No matter where you live, or what type of home you have, the most important ingredient in a great result is the preparation. Without proper surface preparation, even the best paints will not adhere properly. Power washing and spraying paint is not enough to ensure long lasting quality. We apply lots of time, tools and products to prepare surfaces for a great look that will last for years.
• Power-washing is an essential first step. Most people think that simply washing down a home with high pressure is a quick and easy process. The dirtiest areas of a home are found under eaves, behind fascia boards, and the under decking. If not treated properly, these areas will fail to hold a good finish.
• Mildew and mold is another area of concern when washing down a home. Although all paints contain mildewcides, they only prevent future growth. Most painters use a solution of chlorine bleach and water to kill mold and mildew. This can lead to destroying the linin – a natural binding agent that keeps wood fibers bonded together. We use products containing oxygenated bleach that are extremely effective, are environmentally safe and do not harm linin or your flowers. You can learn more about this subject at SaverSystems or Perma-Chink Systems.
• We remove all lighting fixtures, decorative ornaments, and other obstacles as necessary. All windows, doors, electrical outlets, and water spigots are masked. Decks, plants and the like are covered with drop cloths.
• Power sanders, grinders and handwork remove peeling paint, open cracks up for calking and the remaining paint edges are feathered by sanding eliminating an “alligator” look (the outline of the remaining paint adhered to the wood). We re-nail or replace loose screws and replace or repair siding or trim as necessary.
• Priming. We use oil base and water base primers but there is a relatively new product called Peel Bond made by XIM. It’s a high-build thick bonding primer that fills in all types of cracks and knots and also works as an adhesive to repair damaged or delaminating wood. It adds years to the life of a paint job leaving a smooth finish on any type of siding. We’ve used this product for several years with incredible results. Please visit Peel Bond, and take a few minutes and watch their commercial for valuable information.
• Caulking and patching follows priming. Due to extreme weather conditions here, ordinary latex caulking and patching compounds don’t hold up. We use elastomeric type caulking compounds. Visit Paint Source for more information. For patching holes and cracks, we use all Crawford products.
• Following preparation, we apply the finish coats. The first coat is sprayed, back rolled, and back brushed to assure superior penetration and uniformity. The second coat is sprayed and back rolled as needed. Trim is mostly hand brushed with the exception of the doors. Doors and hardware are removed, sanded and primed if necessary followed by two spray coats of paint for a smooth finish.
• Mike Orloff inspects everything followed by a walk through with the client. We provide before, during and after photos, via email, to keep absentee clients informed throughout the job.