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#1 posted 09-23-2020 04:43 PM

When I used to do this, it was always on the building. For that, I used a Porter Cable Siding Sander and a Paint Shaver.

I preferred the latter, both because it would take off a little or a lot (decades of paint) to the tune of about a square foot per minute. Because a vacuum hose was mandatory, to both remove dust and to cool the Paint Shaver, most of what was tossed off was captured in vac.

The first time I ran it, it drove me nuts because the vac filter would clog in 5 minutes. For that reason, I made a water filter pre-filter using a 30 gallon drum. It worked as hoped – giving me about 20 minutes to a half hour of run time, but oh the sludge I had to deal with.

In all, the sludge was a good thing, because the water cut down on the dust in the air, and the safe money was on that the 80 year old siding had its share of lead.

From there, I went to a thing I found in an add – a metal Dust Deputy. It worked and I didn’t have any sludge to worry about.

The HUGE advantage the Porter Cable Siding Sander has over belt, pad and drum sanders is, it uses metal disks with carbide fused to them. They come in 24 – 40 grit and do a good job, but be prepared for a lot of dust.

To use the siding sander would just require a simple jig to hold the shakes or shingles (four sides and air to clean, from time to time). It would go a hundred times faster than a drum sander with, say 80 grit, because the paint would load the paper.

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