In painting, the prep work is 75% of the job. In wood restoration it is even more important because you are applying transparent materials, and any blemishes in the wood will show through.
Our technicians are trained to thoroughly clean the wood surface with the necessary means before applying the preservative. Usually high pressure power washing will do; but it is some times necessary to use stain removers and acid washes to properly clean the wood.
The Cleaning Process
- If your wood has serious tannin stains, a light solution of oxalic acid and detergent will be applied to brighten wood and help in the cleaning process.
- If severe fungi, mold and mildew exist, we apply a light anti-fungal chlorine solution to kill organisms which can inhabit deep into the wood fabric.
- All openings around windows, doors, and eaves are caulked with a silicon sealer if a risk of leakage from power washing exists.
- Your wood is then carefully power washed with between 2,000 and 3,500 P.S.I. of water pressure. Power washing essentially removes the top layer of dead wood fibers much the same way sandblasters remove rust from metal. Our technicians are trained to carefully maintain an approximate 45 degree spray angle and stay with the wood grain to avoid excess fraying of the wood surface.
The wood is allowed to dry for 48 hours, at which time the wood must be prepped for staining. The wood is then brushed and sanded to remove any fraying or splintering of the wood.
The Application on Natural Wood Homes
- After the wood has dried for a minimum of 48 hours, and the wood has been prepped; plastic is placed around all windows, doors, light fixtures, concrete surfaces, and plant life.
- After evaluating the condition of the wood and discussing the individual desires of the client, we formulate the appropriate blend of TWP series 500 and series 200 (with Radcon). Click here to learn more about TWP and our product blending philosophy.
- Two wet on wet coats are applied with an airless sprayer.
- The plastic is then removed; and the post application cleaning process begins. The windows and any metal or painted trim are cleaned; and all debris and materials are removed from sight.
A final walk through is done with the foreman and the client, to assure that all work has been completed to the client’s satisfaction.
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This House Is In The Process Of Having “Radcon” Applied
Tennessee Valley Multi-Home Project
We completed eight homes located in the Tennessee Glen Development in Tennessee Valley, Mill Valley. The TWP blends ranged from 50/50 TWP (200 series Radcon/500 series) to 80/20 TWP (200 series Radcon/500 series). This development offers a perfect opportunity to view color selections. Call for more information and directions.