APC Painting has been serving the residents of Washington DC since 1996. We pride ourselves on having many satisfied customers that trust APC with their biggest investment. Plain and simple, APC Painting projects last and look the best for longer because we believe in always using the best paints with thorough and careful preparation to all surfaces to add long lasting beauty that will endure the elements. Our painting process ensures that all surface problems are addressed. We are confident in the Benjamin Moore products we use and our high level of preparation that we guarantee all of our work with a 2 year written warranty.
While a fresh coat of paint will temporarily hide a multitude of problems, at APC Painting we strive to address rather than simply cover over their root cause. Correcting adverse surface conditions is what distinguishes the professional craftsman from the economy painter.
Peeling, chipping and blistering are all manifestations of the same basic phenomenon, namely, a lack of successful adhesion between an underlying surface and the paint applied to it. Poor adhesion may be the result of moisture transpiration, inadequate preparation or insufficient drying time between coats. Determining which factors are in play is essential to a successful solution.
Moisture-related failure is typically accompanied by staining. Migrating moisture, be it liquid or vapor, tends to transport tannins to the surface where they appear yellow to dark brown in color. Water that migrates through a plaster or masonry surface tends to transport salts that appear as efflorescence, a powdery white residue. Once the source of moisture is identified and the surface properly sealed, staining should not reappear.
Sometimes a plaster or wood substrate may need to be replaced. APC Painting has a full time carpenter on staff as well as several foremen with extensive experience capable of repairing damaged substrates, inside and out.
Flat plaster shows its age in a number of ways from sagging ceilings to hairline cracks. Fortunately, these problems are easily remedied and the inherent sound absorbing qualities of original plaster can be retained. Where the plaster ‘key’ has broken (the key is the part of the original coat that is forced between the gaps in the lath and so hold the plaster to the ceiling or wall) plaster buttons are used to secure sagging plaster through the lathe to the studs and joists.
Calcimine failures, the bane of many a home owner, are easily rectified with proper knowledge.
Over the years, repeated application of varnish or shellac coatings to original woodwork tends to produce a dark alligatored finish, opaque enough to hide the beauty of the wood grain beneath. At APC Painting we take great care in our handling of original woodwork and employ a variety of non-toxic materials to restore or remove clear finishes.
All surfaces are hand/power washed with TSP to remove dirt and mildew. APC Painting hand scrapes all of the loose and peeling paint. Wood surfaces are filled with a high grade wood epoxy filler and sanded smooth, and rotted or decayed wood is replaced. All surfaces are sanded to smooth and for optimal primer and paint adhesion. All surfaces to be painted get a full primer coat. Cracks, gaps and seems get caulked with a high quality flexible siliconized acrylic caulk. APC’s foreman inspects all surfaces and the final top coat in one or two coats based on our recommendation.
Mildew is a fungus that produces superficial discoloration under damp conditions. In bathrooms, mildew can be removed using environmentally safe mildewcide – bleach alone is not enough. Mildew also has a tendency to grow on shaded exterior walls. Removal is best accomplished through pressure or hand washing with a solution of bleach and detergent. If mildew is not properly removed before applying fresh paint it will reappear quickly – guaranteed!