Erazo Painting understands that the best exterior paint job not only adds interest and curb appeal but it also increases the value of your home.
From covering walkways and bushes, proper preparation of each surface and using the highest quality products, we proudly stand behind our two year warranty. Stewart Painting respects your property and cleans up at the end of each day.
Upon completion, you are asked to inspect the job, sign a quality assurance sheet and a customer satisfaction survey. No job is complete without your 100% satisfaction.
What to Expect When Painting Your House
Exterior painting for previously paint surfaces should always start with cleaning the surface, then removing lose peeling paints or stain, applying the correct primer, then apply specific finish products that are recommended for the surface that is being painted.
High Pressure washing, low pressure washing, or hand washing are typically used to clean the surface. Different surfaces will require different washing procedures. After the surface is clean of Mold and dirt, the surface can be prepared for paint. A second Washing after the surface has been scraped and sanded may be needed depending on the amount of dust that is created during the preparation phase of the job.
The preparation phase of the exterior painting is the most important stage. Scraping or sanding is the most common practice when preparing a house for paint. Scraping will remove the larger loose or raised areas and is completed before sanding. The sanding of any surface can be completed by hand sanding, or power sanding. Hand sanding is most commonly done when the peeling paint or stain is minimal, or the surface area is small with many angles or different levels. Areas such as gutters, fluted columns, columns, dental moldings, crown moldings, louvered vents are a few of the items that are commonly hand sanded.
The selection of which sandpaper grit to use is also very important. The grit of sandpaper is identified by a number, the lower the number the rougher the sand paper, 36 grit is very rough and should be used on surfaces that have multiple layers of paint, 50 grit is the most common grit used on exteriors with minimal surface preparation. When using hand sand paper, the technic of folding the paper is important. The paper should be folded in half from top to bottom and then separated in the middle, this giving you 2 halves of paper. The paper is then folded into thirds, this will allow the paper to be used on top, bottom and then the interior folded portion.
EPA guidelines require any painted surface older than 1978, be hand scraped only due to the lead paint laws and no sanding should be done. The term Feathered edge is used to describe the edge of the old paint where it meets bare wood. The technic is to sand the painted edge to a tapered transition to the bare wood. A feathered edge will be smooth to the touch and have no jagged abrupt lines between the wood and old paint. Scraping only, when done on older homes with lead, will give you an un-feathered edge leaving a defined jagged edge between the old paint left intact and the bare wood.
Power sanding is a much more aggressive and faster way to prepare a surface for paint. There are many sanding machines available and each has their own pros and cons and should be researched before choosing which one to use. We suggest using a random orbital, this machine is more forgiving and will provide a very smooth surface with very little circular marks. A grinder or disc sander is used when the peeling paint or stain is severe and has multiple layers of paint. Grinders or disc sanders can damage the wood surface and leave very pronounced swirl marks if used by a apprentice or homeowner and is only suggested to be used be professionals. Surfaces most commonly prepared with a power sander is decking, clap board siding, shingle siding, trim. When using a power sander, the grit should be tested to make sure that it will not damage the substrate. A feathered edge is much easier to accomplish by using a power sander.
Priming is completed to assure proper adhesion for your top coat. Primers are universal and both Latex and oil paints can be applied over any primer. Most paints require priming of bare wood at a minimum and would prefer a full prime coat. Oil primers or Under body primers are the safest to use on exterior surfaces as they have the ability to hold back Tanaan bleed that can come from exposed natural wood. Knots in wood require a shellec based product either clear or white to stop the knot from bleeding through the paint. Primers are not sufficient to hold back knot bleed. Rust requires a Rust Stop product and then a primer, rust will bleed through primer coat only. Choosing the proper primer is also very important step to assure that your finish coat has the best opportunity to last the longest period.
Finish paints have different product and sheens and are recommended to be applied over certain surfaces. First identify the surface that you are top coating, wood, cement, Azek, shingles, clapboards, decking. After you have identified the surface, you will need to determine the paint brand that you would like to use, we recommend either Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore. We recommend for previously painted wood trim surfaces with either oil or latex to top coat with a 100% Acrylic latex. Always choose the highest quality product from the manufacture that you have chosen. The easiest part of any project is the finish coating, and to use a lesser quality paint can minimize the duration of the paint job.
The secret to a beautiful home is a perfect finish. Delivering perfection is Erazo Painting Company’s forte. A perfect job begins with precise preparation. Our on-site crew is meticulous about protecting your furniture, carpets and artwork. We will even take photos of the room before we start to be sure that the furniture and objects are replaced properly. Be sure to ask for a complimentary color consultation.
Additional services provided:
Kitchen & bathroom cabinet refinishing
Popcorn ceiling repair
Dry wall & plaster repair
Matching existing paint or stain colors
Concrete floor refinishing
What to Expect When Painting the Interior
Interior painting of your home or business will require planning.
The first thing you will need to decide is the amount of rooms that you want or need to have painted and your budget. Your budget may limit your choices and should be discussed before receiving your estimate.
You will need to decide if the ceiling, walls and trim need to be painted or a combination of these items maybe chosen to get your biggest impact and still stay within your budget.
If the complete room is being painted you will need to make decision on other details such as floor refinishing, carpet cleaning or installing new flooring needs to be considered before the painting begins.
Preparing the Room to be Painted
After the planning stage has been completed, you will need to understand the proper sequencing of the job weather completed by a professional or DIY.
The furniture will need to be moved to the center of the room and covered with clean plastic, then taped to the floor so it wont lift during painting and leave areas of the furniture exposed that may get hit with paint.
