The first step before pressure washing is always a thorough walk through of the property to ensure all windows and doors are closed tightly, furniture, etc., is moved away from areas to be worked. In some cases, mostly around eves with open beam ceilings, caulking is required to prevent leakage during pressure wash. Painter’s tape is also helpful at the bottom of doors etc.
Pressure washing is a very important step in the preparation process. Low pressure washing in conjunction with wood cleaners/stripping and brighteners are most definitely better for the wood verses high pressure washing which “Freys” or “ Raises the Grain”. Some companies use high pressure in order to move through the job faster! Going over the surface more times with less pressure gets the same result with less damage.
Low pressure washing in conjunction with wood cleaners/stripping and brighteners are most definitely better for the wood verses high pressure washing which “Freys” or “ Raises the Grain.” Some companies use high pressure in order to move through the job faster! Going over the surface more times with less pressure gets the same result with less damage.
When the home is ready, we carefully low pressure wash all wood with the wood grain to remove dirt, grey wood fiber, fungus/mildew and previously applied coatings to reveal your woods natural beauty and to open up wood grain so that it will properly accept a new application of preservative. All wood grain must be open, as transparent stains are penetrating products and need to absorb into the wood in order to have a uniform look and maximize longevity of the coating applied.
Proper drying time is important before applying a preservative, stain/sealer and depends on the current temperatures, time of year etc., that you are having your project done. The amount of sun/shade your home gets is also taken into consideration. Usually two to five days is sufficient dry time.
After wood is allowed to dry, if needed, light sanding and or any repair work is done. Then the prep work continues with covering windows, hardware and landscaping with plastic covering tarps etc.
Preservative is sprayed with an airless sprayer in a “Wet on Wet” process that fully saturates the product deep into wood fiber, all excess stain is “Mopped up” to ensure a perfectly uniform coverage.
Clean-up begins with removing covering from plants, windows, doors and hardware. All trim etc. is cleaned as needed. Furniture etc., is moved back.
Decks are coated last, in basically the same way as above, with a few added steps of preparation, such as: cleaning out by hand, where needed, debris between decking boards, setting nails, additional sanding, etc. Decks need to be re-coated more frequently approximately every two to four years. For this reason it is very important to use the proper stain/sealer that can be removed with a simple pressure wash and easily re-coated versus costly wood stripping and sanding.
We strongly recommend 200 series “TWP” for all siding, fences, arbors, etc. (surfaces not walked on). TWP 1500 series, 200 series mix for decks (surfaces walked on). All other stains on the market are primarily made from tung and lindseed oil or alkyd resin and can be very difficult to remove, requiring a costly process of wood strippers and sanding in order to re-coat. TWP is a parafenetic oil which when applied correctly can be re-applied after a simple cost effective pressure wash. TWP also has great longevity.
After careful review of property, final walk through is done with the owner and client to ensure complete customer satisfaction.
Recommendations are given on how to best maintain your unique project, in the most cost effective way, for years to come.
We also restore wood furniture, arbors, fences, docks, play structures, etc.