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. Many homes in Marin County are built on precarious hill sides. One of the services we offer is accessing these areas by a member of our staff who is an accomplished climber.
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.
Power Washing Cedar Shingles
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.
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.