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I live in a back to back victorian terrace.
It has stone windowsills/ lintels that need sanding and re-painting.
The old black coloured paint is bubbled and falking away.
The lintesl are in great condition and just need re-painting.
What do i re-paint them with?
What is the best product please?
I'd like it in keeping with the original stone which is a cream ish colour?
As any good stone mason knows, painting stone is NOT RECOMMENDED! Stone has a natural beauty and durability that cant really be improved upon. Its my opinion that paint on stone or brick usually looks horrible. Especially when the paint gets old and begins to deteriorate. Stone is a natural material used in building for thousands of years. It is strong, durable, insulating from heat and cold and allows the structure to "breathe" while keeping out moisture and preventing condensation. Painting stone stops its ability to "breathe" and effectively closes its pores, which can cause condensation inside walls, break down the stone's surface molecules and premature erosion.
I would recommend power washing or sand blasting the surface to remove the old paint. Then carefully apply a waterproofer / sealant made for exterior use and stone in particular. This will protect your stone window sills and lentils from harsh elements like acid rain, bird poop and ice while allowing the structure to breathe and look beautiful naturally for decades to come.
I would not recommend sanding as this might change the surface of your stone and leave unsightly scratches and uneven surfaces.
You can look online for solutions by googling "stone waterproofing" and "stone cleaning" before deciding what is best for you. I highly recommend NOT painting exterior stone. Here are a few helpful results I have found.
Wishing you the best results and an easy job! Michael Mittelsdorf
Posted on Jan 10, 2009
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