paint. Galvanized roofs require the use of a different paint than what is used on terne metal. Terne is best painted with an oil-based paint. One of my neighbors used an oil-based paint as a primer, since some of the metal was rust- ed, and then covered the roof with one of the specially formulated roofing paints that is sold by CalBar for use on old metal roofs for an added layer of protection. However, another neighbor did like myself and only used an oil-based paint. Galvanized steel, on-the- other-hand, cannot be painted with an oil-based or aluminum-based paint. Galvanized metal requires either a zinc-dust type paint or a latex paint.
My house was built circa 1880 and still has its original terne metal roof, which consists of individual metal shingles with an embossed decorative pattern. After many years of exposure to the elements, the paint on the roof began to wear off, crack and peel, necessitating a new paint job. I began my project by purchas- ing a couple of ridge-hooks from
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First step is to scrape away loose paint and rust.
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