- Q. What is the best way
to strip alligatored paint from shingle siding?Scraping is
not working for us because it loosens many of the old
A.There is no easy way to
strip paint from shingle siding. A combination of a disk sander
with 30- to 50-grit paper, applied with a light but deft touch,
followed by spot scraping, seems to be the only practical way.
If the paint is latex, a carbide sanding disk will be needed.
If the shingles are readily coming loose from scraping, they
may be too old and brittle, and probably should be
If you do choose to remove the old paint, test the paint to
determine whether any of it contains lead (it probably does),
and take appropriate precautions during removal and disposal.
Guidelines for the safe removal of lead paint vary from state
to state, so check with your building department before
proceeding. At the very least, wear a dust mask, drape the
scaffolding with plastic to contain the dust, and spread drop
cloths over the ground so that the paint chips can be collected
and disposed of, not left in the soil where children might