Cedar shake stain

Cedar shake siding should not be painted.   If they are painted, re-painting will virtually destroy them as shakes are too thin to withstand the preparation process.

Solid stain

Solid stain is the ideal product for cedar shake siding.   Stain requires little preparation as it does not chip or peel.  Primer should be avoided on cedar shake as it blocks the stain from penetrating and bonding with the substrate.

Semi-transparent stain

Aesthetically, the Semi-transparent stain is ideal but it requires a high maintenance.  Semi-transparent stain requires power washing and reapplication every 2-4 years depending on UV and moisture exposure.

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Best time of the year to paint exteriors in Seattle area

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Exterior painting season

The most frequently asked question by our clients is ”when is the best time of the year to paint exteriors in Seattle area”.  We like to answer this question using a moisture gauge, and instructions from exterior paint manufacturers.

Moisture content of the substrate must be below 14%

If the surface has a higher moisture content, some of that moisture mixes with the paint, altering the formula and affecting the chemical reaction which takes place after application.

Our typical exterior painting season begins in April


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Should you wait till later in the season?

Not necessarily!  If you paint early in the exterior season, your acrylic layers will have all summer to dry and cure, and be ready for the next rainy season.

On the other hand, if you paint later in the season, your substrate might have a lower moisture content, but the layers of paint will not have too much time to cure.

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Average cost of painting the exterior of your home

Unlike interior painting, an exterior painting quote is dependent on a limited number of factors.  In this article, we explain our price formula which has been fine tuned over the last decade and proven to produce the most satisfied clients, as well as sustain ELEGANT PAINTING® as a successful local employer.


#1 factor: condition of current paint

removing loose paint from wood sidingAllowing paint to chip and peel before requesting the services of a professional painter comes with two complications;

1) Increased labor costs Removing loose paint is costly.  Peeling layers must be manually removed and primer must be hand painted to ensure proper adhesion.  This is old fashioned manual labor and it will cost you.

2) Decreased durability.  Once your current coat of paint stops being protective, your substrate begins to deteriorate.  Even with proper preparation you still run the risk of the new paint job failing prematurely.  You also run the risk of ending up with a painting company that does not perform a proper preparation service.


#2 factor: Height

A three story house will always cost more to paint.  Roofing, gutter cleaning and window cleaning will all cost more if you own a three story house.  Another factor is the amount of trim to be painted on your three story house.


#3 factor: Roof pitch

If there are surfaces only reached by walking on the roof, then the pitch of your roof comes into question. Most Northwest homes have roof pitch of bellow 12/12 which can be walked on with OSHA approved safety gear.  Roof pitch 12/12 (not common) cannot be walked on and require ladder hooks.


#4 factor: Slope of your lot

Has your home been built on a steep slopes?  Most homes are on semi-level lots and are easily painted using ladder leveler.  We have encountered a few dozen projects where a ladder-trench had to be dug in order to secure our ladder legs.


#1 factor: Siding type

There are only a few common siding types on Northwest homes

back brushing cedar siding1) Beveled cedar siding.  The most common type of siding used on homes constructed prior to the 1990’s.  While this material is still in use, it has been widely replaced with Hardie Board siding.  You can expect to pay a bit more to paint your house if you have rough-cut cedar siding.  The roughness of this surface is what makes it a durable product as it holds on lots of paint and also cools down faster.  Back-rolling or back-brushing is an absolute must with this type of siding.  Paint must be pushed into the texture to ensure a strong bond.

2) Hardie board siding.  Used on nearly all new homes, this material is easy to maintain, fairly inexpensive to paint, and it holds on to paint for many years.  It is crucial that Hardie Board siding is painted using spray & back-roll method to ensure enhanced adhesion and an even spread of paint.

3)Tongue and groove siding.  Less common cedar siding that general costs more to paint d

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Power washing (decks & fences)

What to expect from our power washing team


power-washingWe use high power pressure washers to remove previous finishes and mildew growth from cedar deck board and railings.  This process removes cedar pores from the surface.  Once the deck is power washed we rince these cedar pores from all surfaces surrounding the deck including; plants, walls, windows, and the deck itself. This portion of the process involves a car wash brush and a high power rinse; either the highest setting on a garden hose nozzle, or the lower setting on a power washer.  While trees and shrubs can easily withstand this level of water pressure, smaller annals, new transplants, and herbs might appear a disturbed for a few days.


