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3 Essential Questions to Ask an Exterior House Painter  0

A new coat of paint can revitalize the look of a home’s exterior — that is, when the painters put the time and effort into their work to do it right. Unfortunately, there are many subpar home painting contractors out there who overpromise and underdeliver on quality. Identifying these businesses can be tricky, but there are some important questions to ask exterior house painters when you’re comparing your options that will help.

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Exterior House painting in Woodbury, MN

Complete Custom Painting closed out the exterior painting season in 2016 with several projects.  1 in the Liberty Neighborhood in Stillwater, 1 in the Dancing Water Neighborhood in Woodbury and 1 in Eagan.  The projects consisted of wood prep/staining (Eagan), Sealing Hardie Plant and top coating with 2 coats as well as sealing brick (Woodbury) and matching with one coat in Stillwater.

All surfaces required a different approach.  The color of the surfaces affected the decision on the quality of product, if a primer should be used, how many coats should be used etc etc.  At complete custom painting it is our goal to be consultive and give you the very best paint job for your given objective.  In one of the projects the homeowner had a deep base color and planned to live in the house “forever.”  for another project, the homeowner only wanted to “spruce up for a few years” because they were considering siding replacement for certain areas.  When considering exterior house painting, consider your goals for longevity, talk to a designer (its free) and use a quality exterior house painting company like Complete Custom Painting.

Call for a free estimate on all of your interior or exterior painting projects:  651-336-0561

Commercial Roof Washing/Vinyl Roofs/Commercial Buildings

To maintain the warranty on white vinyl roofs they need to be maintained.  They all collect dirt, mildew, suite and various other types of debris.  They need patching occasionally and washing also.  An important aspect for cleaning them is to avoid using a harsh chemical that would potentially etch or modify the composition or the surface.  The correct process is to use a detergent that won’t harm the surface and wash the surface so as not to damage it.  On this commercial vinyl roof in Minnetonka, MN we used a gentle, environmetally friendly detergent, scrubbed it gently then washed it with a Hot Water Washer.  A big advantage to acheieving a cleaner roof is Hot water.  Hot water cleans everything better so the owner of the building got a better job in the same amount of time and at the same price than had a company used cold water.

Call Complete Custom Painting for Commercial Building Painting and Washing

651-336-0561

Exterior and Interior Painting Job in Woodbury, MN

When you need the exterior of your Hardie Plank house painted, your deck stained, your front door re-finished and a few interior walls painted,  No need to call multiple vendors.  An experienced painting company should be able to manage and handle it all.  At this house in the Woodbury/ Lake Elmo area that started out as an exterior painting job,Finish cleaning we primed and painted the exterior hard board siding, stained the homeowners deck, painted several interior walls and applied a couple coats of spar varnish to the bead board ceiling.  Additionally, the homeowners siding was coming loose in seveal areas.  We took the time to point it out and screw down the boards on the studs.  We used stainless stell screws to avoid future rust bleed.

Call or email Complete Custom Painting for a Free Estimate:

Nick Dettinger 651-336-0561

 

Door Refinishing in Woodbury

Wood doors that face the sun are improperly cared for in large part.  My advice has always been to treat them like a wood boat.  One or two coats of Spar Varnish every other year (or sometimes every year will protect it.  If you wait too long the door will need to be fully re-finished.  In the event you don’t want to have the door fully stripped and sanded then sometimes (rarely) the door can be blended.  This will not achieve a perfect look but costs less than fully stripping the door.  Here is a door that we re-finished in Woodubry where we fully stripped all the raised panels and then sanded and applied a glaze to the interior routed edges.  Then we top coated with 4 coats of spar urethane.  It cost less than fully stripping it and probably less than a 1/4 of replacing it.  It looks great

Call Complete Custom Painting for a free estimate:

651-336-0561

Painting Exteriors with Deep Base Colors in Woodbury

Exterior paint will fade in the sun.  In order to keep it from fading quickly, you need to do the following:  Always remove any debris, chalking or efflorescence.  This can be done by detergent washing the house with the correct cleaner.  Always use the correct primer.  On concrete composite hard board, you need to use concrete specific primer.  Finally fully back roll/back-brush the top coat and use a satin sheen.  An experienced painter should be able to get the 2nd coat of paint to level out (even with higher sheens)

Here is a house we painted in the Lake Elmo Woodbury Area.

Call Complete Custom Painting for a Free Estimate:

651-336-0561

 

Painting with Dark colors on exterior exposures (houses or commercial)

The sun, excessive moisture and cold weather are harsh on exterior surfaces.  One clear instance of this is when you see a dark color begin to fade, oxidize, chalk or show lines.  This happens because deeper base colors have more colorant in it and the colorant in paint tends to be less resistant to paint fading than the other ingredients in the typical can of exterior paint.  Another reason oxidizing can occur is when the surface that is painted is reacting chemically from the underside.  Two examples:   When cement or cement composite surfaces help to discolor a dark paint because of efflorescence.   Efflorescence is when salt comes out of cement/concrete surfaces and makes “white marks” or “chalk marks”. The 2nd example is when a galvanized metal is painted without the proper prep.  When you have an instance where you have a deep base color that is fading, you have to use the correct primer (if its an instance of a concrete composite surface) and use a top coat that resists fading.  There are a few top coats that do much better against fading in deep base color, and there are primers that are made to block and adhere to cement or properly prepared galvanized surfaces.  If you use the correct products and process the results should be excellent.  The pictures are of a job where we painted a deep red on the entry doors of some condos in St. Paul, MN.  The previous paint was fading, discolored and mis-matched.  We prepped correctly and used the correct top coat to resist fading.

Call Nick with Complete Custom Painting LLC 651-336-0561

What is a safe way to remove Graffiti without damaging the undercoat?

When one of our fellow citizens runs around at night and decides to paint all over your business, home, commercial building, parking ramp, retaining wall etc etc it causes you a headache.  Their is a new product that we used recently that can remove the graffiti coating and leave the under coat safe from marring, scraping or the  cumbersome task of having to fully paint everything to match.

There are 2 types of products available (both are lemon based out of Australia).  One is for graffiti done on softer surfaces like a previously painted wall and one is for graffiti done on hard surfaces like block, retaining wall, ferrous steel.

On this job a large building in St. Paul was “tagged” and the property manager called us.  We were able to fully remove the graffiti without damaging the pre-finished aluminum siding.  There was no marring and no scraping.  Also, we were not required to prime and paint the surface (which could have voided any manufacturer warranty).  For safe, effective graffiti removal call Complete Custom Painting