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Historic Home Restoration in Texas

Exterior Paint Stripping

The Hodge-Taylor house was built in 1852 in Jefferson Texas in the eastern part of the state. Barry and Lavenia Hodge had the house built after moving here from Kentucky. Hodge sold the property to D.W.H. Taylor in 1870. T.J.Taylor, Jr. restored the residence in the 1950’s. His sister Lady Bird Johnson often stayed here.

Paint Stripping

Here are the results of my first weekend with the Swedish made paint removal system I ordered. I am very happy with the amount of work I got done. This represents slightly over 2 full days of work even though it officially was over the course of three days. I had other things I had to do that caused me to stop and start several times. The red dotting you see in the photos are split or rotted boards I am going to replace. There the system (with the Pro Arm) actually surpassed my high yet skeptical expectations.

It works exactly like they demonstrated on a DVD they sent to me last year. The great thing about it is because it uses heat to soften the paint, any lead that potentially is present stays trapped in the peeled material that falls on the drop clothes on the ground. The usual procedure is sanding and the dust particles fly all over the place and even if the operator utilizes a mask, you can bet the operator is going to inhale the stuff through nose and mouth! There is no airborne particles with this system. At any rate, I am so glad to finally be moving forward with this job.

Here is the State Historical Marker for the site:


Blair & Jerry Walliser Jefferson, Texas


Exterior House Paint Stripping

One of the most difficult, but rewarding, paint stripping projects is stripping the exterior siding of a home. To obtain a fine finish that will last for years and not “inherit” the problems of the underlying layers (blistering, peeling, chalking, and alligatoring), paint removal is the only answer.

Traditional methods of paint removal (chemicals, heat plate, heat gun) introduce the following problems:

  • Introduction of fire hazards
  • Permanent damage to the underlying wood
  • Environmental contamination
  • Slow progress: Back, Neck, and Arm Strain

Because the Speedheater™ Infrared radiates heat at between 380 and 580 degrees, and does not blow heat into cracks in the surface, the risk of a fire hazard is greatly reduced.

In addition, the waste byproducts of the process can be easily gathered at the end of the day. There is no spillage of toxic chemicals onto the surrounding property.


Window Paint and Putty Stripping

Paint removal and window putty removal from old windows can be a tedious and daunting task. Chemical methods do not affect the putty (which after years of seasoning can be as hard as concrete). Heat plates and heat guns are not well suited for targeting the putty.

The photo to the right demonstrates how the Speedheater™ Infrared allows you to focus the heat on a long stretch of putty, while at the same time directing the heat away from the glass.

The Speedheater™ Infrared used in combination with the Chisel with Roller easily removes the window putty as if it were butter!