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Painting Patterns: Giant Chessboard – Part II

In “Painting Patterns: Giant Chessboard – Part I,” posted February 10, 2o16, we covered a giant chessboard project that turned into a huge mess.

 

Here, we cover how the unique project – exterior driveway and courtyard, and interior main hallway, of a retired Chess champion’s large residence — was re-done. Beautifully! And right!

 

HOW THE PROJECT GOT STRAIGHTENED OUT

 

** A new paint crew came on board, and started from step one. **

 

 

PREP WORK OF ALL SURFACES

 

1. Lightly sanded driveway, courtyard and hallway.

2. Re-measured all three areas; then re-gridded surfaces, locating axis and connection points.

 

EXTERIOR AREAS – Driveway and Courtyard

 

1. Sprayed S-W 30 Seconds Outdoor Painter’s Prep Cleaner (124-7485) onto both surfaces.

2. Hosed off both areas. Let dry completely (4 hours).

3.  Sprayed H&C Concrete Etch Solution onto driveway and courtyard areas.

4. Plumb-lined, then taped grid lines and block edges. Tape: ScotchBlue 2097; 2090.

5. Labeled Autumn Brown and Natural Tan blocks, on grid. Used color-coded tapes.

6. Cut in, then painted Tan blocks on driveway. H&C Concrete Solid Color Stain/Sealer, S-B.

— Two, 2-men teams worked from center of each row outward, in opposite direction.

— First man on team cut in, then second filled in blocks. Rollers: 3/8 in. nap by 3 in., and 9 in.

7. Cut in, then painted Autumn Brown blocks. Followed technique used in No. 5.

8. Rolled first coat of H&C Concrete Sealer Wet Look on driveway. Rollers: ¼ in. nap x 12 inch.

9. Cut in, then painted courtyard chessboard: Natural Tan blocks, then Autumn Brown.

10. Rolled on first coat H&C Concrete Sealer Wet Look onto courtyard. Roller: ¼ in. nap x 12 in.

— Let surface dry for 24 hours.

11. Rolled on second coat of H&C Wet Look. SharkGrip Slip Resistant Additive mixed in paint.

12. Sprayed one coat of H&C Concrete & Driveway Protector onto both surfaces.

 

INTERIOR AREA – Floor/Main Hallway

 

1. Covered hallway walls with 4-mil plastic sheeting; ceiling with 6-mil.

— Used special masking tape; walls papered in Grass Cloth.

2. Smooth-sanded wood floor, using graduated grit disks, 400-to-1000, on orbital sander.

— Thoroughly vacuumed after each grit sanding.

3. Primed with S-W Multi-purpose (wood)*. Roller: ¼ in. nap x 12 in. roller. * Primer optional.

4. Plumb-lined, then taped grid lines and block edges. Used T-square to “square” all corners.

Tape: ScotchBlue 2090/Orig. Multi-use; 2080EL/Advanced Delicate.

5. Labeled Meadow Brown and Naturel Tan blocks, from axis out. Used color-coded tape.

6. Cut in, then painted Tan blocks, front doorway to back entry.

Paint: S&W Porch and Floor Enamel. Brushes: 1 ½ in./angled; Rollers: 3/8 in. nap x 9 in.

7. Cut in, then painted Meadow Brown blocks. Brushes, rollers: Same as for Tan blocks

8. Let area dry for 24 hours.

9. Gently “glass-sanded” floor; carefully vacuumed immediately.

10. “Fan-sprayed” on Sherwin-Williams MinWax Polyurethane, semi-gloss clear.

NOTE: Everyone on the team closely followed paint manufacturers’ instructions for each product.

 

WHO DID RE-DO PROJECT

 

1. 5 Journey-level painters, including foreman;* also 1 apprentice.

— 5 experienced in application of specialty exterior products.

— 1 also highly skilled decorative painter/finisher – interior work.

* Note: Journey foreman also served as project manager, with over 21 years of experience.

 

HOW LONG RE-DO PROJECT TOOK

 

1. Prep work: 3 days.

2. Painting: 8 days.

3. Clean-up: 1 full day.

* Note: Time did not include “rained out” days. (There were four.)

 

WHAT PAINT PRODUCTS WERE USED – A Summary

 

* Exterior surfaces: Sherwin-Williams 30 Seconds Outdoor Painter’s prep Cleaner; S-W H&C Concrete Etch Solution; S-W H&C Concrete Solid Color Stain/Sealer, solvent-based; S-W H&C Concrete Sealer Wet Look (topcoat); S-W H&C SharpGrip Slip-Resistant Additive; S-W H&C Concrete & Driveway Protector.

* Interior surface: S-W Multi-Purpose (wood) Primer; S-W Porch and Floor Enamel, satin: Meadow Trail (Brown), Naturel Tan; S-W MinWax Polyurethane Super Fast Dry, semi-gloss.

