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Surface Preparation


Surface Preparation

We removed about 1/16″ from the siding on the south-side to make sure our oil based primer can bond with the substrate, and not simply sit on top of the previous coating.


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Primer application

Since this home was previously treated with a semi-transparent stained, and never painted, we coated the entire exterior with oil based primer (Zinsser – Cover Stain).


Application method: spray and back-roll to ensure maximum adhesion.

Back-rolling also pushes any trapped air out of the texture and replaces it with primer.

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The clear difference: Back-rolling fills all the texture that would otherwise trap moisture on humid days, and cause the premature failure of the coating. ELEGANT PAINTING® back-rolls all exterior siding to ensure maximum adhesion and surface preservation.

Fine tuning before the final coats

Before we began applying the final coatings, we went through every square inch of the exterior looking for any flaws, including; cracks, gaps, holes, or any other imperfections.

Caulking fills areas where moisture would otherwise penetrate.

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Project duration: 4 consecutive business days.


Summary:  This home was primed; oil based primer was sprayed and back-rolled to force adhesion.

Both coats of Benjamin Moore paint were sprayed and backrolled to force a strong bond with the oil based primer.

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Using hand tools, we removed about 15 pounds of loose paint and applied one solid coat of oil based primer.

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With our thorough clean-up process, we are able to remove 100% of the loose paint that was removed from the house and prevent it from enter the soil around the house.

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Polo Club fence painting progress report

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Purpose of this report

State progress, report completed sections, report next steps, Provide estimated dates, etc.

View a sample progress report for a single family residential project. 
View the Brookside Country Club fence progress report. 

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Note: This estimate includes top of fence and one side (facing Avondale). Rear of the fence (facing Residential) is excluded from this project.



NOTE: Starting and completion dates are weather dependent. Once your project begins, our crew will work consecutive business days. Normal business hours: 8AM-4PM Mon-Fri, and 7AM-3PM Mon-Fri on high temperature days. We may work weekends to make up any missed week days due to rain.

Power washing: week of June 16, 2014

Estimated power washing completion: week of June 16th, 2014

Painting start date: Week of June 16, 2014

Estimated completion date:Week of June 16, 2014 – Week of June 23, 2014

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Power washing completion date: 6/18/2014


Paint application

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Back-rolling the entire surface to enhance adhesion and provide an even spread. Watch a video on the topic of Back-rolling






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Day 1; preparations

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We finished the caulking around windows, trim boards, etc. Removed any loose paint and applied oil based primer as needed.  Also replaced one piece on the garage door trim, some deck boards.

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We back-rolled both coats to push out the air in the texture and replace it with our premium Benjamin Moore paint.



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Second coat

We had much hotter than average days for this time of the year and the sun dried our second coat faster than we could take these proof of second coat photos!


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Completion date: 4/30/14

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Day 1: Power washing Date: March 12, 2014

We are back for our 7th house in this beautiful development.  Entire exterior was power rinsed to remove any mildew, dirt, spider webs, and most importantly, that invisible layer of pollution which otherwise mixes into the paint and alters the formula.



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Day2:  Preparations; making & cover-up.  Date: 04/11/2014.

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Cedar Shakes

We like to start on top and work our way down.  so today we finished both coats on cedar shakes and they are now in brand new condition!  Product of choice; Benjamin Moore solid color stain.  The reason we use stain on shakes is that stain does not chip, it fades instead.  If shakes are painted, the paint will eventually chip and shakes are to delicate to survive the preparation next time house is painted.  With stain they just fade and next time its just a matter of wash/restain.

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Our favorite caulking material for artificial siding is SikaFlex® by sika group of America.  This product dries into a very durable flexible material.  This material will not however stop fiber cement siding boards from shrinking.  Shrinking is what this type of siding does and the caulking material will eventually crack sometime before the next paint job is due.

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Protecting plants

Taking special care to keep paint off of plants, patios, AC, door handles, etc.

