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The Facts About Wood Restoration: An Interview with Lee Ann Crawford of Crawford Painting

By Lee Ann Crawford

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Crawford Painting offers residential, commercial and industrial painting of remodeled and existing structures. We are well known for our fine wood and cabinet finishing. We offer outstanding customer service. We work closely with our clients to insure a clear understanding of their needs and expectations. Fully licensed, bonded and insured, our clients can be confident their job will be done to their satisfaction. We stand behind our product with a 1-year product warranty and maintenance schedule. Our goal at Crawford Painting is to be your painters for life.

Can you briefly talk about what wood restoration is and when it should be done?

Generally, wood restoration is returning the wood to its original finish, however each situation is different. The easiest restoration process is cleaning. What first appears to be a beat-up finish may just be dirt. Over a period of years, even furniture and wood trim that is well cared for can acquire a dull, sticky coating of wax and dust. The more difficult restorations are when the wood has been damaged by exposure to either the elements (water, sunlight, changing temperatures to name a few) or termite damage. Restoration should be done when the first signs of damage are noticed.

What are some of the most common places in a home where wood needs to be restored?

Kitchen and bathroom cabinets, stair treads and banisters, interior and exterior doors, wainscoting and patio furniture.

What is the basic process you use when you're restoring wood, and how long does it usually take?

Very basically wood restoration involves removing the existing finish, repairing any damaged wood and reapplying a finishing product. The types of restoration projects vary so widely that it would be irresponsible to give a time estimate without seeing the condition of the wood and the size of the project.

Are there any circumstances when wood cannot be restored?

If the wood has been neglected for too long it is often more cost effective to replace the wood than to try and restore it.

Do you have any tips for homeowners who have wood that is starting to show signs of damage/rot?

The sooner you address the issue the less damage you will have to repair.

What's the best way for people to contact your company?

805.639.0464 - office
805.452.7798 - cell phone

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