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Please close all windows and doors within within 20 feet of the deck

There is no need to remove patio furniture, BBQ, etc,  but please remove anything delicate that you do not want our crew to handle or anything that can not withstand being rinsed or scrubbed down with a car wash brush.


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Our crew makes the assumption that your home is properly sealed and OK to be power washed.  All Northwest homes are built to be power washed and our team cannot be responsible if any water enters the house due to incorrect installation of windows, doors, siding, etc.

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A complete package to meet the needs of homeowners who expect more from their home-improvement professionals.

We have spent the last 10 years listening to Eastside homeowners, and offer you a service company 100% focused on providing a positive experience.

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No Subcontractors – Not a franchise

Fixed price guarantee

Every estimate includes references, proof of insurance, license, & bond

Model homes in your immediate area

Enhanced adhesion

Sherwin Williams® Paints

We offer proof of 2nd coat

Not operated out of a UPS store or PO box

Zero lawsuits or complaints, ever!

Precision Guarantee

HOA color approval

We make sure you love your colors!

Back-rolling to enhance durability

Glowing references

We guarantee your positive experience!


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No Subcontractors – Not a franchise

Elegant Painting was founded in Kirkland. Our talented crew members are directly employed and insured by us. We do not hire subcontractors and we do not sell client information to other contractors. By avoiding subcontractors we are able to guarantee consistent quality, time and time again.

What this means to you:
Most local painters use subcontractors. This means once you agree to hire a local painter, he then begins shopping around for a subcontractor to do the actual job. The company you hire is simply a middle man who takes a cut for finding you the painters…often the cheapest workers with the lowest quality service standards.

Every estimate includes references, proof of insurance, license, & bond

Every one of our free estimates comes with a list of glowing references, a copy of our current WA state contractor’s license, proof of insurance, and a copy of our certificate of bond.

Model homes in your immediate area

All exterior projects include a maps of model homes in your immediate area! we encourage our new clients to take a drive and see our work in person! There are multiple neighborhoods on the Eastside where you could go for a short walk around the block and view dozens of homes painted by ELEGANT PAINTING®

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ELEGANT PAINTING® is one of very few companies to back-roll the entire siding. this method forces the paint into the grain and rubs any trapped air out of the texture. Read more on the importance of backrolling.

Sherwin Williams® paints

We use only top quality paints from local Sherwin Williams® stores. as a large volume purchaser we receive deep discounts that allow us to continue offering super premium quality service at excellent rates. Read more about our paints, stains, and other adhesives.

Proof of 2nd coat

While most painting companies promise two coats, Very few actually deliver as promised. We believe applying two coats on every single project is essential to the durability of the coating. Every exterior project includes a progress report complete with proof of second coat. See a sample.

Not operated out of a UPS store

Many painting companies in our area are not local businesses; they use UPS boxes with addresses that resemble actual street locations. These are often companies that are hiding their physical locations from you and from the State.

Zero lawsuits or complaints ever!

As of 2015, ELEGANT PAINTING® maintains an immaculate record with zero complaints, no tax debt, no delinquent accounts or legal issues of any kind.

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Precision is guaranteed in writing!

We offer a you a piece of mind with our technically correct comprehensive precision guarantee. See it

HOA approval

Every estimate includes a PDF document to share with your HOA for approval. This document includes your chosen colors; complete with samples, and all our company information including business licence number, physical location, starting and completion dates, and all other information they may require before they can approve your colors. See it

We make sure you love your colors!

Our estimates include color samples which are painted on your siding or trim boards. We encourage you to observe your color samples in the shade, in direct sun, midday, and late after noon. Read more

We back-roll the entire siding!

To increase speed, most painting companies spray as much of the exterior as they can. ELEGANT PAINTING® is one of very few painting companies in the puget sound area to follow instructions provided by siding manufacturers, and back-roll the entire siding. Back-rolling(or back-brushing) is the original and accurate application method, and also recommended by all exterior paint manufacturers. Watch a video on this topic


Each free estimate includes a list of references complete with email addresses. We encourage our new clients to get in touch with previous homeowners and inquire about their experience with ELEGANT PAINTING®.

