Exterior Scraping and Priming

by Josh on May 25, 2010 · 4 comments

in Projects

With most of my house projects, things usually get worse before they can get better. As the exterior painting work here progresses, the pattern is the same, though this time I have other people in charge of the work.

Getting Worse

It took the painters a few days to finish the scraping portion of the job, leaving the house looking really rough and scaly. To keep the painting cost down, we aren’t having the trim completely stripped to uniform bare wood, but are merely scraping off the loose and failing paint.  The primer and paint products our painter is using should help smooth the finished appearance, but for now it’s ugly.

Front View Scraped

New regulations on the handling of lead paint debris required the painters to diligently tape and tarp their work areas. I have been particularly impressed with our painters in this area– they gathered and vacuumed up their paint chips every day and I haven’t found paint chips in the areas around the house.

Getting Better

As the scraping wrapped up, the priming began. With the primer tinted to match the paint that will cover it, the new house colors are starting to come through.

Front View primed

And since my last post only showed those new colors in photoshop form, here’s a look at some sample boards painted with the new house palette:

Paint Colors

In the upper left is “black bean” which will go on the rafters, soffit, and the decorative portion of the beltline molding. I am leaning toward using this on the storm windows eventually, too.  “Natural brown” in the upper right is the principal trim color and garage door color.  Finally, “relic bronze” at the bottom will be used on the brackets and (I think) the window sashes.

Even Better Soon

The finish coat painting should go full-swing tomorrow and conclude by early next week, if not sooner.  There are a couple small places where the wood has rotted and will need the carpenter’s attention but I don’t think this repair should delay the overall progress.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael May 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

We repainted our exterior last year after a tornado, and the difference is really stunning. I think that when you get your new palette on the house you will wonder why you didn’t do it earlier.


Ann May 28, 2010 at 6:43 am

In cased I missed it, what color are you painting the main body of the house?


Josh May 28, 2010 at 7:06 am

@Michael– You’re right about the satisfaction of having new colors, but the checks I’m writing are a good reminder why I didn’t rush to repaint.

@Ann– You didn’t miss it– I never mentioned the body color! Because the stucco on the house body is in good functional condition, we decided to leave it alone. There are different opinions on the question of painting stucco and I’m with those who say it is better not to paint it.

Unfortunately my house’s stucco was painted at some point and that finish is wearing off in various places. Although it’s not cosmetically perfect, I think the uneven finish helps the house look “appropriately” 87 years old. When it is time for the next paint job, we’ll look more seriously at redashing the stucco, but it wasn’t in our budget this time around.


Stacy June 30, 2010 at 11:23 pm

would you share who you used to do the trim painting?


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