DIY Network

All Projects

TV Projects

    What Do You Want To Work On?

      What Activity Do You Want To Do?

        0

        Available Projects

        Get Results

        DIY Network /

        Message Boards

            DIY Message Boards  Hop To Forum Categories  Home Improvement  Hop To Forums  Painting    Cement Fiberglass Siding
        Go
        New
        Find
        Notify
        Tools
        Reply
          
        Cement Fiberglass Siding Sign In/Join 
        posted
        We have a 114 year old home in Ohio and need to paint it. We have cement fiberglass siding that needs clean before we paint. How do we clean it? Have read that we shouldn't use a power washer. The siding is like glass and has chips and cracks in some of the pieces. Can anyone advise or cleaning and what sprayer we should use to do this?
         
        Posts: 1 | Registered: May 28, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        posted Hide Post
        at that age, are you sure that it isn't asbestos/cement siding? that stuff was made well into the 60s.

        I'd get one of those carwash brushes that clips onto the garden hose. dip it in a bucket of diluted house wash, scrub, then turn on the water and rub it again to rinse.

        This message has been edited. Last edited by: swschrad,


        sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
         
        Posts: 5806 | Location: North Burbs, MN | Registered: Mar 14, 2007Reply With QuoteReport This Post
        Picture of Jaybee
        posted Hide Post
        I too think it's most likely asbestos cement.

        You can power wash it. The reason there are warnings to not pressure wash various types of sidings is that it's all too easy to direct the pressure washer up under the siding overlaps - this forces water behind the siding where it can't easily get out or dry. If you pressure wash from above and don't direct too much into corners it will clean up fine.


        Jaybee
         
        Posts: 10411 | Location: Knoxville, Tennessee | Registered: Sep 27, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
          Powered by Social Strata  
         

            DIY Message Boards  Hop To Forum Categories  Home Improvement  Hop To Forums  Painting    Cement Fiberglass Siding

        © Scripps Networks 2009

        Advertisement

        Posting Guidelines

        • Please be sure posts are category appropriate.
        • No off-topic or off-color postings.
        • Postings may be deleted at the discretion of DIY moderators.
        • No advertising is allowed.
        • Be nice. No name calling, personal attacks or flaming.
        • Certain words will trigger moderation of the post. These words mostly cover political or religious topics, which are OFF the topics covered by DIY.

        Full Guidelines

        For general message board help, click the tab labeled "Tools," and choose "Help" from the dropdown menu.