Exterior Products

Test and review information on the exterior coatings.

Spraying BM Arborcoat with a ProShot Fine Finish

Benjamin Moore Arborcoat stain is getting lots of application time with our crew on the log home restoration project we have been working on, and in this episode we run it through a Graco ProShot Fine Finish. In the spirit of two birds, one stone, I have been wanting to check Arborcoat through a sprayer […]

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Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Siding and Deck Stain

Update: Arborcoat Review Published in APC How We Tested Benjamin Moore Arborcoat August 2011: The initial application of Arborcoat on our log cabin restoration project is nearly complete. Meticulous preparation of all wood surfaces set the perfect palette on which to apply the stain system. We are filing away our stain application process notes and […]

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Log Cabin Wood Restoration Update

Written by on August 4, 2011 in Exterior Products, Home Improvement, Log Homes with 2 Comments
Log Cabin Wood Restoration Update

For readers following this story, and traffic stats indicate that you are, I am pleased to report that we are still in the prep stage and the house is cooperating. Our crew, Sam and John, as featured in this piece, have the situation well under control in spite of serious heat and harsh sun exposure […]

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Weekend Project: Pressure Washing my Deck

Weekend Project: Pressure Washing my Deck

Ok, actually, stripping my deck. I am a paint contractor, but I am also a homeowner. With a never ending “honey do” list. This one has been on the list for…well, a while. What better time to tackle it than when the truck is already loaded up from wood restoration projects all over Chittenden County […]

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Wood Restoration: How to Strip a Log Cabin Exterior

Written by on July 29, 2011 in Exterior Products, Home Improvement, Log Homes with 5 Comments
Wood Restoration: How to Strip a Log Cabin Exterior

I have to say right up front that wood restoration using chemical strip methods is a project best hired out to qualified professionals. The pressure washing equipment, chemicals, safety equipment and best practices for all of the above are not common knowledge. Also, knowledge and experience in working wood through various stages of chemical ph […]

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Arborcoat Test on a Wood Restoration in Northern Vermont

Arborcoat Test on a Wood Restoration in Northern Vermont

While we don’t do many whole house strip projects anymore, we have a great customer who was willing to wait over a year for Topcoat to be the wood loving restoration team on their heavenly home in the mountains. The home is a log cabin with a pretty brutal sun and wind exposure. The existing […]

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Fir Porch Floor Restoration

Fir Porch Floor Restoration

  Can’t say it enough…pressure washing is such a cool service to integrate into a paint contracting company. Today, we brought back to life a rather tired old tongue and groove porch floor in Burlington. We will be restoring this porch over the course of the next week. It’s beginning to feel a lot like […]

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Tis the Season for Ipe Finishing

Tis the Season for Ipe Finishing

**Update: For ipe deck info, visit our new site, ipehelp.com** It comes every year… Exterior wood finishing season sure brings the bittersweet reward of intense immediate gratification after intensive prep in varying conditions. This is an example of a properly maintained ipe deck. Typically, we will apply oil to 6 courses of the deck at a time, […]

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Architectural Pergolas that Challenge Painters

Written by on June 7, 2011 in Exterior Paints, Wood Snobbery with 2 Comments
Architectural Pergolas that Challenge Painters

One of the things I enjoy the most about working with architects, designers and construction estimators on projects is the opportunity to be involved in specification of finish systems early in the design phase of custom architectural features. Pergolas are one of those design elements that often look great on paper, but require products that […]

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Ipe Deck Finish: 5 things not to do

In my little corner of the northeast, ipe has built quite a presence as a choice decking product on homes. I’ve lost track of how many miles the l.f. translates to that we have handled in prefinishing and then field maintained.

As these decks age, and their finishes fade, homeowners are often concerned that what they considered to be a pricy investment has gradually started to look more like the silvery gray outdoor furniture.

For some reason, this season I have been asked more questions about ipe finishing by homeowners and colleagues than ever before. To the point that I thought it would be easiest to just create a post.

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