My wife and I have decided we've got to get our house repainted. Not only due to the color, but also due to the status of the paint that's currently on the home. We have a house built in 1948 that has wood siding.
In many places the paint is bubbling, splitting, and flaking off. It appears that it was a shoddy paint job slapped on over a previous paint job. We can't tell how many layers of paint there are, but the paint chips that come off are pretty thick.
We've got a few concerns about repainting the house, and before we get quotes I wanted to raise them here and get your responses.
1. Does all the paint have to be stripped off the house before a new coat goes up?
2. How do we know if the paint below is lead free? Is that something we should worry about? We have a 7 month old infant and I wouldn't want to expose her to any dangers.
3. Would it make more sense to explore new siding for the house?