The 12 Critical Steps of an Advanced Exterior:
Wondering what it is like to paint your home for the last time? We show you every step involved so you can virtually experience the entire process. You will learn how a professional coating is done properly, the quality materials involved, and the exceptional service that gives your home the kind of advanced exterior our customers rave about.
Step 1: Thorough Inspection
Before we start, it is critically important that a thorough inspection is done to determine the condition of the underlying substrates and what work will be needed. We create a plan to accomplish the work.
Step 2: Trenching
We dig a 4 to 6 inch deep trench around the foundation of your home and apply our exclusive waterproofing primer sealer to assure a barrier of protection against water wicking up the walls, and to prevent growth of algae, fungus, and decay below ground level.
Subterranean moisture penetration is a common and damaging problem. Trenching helps to eliminate moisture penetration at the foundation.
Step 3: Cleaning and Washing:
After trenching we power-wash the entire surface. Typically TSP and bleach is used to clean and kill all existing mold, mildew, and fugus. The goal is to have a clean dry surface to bond to.
Step 4: Patch and Repair
Next, all the cracks, holes, chips, and breaks on the home are filled and sealed. All damaged stucco areas are repaired to bring the surface back to its original condition.
Step 5: Sanding and Scraping
All loose paint on wood surfaces is removed by scraping and any remaining paint is sanded by hand or machine to leave a smooth surface to coat.
Step 6: Caulking
Once the wood surfaces have been scraped and sanded, we fill cracks and small holes in the wood and caulk around all windows and door casings to prevent moisture from invading the coating through these areas.
Step 7: Masking
All areas which are not to be coated are masked off, covered, or temporarily removed (such as lighting fixtures, mailboxes, drainpipes, utility boxes, etc.) Special attention is given to plants, lawns, decks, windows, and other areas prone to overspray.
Step 8: Priming
We spray on a solid coat of Rhino-Shield Adhesive Primer Sealer to act as a bonding agent to make the finish coat stay on your home without cracking or peeling. Priming is super important. (More on that below.)
Step 9: Apply the Finish Coats
At last, after all the prep work and priming is completed, the ceramic top-coat is applied. The top-coat is sprayed at a rate of 100 square feet per gallon or greater to achieve the optimal mil-thickness. In tight areas brushing or rolling may be required. Back-rolling may be required on new stucco or other porous surfaces to seal all pits and crevasses and to achieve an uninterrupted membrane of protection.
Step 10: Detail touch up
After the final finish coat is applied, we thoroughly detail everything on the exterior such as burglar bars, windows, awnings, etc., and then remove all masking materials.
Step 11: Clean up job site
Our goal is to make your home look in brand new condition. We take great pride in giving each customer a full, thorough, and detailed cleanup to return the job site to its original condition, if not better.
Step 12: Final inspection
We’re not done until you’re completely satisfied with our work!
Why Priming is So Important:
Until 1978, all paints contained lead based chemicals that acted as a glue to hold paints onto your home. Since then, new laws have taken everything out of paint except water, latex (acrylic or vinyl), and pigments. As there are no bonding agents in paints today, you must use a primer specially designed for each different type of surface to ensure the paint will bond to the underlying surface.
All too often, contractors only spot prime on raw wood surfaces and then shoot a thin coat of paint. They will even tell you this is enough.
That is why we apply a special primer to all surfaces to be coated to protect against bleedthrough and to provide a bonding surface for the coating to adhere to. In addition to waterproofing, this primer, when dry, is a sticky adhesive that acts as a bonding agent for the topcoat.
What About Wood Surfaces?
The Wood surfaces on your trim, fascia, and underhang are always in danger of dry rot and moisture damage. It is also the area of the house that needs repainting the most often. We solve this problem by hydro-blasting all the wood surfaces. Then we use a special wood filler to fill all the cracks and problem areas. (Fact: we use over a case of caulking, on average, to seal all the jointed surfaces on the wood.) Then we scrape, sand, prime the wood using Rhino-Shield Adhesive Primer Sealer. We finish with two coats of Rhino-Shield Ceramic Coating to the wood surfaces. The unique properties of Rhino-Shield allow wood to breathe while preventing moisture from permeating. This gives wood superior protection over typical paint which either suffocates and rots the wood or peels and flakes and allows moisture to damage the wood.
Summary of Steps:
- Patch and Repair
- Sand and scrape
- Seal and caulk
- Apply adhesive primer/sealer
- Apply ceramic coating
- Detail touch up
- Clean job site
- Final inspection