"It is all about the prepwork" is the axiom we have all heard. For exterior painting this is absolutely true. The quality of the paint adhesion is directly dependant on how sound the substarte is you are painting on.
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In laying the ground work to a quality paint finish, it is essential to know the extent of surface preparation in its entirety. It is important to make sure the setup is thorough and takes into account the whole project. It is absolutely necessary to tackle these tasks one-step at a time and provide extra care in addressing any areas that require repair. Most often fascia boards, windows, doors and wood trim are areas that require more care in preparation. Though light rot and damage to these surfaces can be addressed with epoxy wood filler, it is necessary to replace any wood that is critically fatigued or rotten. Pressure wash: Priority Painting pressure washes siding, shingles, and stucco in order to remove dirt, mildew and pollutants on the existing finish. Clean surfaces are key in providing a proper base for the new finish and are one of the first steps that must be taken. After washing, preparation is continued by scraping and sanding to remove loose paint. Though one of the most physically demanding steps to exterior refinishing, it is by far one of the most important. By removing any and all loose paint from the surface, we lay the groundwork for a lasting finish.
Getting the job done right: In many homes built before 1978, lead paint can be a major concern. We take the proper safety measures and precautions in protecting yourself, your family, and ourselves. In any project, safety always comes first and foremost. When caulking, masking and priming, we use the best quality products available to ensure the finish comes out looking right and will not deteriorate prematurely. The same care is taken in paint selection and using proper technique, brush, roll, or spray.We only use high quality paints that meets theMPI (Master Painter Institute), standards so we can guarantee our work.
Exterior Painting Process:
1. Pressure/Power Washing:
To remove dirt, mold, and mildew, we use biodegradable detergent. Biodegradable detergents are better for the environment, and are safe for you and your home.
When contracted, driveways and decks will be cleaned as well.
Special Notes on Power Washing:
You may think that power washing is simple a DIY job, but that's not the case. You must follow very specific and important techniques to successful clean your home. DO NOT USE AMATEURS.
At times, power washing can be dangerous if not performed properly. High pressure water can go through many surfaces almost instantly, especially if you are using a 3,000 psi pressure washer. You could conceivably carve a hole into the side of your house.
2. Scraping, Priming, and maintenance: Surface Preparation: Loose paint is reduced to a sound substrate. Priority Painting uses a combination of metal and carbide scrapers, wire brushes, mechanical and manual sanding. All bare surfaces are primed before adding topcoats. Note that different surfaces (wood, metal, concrete) often require different primers. Priority Painting can advise you on what level of paint removal and what primer should be used on your house. To prevent water from entering home/siding (which causes premature paint failure), all open cracks around doors and windows are caulked. Window panes will be inspected and receive new putty (where necessary) in order to prevent water damage and minor drafts. Complete siding inspection to determine if replacement/repair is necessary. Priority Painting is experienced in replacing and repairing wood clapboard, wood shingle, cement clapboard, and stucco siding.Trim, siding, and stucco repairs are available as well. Most professionals will agree that proper prep is the single most important component in the longevity of a paint job. Conversely, improper preparation can result in almost instant coating failure, and it'll end up costing you more in the long run.
3. Painting: The middle stages of a beautiful home
Dark/deep base colors often will require addition coats of paint for full coverage At least two coats of paint are applied for suitable coverage and finish. Paint will be applied by brush, roller, or airless sprayer. Non-painted surfaces are protected from splatters and drips. Only top quality paints and stains are used. 2 coats are optimum for surface protection and resilience.
After we have carefully inspected our work, the customer will be asked to see that everything is to their satisfaction.
Will be performed every day and upon completion of the job. Empty paint cans recycled and supplies are removed. Double-check to make sure that plant beds are cleaned, paint chips removed. Outdoor fixtures are replaced, if needed. Touch-up paint is labeled and left with the customer.
Exterior Paintng Schedule
Please keep in mind that unlike interior painting, doing work outside can have it’s limitations due to weather. If a problem occurs due to weather we will return to the job site as soon as possible.