Every Thursday, we take a moment to look back and share with you some of the projects, large or small, that we have completed in recent years. We call it our #ThrowbackThursday. This particular exterior project was for a local contractor who had been awarded the renovation of a metal building that would soon become the Ali Baba Wholefood Store located on the west side of Manchester, New Hampshire.

When Cornerstone was contacted regarding the exterior painting of the building on 590 Second Street, the building looked vastly different. It had been previously owned by a Kawasaki dealer and had painted blue and white. The original color concept for the building was taken from a picture of a beautiful restaurant located in Florida somewhere. Not close enough to get an exact match, but Cornerstone was able to find the right color scheme that closely matched the vision of the owners of the building.

In late spring of 2013, our painters arrived on site and began to prep the building. First the building would need to be pressured washed to remove any dirt and mildew to ensure that we would have a proper painting surface. Then our painters inspected the surface to find any areas that may have had rust come through. If an area was found to have rust, we applied a coat of rust inhibiting primer to ensure it would not return. Then right before we started painting our final step was to protect any areas that were not to be painted, i.e windows, stairways, etc.

Once the surface was ready and areas not to be painted were protected, we were ready to start. For this project, we utilized our 32' articulating aerial lift we call JR. It would allow us to save time than if we were to use ladders. Our painters applied two coats of an exterior satin gloss latex paint provided by our local Benjamin Moore store.

Below is a before picture of the building and several after pictures.