Proper preparation is a must when painting any surface and powerwashing is the first step on any exterior painting project. It will remove surface dirt, mold and mildew. In some cases we have to chemically treat an area to prepare it for painting. After you've painted your houses exterior we suggest washing your house in the spring and fall even if it's just with a garden hose. This will help to get the surface dirt from collecting on it over time. When dirt and pollution collect on surfaces, especially under overhangs, over time it can stain the surface and can allow mold to grow.
Proper preparation of wood surfaces is vital to insure the best paint adhesion and provide you with a beautiful, long lasting finish to your home. Various types of wood require different kinds of preparation. In general, wood products require re-caulking. On previously painted wood surfaces, hand scraping is necessary in order to remove all loose paint before painting. In addition, the surface must be re-caulked and exposed, and all bare wood must be primed.
In order to properly paint stucco, it is necessary to thoroughly clean the surface. In order to do this we begin by pressure washing the entire house. It is sometimes necessary to chemically treat areas that have been exposed to mold or mildew and it is normal to see permanent stains after this process. Hairline cracks are common and the material we use is designed to minimize their appearance. After your home has been properly prepared, it is ready to be repainted; total saturation is the key in this process. To achieve this the paint is applied using a combination of airless spray, brush, and/or roller techniques. This will provide a full and uniform coverage of the stucco and insure a great-looking, long-lasting finish for your home.
The process for painting aluminum siding begins with proper preparation. To insure this, Pacifc Painting uses a combination of pressure washing and hand washing to remove dirt, oil, or chalking from the surface. On chalky surfaces, it is necessary to clean and sometimes add a chemical bonding agent. All landscaping and plants are covered gently with drop cloths and windows and doors are masked off with paper. The products we use are specifically manufactured for aluminum surfaces and are applied with an airless sprayer to produce an even finish that will last for years.
Wood decks and fences are generally constructed of cedar or treated lumber. They are most often stained with a semi-transparent oil stain on the deck floor, post, rails, and fence. This material is designed to add color and provide protection by penetrating the wood surface and leaving a wood preservative inside. The most common problem with deck finishes is on deck floors. Solid stains or paints almost always begin to fail quickly due to extremes of water, sun, and traffic. If your deck is new, we strongly recommend using a semi-transparent stain specifically designed for decks. If your deck has been previously painted or stained with a solid body stain that has begun to fade, it can be repainted or re-stained in the same manner. We recommend the same specifications and products for fences.
Rotten exterior wood trim is a common problem on most houses. It can be replaced by Pacific Painting using the correct materials, in some cases by using a newer rot proof material. Replacing rotten wood trim and decking can prevent further damage of your home and save you money in the long run. Once the wood replacement is complete we prime all bare wood surfaces. You can prevent future rotting problems by staying on top of routine maintenance, such as keeping gutters cleaned out and keeping a solid coat of paint on all exterior wood.