High-Pressure Washing The entire
house will be cleaned with a high-pressure wash. In
extreme cases a chemical cleaner may be used on the house to
achieve maximum cleansing. Pressure washing will
remove any dirt and mildew on the house. In addition,
loose paint will be removed. Pressure washing will
leave a clean surface for the new paint to adhere to.
Be cautious of any painting contractor that does not include
a thorough high-pressure washing in the proposal. The
house will be allowed to dry out for a least a day before
any painting will begin.
Loose Paint Any peeling or loose
paint on the house that was not removed by the high-pressure
washing will be hand scraped. Many times pressure
washing will cause the paint to peel further and hand
scraping is needed to properly prepare the new surfaces for
painting. This is one of the most important
parts of the job.
This is another important area that needs to be
addressed before painting starts. All bare wood
surfaces and stains will be primed with either a latex-based
"Peel Stop" primer or an oil-based primer. Both
primers may be used depending on the conditions. The
latex-based "Peel Stop" primer acts like a primer and a glue
to actually bond the edges of the peeling paint to the bare
wood. This helps to stop peeling areas from peeling
further in the future. Oil-based primers soak into new
wood better and are also used on rusting areas, such as
around gas meter, prior to painting. The oil-based
primer works better in keeping the steel gas meters, and
other steel surfaces from rusting. Note in the picture
below the amount of priming. In this case the
efflorescence was treated, sealed and primed.
Click on the image below to enlarge.
Any nails that have loosened their way from the house
will either be replaced or recessed back into the siding.
By recessing loose nails, the siding joints will be tighter
and will aid with the caulking to completely seal the house.
This not only reduces energy bills but also keeps the siding
from flexing, which can cause caulking to split prematurely.
When Scott's Painting & Staining Inc.
or does any carpentry work, ring
shank nails can be used which can slide into the
wood but the arrow shaped rings keeps them from loosening
back out over time.
Caulking Old cracked and
loose caulking will be removed and replaced with a premium
Siliconized Acrylic Latex Caulking. In many cases
the original caulking is insufficient and not only leads to
higher energy bills, but also may allow water into joints
which can cause the
siding to rot. This is especially true for many of the
homes with Hardboard
siding. Scott's Painting & Staining Inc. specializes in
siding replacement so we are highly skilled at knowing
where these problem areas are. As a result, we ensure
the entire house is completely caulked on every
job. All joints, seams and punctured nail holes will
be caulked. If you want a quick caulking
job, then Scott's Painting & Staining Inc. is not the
contractor for you. We can also use a highly flexible
polyurethane sealant such as
or OSI Quad sealant. Note in the picture below how
siding is completely caulked around all edges, with the exception of
the bottom edge to prevent moisture from becoming trapped
behind the panel.
Click on the image below to enlarge.
Before any painting is started we mask and/or cover any
areas that are not to be painted, such as brick, concrete or
doors and windows. If the windows are clad, they
will be masked. If they are wood then the glass panes
may be masked or painted and scraped clean after the window
is painted. Some items such as doorbells, lights, or
address numbers may be taken down. These items will be
put back in place before the job is completed. To see
how a house is masked
click on the image below to enlarge.
At this point the actual painting will begin. The
entire house will be painted as outlined in the job contract.
One area that we pay special attention to is the edge of any
siding where it meets the foundation. Not only are these
areas caulked but we also are meticulous about ensuring they are
properly painted. Sealing these areas when the house has
Hardboard siding is critical in helping to reduce future
swelling and rotting. Depending on the type of paint and
the method of application 1-2 coats may be required. Paint
may be applied with a brush, roller, airless sprayer or any
combination of the above. Scott's Painting & Staining Inc.
primarily uses Sherwin Williams SuperPaint in a Satin finish,
which carries a 25-year warranty.
Satin paint offers better water repellency characteristics than
a Flat paint, is more durable, and allows for easier cleaning.
You can easily wash down the side of the house with a garden
hose to remove dust buildup over the years. Exterior
finishes available are as follows:
This is the original finish for most homes; it hides flaws
and swollen wood and siding well, but it not as durable as
This finish has a slight sheen. It is also
more durable and easier to clean than a Flat paint. It
may highlight rotted or swollen areas more than a Flat
paint. Scott's Painting & Staining Inc.
these areas prior to repainting. Note: the
house in the picture below is finished with
Sherwin Williams SuperPaint in Satin.
This finish is glossier than Satin and is
primarily used for trim work such as front doors.
This finish is not generally used in exterior
Sherwin Williams SuperPaint in a Satin finish,
with the sun reflecting off the front of the house.
Click on image to enlarge.
High-Pressure Washing The entire
surface to be stained will be cleaned with a high-pressure wash.
In cases where the wood has weathered, grayed, or has mildew and
algae we will use a chemical cleaner called
Cuprinol Revive Deck & Siding Brightener, to help restore
the wood to it's natural color and kill the algae.
Pressure washing will leave a clean surface for the new stain to
adhere to while helping brighten the wood. A complete and
thorough high-pressure washing is imperative if you want a
finish that will last more than a few months. Be cautious
of any painting contractor that does not include this washing in
the proposal. The surfaces will be allowed to dry out for
a least a day before any staining will begin. When
selecting a color or finish for your deck keep in mind that a
clear finish has a limited amount of UV protection. This
means that most clear finishes will last only a year at best,
before they need to be refinished. The deck in the photo
above was finished with TWP
(Total Wood Protectant) in CedarTone color. The
pigmentation in the color greatly adds to the UV protection of
the finish. The CedarTone color simulates a natural
Recess Raised Nails
Any nails that have loosed their way up will either be
replaced or recessed back into the surface. When Scott's
Painting & Staining Inc. repairs areas
of a deck or fence, we can use ring
shank nails, which slide into the wood but have arrow shaped
rings to keep them from loosening back out over time.
Sand Rough Edges
Any rough areas of wood will be sanded smooth as
specified in the job contract. Major sanding is not
usually performed; rather a light sanding that allows loose
splinters to be removed to give the finished wood a smoother
Before any staining is started we mask and/or cover any
areas that are not to be stained, such as the side of the house,
steel or glass railings, and surrounding areas.
At this point the actual staining will begin. All
surfaces will be completely encapsulated as outline in the job
contract. CCA Treated Lumber (Chromated Copper
Arsenate), also known as Green Treated Lumber, Brown Treated
Lumber, and Pressure-Treated Lumber, has hazardous chemicals,
such as arsenic, embedded inside of it through a pressurizing
process to preserve the wood from rot and termites. This
lumber is not only used for decks and fences, but also in
children's play sets. The only way to protect yourself from
exposure to the arsenic is by completely encapsulating all
surfaces. This locks the chemicals into the wood and
provides a barrier to the outside world. For more
information on this process, please inquire during a bid or give
us a call at (402) 894-9001.