I found this company on Yelp and am now here to support all the 5 star reviews with my own. Mr. Lee and his staff were great to work with. They were very patient with me even after I had to reschedule the start date numerous times. Mr. Lee showed up to the estimate appointment with multiple binders of work his company has done, including prep, work in process, and finished jobs. He also had copies of his licenses, insurance, and countless thank you letters from clients. Kim, the lead on our job, was fantastic! He took great notes on day 1, ordered all the correct paint, and kept me updated throughout the process. He and his crew were very professional, extremely organized, and cleaned up every night. All their equipment and tools were neatly arranged on dropcloths, excess dust and trash was swept and bagged, and taken outside. They painted all surfaces exactly as we wanted and I couldn't be happier with the result! Highly recommend!
Once you have removed all the loose paint, you should apply an appropriate primer to some of the distressed areas, especially if your paint-removal system has exposed raw wood or bare metal. The kind of primer you use depends on the kind of paint you'll be using later. For latex paint, use latex primers; for solvent-thinned paints, use solvent-base primers; and for metals, use metal primers. Not only do these coatings provide extra protection against the elements, they also form a firm foundation for finishing paints. Also, priming is always required when you're working on new wood.