Can Vapor Blasting Remove Stains from the Exterior of Your House?

calander Feb 28 , 2023 user-icon Nash Painting

Got stains?

Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

But honestly, unsightly stains seem to develop out of nowhere on your home’s siding and can be traced back to a variety of sources. Most are due to unavoidable environmental conditions, and others the inevitable side effects of old age that catch up with us all at some point. Regardless, the good news is that a professional painting company can absolutely turn back the clock and make those stains a thing of the past.

Here at Nash Painting, we’d recommend a long, hard look at vapor blasting. It’s an effective, eco-friendly way to strip away the old and deep clean in the process.

We’ll walk you through it.

Causes of Exterior Stains

So, what’s behind those stains on your siding? We touched on a few culprits above, but we can drill deeper.

One of the most common causes is simply exposure to the elements: rain, wind, and even sunlight cause eventual discoloration and fading. The growth of algae, mold, or mildew also leave unsightly stains and can cause substantial damage over time if they’re left unchecked.

What is Vapor Blasting?

Before we dive into how vapor blasting can remove stains from the exterior of your house, let's define what exactly vapor blasting is. Vapor blasting, also known as wet blasting, is a surface preparation technique that uses a mixture of water and abrasive media to remove paint, rust, and other contaminants from surfaces. Unlike dry blasting methods, which generate a lot of dust, heat, and surface damage, vapor blasting is a much gentler process.

Benefits of Vapor Blasting for Stain Removal

The fact that vapor blasting uses a combo of water and abrasive media is exactly why it’s so effective: the water acts as a lubricant, preventing the abrasive media from damaging the surface while also flushing away debris. This means that vapor blasting can remove stains without causing any damage to your home's exterior, almost like a combination of power washing and sandblasting.

Taking it a step further, vapor blasting is also really good at removing stains from hard-to-reach areas, like corners and crevices. This is because the compressed air used in vapor blasting can be directed precisely where it's needed, making it an ideal solution for cleaning intricate and detailed surfaces. In fact, the entire process can be carefully tuned, if you will, for the age, nature, and condition of your specific property. Whether we’re removing graffiti from a commercial space or carefully cleaning spindles on the porch of a 100-year-old home, we can adapt our approach. It’s extremely versatile.

How To Choose a Vapor Blasting Service Provider

Don’t trust your property to just anyone! Here’s what you should watch for:

  • Proven local commitment and longevity

  • Reviews and feedback from previous customers

  • Commitment to safety standards

  • Clear, detailed proposals

  • A plan for media containment and removal

  • An emphasis on careful jobsite preparation techniques

  • Up-to-date credentials and insurance coverage

Interested In Learning More About Vapor Blasting?

We may have raised as many questions as we’ve answered! It’s a cool process, and our vapor blasting services in Nashville are definitely unique. We don’t do anything halfway here at Nash Painting, and if it’s good for our clients and their properties we’re going to jump in the deep end.

So yes, if you’re looking for an effective, eco-friendly, high-tech way to prep your surfaces for painting (and remove stains), vapor blasting could be the solution. Learn more here, then be sure to contact us for a free consultation.