Lead paint, old clapboards, honoring history
I purchased an 1860 house in Beacon, NY, with 1820 masonry. The aim is to honor the history of the structure while updating the materials where needed with products free of fossil fuels.
A major challenge at this stage is the clapboard. It’s slathered with lead paint, of course. The issue is how to move ahead: figure out a way to remove the lead paint and apply a coat of 50-50 pine tar-raw linseed OR cut losses, remove the old clapboard, replace with cedar clapboard, and apply 50-50 pine tar-raw linseed OR suck it up, paint over the lead paint with decent lead-free paint, and embrace compromise.
A few more points:
– we removed the asbestos siding already
– vapor permeability must be maintained throughout system
– no space between the balloon frame and the clapboard
– plan for envelope is clapboard, Airkrete, and a mag board TBD
A major concern with painting over the lead paint is vapor permeability. It seems to be the option involving the lowest financial outlay; however, it may not meet permeability requirements.
Thank you for your consideration.
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