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What to do? Old Front Porch in need of repair

Discussion in 'Home and Garden' started by Marvt74, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 11,983

    Location: Chorley

    Some may remember my other threads but we bought an old gatehouse (1874).

    Decided to re-paint the inside of the front porch. I went to sand off some of the old flakey paint but some bits just peeled off. I grabbed a filling knife and started scraping the old stuff off.

    However rather than just taking off the top layer it seems it's been re-painted many, many times in it's lifetime and the paint is around 10mm thick before getting to the brick

    Underneath, particularly in the front archway, there was a ivy type plant growing under the paint and some of the bricks seems to be damaged and a little crumbly

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    Also, in the roof part, i ended up uncovering old plaster and lath which i've partly pulled down

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    I only started this about 4pm yesterday because in my head "sanding the front porch" was going to be a 30 minute job. As such i stopped after unearthing this as it was clear it was going to be a much bigger job than expected. Here's a pic of the porch as it stands now (and to give you an idea of the size/look of it)

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    I presume that the best thing to do is strip the whole lot back to bare brick, however i'm not sure what's the best option from there as we can't then just paint using normal paint/render given the age of the building as it would damage the bricks. Plus to the left of the porch is our bedroom (the right is open to the elements)

    I'm also not sure how aggresive to be in my attempts to strip it all back. I started using a headgun, but given some bricks are crumbling is that too much?

    Any advice would be great!
     
  2. Usher

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 30, 2004

    Posts: 2,753

    Stripping it off to the bare brick would end up a mess, why not just scrape of the loose material and then smooth filler over the bad parts and sand it off and repaint
     
  3. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 11,983

    Location: Chorley

    Well the plan was to strip away all the paint and render which i imagine aren't suitable for the building (there is some damp on the bedroom wall), and replace with a lime based render.

    Also found this around the door frame. It just seems to be some kind of wet sand like mix which has been used to fill/seal the door. Anyone seen this before?

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  4. Usher

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 30, 2004

    Posts: 2,753

    Presumably someone using whatever came to hand to codge it up, it usually breaks away next to the door frame because of slight movement if the door slams
     
  5. Maccapacca

    Don

    Joined: Apr 13, 2010

    Posts: 16,131

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    If it's from 1874 I doubt you'll find data sheets on whatever it's been repaired with.

    Think I'd wire brush the loose off and repaint it. It's history.
     
  6. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 11,983

    Location: Chorley

    It's gonna look crap if i just repaint it as-is though now due to the amount of paint etc that's come off.

    Presumably i can't just stick a tub of polyfilla in there either.
     
  7. BigBoy

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 19, 2002

    Posts: 5,521

    Location: Bath

    If you want it nice and have issues with damp (as you have said) then in my opinion the only option is to strip it right back to the brick and redo the lime plaster and use a lime wash not paint.
     
  8. Marvt74

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 20, 2004

    Posts: 11,983

    Location: Chorley