Quality exterior house painting requires a professional house painter with the knowledge, experience and dedication to meticulously perform all the steps necessary to prepare the job properly. Then your painter must apply top quality coatings that will keep your house looking great for many years to come with minimal maintenance. This is especially true on Cape Cod where our homes are subjected to wind driven dirt, salt mold, and other corrosives.
Cape Cod House Painter Robert J. Perry has been painting houses on Cape Cod for over 25 years. His work speaks for itself. Because of the exceptional quality and durability of his work, his customers keep coming back and they refer their friends too. He believes that it is important that you know what sets his apart from other painting contractors.
The first step Your Cape Cod House Painter, Robert J. Perry takes to prepare a house for painting is to sand off any loose paint. This is done using a machine sander because that not only removes loose paint, but feathers in the old paint that is not loose, so it creates a smooth working surface.
While machine sanding the old paint, Your Cape Cod House Painter checks for rotted wood. If found, he marks the area so it can be replaced with either an Azek (PVC), Body Guard (wood) or back to Pine. While repairing rotted boards Robert primes and caulks "butt joints" where the boards come together.
He understands that it is vital to seal any cracks and joints where one type of exterior material meets another to prevent water leaks and prevent rot as well as save energy. This includes window frames, door frames, molding and fascia boards. It is very important to do this step when you paint and repair. Some painters and carpenters do not bother do this step.
Exterior House Washing is a critical step. Robert J. Perry starts washing your house by mixing a solution designed to kill off mold and mildew. He applies this solution with a portable sprayer which also removes the dead mold, dirt, salt, oxidation from ultraviolet rays, insects, bird droppings, acid rain, pollen, smoke and over pollutants.
Cedar shingle staining requires a slightly different process. Robert will power wash off the old semi tinted wood stain or lower tinted oil products. If your house has solid stain on your cedar shingles that has begun to peel, they will need to be sanded instead of pressure washed. Ask your Cape Cod House Painter if you have any questions.
Once the house has been thoroughly prepared for painting and the house washed, we must give it time to thoroughly dry. If any repairs were not done already, this would be the time to do those. If any nails were sanded, they must be set below the surface with a nail punch, then filled with putty to prevent a rusty nail head coming through the paint job.
Then knots of the trim boards get a shellac coating 'BIN" to seal in the knots so as not to bleed through the paint as well. The next step would be priming, and using a Benjamin Moore latex primer. This includes window frames, door frames, molding and fascia boards.
To get the most out of your paint job, you Cape Cod House Painter primes with a quality sealer. If there are clapboards to be primed, he uses an oil primer to seal in resins to retard any "bleeding" of the red cedar.
This primer goes over old paint and bare wood to lock everything in place and creates a good surface for the finish paint to adhere to. By lightly sanding your primed wood, I am ready to apply 2 coats of a soft gloss finish on trim (preferred) and a solid stain on clapboards. I even suggest a mildew additive for the finishes without a sheen as to retard mildew growth.
The most important part of any exterior house painting project is its preparation. This is especially true on Cape Cod where homes are subjected to wind driven dirt, salt mold, and other corrosives.
Robert J. Perry Cape Cod House Painting starts every exterior house painting project by power washing the house. We start by treating the outside of the house with a mixture of a little bleach and water. After that application has done its work, we then power wash the film and dirt off the house.
Then our crew moves on to reglaze the windows. When doing this, Robert Perry machine sands the "moving parts" picks out loose old glazing, bleach washes windows and lets them dry.
Rot repair is always done before painting, as well as making any minor carpentry repairs, from soffits to gable trim. He then primes the bare wood, hand glazes each sash, then waits 2 weeks to let all the preparation work to completely set up and dry before final priming and painting.
Using this technique ensures that your painting project will look great and last for many years.