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Large house in Glendale with lots of wood trim.


Project Scope

Today we’re talking about a project in the Saddleback Hills HOA neighborhood of Glendale, Arizona, that we completed in February of 2022. It is a good size residence, a one-story home built in 1995, 4,651 square feet, and we were going with a slight color change. As we get through some of these photos you will see that there was quite a bit of wood. Wood can always be a challenge in Arizona. Southwest sun can cause a lot of damage both from just UV radiation and then, as rain fails, water causes damage that wood if it’s not kept up correctly.

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The colors of the main body is Chocolate Milk from Dunn-Edwards. We use Dunn-Edwards paints exclusively, however, we are able to make any manufacturer’s colors. The Dunn-Edwards color codes are, DE6059 as a main color for the body, a secondary color called Black Walnut DE6063, and then we do have an additional color, White Daisy, which is a DEW02.

Chocolate Milk

The main body color for this home is a Dunn-Edwards color called Chocolate Milk.

Black Walnut

The secondary color is a Black Walnut, and you can see that on quite a bit of the wood.

White Daisy

The homeowner choose a third color called White Daisy for accents around their house.

The Issues

Below you will see some of the before photos. You can see some of the bare wood where, certainly, the paint is missing. Oftentimes, we see this wood stained, not painted. But in this case, it was painted and was to be repainted.

  • Cracked Stucco
  • Exposed Raw Wood
  • Peeling Paint
  • Faded Colors

There can be special concerns if the wood has been stained with a penetrating oil and the homeowner wants to put a paint on afterwards. Sometimes some sanding has to be done and special primer used before a paint can be applied. This home’s wood is rough-sawn so you’ll see the timber itself has a lot of those grooves and edges in it. That’s the look that we want to keep. Sometimes you will lose that texturing with heavy paint. It’s one of the downsides if you want to paint rough-sawn wood. We want to have a good balance between putting an appropriate coat of paint onto the substrate, but not losing those ridges and the other texturing that you see in that wood.

There are plenty of fencing and some other items on this house and some old gates. Those are all going to be painted as well. One of the challenges that we can have with a stucco fence is the settling. Stucco is essentially concrete without the rock. It’s mostly Portland cement, water, a bit of lime, and sometimes some glue. Because of the nature of fences, they have a tendency to have a few more cracks than a house would. Sometimes, you’re going to have significant cracks, especially if there are trees located close by that cause the lifting of the stem wall underneath that fence line.

As we continue on, you can see some of the damage to the wood and there is a lot of wood on this house There is also some new stucco. The homeowner had had some previous repairs done. We also note when we do things where there’s old repairs.

This home was in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint to bring it back to life. We were up for the challenge and excited to tackle this project and give the homeowner the beautiful and well-maintained home. Our team began by tackling all of the repair items.

  • Scraping back the decorative rock to expose the foundation
  • Pressure washing the house to remove loose paint and debris
  • Scraping and sanding the rough and peeling surfaces
  • Caulking and priming all of the cracked and exposed surfaces
  • The End Result

    Excellent job by our crews on this one. Looks really nice. A lot of protection that had to be done to make sure the rock faces there didn’t get painted. All right. That’s all we have. Thanks very much from Crash of Rhinos Painting.