Maxson Painting had the privilege of painting Hammerhead Industries new commercial office building in Ventura. Checkout our before and after pictures!
Here is an example of someone using the kind of advice provided in our blog and making something great!
In this case it was one of our customers who wanted to restore a picnic table using the touch up paints we provide at the end of every project. We provided the step by step instructions found in our blog, they did the work and you can see how nice the results were...
See how it was done here: How to Finish a New Picnic Table
Your once beautiful deck has started to look a bit shabby so you have decided to restore it. This is a worthy project but it's going to take some elbow grease. Maxson painting is here to give you some tips that will help restore that faded deck back to it's former glory.
In general there are three types of deck coating; transparent, semi-transparent, and solid. The rule of thumb regarding stain is that the more opaque the material the longer it will last. In other words, transparent stain, having very little pigment, will last the shortest amount of time. While solid stains, with the highest amount of pigment, will last the longest. I do not recommend using paint on your deck there is too much moisture intrusion from the sides and the bottom. Once the moisture starts getting in the paint will start popping off, and we don't want that do we?
Be sure to mask any surfaces such as spas or doorframes that you don't want damaged. I use red vinyl tape as it resists moisture better than any other product available. Once the masking has been completed you will want to get the deck wet and then apply a deck stripper or deck cleaner to the entire surface. Go back to where you started and apply a bit more deck stripper. Scrub it with a stiff brush and repeat this process over the entire surface of the deck. Once you are done you will need to wash the deck off, you can use a hose or power washer. Next you will want to apply a deck brightener to bring the deck back to a natural wood color. Apply this product according to label instructions and then rinse thoroughly. Once this has been accomplished you will want to let the deck dry out before you take the next step. Once the deck is dry, sand the entire deck with 80 or 100 grit sandpaper. This step is needed to remove the furring that has occurred from the restoration process. Be sure to remove all the dust after your sanding, you don't want the dust in your finish do you?
Now at long last you're ready to start applying the stain. There are a lot of good deck stains out there; Super Deck, Flood, and the top line products from Lowes or Home Depot. Each of these performs about the same. Good luck and here's to a great looking deck and a summer of fun on it!
In part one of our blog about how to paint the outside of your home we discussed how to prepare all the exterior surfaces for painting. In this edition we will be discussing the proper paint to select when painting your home. The type of paint you will select will depend heavily on the environmental conditions where you live and the materials that your home is constructed with. We will give you two different options that should help you determine which is best for you. The first is designed for high moisture environments such as near the beach or Lake and the other for hot dry climates.
We would strongly recommend a top-quality semi-gloss enamel for doors, door casings, painted windows and shutters. The paint you choose for fascia boards, eves, and other trim should generally be a satin sheen product. Stucco surfaces look best and perform well with flat paint on them.
- Doors: Semi-gloss enamel
- Door casings: Semi-gloss enamel
- Painted windows and shutters: Semi-gloss enamel
- Fascia boards and Eves: Satin Sheen
- Trim: Satin Sheen
- Stucco: Flat
Dry Arid Environments
Heat and sun are the real issue in this environment. In this case color retention and resistance to extreme changes in the temperature are the critical component of selecting the right paint. We still recommend a quality semi-gloss enamel for doors, door casings, and painted windows. However, on facia boards, eves, and other trim we recommend a high-quality solid body stain. Once again quality flat paint is the best choice for stucco. In hot climates you may want to wet the stucco with a water hose to cool it down and moisten it, this will slow paint absorption during application.
- Doors: Semi-gloss enamel
- Door casings: Semi-gloss enamel
- Painted windows and shutters: Semi-gloss enamel
- Fascia boards and Eves: Solid body stain
- Trim: Solid body stain
- Stucco: Flat
The most important consideration is the quality of the products you select. Every paint company offers their top of the line products and their “contractor” grade paints. Stick with the best products your favorite company offers.
