Archive for August 2017

Refinishing metal clad windows and doors

Metal clad windows and doors can be refinished to look like new

  • Metal windows and doors can become chalked, faded and pitted with oxidization
  • Often the finish can be buffed out and waxed
  • But often they have gone too far and we need to refinish with a bullet proof coating system
  • We protect the glass, clean the metal cladding free of contaminants and then sand to a sound condition
  • Using marine filler, we fill in any voids or damage caused by oxidization and then sand smooth
  • The surface is spray primed with XIM UMA bonding primer tinted close to the finish color. On this project we used an airless with a 210 tip. An HVLP or air assisted airless would work as well.
  • The two finish coats of PPG Breakthrough satin sheen to match the original color and sheen of the windows and doors.
  • The owner was ticked pink at the results…..we will be back in 20 years to do it again!

The basic handtools needed for painting a house

Basic House Painting Tools and Tool Organization for Painting

  • These are the basic hand tools needed to effectively prepare and paint a house
  • From carbide scrapers to sandpapers to application tools and their organization.
  • Having the correct tools organized and close at hand leads to efficiency and effectiveness in preparation of surfaces and applying paint
  • Keeping tools organized is critical. “A place for every tool and every tool in its place”

Rot Proof exterior wood with penetrating epoxy

How to rot-proof exterior wood

Using penetrationg epoxy to seal exterior wood permanently

  • Exterior wood doors and gates can be very expensive to replace
  • Pre-treating your wood with penetrating epoxy, can make a door/gate or any exterior wood to last a lifetime
  • This Smiths CPES Clear Penetrating Epoxy Sealer deeply penetrates the wood and then hardens in place so that water cannot get into the wood. Water in the presence of untreated wood always leads to fungal rot.There are other brands that can work well also such as West System, System Three and Advance Repair Technology
  • You can use this same approach to french doors, garage doors, gates or any wood that is exposed to moisture
  • Apply liberally so that epoxy soaks into the wood as much as it possible ….I call it coating till refusal. This means that the wood will be so impregnated that when the epoxy dries you have, in effect, a plasticized piece of wood that water cannot enter. If water cannot enter, you will never have rot
  • After epoxy is dry, if the surface is to be painted, then caulk all gaps and seams along with the bottom of the doors/gate with a polyurethane caulk, such as, Permathane or Vulkem. These polyurethanes caulks are extremely adhesive, elastic and will last for many years
  • A gate like this looks really sharp with a copper cap along the top edge; this adds additional rot proffing as the copper will keep any moisture for entwering all the seams between the wood components