I don't anticipate finding paintwork worthy of the historic record given the house has been a pub, a Post Office, butchers and who knows what else....but you never know!Yes it is, conservators do it all the time, but they will bankrupt you as they move at a glacial pace.
Ok thanks - I'll bear that in mind once I take ownership. I'm looking forward to finding out the history of the property one step at a time.It was very common in the 16th century to have polychrome decoration to internal timber, so it might be worth doing a test piece on one of the central beams in the largest room of the house, or one near the fireplace.
I might be able to engineer a situation whereby I complete on the new house and complete on my current one a month later thereby giving me time to deal with the paintwork - assuming a month is enough time to do the job!!Could you not rent a place for a short while or move in with relations while you get it sandblasted ? Tent? Caravan?
No experience of doing it on wood, but from working with various metals can say that blast cleaning isn't necessarily a massively aggressive process. It can be done quite delicately all depends on the pressure used and the blasting media. I would have thought any company specialising in this sort of work would be able to show you examples of the finished appearance.
Indeed, I dread to think what effect some techniques would have on a wood substrate, you could easily ruin it permanently. I should think with something like this you definitely want to see some examples of their previous work, and chat to those who had it done. And you are so right, any clown can grab a grit gun and have a go, to get someone who really knows what they are doing is going to be very costly I should think. At least one advantage of a decent outfit is that they will hopefully clean up afterwards as well, and that will be no small undertaking in itself!Yes, that's very true, but people have a tendency to go for the lowest quote and end up with a wreckage done by a chancer with no experience of building conservation.
Interesting the reference to walnut shell. This was always the media of choice for finishing cylinder head ports on tuned engines, and on alloy castings on bikes and similar stuff. I can certainly see how it would be a good choice for timber.Blast cleaning timber can do a lot of damage very quickly & choice of media is critical, crushed walnut shell media is often used for this sort of thing as its quite gentle, I know a guy who has used it on vintage boats with great sucess.
Soda blasting is another option. In the end if its listed which is likely, your first point of contact would be council building control & English heritage
Been mulling this over. Valhalla. Not wishing to rain on your parade but just wondering what the general state of repair is of the property? Has it been renovated ? Have you checked the sole plates ? Groundfloor....proper job, insulation etc or flagstones onto earth ? Have you been round the outside with a sharp screwdriver and really had a good look at the main timbers. And I mean a good look, with a ladder. Poking about ...seeing how much cement has been bunged in the inevitable rot holes.
Pity I no longer live in the area as I'd gladly have come round with you to have a prod. I've done a fair few of these in my time.
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