Special Southside Treatment

We have developed a special treatment, unique to the south-side of your home. This process focuses on removing any existing failed coats, applying one solid coat of penetrating oil-based primer, and back-rolling 2 coats of premium grade Sherwin Williams exterior paint. Tread the complete “south-side treatment process”

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We guarantee you will have a positive experience with us

While we guarantee the quality of our craftsmanship, we also guarantee that you experience with us will be a positive one. Our company is built around homeowners who expect a high level of professionalism from their home improvement professional.

Our quote is guaranteed not to change

Once your project begins, our price is guaranteed not to increase for any reason.

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South-side of structure peeling paint – Special treatment

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If you are a homeowner in the Puget sound area, you know that the south side of your home is more exposed to the elements than the rest of the structure. The south side remains in the shade longer, meaning moisture from humidity and due evaporate later in the day. The south side of the structure is also the side exposed to evening sun while the temperatures are the highest.


We have developed a special treatment, unique to the south side of your home. This process focuses on removing any existing failed coats, applying one solid coat of penetrating oil-based primer, and back-rolling 2 coats of premium grade Benjamin Moore exterior paint.

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The first step is to remove all peeling or chipping paint. This task is accomplished using a combination of hand and power tools. While we do not attempt to remove ALL of the previous paint, our goal is to remove any existing loose paint, along with any layers that might fail within the next few years.


Oil-based Primer

Once all the sanding dust and loose paint chips are removed, we hand paint one layer of our oil-based primer. This material penetrates into the wood and becomes one with the grain. Primers also replenish all the essential oils back into the substrate; in other words, primer keeps the siding from decomposing and returning to nature!

NOTE:  If you choose to upgrade your paint to the self-priming “Duration ” product, primer is not applied.  Duration has the ability to penetrate into the grain and bond directly with the grain without the use of primer.  See pages 8 and 9 of your estimate for more information and direct links to manufacturer specifications.



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Essential in the damp Northwest, caulking is a task saved until the primer is fully dry. Similar to paint, caulking material adheres better to primer than it does to bare wood. we use premium grade caulking materials to fill any cracks, gaps, joints, nail holes etc.


Paint Application

Once our special south-side treatment is complete, we apply two coats of Benjamin Moore paint, along with the rest of the house. We back-roll both coats to ensure proper adhesion, an even spread of paint, and to push out any air that is otherwise trapped in the grain.





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Touch-up paint – ELEGANT PAINTING®

Every estimate includes a free touch-up kit.  In this kit you will find a pint size can of each color used on your project, a list of color names, manufacturer, brand, sheen, and instructions for acquiring more if you ever  need to do some larger touch-ups in the future.  These pint size cans are filled with the exact paint used on your project. 

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Precision Guarantee – Exterior

This page is intended to be a supplement to your estimate document
As part of our Exterior painting quote, we guarantee that the following items will be masked, covered up, and protected from any paint drips, splatters, and over-spray.

Large plants

Your larger plants and shrubs will be covered using Drop cloths and tarps.

Small plants

We use our plant protectors to keep paint off of smaller plants, and also protect them from being stepped on.


Roofing material will be protected using masking machines and 3m masking paper. Areas close to the siding, the roofing material will be masked precisely, while the drop cloths cover the rest as needed. We paint roof flashing only when it has already been painted (mistakenly) by previous painters.


Decks, porches, railings, etc. will be protected using masking machines and 3m masking paper. The body of the deck will be covered up to prevent paint drips, overspray, splatters, etc.

Patio lights

Patio lights will be removed and re-installed. Any fixtures that may require an electrician to reinstall, will be masked off and protected in place.

Weather stripping

Removable weather stripping will be taken off and reinstall. Other types of weather stripping (i.e. bottom of garage doors) will be masked off and protected


All windows will be masked precisely. Once masking is removed, all windows will be closely inspected to ensure perfect lines and flawless edges.


Fences will be protected using masking machines and 3m masking paper. The area touching the house will be masked precisely, while the body of the fence will be covered with drop cloths or tarps. overspray, splatters, etc.

Gas & electricity meters

We follow directions from utility companies, and cover-up the readers as needed.

Water Spicket

We paint spickets that are previously painted.



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