Inglewood-Finn Hill Key Lime Raised Rambler

T111 Siding Raised Rambler in Bothell

"Even T111 Siding can look yummy if it's painted right!"

Client: Rick M.

City: Bothell

Neighborhood: Inglewood – Fin Hill

Date Completed: July, 2005

Date of photo: October, 2009

Products: Peel-Stop primer, Benjamin Moore brand Moorelife premium exterior paint in flat finish.

Methods: T-111 is not the most¬†glamorous of siding materials, but with the right coat of paint it can almost look attractive. This Inglewood post-war-box raised rambler had widespread adhesion problems on all but the north side of the house. A combination of wire-brushing and scraping took about half of the paint off of these surfaces. But the problem was that the peel patterns were not uniform. The failing paint came off in a kind of checkerboard pattern, the “squares” of which were as small as a quarter inch wide. This kind of failing paint pattern in not uncommon with T-111 siding. As the siding weathers it bends and flexes along vertical lines, creating tiny cracks in the siding which create cracks in the paint along these same lines. When water enters these cracks and freezes and thaws during the winter, the paint peels in the very same patterns.

So when half the paint has failed and been removed, and half the paint retains a good bond and cannot easily be removed, what do you do? The answer is basically to “glue” the remaining paint in place and seal up the tiny vertical cracks that led to the “gator skin” peeling in the first place. ¬†For this, Step Up Painting turns to a line of products called “adhesive primers”. In this case we used “Peel-Stop”, a viscous, thin, milky primer than goes on white and dries clear. On this project we applied approximately 15 gallons of Peel-Stop with airless sprayers, back-rolled the primer to work it into the cracks, and followed up with the application of two thick coats Benjamin Moore brand MooreLife premium flat finish exterior paint, in Key Lime! The above picture was taken over four years after the project was finished, proof that the methods we employed in 2005 are still working. . .


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