Complete exterior, including doors, windows trim, decks, and railings.
Our power washer was able to remove Bee’s nests, spider webs, and that invisible layer of pollution that will otherwise mix into the paint and alter the formula. We also had plenty of cedar bleed through that we removed using our standard house bleach/TSP solution. We also removed some loose paint from the siding and railings. We do not expect the pressure washer to remove all the loose paint, but it does give the scraping and sanding a head start.
Power washing date: May 29, 2013
Starting date: July 9, 2013
Completion date: July 12, 2013
After scraping and sanding, we applied one solid coat of oil based primer by hand. We like to use brushes and roller to make sure the primer is forced into the grain. front verge boards and beams were the focus of our attention, although we did find a fair amount of peeling paint on the siding as well.
Masking and cover-up
As always, we take great care to protect windows, decks, plants, and concrete surfaces.
2 coat Application
Both coats are always back-rolled to ensure proper adhesion. Back rolling removes any air that might be trapped between the siding, and the fresh coats of paint.
Decks and Railings
railings were prepped using the same procedure as the house, while the deck boards were completely stripped.
Some Small touches
When the water pickets are previously painted, or simply old and unsightly, we paint them. The handle is painted using Rust-Oleum metal paint, while the body of the hardware is painted with the house paint.
Completed 2-3 weeks before painting. Because eaves are constructed out of plywood, and since they do not receive any direct sun, we allow several weeks of drying time. Our power washer removed bee’s nests, spider webs, and most importantly, an invisible layer of pollution that would otherwise mix into the paint and alter its formula.
Masking and cover-up
This house is tastefully landscaped and our goal is to not break a single twig. We started by masking windows, front bricks, and covering up plants.
We have expert maskers on the crew. We guarantee a neat job. Once we are finished, there should not be a single drop of paint on any bricks, concrete, windows, etc.
Since we are dealing with fiber cement siding, we caulked every single butt-joint to prevent moisture penetration. Product of choice: Sika by Sika group of America. This is the mother of all adhesives. Once dry, this caulking material has the same feel as rubber used in car tires. It remains flexible even after fully cured.
Applying the second coat
As always, we apply 2 coats whether it is needed or not. Both coats are back-rolled to improve adhesion and spread the paint evenly.
After sanding, cleaning, and performing our standard precision masking, The front door was treated with 2 coats of Benjamin Moore MoorGlo. Color: 2137-10. with every front door we paint, our goal is to produce a finish that resembles something that just rolled off the factory line, and on this project, weather conditions were perfect and we were able to reach our goal.
ELEGANT PAINTING signature 2 tone railings. Spindles are body color, and the horizontal pieces have been coated with 2 coats of the trim paint.
Power washing a house is all about using the right materials and equipment. We soaked any visible mildew with our exterior bleach and TSP solution, allowed 5-10 minutes for the cleaner to activate, and power washed to remove fairly large amounts of mildew and other green growth from the siding, eaves, gutters, and back side of gutters.
Some Gutter damage
We will attempt to fix these issues that seem to have been developing for some years. These front gutters have been filled with water and are handing down with the weight of the water. We will attempt to push them back in place before painting. In the back of the house, above the sliding glass door, we have rusted gutters that are leaking. We have a spray product that can seal these holes from the inside and provide a 1-2 year seal. Looks like the little pines or needles from the nearby evergreen trees are filling up these gutters, blocking water from draining down the downspout, causing sitting water in the gutter, and the weight of this water is causing the gutters to come loose.
Possible Color Choices
Day 1 – Preparation
Friday July 26 – Estimated completion date: Monday July 29th. We started by masking windows to prevent any over spray, caulking any gaps, cracks, nail-holes, etc. We also removed some loose paint from the south side but there is still some scraping/priming to do on Monday. We were also able to apply both coats on about 70% of the house, and get started on the trim.
White Lightning caulking material was applied to all corner joints, and sides of windows, doors, etc.
Proper masking allows us to work fast without having to worry about making a mess!
As always, both coats are back-rolled to force the paint into the grain, and to make sure the paint is evenly spread.
Pressure washing was completed on Tuesday May 28th. We removed some mildew from siding and gutters, spider webs, bee’s nests, etc. As with all our cedar siding projects, we allow plenty of drying time.
