When you call as, we set up an appointment to come and assess the job. We will ascertain what has been previously done to the property and what that means going forward.
There are 100’s of variables when it comes to each individual circumstance. Some possibilities include;
• what products have been previously applied
• when have those products been applied
• what has been the effects of weathering
• what effects of weathering are having the most severe impact on the condition of the structure
• what protection is present if any
• what is the aesthetic condition
• what is the aesthetic objective
• what is the functional condition
• what is the functional objective
• what can be done to restore the structure
• what possibilities for restoration processes are there
• how can the restoration process be accomplished
We will then make a judgment and recommendation on how to proceed based on our vast experience in restoring natural wood structures.
We cannot overstate the importance of our decades of in-the-field, on-the-job expertise.
We will then, draft a contract proposal explaining exactly what it is we will do to perform the work on the contract, and what you will get for the services performed.
We will offer an unparalleled performance guarantee on the work performed.
Upon acceptance of the contract, we will schedule your job and commit to starting the job as scheduled. We will work on the job on normal workdays and finish it without interruption.
To see what a typical job involves, please review the following series of pictures.
Below is an example of our process, as we performed it on a job in Evergreen.
Existing finish (before)
This job involves a residential cedar sided house with decking.
Due to the previous product applied to this house we must first apply a chemical stripper in order to dissolve the previous stain. On this job, we also use a hot water pressure washer to help remove the old finish. Heated water can often help remove tough stripping situations better than cold water. There are some situations where a blaster may be the best choice for the job. We would typically use crushed glass as a medium in this event.
Applying biodegradable stripper to aid in removing existing finish
The chemical stripper is applied by way of an airless sprayer in most circumstances. Precautionary steps are taken to protect other surfaces adversely affected by the stripper. Covering things like landscaping and vegetation is a matter of routine.
The picture demonstrates evidence of the stripper acting upon the previous stain by turning it dark in color.
Next, we begin washing the surfaces by working from the bottom up in order to keep the stripper active by not diluting it. The washing reveals the beautiful natural wood underneath the previous finish.
We thoroughly rinse the surfaces to ensure no more stripper/old finish and wood fibers are present on the raw wood.
If there is evidence of dark staining of the wood from the chemical stripper and /or mildew or anything else, we will then apply a wood brightener chemical solution that will restore the natural wood to a like-new appearance. This procedure is accomplished by adding the brightener to water and spraying/rinsing the surfaces through low-pressure power washing. We then do a thorough clean water rinse.
We then allow the wood to thoroughly dry before proceeding with applying the oil stain to the prepared wood.
We cover and/or protect surfaces affected by the staining process. We use an oil repelling soap on non-porous surfaces such as the glass in windows instead of masking where at all possible. The oil product will penetrate conventional masking and therefore we try to avoid needing to use it.
Removal of existing finish using hot water pressure washing
Old stain has been removed and wood is awaiting application of brightening agent and allowed to thoroughly dry.
We apply a saturation coat of oil to the surfaces being treated. We will apply a second application where we deem the wood needs it. Although, it is not generally needed, we will ensure a thorough and long-lasting application.
The oil goes on dark at first, not unlike how the wood appears when it is wet from water. It does, however, take much longer for the oil surface to dry than water and consequently, the appearance will remain dark for a protracted period of time. It is not unusual for a stable color to appear after several days or even a few weeks. It will eventually lighten and remain stable for years after the initial lightening of the appearance occurs.
Semi-transparent colors appear much darker than transparent colors initially.
The oiling process leaves the wood with a vibrant and rich natural wood appearance.
Applying Boodge Siding & Trim Oil- Transparent Cedar to prepared natural wood.
The house is fully restored to a rich like-new condition. In 5- 7 years, the house can be re-stained, but without the labor intensive stripping process. A basic pressure washing and re-application of Boodge Siding & Trim Oil will be all it takes to keep the house as nice looking and well protected as this time.