For this house, we did the complete interior painting as well as the exterior painting. For this house, we ran into some problems on the first day.
For instance, on the first day, there was no water or electricity in the house, so we got to the house, and we decided to leave instead. We left the house because we were only going to work for two hours. The plan for the first day was preparation, we needed to repair all the damage sheetrock throughout the house and pressure wash the outside of the house. Since there was no water or electricity we left. On the second day, we got lucky and the electricity was ON, and in the afternoon someone came to turn ON the water.
For the first half of the day, we prepare the inside of the house. We finish putting plastic on the bathroom tiles, cover the lights and anything else that was not going to be replaced. At the same time another crew member patch the holes on the sheetrock. For this particular house, all the carpet, and hardwood was going to be removed, so the crew member repairing the sheetrock was able to start the work right away. In another interior painting scenario, I would have all the crew membres cover, and put plastic at least three bedrooms before the sheetrock guy comes, and patches up the sheetrock. For the second half of the day, I pressure wash the outside of the house and the crew continued working on the inside painting of the house. Pressure washing the outside of the house is an important part of the exterior painting, why? By pressure washing the exterior part of the house, we remove all the green mold, black mold, spider webs, and more. If we do not pressure wash the outside of the house the paint will peel off the house. That is why the first step when painting the exterior of the house is to pressure wash the house.
Now let’s continue with the interior painting, on the first day we prepare the inside of the house, pressure washed the outside of the house, sanded the sheetrock holes, and the most important part gave the first coat to the walls. On the second day, we begin by giving the first coats to the ceilings. For the most part, ceilings are white, but in this house, most of the ceilings had colors. Therefore we needed to put two coats to the ceilings. For the first coat, we apply a small of paint on the ceiling so that there would not be as much texture, and that it would dry faster. For the second coat, the ceiling was was spray, and another crew member, roll the ceiling behind the sprayer. After we spray the ceiling, we move on to spraying the doors, and windows. We prefer to use the sprayer on the ceiling and trim as much as possible because the sprayer leaves no texture or a small amount compares to if we were going to use the roller or brush. Not to mention the efficiency as well. Of course, we do not use the sprayer all the time, if the house has furniture, and people were leaving there, we would only use brush and roller to complete the interior painting. For the rest of the days, we give the second coat to the walls and touch up around the house. For this interior painting we also painted the handrails which were a three-day process, and we also put an epoxy coating to the garage floor.
As mention before, we already pressure wash the exterior of the house, when we were working on the interior house painting. I always wait at least one day after pressure washing the house before working on the house, because if we were to start caulking the house right after we pressure wash the house, moister will be trap inside the house. On the first day of the exterior painting, we replace all the rotten wood around the house. For this house, we remove the chimney downspouts, some rotten pieces of the fascia board of the house, and we also remove some window frames – door frames. I want to mention what everyone was not doing the repairs for this house, overall whenever we are doing the exterior painting of the house, two crew members will work on the rotten wood, and two more will be caulking the house. That is not always the case, for example, some customers had wood or cardboard siding, and that type of siding will not last you a long time if is not well maintained. That is why some clients choose to remove the siding, in that scenario we would all be working on removing the siding, and after that putting the new siding back on, which for the most part would be Hardie plank siding. On the first day, we manage to replace all the rotten wood, caulk the house, and spray the siding. For the rest of the days, we finish painting the trim, windows, doors, downspouts, shutters, stain the concrete floor on the back, and stain the deck.