Step 2 – Preparation and painting
July 1st, 2013
We started with masking windows and covering up plants, walkways, front porch, rear deck, etc.
What we’ve done so far:
Apply 2 coats on siding, two coats on spindles front and back. 1st coat on Garage retainer walls, 1st coat on about 30% of the trim and windows.
Application started with spraying, and back-brushing 2 coats of Benjamin Moore Solid Oil based stain on cedar shakes. Why not use paint on the shakes? If paint ever fails (chips) on shakes, then they would need to be replaced. Paint is never recommended for exterior cedar shakes. The correct product for shakes is solid stain, which looks like paint but it does not chip or peel. Next time, the shakes simply need to be washed, and re-stained.
Getting into tight spots
We had to get a little creative to get behind all the plants to paint every square inch of the siding.
A fully protected plant was gently peeled away from the house and covered up. Once paint is dry, it will simply be pushed back into place.
An extension pole was used to push a covered plant away from the surface while the paint dries.
We spray and back-roll or back-brush to add 3-5 years to an already durable Benjamin Moore paint job. Manufacturer recommends “knocking out” the sheen seen in this photo to improve durability.
As always, we apply two coats, and back-roll both coats to increase adhesion, and produce an even layer.
Al always, we started by tackling the most challenging and time consuming portions of the project. On this house, we started on the south side (chimney saide) and the front of the house. this is where the weather has been beating down on the siding and has left the siding in fairly poor shape. We started by masking windows, and some fencing, before moving on to sanding and primer.
Fiber disk sanding all the areas where paint is loose and chipping off. A fiber disk sander is not to be confused with a sander. This machine dose not smooth out the loose paint, it rips it off the house, and it also removes about 1/32″ of bad wood from the surface of the surface of the siding, leaving us with fresh wood, ready for primer.
Fiber disk sanding to remove loose or chipping paint from cedar siding
All sanded areas are primed with our Zinsser exterior oil based primer. This is the mother of all primers. It penetrates the wood and becomes one with it. It is similar to “super glue”, with protective properties. This primer also replenishes essential moisture back into the dry cedar and balances the PH of the substrate. Primer must be rolled on, and never sprayed, to make sure it penetrates into the surface and not just sit on top on it. By rolling, we force the primer into all microscopic moisture pockets that would otherwise hold water every time it rains, or every time we have high humidity, which is pretty much all the time in this area.
We know all the spots where moisture causes the paint to fail. This includes end of verge boards. We give all these areas a special treatment to make sure they age at the same rate as the rest of the house so our home-owners do not end up with a house that looks great on one side, and horrible on the weather side.
Like most homes in the Northwest, this verge board has pretty badly weathered ends. This loose paint looks ugly, but it also holds more moisture under the loose/chipping paint. The loose paint keeps the moisture from drying out.
Our fiber disk sanders removed all the lose paint from this trim board, leaving us with nearly new cedar. Oil based primer was later applied to seal the board, and the visible crack will be caulked once the primer is cured.
after 2 coats of Benjamin Moore MoorGlo
This chimney was is fairly poor condition. It is not uncommon for chimneys to go bad in the northwest. Unfortunately most previous painters neglect this area, simply because it is high up and home-owners do not go up to inspect the work. We climb up and give the chimney the same special treatment as the all other weathered portions of the house.
Back of the chimney – Obviously neglected by previous painters, has received the same preparation treatment as other weathered portions of the house.
Siding: Caulked after primer and 2 coats of Benjamin Moore paint was back rolled to make sure the material is forced into the siding. Trim was hand painted 2 coats with brush and roller.
Garage wall was also in very bad shape, so we gave it our special preparation treatment.
Applying the second coat
Back brushing knows no height. It has to be done, specially in the upper portions since they get the most abuse from the elements.
NOTE: There is plenty of white bird droppings that resemble paint. It is everywhere…what are they eating 🙂
Garage window option
The window trim on the garage doors could be painted trim color to somewhat match the windows on the house?
