The Laperle Process

The Laperle Process

We’re not finished until you’re satisfied!

OUR Interior Process

Items are placed in the center of the room and covered with clean, new plastic sheeting. All floors are protected with drop cloths.

Thorough preparation is the Laperle Standard. Inspect for wood or material damage. Holes and cracks in ceilings and walls are filled; stains are sealed and surfaces are scuff sanded to enable proper paint adhesion.

Walls: Wallpaper is removed, settling cracks are repaired and fiberglass seam tape is applied as necessary. Multiple layers of plaster compound are applied and sanded where needed to create a clean and prepared surface.

Caulking is applied where walls meet all casements, baseboards and moldings.

Woodwork: Surface is cleaned and sanded thoroughly to remove paint or enamel gloss. A bead of caulking in all seams and cracks in woodwork is applied and where woods meets plaster. Holes are filled with putty. One coat of oil-based primer / sealer is applied to bare wood on previously painted woodwork and on new raw woodwork.

Ceilings: Settling cracks are repaired and fiberglass seam tape applied along with multiple layers of plaster compound. Area is sanded to prepare a clean surface for painting.

Closets and Built-ins: Projects can include closets as well as cabinetry, shelving and custom built-ins.

Repaired areas are sealed and / or primed. Finish coats of premium quality paint are applied to a uniform finish by using different techniques, including bush, roller and airless spray applications.

All of our materials are removed. Floors and carpets are vacuumed and swept. Furniture and accessories are moved back to their desired locations.

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

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.