 

WHAT PROJECT COST – Approximate

 

1. Original estimate:   Paint: $5,200 Labor: $ 2,400 Total: $7,600

2. Rescue/Re-Do cost: Paint Products: $15,043.83 Labor: $10,060 Total: 25,103.83*

* Does not include cost for tools and supplies.

3. ** Owner cost: Paint: $0.00; Supplies: $0.00; Labor: $0.00; Legal fees: $4,000. Total: $4,000

** Final figures, after settlement.

 

See upcoming post: “Chessboard Project Supplies Chart and Computations.”

 

WHO PAID FOR PROJECT RE-DO

 

Final decision: “Split responsibility.” Real estate company that “subcontracted” job to painting contractor, that employed first two painters. * Original paint crew’s work was not guaranteed.

 

HOW DIFFICULT “CHESSBOARD” WAS TO STRAIGHTEN OUT

 

“It could have been worse,” said the paint foreman/project manager, a retired IUPAT member from N.W. Indiana. He’d moved to Florida in 1995 to get the opportunity to work on “extreme, detail projects.” I have to say: That guy was really in his element. And, an amazing craftsman!

 

How I was involved in project

 

Found paint foreman/project manager, helped identify crew members; helped with product selection, surface testing, and estimating; advised about layout, gridding, and procedures. (My services were gratis. A family friend of property owner.)

 

See upcoming post: “Chessboard Project Supplies Chart and Computations.”

 

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Complicated jobs are nothing more than simple jobs with more steps.

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Have a safe and satisfying day, everyone. And, many thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

 

Copyright 2016. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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Painting It: The Driveway

Do you have a driveway? Probably, you drive over it nearly every day. The front of your house is beautiful, and your landscaping has a well-sculptured look.

 

But, your driveway? Well, it collects dirt well, and has some nice cracks.

 

There is a way to change your driveway’s appearance. And you can create a durable finish which will last for years.

 

Are you considering a face lift for your driveway?

 

Follow these steps to aid you in the process.

 

1. “Pressure wash” and clean the driveway’s entire surface with a 50-50 bleach and water solution.  Thoroughly rinse the area. Then let it dry.

 

2. Repair cracks and small holes with concrete patching compound. Let cure over night.

 

3. Spray the surface with Muriatic Acid. Then, brush vigorously to etch the concrete. Rinse the entire surface. Let dry.

 

4. On a dry day with low humidity, apply your selected paint using both a brush and roller. Apply in “one direction”. Let dry 8-24 hours.

 

5. Apply a second coat of paint. This time, roll the material on in the “opposite direction” used the day before. Let the finish dry 24 hours, or until the paint is hard. Test with finger nail, or a coin (preferred).

 

6. For added protection and durability, apply a clear coat finish. Select one which is compatible with the color paint coats. This, too, can be applied in multiple coats, if preferred.

 

A CREATIVE TIP

In addition to painting the surface, also consider using some type of stenciled pattern. To do so, first design a drawing. In it, show the exact details that you wish to incorporate into your driveway.

 

CHOOSING YOUR COATINGS

 

A select number of specialized products are available for coating driveways, and related areas. The price may vary anywhere from $30.00 to $50.00 a gallon, or more.

 

1. Concrete sealer.

— Applied before any finish coating.

Approximate cost: $41.00 a gallon. Sherwin-Williams.

 

2. Exterior oil based paint.

— Recommended for walkways and concrete steps.

— Advantages: the most affordable, easy to work with.

Approximate cost: $22.00 a gallon.

 

3. “Catalyzed” finishing product.

— A few optimum examples: Urethane, Polyurethane, or Epoxy.

— Advantages: Exterior durability, extremely hard finishes, hold up well when exposed to moisture and the sun’s rays.

— Added advantage: They can be pressure washed without peeling the paint from the surface.

Approximate cost: $30.00-$50.00 a gallon, or more.

 

4. Acrylic resin.*

— Water-based.*

— Resistant to environmental elements.*

— Durable, dries fast -Area can be “useable” in 60-90 minutes.*

— Available in many colors and tints.*

TIP: Stick with top coating manufacturers when selecting this product.

— Approximate cost: $49.99-$65.00 a gallon, or more.

 

* IMPORTANT NOTE: Acrylic resin is a newer coating product.

— It has some great potential!

— It still has to prove itself.

— Claims by all manufacturers should be weighed carefully.

— Choose this type product, over others, as an experienced and informed professional application specialist – or DIY-er.

 

THREE KEYS TO RETAINING A BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED DRIVEWAY

 

1. Regularly, clean the driveway’s entire surface.

 

2. Lay down one or more dropcloths before you service a vehicle, paint a bike, refinish furniture, etc.

 

3. Don’t squeal those tires!

 

Remember: First impressions can start outside of your front door. At your driveway!

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Thanks for visiting “Painting with Bob.”

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Copyright 2015. Robert D. Hajtovik. All rights reserved.

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