Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Some Noteworthy Painting Begins

I'm finally starting to paint the fiber cement siding I installed on the back of the house last year. It's been long overdue and fortunately the factory prime coat has held up really well so I shouldn't need to do a re-prime, except for where the cuts are. Also needing to be done is caulking along the edges where the clapboards meet trim work. I put one coat on the wall behind the basement entrance and on the north end wall. This stuff certainly soaks up the paint and two coats is a minimum. Getting the color up though is finally giving some visualization of what the final results will look like with the colors - and we like it.




I also started repairing the original vertical trim on the back corner and replacing the drip trim along the skirt boarding (not yet there). I had one piece remaining that I was able to use to get my sizing and angles. With the recently acquired tools I was able to make new pieces from old yellow pine that was removed from the loft of the garage - which will be original materials and hold up much better than new pine. I'm starting to get the hang of using the planer and the jointer works great. Now just some fill work and can do final prime and paint to finish this corner. Then I can set up to finish the back and finally start working on a deck so I can use the back door.



... I'm still picking at the kitchen window, finally stripped and about ready for paint. Driveway side of house painting (1st floor) is just about done 2 coats. And the foyer windows should be ready to be picked up this weekend!

4 comments:

Durf said...

Nice color. What is it?

mike & rachel said...

It's called "Field of Pines" - made by Valspar

1916home.net said...

Its looking really good! Exciting! Can I ask where is an easy place to get this fiber siding? Ive seen it used many times before but not typically for sale in a regular hardware store. Is it expensive? Id like to do my house with this stuff one of these days and should start planning the costs. Thanks!

mike & rachel said...

It's a James Hardi product called HardiPlank. They also make it in various shingles called Hardishingle - though opted to go real cedar for that. I found it at Lowes which you can order any of their products, but one store nearby actually stocked it in the correct size since I wanted to copy the original reveal. I think it was around $5-$6 per 12' plank which I though was a great price. It's a little different to work with than wood but the final results were good. They make trim boards too, but I've heard the workability isn't very user friendly so opted for real pine on the trimwork.