Part 3 Exterior Painting and Restoration


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"Exterior Painting Restoration" is the phrase I coined to describe the Attitude and Procedures required to produce long lasting exterior paint jobs on older buildings. Treat the CAUSES of paint failure and not just the SYMPTOMS. Create long lasting, beautiful paint jobs. Most painters only deal with the Symptoms, and therefore the jobs fail prematurely. This PowerPoint Presentation Includes sections on identifying the problem areas, how to effectively treat them, paint stripping, wood and plaster repairs, use of epoxy fillers and consolidants, issues regarding old lead paint, and more. Learn the tricks and tips of exterior painting and old home restoration from a specialist.

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Part 3 Exterior Painting and Restoration

  1. 1. PART THREE
  2. 2. EXTERIOR PAINTING RESTORATIONPART THREEThis being a continuation of what was begun in PARTS ONE and TWO.If you are interested in a more detailed explanation of the products,techniques, and procedures shown in these presentations, you may wishto also view the complementary (and complimentary) “White Paper” (aka“Abstract”) entitled (take a wild guess) “Exterior Painting Restoration”. It isavailable at, for those of you who like to see even more photos, you arewelcome to visit our Flickr photo heaven, particularly the photo set entitledyou know what :
  3. 3. Restoration of Deteriorated Plaster In many cases, old plaster can be restored to nearly pristine condition. How about a Case History?
  4. 4. Restoration of Deteriorated Plaster In many cases, old plaster can be restored to nearly pristine condition. 1. Strip 2. Consolidate 3. Primer plus Elastomeric Coating 4. Finish Coats and Gold Leaf
  5. 5. Restoration of Deteriorated Plaster In many cases, old plaster can be restored to nearly pristine condition.1. Strip This has to be carefully performed in order to salvage as much of the old plaster as possible.
  6. 6. Restoration of Deteriorated Plaster In many cases, old plaster can be restored to nearly pristine condition.2. ConsolidateThis processsaturates theweakened plasterand hardens(consolidates) it,creating a soundsurface on which toapply the protectivecoatings (paint).
  7. 7. Restoration of Deteriorated Plaster In many cases, old plaster can be restored to nearly pristine condition.3. Primer plus Elastomeric Coatings After consolidating, the plaster is first sealed with an acrylic primer and then painted with a heavy bodied elastomeric coating. This coating helps fill in small cracks and voids and produces a flexible system that will protect for decades.
  8. 8. Restoration of Deteriorated Plaster In many cases, old plaster can be restored to nearly pristine condition.4. Finish Coats and Gold LeafTwo coats of 100%acrylic finish paint areapplied, along with a24K gold “button”, toput the final toucheson this plastermedallion.
  9. 9. Plaster: Restore or Replace ? Sometimes, the old plaster is so badly damaged that replacement isnecessary.
  10. 10. Plaster Replacement Badly decayed plaster has lost detailing.Deteriorated plaster isremoved, as well as arelatively intact section,from which a rubber moldis created.
  11. 11. Plaster ReplacementNewly cast plaster is allowed todry completely (moisture meterused), sealed on all sides withconsolidant, and then installed. When finished, the new sections blend seamlessly with the restored original plaster.
  12. 12. Plaster Replacement Example #2
  13. 13. Plaster Replacement Example #2 Old deteriorated acanthus leaf plaster frieze band. Approximately 80’ of curved and flat sections were removed. Of interest, the original plaster used burlap for reinforcement.
  14. 14. Plaster Replacement Example #2Molds were produced from relatively intactsections of the original plaster, and thenreplacements were cast. Drying required2 weeks and involved used of heat lamps.Note the moisture meter. Plaster was first sealed on all sides with an epoxy primer, and installed with adhesive and stainless screws. Seams were then patched with epoxy filler.
  15. 15. Plaster Replacement Example #2An example of where the newplaster meets the original. Once the new plaster was installed and patched, all sections (new and old) were primed with acrylic sealer and then finished with two coats of 100% acrylic paint.
  16. 16. Plaster Replacement Example #3 “Cartouche” Additionally, on this same project we replaced three enormous portico brackets, as well as five ornamental frieze “Portico Bracket” cartouches. All new plaster duplicated the originals.
  17. 17. Painting Restoration…. Job completed. Well, Almost….
  18. 18. A Little Carpentry, Anyone?
  19. 19. A Little Carpentry, Anyone?How does one get To this…?from this….
  20. 20. A Little Carpentry, Anyone?FIRST, take it off. A word to the wise: number every piece that is removed.
  21. 21. A Little Carpentry, Anyone?In this example, the quoins (corner blocks) were removed, rusted nails taken out, paint stripped, consolidated, and holes epoxy filled prior to re-installation.Surfaces behind the quoins were cleaned up, consolidated, and epoxy filled.Re-installation was performed with adhesive caulk and stainless steel screws (holes are always predrilled). Hot dipped galvanized finish nails were then used to attach the smaller moldings to the face of each quoin.
  22. 22. A Little Carpentry, Anyone?In a majority of cases, moldings can be salvagedby careful dismantling, restoring withepoxies, and re-installing. In instances wherenew duplicate moldings are required, that woodshould be both consolidated and primed on allsides, including cut edges, before installation. (Try telling that to a Building Contractor - most of them will just ignore you…)
  23. 23. Procedural SequencingFrom the Start :• Meet with Owner, Initial Inspection and Prepare Budget for Project.• Erect Scaffolding and Containments• Stripping and Prep Work begin. (Be “Lead Aware”).• Revise as necessary the budget for “Restoration” depending upon conditions uncovered.• Epoxy Consolidation and Fillers applied.• Carpentry and Other Repairs performed.
  24. 24. Procedural SequencingTo the Finish :• First Coat of Acrylic Primer applied.• Cosmetic Fillers.• Second Coat Primer applied as needed.• Caulking of seams, joints.• Finish Coat(s) – Two coats minimum recommended on “Restored” & heavily exposed surfaces. – 100% Acrylic. – Gold Leaf is indeed the final touch.
  25. 25. Another Result of Painting Restoration
  26. 26. And one in Progress
  27. 27. PAINTING RESTORATION• IT’S AN ATTITUDE• TREATS THE CAUSES – not just the SYMPTOMS• TECHNIQUES – learn and develop new ones• EXPERIENCE Satisfaction – longest lasting jobs that look fabulous• PRIDE of Ownership
  28. 28. PAINTING RESTORATIONMagic Brush, Inc Robert DufortInteriors, Exteriors, Wood Founder, ContractorRefinishing • Certified EPA – RRP Renovator • Certified California Lead Inspector• EPA – RRP “Lead Safe Company” • Certified California Lead• Winner of 8 National PDCA Supervisor Awards • Member Painting and Decorating• Numerous Published Projects Contractors of America (PDCA) • Member of Artistic License GuildSince 1976 Speaker at National Conventions for415 641-8622 the PDCA and National Trust forLicense #452293 Historic Preservation. Plus Published articles in “FineSan Francisco, California Homebuilding Magazine” and others.