Needing to paint exterior walls of my cottage circa C17th

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The walls are made of Sarsen Stone, with some bricks in places and is rendered and painted white ...... but on the gable end which is exposed to more of the elements than the rest, pink brick dust is leaching through the ? render which has then been painted white, with black below.

Anyway I have had 3 quotes -

  • one wants to jetwash the wall, make good and then cover it with something like PVA before repainting
  • the second wants to wire brush the wall, make good and cover with a 'stabilising solution' and then repaint with white masonry paint and some sort of black bitumen product
  • the third one is saying he wouldn't put anything on after making good, as it is an old property and the wall would be unable to breathe if it were to be 'sealed'
I can see every point of view, BUT I am concerned about doing the 'right thing' as I will never be able to do this again in my lifetime (I will be inheriting some money this time) so really want it done properly

Ideas and thoughts please?
q needing to paint exterior walls of my cottage circa c17th
q needing to paint exterior walls of my cottage circa c17th
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  • Castrang17 Castrang17 on Feb 24, 2018
    Love ❤️ your cottage, What a treasure! Definitely talk with your neighbors, talk with your local historical society concerning preservation, talk with a reputable painter. It sounds like you have, so do your research and make a decision. Enjoy your cottage for more centuries To come. Lucky you.
  • Holly Kinchlea-Brown Holly Kinchlea-Brown on Feb 24, 2018
    can you check with a local historical society to see if they’ve encountered a repair , and how did they approach it? Given the age of the property, id want to ensure that the repair doesn’t create more damage
  • Karen Merritt3 Karen Merritt3 on Feb 24, 2018
    I may want to contact This Old House. They answer questions such as yours. Good luck. Love your cottage
    • Rachel Rachel on Feb 24, 2018
      Thank you, so do I! I will post some interior pics if I can find them of before it all got a bit messy, lol, which it is at the moment - am working from the back to the front at the moment - kitchen and bathroom have been done and hallway and one bedroom so far, but still got far too much stuff and not enough space!
  • What a beautiful cottage! The local historical society is a great place to start. I would also contact your local building authorities as they will most likely have some good insight too. I understand about doing it right the first time and hang on to that inheritance money until you are absolutely certain you are performing the proper procedure.


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    • I bet if you email them photos they will be able to tell you. Hopefully they will be able to refer you to a local source. This is a darling cottage, wishing you the best of luck for your renovation.
  • Emily Emily on Feb 24, 2018
    Your cottage is the stuff of dreams for us Americans. Sorry we don't have anything nearly that old (and certainly not with a thatched roof!) or anyway very few houses that old, and very few that charming! Love your brick floor and love the bargain you made. Like that kind of thinking!
  • Karen Merritt3 Karen Merritt3 on Feb 24, 2018
    You've done a wonderful job. I'm sorry about the loss of your horse. It was nice you could use some of his bits. What my text was suppose to say was you may want to contact TOH. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
  • Rachel Rachel on Feb 24, 2018
    Yes that truly was the bargain of a lifetime ;) I too love my quirky stuff, but now I am disabled I need help with everything and it does take a lot of dusting!

    Welcome to come and visit - some of the Band of Brothers actually stayed in my house during WWII as they were stationed in my village and the next one to us .... a couple of cut-throat razors were found in the beams when it was first renovated I must research it's history one of these days
    x
  • Randy Randy on Feb 24, 2018
    breathe ? I dont think so , I also would not introduce Pressure cleaner and start blowing stuff apart, Saturate it with a chlorine solution of no more than 25% rinse with a descent jet tip from a garden hose , like around 30 psi. seal it with what ever product line you are going to use , for example,Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore, superior products and product information ,best of all ,guarantees, if mfg guidelines are followed , be sure to photo and document all before ,during and after .
  • MMM MMM on Feb 25, 2018
    I have no answers at all. I came for house porn! Thank you for the pictures. Your house is lovely. :)
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