Painting previously stained or varnished surfaces

Step 1; Power washing

Pressure washing assures we have a substrate that is clear of dust, dirt, and pollution.  We apply one coat of 30 second house cleaner If any visible mildew is growing on the surface.  The amount of water pressure is determined by the type of surface being washed.  If we are working with delicate cedar chokes,  pressure is lowered to make sure shingles do not detach.  When washing tougher types of siding materials, pressure can be increased.  We always use an angled pressure washer tip to direct the flow down wards and prevent moisture from being forced under the siding.

Drying time is determined based on temperature and humidity.  On average, we wait one week to resume our preparation.  Often painters are in a rush to complete project and start painting 1-2 days after power washing which can cause premature failure of the paint job.

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Preparing 20 year old garage doors to be painted for the very first time.

Step 2; Masking and cover up

Every project starts with masking and cover-up.  We protect windows, roofing, walkways, plants, or any other surface that is not being painted.  Exterior lights, thermometers, and other similar items are removed from the house, while other items, such as patio furniture are placed a safe distance away.

Sanding – Round 1

While major sanding takes place after the primer is applied, we give a rough pass to the entire surface to remove any splinters raised by the pressure washer.  Sanding dust is removed by dusters, vacuums, and powerful gas blowers. NOTE on lead based paints:  this type of clean up applies to home build after 1978.

Primer – First coat

Once the surface is clean and dust is removed from the surface and surrounding areas, we apply our first coat of oil based exterior stain to seal the substrate.  Primer can be brushed or spray/back/rushed to ensure proper adhesion.  Drying time is determined based on temperature and humidity.

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After 2 coats of primer, and sanded before and after each coat.

Sanding – Round 2

Once our fast drying oil primer is fully dry, we sand the entire surface to flatten cedar pores, and restore the surface to original condition as much as possible.  Again, the surface and surrounding areas are clean of all sanding dust.

Primer – Second Coat

Now we apply a second coat of oil primer and allow sufficient drying time.  Back-brushing may be needed for rough surfaces.

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Paint Application

We back-roll the paint on the siding.  While most painting companies believe a sprayed on coat suffices, Elegant painting takes durability to another level.  Our application method includes bankrolling the entire siding twice.  Paint is applied using airless sprayers, and is spread using rollers.  Back-rolling forces the paint into the surface, filling all microscopic “moisture pockets”.  Back-rolling also improves adhesion and produces an even spread.   Gutters, corner boards, belly bands, fascia boards and other trim pieces are then hand painted twice using brush and rollers.
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Elegant Painting

11717 NE 144TH PL
KIRKLAND, WA98034

Phone: (425) 242-4646

Exterior Painting – Seattle

Complete Exterior Painting – Seattle, WA

 

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Step 1 – Power Washing

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.

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 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.

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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.

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An extension pole was used to push a covered plant away from the surface while the paint dries.

 

Application

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.

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 Second coat

As always, we apply two coats, and back-roll both coats to increase adhesion, and produce an even layer.

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Gray exterior paint colors

Gray exterior paint colors are classic colors that work with any color scheme and combination.  Gray works with white trim, darker gray trim, red doors, and pretty much any color configuration you could think of.  Gray can be cool and classic, or daring and bold with a deep hint of blue.  We recommend a lighter shade of gray for smaller homes.  A light gray can take years off the look of an older rambler and give it an updated clean look that appeals to any taste.

Related:  Exterior paint colors that go well with red brick

List of exterior grays and houses painted by Elegant Painting® 

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Light Gray exterior paint colors

A light gray with warm undertone can create a classic and calm finish.  It is perfect for large or small exteriors in The Northwest setting.  If you are looking for that perfect, clean look, this might be the color for you.  Gray siding limits your trim choices to pure white or very light shades of gray.

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See photos of houses we’ve painted in these classic favorite gray colors:

 

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How to choose paint colors that reflect your lifestyle

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house painting is not something you think about often.  Unlike interior painting, most home-owners consider exterior house painting when the current condition of the paint-job is poor, and not when they get bored with the color.  While a fresh paint-job offers great protection and preserves your exterior surfaces, it also communicates your character, taste, and your lifestyle.

Before choosing colors, here are a few questions every home-owner should consider:

 

Why are you painting the house?

Are you just bored with the color? Is your current paint in poor shape? Do you need fresh coats to protect the siding against the elements?  Is your home being prepared to go on the market?  How happy are you with our current paint colors?

 

 

House painting as resale preparation

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Exterior colors play an important role in preparing a house for resale.  Keep in mind tastes vary.  What appears absolutely beautiful to you, might be so unpleasant to a potential buyer that they even may walk away from the property.  Most buyers decide on a house at first sight and color effects our cognition in unpredictable ways.

When choosing house colors, in preparation for placing a house on the market, it is important to choose neutral colors that appeal to every taste.  Here, the idea is not to attract buyers with your unique custom colors, but to try and avoid repelling anyone due to taste variation.

 

 

Choosing paint colors that appeal to you

If you have no intentions of selling the house, then you are free to choose colors based on your very own personal taste.  all paint brands produce most of their paints in thousands of different colors.  So where do you begin?

 

Whats your favorite color?

woodinville paintersEveryone has a favorite color.  Take a quick trip to your local Benjamin Moore store and check our their swatches.  Try to narrow it down to 5 colors, and grab some swatches.  Spend a few days looking at them.  Be sure to look at the swatches in different lighting conditions.  We recommend looking at the swatches in the shake and keeping in mind that we have very few sunny days.

Swatches can be deceiving 

Paint swatches are produce via printers and they are on paper.  It is always best to see the actual paint, on the actual surface that will be painted.  If you are working with Elegant painting, narrow down your search to 5 colors, and email them to us.  We would be happy to stop by and paint large patches of your chosen colors on the siding or trim.  We may also have have recommendations on colors similar to your choices, but more suitable for exterior.

 

Please feel free to call, email or text us with any house painting questions.  We are not just a business, We are here to help!

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