Has anyone used the Paint Shaver for exterior scraping?
We are getting estimates for painting the exterior of our house, which basically has to be scraped and primed before the painting is done. The first guy grimaced a few times, then asked if we'd priced siding! He also said they don't scrape down to bare wood. I showed him a patch that I had done, down to the bare wood and looking great, and he said, "Oh."
Anyway, now I'm concerned that the contractors may not do the job that I want, or if they do, I won't be able to afford it. I found a house painting article which mentioned the Paint Shaver. It seems to take off the paint right away and has a vacuum bag attached. It costs about $600, though, but I'm wondering if the cost will pay for itself. I'll also check the area rental places.
Anyone have experience with it or any other tips or tricks for making house scraping go a little faster? We've put so much into our interior and I don't want our exterior to not get the same quality.