Numerous jobs come along, that when you first discuss the project and get the basics down, little items stand out as an interesting thing to try. When I was first given the sheet of what they wanted the store to look like when it was finished, getting ‘there from here’ made the mind go to work. Had to do the work without the store being closed or customers hindered from going in and out. Pretty much ruled out any kind of ‘spray’ equipment, because it would have been my insurance on the line.
And if you notice the pictures of the brick, the mortar joints were set over 1/2″ deep when the building was built, so any type of a roller would not get to the mortar. 3 to 4″ brush anyone? That’s what I decided on and off a helper and I go.
Preparation is the Key
We went after the years of dirt and efflorescence, that white, streaky look, with a stiff bristled brush and some water with TSP in it. We’d do about 10 square feet, scrub it good and rinse it well. We started at the tops of the walls and worked our way down. Some folks will do it the opposite so give them both a try.
After giving the old store a good cleaning and letting it dry, we tinted up some good exterior primer to a gray look. Much easier to cover gray than the white out of the can.
An Added Surprise, Five Different Colored Arches
There was a series of five ‘arches’ that were also in the plan to put on the building. Three across this end of the building and two across the front. We used a string line and some red carpenters chalk and proceeded to draw them onto the building.
It happened that a security light was centered on the end of the building, so we used that as the center for our first archway. We then evenly spaced one more on each side of that center one.
To Put the Finishing Touches On
I sent the company the measurements for the arches so they could have custom signs made to go into each one. We had the building all primed and then all that was left to do was get two coats of the burgundy and cream colors applied to the building. Made that sound easy, huh…
First Coat of Paint on the Building
And here’s what it looked like after the first coat on everything. Again, the mortar joints were too deep to paint with a roller, so this was all accomplished the old fashioned way, with 4″ brushes. I did underestimate the amount of brushes as I would need by almost half, as that coat of primer ruined the bristles quickly.
As always, the final coat went easier than the coat of primer and first coat of paint. Folks at the main office were happy and we received plenty of feedback from the public on how it now looks. Of course, we had some people that got right up to the individual bricks to see if the undersides all had paint on them and no mortar was missed. Proud to say, that after that first coat, it was ‘sealed’ up very well and the second coat was sticking to nothing but paint.
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