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Exterior Services

  • Exterior painting
  • Power washing exteriors, decks, driveways, stairs, pool surrounds, etc.
  • Deck staining and sealing.  
  • Re - glazing and windowpane replacement.
  • Paint stripping including removal of old/peeling oil based paint.
  • Rotten wood replacement to include window seals, doorframes, corner boards, siding and soffits.
  • Concrete staining.
  • Clear sealants applied to concrete driveways and patios and pavers.

General Preparation Information

All companies do things differently; however there are some methods we strongly object to, particularly those that compromise and/or prevent homeowners from receiving a quality paint job. For example, we do not perform a “one ladder set up” operation. Basically this method refers to the process and purpose of setting up tall extension ladders. Once the tall extension ladders are put in place for the painter to access the high parts on the house, the surfaces to be painted are sanded, caulked, maybe primed and then painted all in the same ladder set up. This is a prime example of production paint methods. The caulking and primer could not possibly be dry and ready for paint in a 10 to 15 minute time frame. It might look ok, but this is the fundamental difference between a paint job that last three years or less and one that last seven years or more.

We practice and believe that all preparations MUST be completed on the entire exterior before we put a brush full of finish coat on your house. The prep work is inspected by both Thomas and the homeowner along with the crew to ensure that the proper measures have been taken to deliver a very high quality exterior paint job.
Please keep in mind that all exterior projects require different levels of preparations and different coating systems. The processes below are meant to give you a general idea of our preparation process on an exterior painting project.

Proper and thorough exterior preparation is critical simply because of its exposure to weather and outdoor elements. The following steps are taken on exterior projects to ensure a quality paint job:

Pressure washing is the first step in preparing an exterior for painting. In 99% of cases an exterior should be pressure washed prior to painting. A thorough cleaning to remove dirt and mildew is essential. Removing all contaminants that are present promotes proper adhesion of the new paint film. Pressure washing surfaces also aides in removing loose/peeling paint. All cleaning products used in pressure washing are environmentally safe and biodegradable. Once pressure washing is complete, the surfaces should be allowed one to two days to dry thoroughly prior to application of primer.

The next step in preparing your exterior for paint is removing all failing caulking and any remaining loose paint. High visibility areas are sanded in such a manner to feather out evidence of peeling paint. These areas are then scuff sanded where needed. Any rotten wood should then be replaced. This new and bare wood is then primed. Gaps between adjoining wood and/or masonry is caulked, along with any other areas that the failing caulking has been removed. 
Any metal surfaces such as steel lintels and wrought iron will require special preparation, if they are rusty. All loose rust is removed, and then primed with a rust inhibiting primer. 
All exterior hardware, i.e., light fixtures, outdoor furniture, as well as plants are either moved or covered. 
Once preparation is complete, a preparation inspection is preformed before any finish coat painting begins. The preparation inspection is conducted with Thomas Privette, the project foreman and homeowner. 
Progressive Painting traditionally uses the brush and roll method for exterior and interior painting. We are experienced in spray applications and this method is used only when requested and on a case-by-case basis.

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