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From One House to the Next

This week we painted 2 houses and started a third one. Well, we prepped the first one one day last week and painted it on Tuesday. We started with this one, which just needed some basic preparation (scraping, caulking, and some elastomeric) before painting: Blue Hill House After we finished that one, we prepped and painted this one (which is only 6 years old): 20130903_162159 It has Hardiplank siding (which is concrete fiberboard), and it was in good shape except a lot of the caulking had cracked and needed to be re-caulked, and the drip cap over the belly band was obviously in terrible shape (water falls onto it when it rains, and the original paint and factory primer weren't very good). Luckily, we know how to fix it--in this picture, we had already scraped and primed it with Neverpeel clear primer, which toughened it up a lot and prepared it for elastomeric, which you can see in the next picture (it's the white stuff on the pillars). Unfortunately, I was so focused on getting work done that I didn't take any wide-angle before shots. 20130904_145508 The customer also wanted to go with a more pronounced blue and darker accents on the corbels (the supports along the gable). Corbels   Blue House Brown Corbels Here are a couple shots of the dripcap and how it looks after we prepped and painted it, although we were still going around sharpening edges when I took these pictures:

Front Corner Painted Painted Dripcap

Once we finished that house, we started scraping and priming this extremely nice house in the university neighborhood: Gerald House We're going to change the colors and really transform it onto something interesting. In the next shot, you can see our guy Clay--while he looks pretty crazy, he's extremely dedicated and helps make these houses look great. IMG_2021   Gerald House Front Porch   Gerald House Front Between the house and garage, it has 56 windows. Yes, 56 windows. And we're going to paint all of them black with green trim, which I think will look great. I'll try to post some pictures of the process (scraping, priming, caulking, and window glazing as necessary).    

Painting Wood Paneling

We recently painted an apartment with wood paneling in the living room. In order for the paint to stick well in the long run, we primed it with Stix bonding primer from Turner's Paint Store. Binding primers are designed to help the topcoat stick well over time. Stix is the best bonding primer we've used, especially since it's acrylic (meaning it cleans up with soap and water).   Priming Wood Paneling   Primed Wood Paneling   Once the primer dried, we caulked the cracks and filled the holes. Once that dried, we painted it tan using Benjamin Moore's Ultra Spec (which is a great choice for apartments like this one since it's cheaper than Aura, but it still covers pretty well and is tough over time). This is our guy Josh, rolling on the paint, getting the job done. Rolling on Paint