Exterior House Painting
Before the work starts Copper Valley Painting, is able to bring out sample colors and place it on the house to help the decision process.
The “Copper Valley Painting” of producing high quality paint jobs consists of 5 steps: Surface prep, Priming, Painting, Clean-up, and Inspection.
Surface Preparation is the key to the paint job. There are many methods of preparation and it is very important for you and Copper Valley Painting to decide what preparation needs to be done to deliver the desired result. Some methods of preparation will help the house last, while other types only improve the look of the finished product.
The first step to doing a good job is to ensure a clean surface. Should any mildew be present, we will hand wash the area with TSP or a cleaning solution. Power Washing removes all loose dirt, mildew, and chalking paint to provide a firm base for the finish coat to grab onto. Power washing can also brighten up your sidewalks, driveways, and rock walls by removing grease, and dirt. Due to the power of the machines, only a person with specific training on this equipment will be performing this step in the process.
Copper Valley Painting will supply our own heavy-duty plastic drop cloths. We will place them all around the home where we will be performing any scraping. This will cover up your plants, cement or dirt and allows us to have an easier clean up at the end of the day. This will be beneficial to you as we can pick up all the scrapings, and, when the job is completed, it looks as if we weren’t even there.
Caulking is a flexible sealer used in cracks where expansion and contraction is expected, such as around window, over hang and door frames. It prevents moisture from getting in the cracks of the wood. It is this moisture that causes some paint failures around windows.
Only paintable latex 30 year caulking will be used on your home. Silicone caulking is not paintable and must be removed and replaced prior to a paint job, as it is primarily designed for bathrooms.
If your home is made of stucco we only make repairs with the matching blend of stucco to ensure best results for the new paint job. So all cracks and holes with be able to blend in with your new paint job.
Scraping will remove all loose and peeling paint to provide a firm base for the top coat. This is essential to ensure the paint job will last. When an area is scraped there is an edge which is left. This edge does not affect how long the paint will last, but it is visible. This is an example of Level 1 Prep.
Sanding is an option level of preparation that rounds the edges of a scraped area. This can be done with a belt sander, disk sander, or by hand, as appropriate. Sanding only helps with the look of the finished product and has no effect on the life of the paint job. If sanding is done, it is suggested to only do so in highly visible areas, such as the front door. Edges will be rounded and smoother, but not removed completely. Completely removing the paint is an uncommon, costly and time intensive procedure.
Priming is done to seal any porous surfaces or stains, and provide a flat finish for the topcoat to adhere. In most cases, this is done on the bare wood spots after scraping, sanding, or paint removal is done. Priming exposed areas, prior to the finish coat, is essential for a paint job to last. Copper Valley Painting will choose high quality primers to best adhere to the surface type and conditions, such as metal primers or stain blockers.
The finish coat will provide you, the homeowner, with the color and gloss level you wish for your home. The finish coat provides the protection from the elements and ultra violet rays that weather your home. All paints for exterior Copper Valley Painting will use is 100% Acrylic (aka no water added to the paint) so that hot summer sun doesn't burn up the paint before its time.
Clean Up is done daily, as well as at the completion of our work. Paint chips are removed and all our materials are packed up and stored neatly.
After our own inspection, you are invited to inspect our work and asked to complete the feedback review for our exterior house painting job and the crew.