The painters that Alpen sent had several setbacks before they could make it to the job. Apparently Alpen only has one vendor for the original paint job and one for repainting. Maybe that means that most jobs don’t need repainting–until recently. At least I would hope so.
I was ready for the paint job by mid August, but Alpen had not put it on their schedule. When it was obvious they would not make it by Labor Day weekend when we were leaving for a trip, I requested the week of Sept. 21st. But they were not ready and claimed other jobs were running long! They were finally scheduled for the week of Oct 5th but the painter had some health problems and didn’t make it until Oct. 16th. All of the interim weather was perfect but fortunately it was still quite nice when they finally arrived, and they worked part of the weekend to complete the job.
The painters thought that the prep for the original paint was not done correctly. The primer had not been sanded, or sanded enough and it seemed the paint was put on damp wood so it was curling up and blistering.
They could not get here until the week I was out of town. Normally I would not have had the work done then, but Dave was home and we could no longer delay the job as fall was quite advanced and winter around the corner.
The color is a bit duller than the original paint job, it is as if they used matte and the original was semi-gloss. But that is not much of an issue. In some places I can see the old paint peeling lines where the sanding didn’t erase it. But as long as the new paint does not peel, I am happy to have the doors painted.
I called Lowes about the siding because we need to put it on ASAP and darned if it is a special order and to get the colored siding it will take three weeks. That puts us right at Thanksgiving! Who knows what the weather will be then?