding? Any specific type or techniques?

Thanks, Tim


11:25AM | 05/07/05
Member Since: 07/01/03
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The paint method is the same as for current cement based siding (i.e. Hardie). A good quality exterior 100% acrylic is best. The material holds paint very well and has minimal expansion and contraction. Expect to get good, long lasting results. This siding is especially easy to paint with an airless spray and requires minimal back-brushing or rolling.

Work with your paint store for a primer/finish system for cement siding. I have a contractor account with Kelley Moore and would use 247 Chem-Guard Acrylic Masonry Primer and finish with 1240 Acry-Shield Acrylic Flat, 1245 Acry-Velvet Low Sheen, or 1250 Acry-Lustre Semi Gloss. Similar products can be purchased from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Valspar (*****) and others.
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