Archive for March 2014

Mildew-proofing the Exterior of a Beach Area Home

Mildew loves a warm, moist environment. This La Jolla beach area home, with old, linseed oil based, stained cedar siding, provided the food that dirty, unsightly mildew just loves to gobble up!. The owner was looking for a local La Jolla housepainter with specific experience mitigating the mold and mildew.

After removing all trace mildew spores by pressure washing clean with sodium hypochlorite bleach (Clorox) and a bio-degradable soap as a surfactant, we applied Amteco Mildew Sealer, a clear super mildew retardant followed by Amteco W-100UV, a clear flat sheen acrylic  that we turned into a semi-transparent finish with paint added to it in a 5:1 ratio. The result is a beautiful 10 year finish that will stay mildew free with washing off of the ocean contaminants every few years.

Unique Paint Jobs

Once in a while we are asked by our wonderful clients, to refinish some pretty unique items. It is a real honor to be their trusted painter and we love to figure out ways to please them. Sometimes it takes some creative thinking so we can say, “yes of course, we can do that for you!”
Here is the story of this unique paint job:
For years the grandkids would run in the door and jump on “Wolfie” a little wicker animal that the owner had picked up with her late husband while traveling in Mexico. Well the grandkids have grown up and old Wolfie was looking a bit worn as his original varnished finish was gone.

Wolfie The Wonder Dog!

Wolfie The Wonder Dog!

The precious memory of those visits from the grandkids were as fresh as ever and it was time to fix up old Wolfie to match the memories. After some thought we decided to use wood bleach to even out the discoloration on his “coat”; we then applied 3 coats of Sikkens Cetol Marine, an amber tinted marine finish, that will keep Wolfies coat shiny and bright for the next generation!