Paint Tips: Aging new cedar to match old decking We often replace rotten cedar decking on older decks. When replacing only a few boards on an older deck, they appear much lighter in color when finished with anything less than a solid finish. To give a weathered appearance on the new cedar we use a solution of vinegar with steel wool in it. Depending on how gray the board must appear, we can apply multiple coats a few hours apart. In no time your newly replaced boards will look like they have been there for years. This technique also works on any other unpainted cedar you would like to see with that nostalgic “weathered grey” Nantucket style patina.
Mixing gloss and flat to create a satin finish “Necessity is the mother of invention” as the saying goes and this is all the more true on the remote San Juan Islands. Occasionally we here at Stegman Painting find ourselves in the situation of too much house and not enough paint. Normally this is not a problem for people in our profession. When we run out of paint a quick trip to the local paint supply store has us restocked without much of a delay. But, occasionally here on the San Juan’s our local paint supply stores will have sold out and of course this means deliveries and days and ferry rides before restocking. Recently we found ourselves in this situation on a project where we were using Rustoleum alkyd oil Satin. No satin to be found on the Island. After some research online though, I read that mixing flat and gloss in equal parts would create a satin finish. Luckily our local store did have both flat and glass in stock. After a few blog posts and a few...
Paint tips BLACK MILDEW ON SIDING STAINED WITH OIL BASED FINISH Often the siding on a building will develop black mildew. This is very common after applying a semi-transparent oil stain that contains Linseed oil. The mildew can sometimes be removed without the need to re-stain. We recently cleaned the mildew from a customers house with great results. Here are some before and after pictures.
Paint Tips: Frog Tape for Clean Lines FrogTape® Multi-Surface is a medium adhesion painter’s tape designed for use on: Cured painted walls Wood trim Glass Metal FrogTape® Multi-surface painter’s tape will remove cleanly from most surfaces for up to 21 days and seven days in direct sunlight.