Materials and Tools
- Masking paper
- Drop cloths
- Roller covers
- Roller frames
- Extension poles for the roller frames
- Roller grids for the buckets
Painting a home can be a large project to tackle. Maxson Painting is here to help, today we are going to cover the crucial first step of any painting project, preparation. The type and amount of preparation needed before beginning your exterior paint job varies according to architecture and the condition of the substrata (the surface that you will be covering). That said, here are some basic first steps to a great exterior painting project.
- First pull back any dirt or plants from the base of the house to allow 2 to 3 inches for painting below ground level.
- Next identify any areas of mildew and treat them with a one to one solution of household bleach and water. If there is extensive mildew you may want to use a garden sprayer to apply the solution. If you choose this route be sure to keep surrounding hardscape and plants wet as a way to avoid damaging them.
- You will want to pressure wash the exterior of the house. A high-pressure nozzle on your hose could be used but I would strongly recommend renting a pressure washer from your local Home Depot or Lowe's. This will ensure you get a good quality washing before you start painting.
- Use a paint scraper, wire brush, or power sander to remove any loose and failing paint. Ensuring that all loose and failing material is removed from the substrata is critical before moving on in the project.
- Apply a coat of primer to all raw wood. Priming raw wood is very important even with paints that claim to be paint and primer in one. It is best to use a product designed for priming specifically as opposed to a paint that's trying to do the job of both the paint and primer.
- Next identify any cracks and uneven areas in the substrata and address those using elastomeric caulking and flexible patching products such as Flexall. Using flexible products is a little more difficult when patching because it shrinks and can take more than one coat. However, traditional spackle is very hard when it dries and tends to fail sooner than the flexible products.
- Once you have patched all the uneven areas and cracks you will need to re-sand them and prime them to ensure adhesion of top coats.
Now you're ready to begin applying your finish coats of paint. In our next blog we will discuss how to select the right paints for every surface on your exterior painting project and provide tips on applying them.
Materials and tools
- Garden Sprayer
- Pressure washer (recommended)
- Paint Scraper, Wire Brush, or Power Sander
- Primer (avoid paint+primer)
- Elastomeric Caulking
- Flexible Patching (i.e. Flexall, DAP)
- Putty Knife
- Sand Paper
Maxson Painting came on the job to finish up the interior and exterior painting after earlier challenges led to a change in painting contractors. Our responsibility was to go over every surface and insure that the highest quality finishes were achieved. Detailed sanding, patching and finishing done over finished hardwood flooring in fully furnished homes was no problem for our team. The time frame was critical as the condos were going on the market very soon. Maxson Painting work closely with the construction superintendant and in harmony with the other tradesmen to meet the opening date requirement.
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Here are some examples of a beautiful faux finish painting job. This was completed on an iron handrail in Ventura by Maxson Painting.
For more information please visit our project page.
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I would definitely call Maxson Painting to do any painting that I need to be done either outside or inside.We called Maxson Painting to give us an estimate on painting our 3 story home which is down by the beach and close to the ocean. I had seen the the work that his company was doing on the office building where my office is located and I was very impressed with their quality of work.
George came to our home and looked around and discussed with us what needed to be done and what he would do for us. He had the estimate to us the next day which was in detail and listed the things we discussed and he described the paint that he was going to use and the reason that he would recommend that particular paint. Maxson painters were prompt, courteous, knowledgeable, professional and cleaned up at the end of every day. George was there at the house every day at least once checking on the work that the painters were doing and to see if we had any questions or complaints. George is easy to get in touch with and he wanted to make sure that we were happy with his painters and that they were doing a good job. My wife is very particular and if you can please her, you have to be good and she is very happy with George and his painters. George and his painters went overboard to make us happy and I would strongly recommend Maxson Painting for any painting job that you have.
Here is our happy crew sharing lunch as they work on two exterior painting projects in the Ventura Keys. So blessed to have such a great team! Take a look at one of the residential projects the team was working on here.
Here is some progress on an exterior residential painting project we are working on in the Pierpont area of Ventura California.
If you would like to see more examples of our residential work click here!
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We are getting started on the seventh church we have painted since starting in the business. Blessings every time but this time its like coming home. So far we have used of 1000 pounds of stucco patch and over 100 gallons of paint.
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