Residential Painting – <span>EXTERIOR</span>

Residential Painting – EXTERIOR

From shingles to stucco, we’ve got you covered

For a long-lasting look and the quality finish you want, call on Laperle Painting, your residential painting and carpentry contactor. With more than two decades and 100 years of collective experience, our crew has mastered painting, siding and staining on all types of home exteriors, be it wood, clapboard, shingles, synthetic siding and composites, stucco, vinyl, aluminum or masonry surfaces. We also specialize in pressure washing and sealing cedar roofs and all types of decks.

While each home is different and each project is tailored specifically to your needs, we take the same steps with everyone, providing a professional job that protects the environment and primes your house to take on the toughest of conditions that New England weather has to offer.

OUR Exterior Process

Plantings and decorative work are covered with canvas drop cloths. Non-painted areas are protected from paint drops.

To achieve a proper paint job all surfaces to be painted need to be thoroughly washed to remove mildew, mold, pollen, caulk, dirt and other surface contaminants. This ensures proper adhesion of any coating.

Laperle Painting uses a state-of-the-art process to remove dangerous lead and other paints from homes and other structures.

At the heart of the process is a new revolutionary PAINT SHAVER PRO “PSP” machine which strips lead or regular paint from clapboards, shingles or any other flat surface and collects the debris into a high-powered HEPA vacuum. The PSP strips the butt and face of clapboards and shingles simultaneously. This tool includes adjustable tungsten carbide blades to strip any thickness of lead, oil or latex based paints and meets EPA guidelines for lead paint removal.

Laperle Painting also uses a smaller version of this tool to maneuver around nail heads and harder to reach surfaces.

A seasoned four man crew paired with four PSP tools connected to four HEPA vacuums all powered by one of our generators makes for a very clean, efficient and environmentally safe paint removal process, with these Paint Shaver Pro machines making it all possible.

The home is evaluated to determine if multiple layers of paint or primer layers need to be removed; if so, a power grinder is used. A power grinder is a tool that removes multiple layers of paint, its flexible sanding disk ensures that the wood surface is not damaged. With proper finer grits, feather sanding can be achieved through a finesse disk grinding technique. Newer homes may not need this step but rather may be power sanded instead.

Each team member carries a scraper which is used initially to remove thick or course old paint. This is not a finishing technique but a tool to aid in the paint removal process.

Sanding is done to provide a smooth finish for the primer to adhere properly.

Thorough preparation is the Laperle Standard. Inspect for wood or material damage. Holes and cracks are filled; stains are sealed and surfaces are scuff sanded to enable proper paint adhesion. Siding and trimboards are examined and given proper preparation to ensure a quality finish.

We use white pigmented shellacs specifically designed to seal acidic knots in wood to seal discoloration that occurs from seepage of natural compounds from bleeding knots. This also aids in sealing rusted nail heads to prevent from bleeding through the topcoat layers.

One of the most important steps is to seal bare wood surfaces, previously painted or stained surfaces and other problematic areas such as tannin and tanic acid bleed which occurs in most cedar clapboards and shingles. We use high quality primer/sealers that are tinted to desired finish coat colors as a base layer.

The primer coat needs to set and cure. We use oil based primer / sealers for better penetration properties, adhesion and malleability, these require an extended set time and dry-cure period.

Once the primer / sealer is dry, we hand sand the surface to remove extraneous wood fibers and also to smooth a heavily applied primer coat and to remove brush and roller nap marks.

Using high quality caulking material, we fill seams and cracks in trimboards where trimboards abut one another such as around windows and doors. Sealing seams and cracks keeps moisture from intruding the exterior surface of the home. However, some seams are left to help the home “breathe” and allow moisture to escape. Sealing cracks in trimboards aids in the appearance of the finish coat application. Caulking is typically applied to painted or primed surfaces and not bare wood surfaces for proper adhesion. Recessed nail holes or divots in any wood siding or trim are filled to a smooth finish using putty.

The final step in giving your home outstanding appearance and protection is applying the finish coats of either paint or stain. Commonly used are vinyl acrylic latex paints and stains that are applied by a combination of airless spray, roller and brush.

Cleanup is done daily, as well as at the completion of our work. Paint chips are removed and all our materials are packed up and stored neatly. Tools and other equipment are stored in our trucks and not on your property.

After our own inspection, we ask you to review the project with us to verify your satisfaction with our work.