This house located in Lawrenceville was very similar to the other house we did in the same neighborhood, which was easy to paint. For this house, we did the full complete exterior house painting. We first start as always by pressure washing the house and then waiting a day for the house to dry. On the second day, we begin by removing the rotten wood. This house had minor wood repairs, nothing difficult to fix, we only remove one downspout, and we replace it with PVC. Right after replacing the rotten wood we caulk the whole house.
Caulking and Taping
As always all the crew members were caulking at the same time, but after we finish caulking 3/4 of the house, two of the crew members begin to tape the windows, light, and anything else that was not going to be painted. Right after the caulking was completed, the guy that sprays took at the spray machine, and begin to spray a smooth, but thick coat of paint on the siding. Here are something to keep in mind when spraying, when you start spraying you do not want the sun to be hitting the siding. The reason why is because the sun heats the siding, and if you spray the siding when is hot, the paint will not dry at the same time. Some areas will dry faster than others, this will make the paint look uneven on the siding, in other words, it looks horrible. The crew members need to adjust to the sun, we start taping the windows were the sun is not going to be hitting the siding. All the crew members know about this so that the work we do looks great at the end. I also want to mention to you that this also happens in the interior house painting walls, you need to wait for the brush paint on the edge to dry before you can go and use the roller to paint the walls.
After finishing taping the windows, the crew members that were doing that job, begin to paint the trim in the front part of the house, it only makes sense to do this, because the front part of the house is mostly made of brick, and there is nothing else to do, the paint on the siding was not dry yet. After we finish spraying the siding we call it a day. For the following day, we painted the trim, areas such as the facial board, soffit, and ceilings are sprayer rather than painted by brush. Using a sprayer is a more efficient way to get the job done right and fast. With a sprayer, we can give it a heavy coat and paint it only once. As for the downspouts, wood window frames, doors, we use brushes. We give two coats to all the areas where we use brushes because one coat was not enough.
After painting the trim, we begin to work on the deck. For the deck, we first try our best to remove the loose paint when pressure washing. For the most part that is not enough so we have to use a five-in-one tool to scrape all the loose paint. After removing the loose paint we use a broom or a leaf blower to remove the loose paint from the deck. After the preparation comes to the staining. We always use the Home Depot stain for the deck. For everything else such as the siding, trim, shutters we use Sherwin William paint. When staining the deck, is recommended that the sun is not shining on the deck. What you want to do is stain the deck as fast as possible, the faster the better. The faster you stain the deck, the more even the stain is going to look at the end, as I mentioned before with the siding, but is less noticeable in the deck. It is just something to keep in mind. The final part of the job was to double-check the house, to make sure that the siding, trim, deck and everything were well painted.