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Nick Slavik Painting & Restoration


Thorough Prep Revives Historic Home

This New Ulm, Minnesota, home was built in the late-1800s but was in need of a thorough update. The homeowners wanted every color changed from the home’s last scheme, so careful sequence planning would be needed. In addition, many small areas of the home’s original wood would need to be massaged back to their former glory.

Careful planning and thorough prep helped transform this century-old home.

In addition, this massive exterior sleepaway project was made more challenging by tight quarters, ample landscaping and cooling temperatures, all of which added to the need for careful planning and production goals.

The gable detail came to life with proper coating.

A fully trained group of apprentices, trucks loaded with specific tools, and knowledge of these historic structures boosted the efficiency and quality of this project. Owner Nick Slavik assisted with the consultation and placement of the historic colors.

This home from the late-1800s demanded meticulous prep.

As with all historic restorations, meticulous surface prep proved critical on this project. As the crew moved, rot was removed, stabilized, consolidated, filled and properly coated. The original handcarved quarter-sawn oak entry doors were fully restored — stripped, cleaned, stained and coated with sailboat varnish.

A crew member restores this 140-year-old door.

The porch proved to be a test of the crew’s mettle. The team devoted hundreds of man hours toward treating it with the finest coatings, knowing that historic porches are often weak spots on these homes.

Sunset on the German Street project.

The painters also used special consideration on the New Ulm brick, a soft, deep red masonry. These bricks are soft and produce fine red dust that needs to be cleaned so that it won’t bleed into the final coats. Because of its properties, special tools and skills were required to make sure the coatings would adhere and water would not infiltrate. A special masonry conditioner was used to stop water, allow the bricks to breathe and prevent spalling and cracking.

Key Products

  • Sherwin-Williams Loxon Masonry Primer
  • Sherwin-Williams Duration
  • Sherwin-Williams Multi-Purpose Latex Primer
  • Sherwin-Williams Porch and Floor Enamel
  • Benjamin Moore Aura
  • Minwax Helmsman Spar Varnish
  • Minwax stains