“Our crew really liked using Emerald on this project,” says Colin Griffinson. “They found the flat to be very easy to touch up, especially in situations with long siding boards.”
Built in 1928 by one of the city’s lumber families, the house presented several challenges for the painters beyond its sheer size.
“The test results on the existing paint gave a through-the-roof lead rating, which meant we had to approach this in a different manner from the newer homes in Vancouver,” Griffinson says. “We immediately brought on our Sherwin-Williams rep to assist both us and the client to decide on the best path for efficiency, health and a durable, quality finish.”
This was also the first complete restoration of the home in almost 85 years. “There were approximately 15 coats of paint and various types of primer and bonding agents on the house, making it extremely difficult to strip,” says Sheryl Wood of Sherwin-Williams, who recommended stripping the entire exterior down to bare wood with Peel Away® 1, a heavy-duty but biodegradable paint removal system available at Sherwin-Williams.
“We have stuck to traditional stripping products in the past,” Griffinson says. “Given the large size of this house and that the clients and their children would remain living at the property, we knew we had to find a cleaner, more environmentally friendly option to keep them safe. Peel Away 1 worked really well on the old layers of lead-based paint and allowed for easy containment for proper removal and treatment.”
To make sure the surface was sealed, and to protect against bleed, Griffinson used Sherwin-Williams Exterior Wood Primer before topcoating with Emerald paint. Colors were primarily chosen by Robert Ledingham of Ledingham Design Consultants, using a mix of Sherwin-Williams palette colors and custom matches to previously existing items of the property.