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Second coat

We try to complete the upper portions and leave the easy parts for our last day on the job.  especially with high risk areas on the roof, we secure our ladders, Prepare the surface, apply both coats, clean up, and then move on to other parts of the house.



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Front and garage doors

With metal doors,  produce a fine finish that appears to have been completed while the door was manufactured!   We use fine finish spray tips 9this is what us used on interior trim) along with our exterior Benjamin Moore Exterior Trim paint; Regal Select MorGlow SoftGloss

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Completion date: 4/14/2014

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Step 1: Power washing.

Date: 3/11/2014

We started our power washing project by simply inspecting and spraying all visible mildew and algae with 30 Second House Cleaner.   This product simply loosens the mildew, making it easier for our power washing professional to remove it and produce the cleanest surface possible.  While the washer removes some loose paint, we do not expect it to complete our restoration job.  Once we have dry conditions, we return with sanders and scrapers to complete this portion of the project.

Keeping water out

We have some large vents in our eaves.  We avoid directing the water at these sections and 2-3 sections around the openings, to ensure no water can enter the attic.  These areas, along with any other areas that are  unsafe to reach when wet, will be chemically treated and dry-cleaned before painting.

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We keep the power washer well away from these attic vents.



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Step 2;  Surface preparation

Date: Monday 4/7/2014

We had the chance to focus entirely on preparations and completed roughly %90 of it.  Prep days are our slow days since there is plenty of areas to restore  before any paint cans are opened.  We expect to restore the siding to %90+ like-new condition.

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Removal of loose, peeling, & chipping paint

Using a combination of hand and power grinders, we removed all loose paint from the siding and trim.   Primer is then applied with high-nap roller and forced into the grain to restore essential oils into the siding and prevent it from decomposing.  Our primer of choice is a fast drying oil based material by Zinsser.

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Fully restored surface, ready to be painted and battle the elements

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Caulking is important, especially where it rains 36 inches per year, and the rest of the year we have humidity above 80%.  Moisture is in the air and we need to prevent it from penetrating the exterior by caulking all gaps, cracks, nail holes, etc.


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While keeping moisture out, these small details improve overall appearance of a professional finish.



Masking and cover-up

We masked all windows, front bricks, garage door weather stripping, etc.

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Garage Doors and Garage door casings

We found plenty of loose paint to remove a fair amount of caulking to be cone on the garage doors.  Over-all they are in good condition and should turn out %90+  like-new.

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The one part of the house that has no protection from the elements, so we give it our “south-side” treatment.  We know the south side is more exposed to wind and UV, so it receives special attention in the form of more scraping, priming and caulking.  Both coats of paint are always applied very heavily and back-rolled aggressively on the south side and the chimney.

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Day 2; painting the first coat

Since we expected rain to begin around 1PM, we stopped around noon but waited around to make sure everything was dry a coupld of hours before the rain began.  No issues whatsoever, and we were able to paint a nice portion of the house.  We mostly worked on areas that were safe from the weather and did make the most our of our partial day.

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Protecting our green friends

we love plants and do everything we can to protect them from the paint and do our best to prune only as needed.

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Plants are only fully covered when sprayer is near them, as soon as the sprayer moves on they are partially uncovered and allowed to breath.


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Using drop cloths to gently keep branches away from the siding while the paint dries.

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This is how we protect smaller plants from over-spray and also from being stepped on by the crew.


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Accessing areas behind dense shrubs without pruning or hurting our green friends.

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Second coat

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Completion date: 4/10/2014

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Purpose of this report: State progress, report completed sections, report next steps.

Power washing starting date: May 30, 2013

Power washing completion date: May 31, 2013

Remaining power washing: To be completed on our second trip.

