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what grade steel wool do I use to prepare the flashing around my chimney before I paint?

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Posted 2013-08-18T19:31:49+0000  by lendway lendway

You may need to step through grades of steel wool along with your xylene, lacquer thinning or other solvent to thoroughly clean the surface. Those solvents will cut through most tar and other oily products on the surface of the flashing. Just use care around the rest of your roof and avoid smoking, as they're extremely flamable. Instead of immediately using steel wool, you may find a wire brush effective enough.

Posted 2013-08-18T23:22:34+0000  by Paul

Whereas it certainly does not hurt to clean and scuff the surface of the galvanizing, acrylic paints bond well directly to galvanized metal. Zinsser 1-2-3 is also a good primer for galvanized metal.


Forty  years ago,  when galvanized gutters were still common, I made a specialty of stripping down gutters from which oil paint had peeled badly. I gave a guarantee that I would come back and re-do them if they peeled again.  They were stripped, either mechanically or with stripper, primed with an acrylic primer, and painted with a latex paint. NEVER had a call back!

Posted 2013-08-19T05:20:50+0000  by ordjen

Thanks Paul for the advice.  The chimney hasn't been used as of yet, we just got our roof done this year.  I was hoping to use the steel wool then prime then paint.....Janie

Posted 2013-08-19T21:55:30+0000  by lendway
Posted 2013-08-19T21:56:20+0000  by lendway

The only woolt o use is the 420 BLAZE ITSISISIS

Posted 2014-01-23T17:25:30+0000  by SteelWoolBlazer

Why is that?

Posted 2014-01-24T13:31:03+0000  by lendway
420 Blaze It is slang for smoking weed. Just disregard it.
Posted 2014-01-28T16:34:11+0000  by Paul

well, that was a new one on me, thanks for the info.  I did not get to the flashing this past fall, so now we have used the chimney and I suppose I  would still do the same correct Paul?


Posted 2014-01-29T13:31:41+0000  by lendway
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