Monday, July 21, 2014

Painting Large Beams To Look Like Wood

The large beams over the porch of this beautiful home needed to be refreshed.  It was quite the challenge to to even get to them in order to do the work.

What happened was there was a vine growing up the side of the porch (you can see it in the picture above) and this vine grew so that it over took the beams.  The home owner had the vine removed from the beams and cut way back.  But what apparently happened was whoever did the vine removal got the sap from the vine on their hands and then was holding onto the beams.  So in the next picture you probably cannot make it out but there are ghost images of hand prints all over the beams.  The sap somehow ate into the paint and left whitish images of hand prints and smears all over the place.  I am talking about 4-5 dozen hand prints.  I have indicated some with the arrows and circles in the next photo.

At first I tried to clean them off but no go.  Then I tried to sand them off but no go.  So in the end I had to repaint and refaux wood grain the entire beam structure.   I needed a 24 foot extension ladder just to get on the porch roof.  After that I used an eight foot ladder to reach the beam.  At times I had to place the ladder right at the edge of the porch roof, a little dicy but that was the only way I could reach the outer most parts of the beam structure.

In the next picture you can see how at this point I have scrubbed the beams clean and then primed them.

It's hard to get a sense of work but here are the finished beams.

A little better look here in the next photograph.  You can at least see the grain pattern in this one,  no hand prints either.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Painting A Carriage Garage Door To Look Like Wood

I have made some good progress on the current project of painting a carriage style garage door to look like wood.

Here is a side by side photograph showing a completed door next to one that has only been base coated.  A pretty big difference I'd say.

Each door will get 56 clavos attached to it.  The next photo shows one of the those on the right side of the door, see the round black dot.  They will be attached at the top and botton of each plank on the uppper and lower sections of the doors.  You can not tell from the picture but the clavos have a rustic 'hammered' texture on them.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Painting A Carriage Style Garage Door

I got started on a new garage door project this week.  These doors are a different style of garage door than I usually paint to look like wood.  They are the 'carriage' style of door.  I am really looking forward to painting these garage doors because it's fun to do something a little different.

The first two photos show the beautiful home the doors belong to.  Notice that blue sky.  In these photos I have already cleaned, repaired, primed and base coated the doors.

Another aspect of the doors that is different is that they are made from a composite material and not steel.  So in the preparation step of the process I had to do a little repair.  This next photo is taken with the door up and looking at the bottom of the door.  You can see how the bottom planks have begun to seperate from the door.  This was the worse of them and it's about a quarter of an inch out from where it should be.

What I did was put two screws in each end of all the bottom planks.  There are two planks per door.  This tightened them back up and then I caulked all around the planks also.  I had counter sunk the screws and after I filled the holes and primed and base coated you cannot tell there ever was a problem nor can you see any evidence of repair.

That nice blue sky I pointed out in the first two photos means it was mighty hot today.  With such a big courtyard in front of the garage doors I did not have much to tie off my tarp too so I positioned my van and used that. I am not sure how tomorrow will go with a 70% chance of rain but I hope to get started on the wood graining process.  Something else about these doors which is cool is that each door has 56 clavos on it.  They are in the process of being cleaned and powder coated.