Plan for June 11, 2013
Finish masking fence, windows, roof. Cover front porch, rear patio, plants. Inspect areas prepped on Monday and complete as necessary. Caulk all gaps, cracks, joints, nail holes, or any other area where moisture can get in. Begin painting hopefully by 10AM. We hope to have 2 coats sprayed and back-rolled on the siding, and begin painting the trim by the end of our day 2. Finishing the entire project by Wednesday is possible but not guaranteed 🙂
Plan for Tomorrow (June 13th, 2013)
Cover up entire rear patio and patio furniture, mask 2 upper bedroom windows, Paint back of the house, complete trim on the right side, trim in back, Apply 2-3 coats of Benjamin Moore MoorGlow to front door and front door casing. Put back house numbers, house lights, furniture, etc. Clean up equipment, use garden blower to clean up entire property including roof, patios, driveways, etc.
Project completed (June 13, 2013)
Thank you for hiring Elegant Painting to paint your beautiful home. we had a great time working for you guys. We only lost 1/2 day due to weather but the finish product was not effected and we hope you are pleased with the results 🙂
Sample progress report from an actual project in Redmond/Fall City WA
This Classic Northwest home is being prepared to go through a major Elegant Makeover. This house belongs to one of our all time favorite clients who we have known for many years. We painted the interior about 6 years ago and refinished the decks in 2009. Now it is time for the exterior to go through what we like to call…..An Elegant Exterior Makeover!
Power washing was completed on June 3, 2013. We were able to remove a large number of bee’s nests and massive spider webs. We also removed any of the previous stain that was in poor shape. Luckily we were able to accomplish this task without any water going inside the house through any of the doors or windows.
Next step of this project begins on June 13th, 2013. Plan is to Mask off all windows, roof, decks, patios, and driveway, and prime all exterior surfaces, including eaves, porch ceilings, dormers, and trim. for this paint job, we will be using an oil based exterior grade primer to seal, protect, bond, and produce a workable surface.
Once the primer is dried, we will have some fun installing window trim on all windows. We will be using 1×4 pre-primed spruce, attached with 3.5 inch 16 gauge finish nails. Then the nail holes will be filled with “HM Ready Exterior” and edges caulked with our Benjamin Moore Morelastic adhesive. At that time, we will go through every square inch of each wall, and fill any cracks, gaps, joints, etc.
Possible color choices
Looks like we will be going with some shade of grey. Like all our exterior projects, we applied several popular Benjamin Moore samples for our home-owner to live with for a few days, and view in different lighting, and different times of the day.
Day 1; Preparation
By the end of our first day, we managed to mask all windows, mask roof, front porch, and deck, and apply a coat of oil based primer to about 70% of the house.
Priming complete! Since this beautiful house has never been painted before, we applied one solid coat of oil based primer on every square inch of the siding and eaves.
As always, we did a thorough job of cover-up. So far, zero primer on any plants. We take covering-up very seriously. A flawless and durable paint-job looses all of it’s value if there are drops of paint on plant, decks, or patios.
We used a roof pad to place a ladder on top of the hot tub, this is a piece of plywood with a 4″ sponge glued on the bottom to spread the weight and protect the surface.
Day 2; Rain….and window trim.
By the end of day #2, we managed to install trim on about 70% of the windows, and unmask front windows. The rain finally stopped by the end of the day, allowing us to finish priming the siding 🙂
Once primer was dry, we went through every square inch of the siding and caulked any imperfections. Caulking must be done after primer. Similar to paint, caulking materials adhere better to primer than they do to the previous finish. These imperfections include cracks, nail holes, dents, bumps, bruises, or anything else that might allow the wood surface to hold moisture. Butt-joints are not caulked to allow the siding to move freely in changing temperatures. The only time we caulk butt-joints is when it has been done previously and we have no choice but to repeat the mistake.
Day 3; More rain….
Window trim Installation is complete and colors have been selected. 100% chance of rain tomorrow….We cleaned up well knowing we will be rained out tomorrow and are now hoping to complete most of the painting on Friday and Saturday.
Day 4; Painting
We finally had some nice weather and made some great progress. We now expect to finish this project on Monday June 24th. Plan for Saturday: finish the house. Plan for Monday: Finish doors and deck.
This photo shows how effective back-rolling is. The effect is not just cosmetic. While the sprayer lays the paint on top of the grain, the roller forces it into the grain, making it one with the surface, Making it difficult for the siding to release the paint as time goes on. We believe this method adds 3-5 years to the already durable Benjamin Moore paint job. Corners, where the roller may not reach, are back brushed to make sure all surfaces receive the same treatment.
As always, we apply 2 coats, whether it is needed or not. Both coats are back-rolled to ensure an even spread.