Insect Damage Repair
Carpenter bee damage repair for unique railing at this downtown Charlottesville rental property This rental building renovation project is located in the downtown residential area of charlottesville. It was neglected for quite awhile by the out-of-town owners.
Blistering & Bubbling Paint
Paint is peeling in many areas of the building, especially along the roof surface which causes extreme heat and end-grain moisture wicking. Anytime the paint film lets go down to the wood means moisture has gotten under the paint film. Blistering and/or peeling is the result.
Exterior Damage Repair
There is rust leaching off an old metal bracket on the window frame and paint on the roof, to the right, from the previous work.
Exterior House Repair
Another example of poor craftsmanship from previous work is paint all over the brick wall and white caulk used. Beams Painting uses Big Stretch clear caulk to seal gaps between surfaces and brick or masonry. This allows us to paint a nice straight line along the edge.
Shoddy Craftsmanship From Previous Painters
The handrails were in really bad shape and infested with carpenter bees. These railings are unique in design and the integrity of them needed to be repaired.
Carpenter Bee Damage Repair
All sections of railing were equally insect damaged and were carefully removed to be refurbished.
Insect Damage Repair
We were able to work on site with the railings in the backyard. As you may notice, the bottom of the bottom rail has raw wood exposed. This is what attracts carpenter bees.
Exposed Bottom Attracts Insects
Close-up of rail deterioration and bee damage. Someone previously tried to smear caulk into the bee holes while railings were in place. Very small gap between bottom rail and porch floor.
Insect Damage Close Up
Extensive scrape and sand work used all over railings. Each surface was addressed equally. The preparation is very important.
Proper Careful repair work
Upon closer inspection, you can see a lot of paint was removed forcibly from the surfaces. Better to remove now, than for it to possibly come loose later in time.
Meticulous Attention To Detail
After prep, the railings were solid primed on all surfaces, then allowed to dry fully before addressing the carpenter bee infestation.
Primed and ready for repair
The carpenter bees bore a whole in the bottom of the railing. The surface was raw (no coatings) and this attracted the bees. We clear-out all the holes. Some are old and some have bees inside. First we spray brake cleaner in the holes to kill the bees. Then we shove a cotton ball soaked in Methel Ethel Keatone far down into the holes. This will kill the larvae.
Insect Larvae Terminated
We then fill the holes with polyurethane glue, which expands as it dries. A wooden dowel is gently hammered into the hole(s), while the glue is still wet, and then cut flush with the railing.
The cut-off wooden dowels are sanded smooth, then primed and painted.
Sanded Smooth Ready To Finish
We allow the coatings to dry before the next is applied. One finish coat is completed and the the railings are ready to be reattached to the posts. Screws were used to mount the railings. These were 4" exterior rated wood screws put in from the sides better support, and the top surface was not penetrated.
Each Coat Allowed to Dry Completely
The railings are now attached and ready for a final coat of paint. We use rubber-backed drop clothes so there is no possibility of product getting through to the porch floor.
Insect Damage Repair Final Phase
The railings, as well as all of the exterior, get a final coat of finish paint. We use a 4" Wizz Roller for the railings and a 3" brush for the rest of the trim. Notice the yellow guard on the gutter. This keeps the ladder from causing bends or dents in the gutter when weight is applied.
Final Coat Applied
We fine tune the paint job by filling any dimples or dings with filler, sand, and re-coat. This gives a smooth, perfect surface.
Nice Clean Finish Floor Is Clean
This view is the finished product, crisp and clean. All wood surfaces protected from the elements for many years to come.
Clean Crisp Finished Project
We are an experienced renovation and repair painting contractor. We have the experience you seek when choosing to refresh, renovate or repair your home or business. We have the experience you desire for storm, smoke, water and insect damage repairs.