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Transforming and Sealing Exterior Brick in Chestnut Hill, MA

Dur­ing the fall sea­son our com­mer­cial and indus­tri­al clients not only begin plan­ning inte­ri­or paint­ing and main­te­nance projects, but also turn an eye to the exte­ri­or as well. As we’ve men­tioned before, we can paint into the cold­er months thanks to the avail­abil­i­ty of more advanced paint for­mu­las that cure beau­ti­ful­ly in low­er temperatures.

Exte­ri­or paint­ing is also an ide­al way to pro­tect your property’s sur­faces before the ele­vat­ed mois­ture and extra strain of win­ter weath­er sets in. In fact, paint is a first line of defense, and often will pro­tect your invest­ments from the intru­sion of mois­ture and sub­se­quent cor­ro­sion and decay.

As a real-life exam­ple of this, join us for a quick tour of an exte­ri­or paint­ing project we just wrapped up in Chest­nut Hill, MA.

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Two Phas­es, One Goal — Paint­ing Exte­ri­or Brick with Dou­ble Deadlines

There were mul­ti­ple issues work­ing against these exte­ri­or sur­faces when we first were contacted:

  • Prob­lem #1 — There was actu­al­ly inte­ri­or water dam­age because of water creep­ing its way through the mason­ry substrate.
  • Prob­lem #2 — The exist­ing mason­ry coat­ing had com­plete­ly failed, and was just as unsight­ly as it was ineffective.
  • Prob­lem #3 — The steel win­dow frames were rusted.
  • Prob­lem #4 — Poten­tial­ly beau­ti­ful exte­ri­or mahogany was bad­ly in need of refinishing.
  • Prob­lem #5- A met­al cor­ru­gat­ed canopy also need­ed to be prepped and painted.
  • Prob­lem #6 — Exposed joints and mason­ry voids need­ed to be caulked and paint­ed around the doors and win­dows in particular.

Our client’s goal was to not only com­plete­ly trans­form and refresh the com­pro­mised exte­ri­or sur­faces, but also to restore that cru­cial pro­tec­tion we touched on above. And, with win­ter com­ing, time was of the essence.

The work was com­plet­ed in two spe­cif­ic phas­es, with two dead­lines in mind:

  • First, an event was sched­uled that served as the dead­line for all of the work below the mid­point of the building.
  • A new roof was also sched­uled for instal­la­tion, and that served as our sec­ond dead­line for work above the midpoint.

What Prod­ucts Did We Use for Paint­ing Exte­ri­or Masonry?

Mason­ry is a unique sur­face to paint, and effec­tive seal­ing and coat­ing requires spe­cial­ized prod­ucts for the best results.

  • Primer — The essen­tial basecoat was pro­vid­ed by Lox­on Block Sur­fac­er. In addi­tion to cre­at­ing supe­ri­or adhe­sion for the top­coat, it also effi­cient­ly seals and fills the pores and tiny gaps in the mortar.
  • Top­coat — Lox­on XP Water­proof­ing Sys­tem is a high-build coat­ing that applies smooth­ly and cures quick­ly. It also is high­ly alka­li and efflo­res­cence resis­tant, and pro­vides a flex­i­ble, durable fin­ish that will shield against wind-dri­ven rain.

What Prod­ucts Did We Use for the Cor­ru­gat­ed Steel and Mahogany?

We primed the steel roof with Kem­Bond HS Uni­ver­sal Met­al Primer, and then laid down a top­coat of Sher­Cryl HPA High Per­for­mance Acrylic.

To bring new life (and pro­tec­tion) to the mahogany sur­faces, we used Old Mas­ter Exte­ri­or Oil-Based Spar-Marine Varnish.

How Did It All Turn Out?

At the end of the day we suc­cess­ful­ly cre­at­ed a func­tion­al, aes­thet­i­cal­ly-pleas­ing exte­ri­or that will work beau­ti­ful­ly for our client’s needs. And, both phas­es of the project were fin­ished on-time, as requested.

Can we answer your com­mer­cial or indus­tri­al paint­ing ques­tions? Con­tact us at Kaloutas today and let’s dis­cuss your main­te­nance needs and strategy.

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Kaloutas is New Eng­land’s pre­mier con­trac­tor for com­mer­cial & indus­tri­al paint­ing, floor­ing, and relat­ed ser­vices. Estab­lished in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trust­ed resource for gen­er­al con­trac­tors, facil­i­ties man­agers, and build­ing own­ers from Con­necti­cut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high qual­i­ty work­man­ship, jobs done on time & bud­get, and tack­ling com­plex projects that oth­er con­trac­tors don’t have the expe­ri­ence or resources to han­dle. Con­tact us today for a paint­ing or floor­ing esti­mate, or give us a call at 9785321414 to learn more.

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