The perimeter of the room should then be vacuumed, so tape can be applied to either carpet or hard wood.
The floor area around the covered furniture should then be covered with drop cloths.
All pictures should be removed from the walls and picture hooks should be pulled if the pictures are not going back up, if they are returning to the same spot the hook should remain in place.
All switch plates are then removed, all window treatments should be either covered or removed depending on the complexity of the securing brackets.
The proper preparation of the areas to be painted will include, washing, sanding, filling of holes, cracks, caulking open areas on trim.
Proper Preparation to any surface to be painted is the most important step. Most paints will not hide imperfections in the substrate and will cause additional labor if done incorrectly.
Painting the Ceiling
Ceilings should be painted first with a Ceiling paint, different products and sheens can also be used.
The trim should then be painted, the most common finish is Semi-gloss.
After the trim has dried, tape should be applied to allow sharp crisp lines between your wall paint and trim paint.
Some professionals may choice not to use tape depending on the color difference between the wall and trim. If tape is used, we recommend that you consult with the Paint store for the best tape to use on freshly painted surface and also take into consideration the length of time that the tape will remain on the trim before removing. There are many different types of tape and they vary on there ideal use, duration of time to remain on a surface and which tapes perform best on freshly painted surfaces as well as which products are best for not allowing the paint to creep under the tape.
Painting the Walls
The walls are then painted with 2 coats.
The surface area will determine if a 9” or 18” roller is used, the thickness of the nap will be determined by the wall surface.
Smooth plaster walls could be rolled with ¼ to ¾ nap, surfaces with more texture like brick or wood may require ½ to 1 ½ nap.
The wall paint sheen will also need to be chosen, most manufactures have Flat ( no sheen not washable ), Matte ( no sheen washable ), Satin or Eggshell ( slight sheen washable ), Semi Gloss ( noticeable sheen washable ) Gloss ( very noticeable sheen washable ) High Gloss ( highest sheen washable ).
After all surfaces have been painted and are dry, the room can be cleaned and items can return to their spot.
Power washing is used to clean your house exterior (house washing), deck, outdoor furniture as well as for commercial uses such as concrete cleaning and removing contaminants like mold or mildew that have adhered to the surface of a building.
Power washing is a term that can be interpreted in different ways, such as pressure washing, low pressure washing, high pressure washing, and hot water pressure washing.
You can trust Erazo Painting to use the appropriate pressure wash for all of your house washing and powering washing needs.
Pressure Washing Your Home
Pressure washing has a negative connotation with most owners as it is considered to be an action that can damage your home and cause water damage to the inside. Pressure washers are relatively inexpensive to purchase and homeowners that are “do it yourselfers” experiment with their new tool and often damage wood surfaces by holding the gun to close to the surface or inject water inside the home by getting too close to door and window edges. Professional painters will also use a pressure washer to clean or even prepare the surface for painting.
Low Pressure Washing
The term Low pressure washing, or soft wash is used to distance the negative reaction from pressure washing. Low pressure washing has also come under scrutiny with additives such as bleach which if used alone can damage plants.
High Pressure Washing
High pressure washing is water pressure of 2400 PSI or greater and is most commonly used for concrete surfaces, decking, boats, or furniture. High Pressure Washing is usually required when removing paint, graffiti or Lichen from a surface.
High pressure wash machines can be used to apply chemicals onto a house or surface, however a suction hose must be used which draws chemicals from a 5-gallon container that will mix with water as the trigger is pulled. This system produces a non-measured amount of chemical and can give an uneven appearance.
Hot Water Pressure Wash
Hot water pressure washing is used to degrease equipment or machinery, remove graffiti, clean pools or remove Lichen from surfaces. Any application that a High-pressure wash is used for can also be used with a hot pressure wash. Hot water pressure washing is not commonly done due to the cost of the equipment and the limited use.
Which power wash is best to wash your house or deck?
Having a low-pressure wash performed by a company that is spraying a measured solution from a designated tank is best. This process will assure the same chemical mix at the same pressure.
Erazo Painting’s House Washing Solution
Stewart Painting uses the term Low Pressure Wash with environmentally safe products to assure that the consumer is aware that both pressure and the environment are taken care of.
Our wash trucks are fitted with (2) large tanks, and are directly piped to a low-pressure pump with more than 200’ of hose. The 2 tanks allow a measured amount of chemical in 1 tank and a separate tank of clean water, this allowing for any unknown interruption of straight water required for pre-and after rinsing.
The wash is a garden hose application with a water, Jomax and bleach solution. Jomax has 3 properties, 1st it is an Enhancer to make the bleach stronger to enable to kill the mold on contact, 2nd it has a mildewcide which slows the reoccurring mold return and 3rd it is a neutralizer when rinsed which prevents plant damage.
Our low pressure wash can be performed on wet or dry days allowing little to no weather interruptions. The process is relatively fast for a two-person crew.
All windows and shrubs are rinsed, some bushes are covered before chemical is applied, this is a precaution step as environmentally safe the product is, some plants react differently, and covering is the safest step.
After the cleaning solution has been applied, all windows and plants are rinsed. The process of rinsing activates the Jomax neutralizing ingredient and allows the surface to be clean and the grounds and plants to be safe.
High Pressure washing is still completed, but only in isolated situations.
Stewart Painting does not use High Pressure Washing on wood siding or roof shingles to avoid any damage or water penetration which could take a long period of time to fully dry before painting.