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Best practices from Historic New England experts

Exterior paints, stains, and washes are sacrificial layers meant to protect the substrate and contribute stylistically to a historic building. Additionally, these finishes hold important information regarding the class, style, and historic practices of previous residents and serve as a record of how a building or structure has changed through time.

Any painting project should consider the documentation of earlier layers as important as creating the new layer. Historic New England has created the following guidelines for exterior paint:

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