Should she have porch columns stripped or replace them?

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Q. I own a house built in the 1930s by a man named Hardy for whom my little street in South Boston is named. Later my dad’s mom bought it and there you have it. I am having the house reshingled this spring, probably Maibec white cedar, or Hardee fiber cement.

The front porches each have eight fluted and tapered columns with masses of thick cracked and chipping paint. I am on the verge of having them replaced with PVC approximations or rebuilt using PVC and an underlying structural post. However, the old wood is hard pine, barely checked, in good shape. How do I find someone(s) who could give me a price for removing the paint and repairing it to maintain the original look? Might it be cheaper? What will be the ramifications lead paint-wise?

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