Major exterior makeover – Redmond – Fallcity

An Elegant Makeover in the Northwest

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!
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Power washing

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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 🙂

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Caulking

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.

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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.

Back Rolling

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.

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Second Coat

As always, we apply 2 coats, whether it is needed or not.  Both coats are back-rolled to ensure an even spread.

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11717 NE 144th pL

Kirkland, WA 98034

Phone: (425) 242-4646

 

Painting a perfect front door

 

Elegant Painting produces the most flawless front doors on the eastside.  We know your front door is the first thing your guests see, and we want it to be as perfect as the rest of the house.

As with most exterior projects, we start by rinsing off that fine layer of pollution with a pressure washer and allowing it to dry out.  Preparation is key to producing a perfect front door.  We start by removing the hardware, and any flaws we see on the door including runs left by previous painters, nail holes, cracks, chipping paint, bubble, etc.

If the door has major dried paint runs or drips, we employ the services of our trusty fiber disk sanders to flatten them out.  If there are cracks, we speckle then using MH Ready Patch Professional formula speckling and patching compound.  This product is Shrink and crack resistant, dries rock solid, yet it is easy to sand and easy to apply.

If cracks are visible in the joints, we use our premium Sherwin Williams® caulk, or the very durable WhiteLighting caulking material to make sure the cracks do not reappear after a few years.  With flexible caulking, even if the crack continues to expand due to the settling of the house, the caulking expands and continues to seal the crack, stopping moisture from entering the joint.

After the speckling, and filling of the nail holes, and the grinding of the runs, we hand sand the door with fine 2sandpapernd paper to remove any sanding marks and to smooth out any patching compounds.

Cleaning sanding dust is not as easy as you would think.  The most effective way of making sure there is no trace of dust left behind is to first direct a garden blower at the door while brushing every square inch with a clean dry brush.  Once we are convinced all the dust is gone, the door is wiped with a clean, damp, lint-free cloth.   Now the door is ready to be primed.

Masking the area around the front door

There are 2 ways of making a front door.  The first option is painting the door before the rest of the house is painted.  This means we only have to cover the porch and not have to worry about getting paint on the siding, but if we are painting only the door, or if the door is being painted after the rest of the house is completed, then we mask off a six foot area all around the door and the casing.  For this, we use 3M window masking plastic and tack it down to make sure the wind does not blow it off the surface.  Then we open the door and mask the casing from the inside to make sure no paint can make it passed the surface of the door.

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Priming the front door

Unless you have a fiberglass or metal door in decent shape, you need a primer.  Doors are often painted with high-gloss paints, which means your new coat has nothing to grab.  Shiny paints do not allow anything to penetrate into them, hence the need for a good quality oil based primer.  We have two nearly identical products to choose from; KILZ Complete, or Zinsser exterior oil based primer.  How do we decide if a primer is needed or not?

We make this decision after the preparation.  You do not need a primer if your sanding has removed all the sheen out of the current finish and if you are working with a door that is currently in good shape.  We also consider how protected the door is from the elements.  If the front porch ceiling is protecting the door from rain and US exposure, then there might be a chance you do not need to prime it.  If you are working with a wood door that has been sanded and speckled, then skipping primer is a mistake.
We spray the oil primer using a Titan Airless Sprayer.  This fast drying primer can be sanded in 1-3 hours.

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Sanding…round 2

Once the primer is fully dried, we sand with a fine 220 grid sprayer and repeat the dust removing techniques mentioned above.  Now we inspect the masking to make sure everything is intact and start painting our perfect front door.

 

Painting a Perfect front Door

We like to use a Titan440i airless sprayer, with a 410 fine finish tip.  The 410 fine finish tip puts out a very small amount of paint, so we count on applying 2-4 coats depending on color.  Our paint of choice here is our wonderful Benjamin Moore MorGlo LowGloss.  This paint dries out to resemble a layer of vinyl that is not too shiny, yet offers extreme protection for any surface.  The paint is sprayed on in a checkered pattern.  The spray gun trigger is pulled away from the door, then the gun is run up or down the height of the door until the entire door is covered.  Then the process is repeated horizontally.

After the paint has dried, The door is opened and the inside edge is painted with a brush, taking special care not to allow the brush to touch the sprayed areas.

How do we know which edge should be painted the interior color and which edge exterior?  Here’s a simple method; Stand outside and open the door.  The edge you see should be painted the exterior color.  If the interior of the door is being painted, simply repeat this method from the inside; any edge visible from the inside should be painted interior color.

Once all surfaces are completely dried, which can take a few hours depending on humidity, we carefully remove the masking plastic and inspect the door and surrounding areas to make sure we have achieved the type of perfection Elegant Painting is known to offer.

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Preparing the front door for painting

 

 

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17313 220th PL NE Woodinville, WA 98077

Phone: (425) 588-9288

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