What Prep Work is Necessary?
1. Power Wash
We come out about in advance of the scheduled start date and power wash the entire house. This does not mean simply standing at the base of the house and wetting down the wood. This means actually climbing up ladders and spraying away any dirt or grime that may have accumulated over the years. Also note that we make sure to spray at a safe pressure so as to not blast away any wood or cause any damage. This process usually takes between 2-4 hours.
On our first day on the job we start off by scraping away any failing paint. We do so with drop clothes down so as to collect any paint chips. We take precautions to make sure we are simply chipping away loose paint and NOT damaging any wood.
After scraping away loose paint, we have to make sure that the surface is smooth. We do so by sanding down any rough areas or areas that have been scraped. We usually do this by feather sanding (by hand) so as to be as gentle as possible on the surface; although there are instances especially on older houses where a power sander is requested.
In order to prevent an moisture from getting behind the wood, we use a 40 year caulk to seal any vulnerable areas which were intended to be sealed.
After the surface is cleaned, scraped, and sanded we apply primer to any spots of bare wood. This helps ensure that the paint will fully adhere to the surface.
Clean the walls if accumulated dirt is a problem. Any household detergent will work. Use TSP (Tri Sodium Phosphate) for grease or a heavy build-up of cigarette smoke.
Using a scraper or a spackle blade, remove all loose paint and sand down the rough ridges where the paint has broken off.
Apply spackle to cracks, holes and heavy paint ridges
If the existing wall has something other than a smooth texture, your patch should match that texture as closely as possible.
Use interior caulk to seal joints around door jambs, window casings and baseboards. Wide and deep cracks may require more than one application. Use a damp rag to wipe off any excess caulk.
Sand glossy surfaces or treat them with liquid sandpaper. This provides a roughened surface or “tooth” for good adhesion of a subsequent coat.
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