Staining; estimated starting date: Tuesday July 30, 2013

Staining; estimated completion date: Wednesday July 31, 2013

NOTE: Starting and completion dates are weather dependent. Once your project begins, our crew will work consecutive business days. Normal business hours: 8AM-4PM Mon-Fri, and 7AM-3PM Mon-Fri on high temperature days. We may work weekends to make up any missed week days due to rain.

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Stain: Woolman F&P 14396 Natural
Application: Stain will be sprayed 2 coats, wet-on-wet, and back brushed to make sure there are no stain runs.

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Pressure Washing

The entire fence was power washed to remove any mold, mildew, spider webs, etc. Special Attention was paid to the top board.

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A handy pressure washer gun attachments that lowers labor costs by pointing the pressure where it is needed, without the use of ladders.

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We stained 2 section of the fence following exact methods that will be used on the entire project. See the samples on the corner of NE 155th ST and 188th AVE NE.

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Small issue

We found that this fence was previously stained with 2 different colors! This photo shows where the 2 colors meet. Our stain will improve this flaw, but we do not expect it to disappear completely.

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4 sections by 188th entrance have been previously finished with noticeably different stain.



Using airless sprayers, we soak all surfaces, and back-brush to pick up runs. Our back brushing guy back-tracks every 30 minutes and inspects his work a second time and pick up any additional runs. Our goal is to apply liberal amounts of stain, yet ensure zero stain runs.


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Our self-powered, super handy stain mobile; carries a generator, an airless sprayer, and 10 gallons of stain.

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We back-brush everything that is sprayed to ensure proper adhesion and even spread of material.

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Staining Completed!

Although staining is completed, we will be inspecting the entire fence every day until it is dry, before calling it done.





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We are having a blast working on this beautiful home in Woodinville, WA.  We are able to produce flawless jobs on large homes by splitting each project into 4-5 smaller portions.  Each portion is prepped, painted both coats, touched up,  and cleaned up before we move on to the rest.


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Day 1

As always, we tackled the most time-consuming parts of the house on our first day.  Our preparation includes caulking any cracks, gaps, nail holes, etc.  we also removed a fair amount of moss from the top of the chimney.  Luckily the moss has not caused any damage to the substrate.  We had excellent painting weather on our first day, which allowed us to apply the second coat on the body and the trim on the same day.

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Chimneys do not have eaves above them to protect them from the elements, and usually receive a fair amount of abuse from moisture and UV exposure.  We often do more scraping and apply extra thick coats of material to help the chimney age at the same rate as the rest of the siding.

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Precision Masking – Thorough cover-up

We love our masking guys. they are the reason we can guarantee, in writing, that there will not be any paint slopped on windows, decks, driveways, etc.

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Day 2

Today we tackled and completed the front of the house.  We had a fair amount of trim, and plenty of small areas to paint.  As usual, we take our time with masking, knowing a great tape-job allows our painters to move so much faster.  Everything in the front received 2 coats, hand-brushed to perfection…and we have yet to splatter a single drop of paint on the bricks 🙂

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While we brush the tops of the pillars to produce perfect lines, the body of the Pillars will be sprayed using a Fine Finish spray tip. We use fine finish tips on interior trim, and exterior doors. Using the rights equipment we are able to produce “factory finished” surfaces.

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All time consuming and challenging portions of the project were completed by 10AM day 2.

Second coat

Our crew will always apply a second coat and back roll to ensure a perfectly even and durable finish.

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Starting Date: July 15th, 2013

Completion Date: July 19th, 2013


Our most recent project in the beautiful Columbia neighborhood of Sammamish, WA.  We are thrilled to have 10 or more clients in this neighborhood.

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We masked windows, concrete patios, power outlets, front rocks, etc.  We also caulked all imperfections on the wood trim, and all butt-joints on the fiver cement siding boards.

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Protecting the neighbor’s plants, while spraying the fence.

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Paint Application

As always, we Apply two coats and back-roll both coats to ensure the material is being rubbed into the surface, as supposed to a quick one day spray job.

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Finished Product

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