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SPECIALISTS IN RESTORING THE NATURAL COLOUR TO OAK BEAMS, BRICK AND STONE.
APPROVED CONTRACTOR WITH LOCAL COUNCIL HERITAGE / LISTED BUILDINGS DEPARTMENTS.
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P. M. L Stone & Beam Cleaning, Griffins, Green Lane, Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2PA
There are a couple of other local blast cleaning companies, that I know can do a good job, and I will always try to be competitively priced, against them.
There are numerous other companies offering different methods, for removing paint from old oak beams (or, in the case of some companies painting them brown!) Certainly, painting them, is less messy, and if you really cannot tolerate a few days mess and inconvenience, by all means paint them brown-or any colour you like! As well as the usual black, I have stripped white, yellow, turquoise, purple etc! Enlarge the photos, to see how much mess is being created. Sure, furniture needs to be removed, but this would be done with any major building work.
Other cleaning/stripping methods offered include ‘SAND BLASTING’. A common description, just like grit blasting, but Sand has been illegal to use, for decades. Another recent addition, is DRY ICE BLASTING. Ok, the medium turns to gas, but the vaporised paint still makes loads of mess. Results can be disappointing, and, on a recent quote, for a couple of rooms with painted oak beams, we quoted (and did the work for) £1,300. One company quoted £1,500, to paint them brown. And a DRY ICE BLASTING company, actually quoted £5,000!
We have worked for one particular painting contractor, who did have a chap who was fantastic with painting surfaces, to make them look like marble. If you are ever in the main entrance at The Foreign Office, have a close look at the ‘marble’ pillars.
If you really cannot cope with a few days disruption, then fine, get someone in to paint your beams brown. Recently, I was asked to quote to strip back the black painted oak beams in a house, where the owner had almost finished an extensive refurbishment. New carpets, decorations, kitchen, bathrooms. The full works. THEN he decided that he wanted the beams stripped! I declined, saying he had left it too late. In that case, painting them brown, might have been worthwhile.
Most of our jobs are on private houses, so it can be difficult to view the end result. But I have a good solution to this. Go for a meal at the Michelin starred restaurant, Tristans, Horsham, West Sussex. They had a major fire on Xmas Eve, 2015. (see attached photos). We grit blasted the oak beams (old and newer), and they re-opened for business, less than two months after the fire. If you want to inspect their cleaned beams, I will happily deduct the price of a four course meal for 2, from the price of any work we do for you. Even if you do not get us to do your job, you will have a spectacular meal!