Exterior Painting
Gutter Cleaning
Deck Staining

I offer modern, efficient, large-scale exterior painting. Modern; I use the most modern equipment and tools as the basis of my process. Efficient; my process is effective and practiced. manufacturer. Large-scale; my process can handle any size job on the Bay.

Process

  1. Estimation
  2. Washing
  3. Preparation
  4. Application
  5. Cleanup

Estimation

I require two numbers:

  1. The days it will take to complete the job
  2. The gallons of paint required

I don’t do any fancy measurements to figure them out, just my own gut-feeling tempered with experience. Once I have them, the estimated price is then derived.

I generate estimates with the Invoice Manager app and send them to the client either via email or text.

If the customer agrees to the estimate, a date is then scheduled to begin the painting process.

Washing

The first step in the painting process, and arguably the most important, is making sure that all surfaces are clean. Contaminants on the surface (such as dirt, dust, mold, and mildew) directly affect the ability of the paint to bond. The strength of the bond between surface and paint is what determines the paint’s longevity.

I wash all surfaces with a high-pressure (~3000psi) pressure washer and a rotating nozzle to maximize agitation. I don’t use chemicals.

After pressure washing, I will spray any areas contaminated with mildew using Concrobium Mold Control

The washing is typically scheduled a day or two before the main painting process. This is because the surface must be allowed to completely dry before any more work can be done. The scheduling is very flexible as the process, usually, doesn’t take long to complete.

Preparation

Once the surface is washed and dry, it’s time to prep the surface:

  • All loose paint is scraped
  • All cracks, gaps, and seams are caulked
  • All surfaces requiring primer are primed

Scraping is essential because any paint applied to loose paint is not binding to the surface at all, but to the loose paint. Thus when the loose paint falls off, so does your paint job.

Caulking has many benefits. Personally I treat it as an aesthetic process. Yes it can help insulate the building, but since I’m in the business of painting cottages, buildings which only see use in the summer, insulation is, generally, not a concern. Caulking gaps and seams in the building makes it look more integrated and ‘together’.

Priming is important for two reasons: creating a bondable surface, and preventing stains on the surface from bleeding through the top-coat.

Application

The body of the hose is sprayed. The trim, if to be painted a different color, is generally brushed or rolled, otherwise it will be sprayed. The soffit is sprayed. Any doors to be painted are sprayed. The fascia is always brushed or rolled.

Cleanup

Once the painting is complete, I remove all my garbages, pack up my equipment, and generally try to leave the place better looking then when I arrived.

Using a high-pressure pressure washer, an extension wand, and a special attachment, I am able to wash-out your eavestroughs without ever having to climb a ladder. Fast, efficient, and highly effective.

NOTE: Currently this service is only offered as an add-on to my other services.

I offer modern, efficient, large-scale deck staining. Modern; I use the most modern equipment and tools as the basis of my process. Efficient; my process is effective and practiced. manufacturer. Large-scale; my process can handle any size job on the Bay.

Process

  1. Estimation
  2. Washing
  3. Preparation
  4. Application
  5. Cleanup

Estimation

I require two numbers:

  1. The days it will take to complete the job
  2. The gallons of paint required

I don’t do any fancy measurements to figure them out, just my own gut-feeling tempered with experience. Once I have them, the estimated price is then derived.

I generate estimates with the Invoice Manager app and send them to the client either via email or text.

If the customer agrees to the estimate, a date is then scheduled to begin the painting process.

Washing

The first step in the painting process, and arguably the most important, is making sure that all surfaces are clean. Contaminants on the deck (such as dirt, dust, mold, and mildew) directly affect the ability of the paint to bond. The strength of the bond between the deck and stain is what determines the stains’s longevity.

I wash decks with a high-pressure (~3000psi) pressure washer and a rotating nozzle to maximize agitation. I don’t use chemicals.

After pressure washing, I will spray any areas contaminated with mildew using Concrobium Mold Control.

The washing is typically scheduled a day or two before the main painting process. This is because the surface must be allowed to completely dry before any more work can be done. The scheduling is very flexible as the process, usually, doesn’t take long to complete.

The deck must then be left to dry before continuing the process. Typically, on the Bay, oil-based products are used on decks. When this is the case, the deck must be left to completely dry. With water-based products you can generally get away with some moisture in the wood.

Preparation

The type of stain determines the type of prep required.

Solid-color stains are the simplest. In this case, generally all that is necessary is making sure loose coatings are scraped or sanded away. Solid-color stains can generally be applied over an existing coating.

For the rest, heavy sanding is generally required. This is not only to remove the previous coating, but also to bring the wood back to a pre-weathered state.

Application

The stain is rolled on and then backbrushed. This, in my opinion, looks better then just leaving it rolled on, plus the application will be more thourough as bristles can sometimes push the stain into places a roller cannot.

The gaps between boards are stained as well. Leaving these unstained looks unprofessional. If its a bigger project i might opt to us an airless-spraying to apply the stain on the sides and then backbrush it in.

Cleanup

Once the staining is complete, I remove all my garbages, pack up my equipment, and generally try to leave the place better looking then when I arrived.