In the spirit of our custom exterior services for exotic natural wood species, Topcoat employees John and Sam recently completed a very special lakeside octagon screened porch ceiling restoration. The eight sections of the ceiling culminate in a single point in the peak, from which is mounted a ceiling fan. The ceiling material is fir beadboard that was installed raw when the home was built 14 years ago, and had weathered through all seasons in the porch by the lake. The fir was very dried out, mildewed, had endured a bird collision or two, and was generally tired. The floor is blue slate stone, the interior is heavily trimmed in layers of green painted trim with large screen panels, all of which created a degree of difficulty for the task at hand.
After heavily protecting all lower surfaces, the guys set up a Biljax staging tower into the peak, supplemented by a baker unit for the perimeter. They carefully removed the blades from the ceiling fan and protected the motor base. Once the setup was safe and protection was double checked, they washed the ceiling with a mildew removal chemical, and rinsed thoroughly, reapplying as needed. They allowed nearly a week for the ceiling to dry and the porch to air out, then returned to sand and vacuum the ceiling as the final prep stage before finish application, which was a clear penetrating oil, intended to allow the natural beauty of the wood to be the focal point. Thanks to John and Sam for a job well done, and our client is tickled with the result, which was conveniently completed and aired out in advance of Memorial Day – the official start of summer on the Lake.
We are fortunate to be frequently challenged by complex problems that require innovative solutions in our projects, because it creates constant opportunities for us to explore the ways in which products and processes impact the jobs that we do at Topcoat Finishes. And it creates plenty of test and review opportunities to be written about. If you have a special property that requires some special care, we encourage you to get it done Topcoat style.