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Pressure wash the house exterior before painting

Proper surface preparations ensure that the painted / stained surface is more durable and looks nice.  Surfaces must be clean, dull, and dry; mildew, chalk, dust, rust, dirt, grease, wax and other surface contaminants. Additionally, surface resistance (Ohm) rise over the entire surface, which repeals the adhesion of mew paint sticking. These are the main reasons why pressure wash the house before painting.

The pressure washing helps to remove loose, peeling paint through high pressure and velocity. This process does not completely remove all the old paint. More stubborn peeling paint surfaces left behind will be scraped and the larger pieces are picked up and disposed of properly.

Water is our abrasive to remove most of the surface pollution. Deck stains require eco-friendly detergents. Water and mild cleansing agents do not harm vegetation or personal property.

DANGERS: A pressure washer converts city water (40 to 60 P.S.I.) to thousands of Pounds per Square Inch (P.S.I.). Stories float around about how untrained workers destroy what they suppose to clean. Clearly, this type of equipment is better used by a professional to minimize self, others and surface damage.

After pressure washing is finished, the contractor allows some time before applying any primer or paint (at least a day). What happens when the surfaces are pressure washed, water is injected into the cellular structure and it takes time to dry out. Now, those of us who lived in this high-altitude desert understand things dry much faster than in the wetter climates.

Any paint not removed in the initial blasting may come loose as the porous (leaky) surfaces dries. The contractor, will then hand scrape and sand those areas once dry.

Things the contractor needs from the customer:

  • stay away from the professional while he/she uses the equipment
  • move personal belongings away from the structure(s) before washing
  • city water from an exterior garden spigot
  • trees and shrubs cut back from structures being cleaned
  • be inside when pressure washing if a windows or doors leak
  • contractor cannot be held responsible for soft, rotten surfaces and/or fiber mesh window screens

Lead Paint? Renovate Right!

Got Lead Paint Renovate Right. Be lead safe when you renovate your home. In 2010, GP&D Restoration became an RRP Certified company after the EPA established the federal Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule. The RRP Rule was developed to protect occupants from lead contamination generated during work conducted in homes, childcare facilities and some schools… Continue Reading

We will not forget

We remember and honor the men and women who lost their lives serving our country. Started after the Civil War, Memorial Day became a special day to honor the memory of all those lost while serving in our nation’s military. It is still a very important day. Many of us head on our busy ways… Continue Reading

GP&D Awarded BBB Gold Star

Denver House Painting Pro is pleased to announce GP&D Awarded BBB Gold Star. Wow! We’re excited! Being awarded BBB Gold Star proclaims excellence in customer service. It provides tangible feedback for us and proof for our clients and prospective customers. Our adherence to BBB’s Standards for Trust is part of our operational vision. “Being awarded BBB… Continue Reading

Do you have to remove all the old paint before painting?

The question came up again: Don’t we have to remove all the paint before painting again? Well not always, as a general rule, you are time & money ahead if you cover over old coatings rather than remove them with few exceptions for us house painters. One exception is if you wanted to remove all… Continue Reading

Safest lead-based paint removal method to use?

When using any of the usual paint removal methods expect a messy, time-consuming process with health and safety threats. These methods include mechanical, heat and chemical means to remove coatings. Mechanical methods (sanding, blasting, hand tools) create a lot of dust. Heat tools make gummy, sticky goo and gives off toxic fumes. Chemical strippers have… Continue Reading

Paint color ideas for 2014

The 2014 color choices are out from the major manufacturers. These recently released interior and exterior color ideas can help you if you are wondering what the “in colors” are. The discovery you will make is not everyone agrees on the same color. Sherwin Williams selected a grayish plum color “Exclusive Plum” #6263. It is… Continue Reading

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