OLD WORLD CRAFTSMANSHIP & DEDICATION TO CUSTOMER SERVICE.
East End Woodstrippers began in 1959 as the furniture finishing/refinishing workshop Eifel Furniture Finishers, built upon old world methods of furniture finishing and restoration of genuine antiques. Today, we continue this tradition of quality refinishing for on-location architectural restoration. Our principal, Dean Camenares, is a recognized authority on refinishing and preservation techniques, he has written articles on the subject for magazines and addressed restoration conferences. Mr. Camenares holds a Lead Abatement Supervisor's certificate from the University of Massachusetts.
Our philosophy is now and has always been to provide the client with expert workmanship, complete accountability and the assurance of a project completed on time with minimal disruption. We work well with other trades and always keep the customer "in the loop".
Our employees are honest, reliable craftsmen, well trained in both traditional and modern methods of woodwork restoration and careful and considerate of the clients space. Senior members are included in company benefits and profit sharing in order to insure their commitment to a job well done.
Our mission is the preservation of the irreplaceable original architectural woodwork found in historic buildings. Prior to the 1930's - and especially before the turn of the century- most of the fine woodwork that found its way into better homes had two important distinctions: first it was produced from old growth trees, imparting a look different than from today's cultivated forests; two it was worked upon by craftsmen whose attention to design and detail far surpassed today's workmanship. Old woodwork naturally develops a unique patina or coloration which doesn't exist in new wood. The quality of original period moldings, paneling and millwork is so far superior to any replacement that its restoration offers by far the greatest value, aesthetic satisfaction and the most cost-effective result overall. Restoration of this irreplaceable work offers a tremendous reward - for the restorer and for the property owner who discovers a treasure lying hidden in his or her home or business.
Our state of the art paint stripping facility allows us to offer to the public the option of stripping paint from removeable architectural elements off-site, with significant cost and scheduling benefits. Doors, windows, shutters and furniture can be treated in this way. We maintain a sealed and enclosed 1,000 SF room where air quality is maintained to OSHA standards. All water used in the stripping process is treated to remove hazardous waste before being recycled. Hazardous waste is disposed of according to local, state and federal regulations. We use only state of the art procedures, methods and materials in order to protect our clients, our employees and the environment.
STRIPPING means using chemical paint and varnish removers, scrapers, steel wool and scrub brushes to soften and remove all finish down to the bare wood.
PREPARATION means rough sanding, patching, bleaching, fine scraping, and fine sanding to make the woodwork ready for finishing.
FINISHING, often the final step of a restoration project, is the application of stains, glazes, sealers and topcoats to the wood surface. We sand between coats of finish and use pigmented and dye stains for coloring. Finish can be varnish, shellac, oil, lacquer or waterborne coatings, and may be applied by rags, brush or spray.
CLEAN AND RECOAT means using solvents that do not soften the finish to clean its surface; sanding, color glazing; spot coloring, and topcoating with an appropriate finish.
DETAILING is the final "fine tuning" after all masking is removed and all wood edges are fully exposed. It can include color touch ups, color caulking , waxing and polishing.
We mask all areas adjacent to the woodwork being refinished; we use 4 mil poly, rosin paper, and 1/8" hardboards to protect floors, 1 mil poly to protect walls. We secure these materials using, "no lift" blue tape, metal tape, and duct tape. While the great expanse of floor and wall will not be affected, sometimes the area immediately next to the woodwork will, about 1/2-1", it may require repainting this area, or recoating flooring.
Sometimes, the existing wall paint will have poor adhesion and large pieces will lift off when we remove the masking materials. This is something you or your painter will have to deal with.
On many old walls, the original plaster will wrap over onto the woodwork. We normally will scrape this plaster off to expose the wood surface so we may finish it; this means there may be a gap between wall and wood which is something you would need to deal with.
We occasionally find old repairs done with plaster to fill in gaps and seams in the wood. These will generally NOT be removed, but be colored in to match the surrounding finish.
We fill obvious nail holes, gaps and gouges with wood putty or caulk, but won't attempt to fill every blemish or depression in the wood. We won't remove existing nails or screws, except to remove hardware. We will remove from work surface any cable, telephone, or bell wire or device, and either reinstall it at completion or discard it if not needed.
We will usually perform simple carpentry repairs that may come up after uncovering the wood; however, any more extensive repairs will be discussed and billed separately. Because of the nature of old wood, there may be variations in color or distinct discolorations, that staining will not improve.We can bleach and/or rough sand these areas, but please know that we cannot always eliminate them.
We will move and protect furniture and accessories, either to another room or to the center of the room being worked. If you have a preference as to how this is done, please let us know. The progression of work is masking, stripping, prep, staining, sealing, color glazing, and topcoating. We then remove all masking materials and perform detail touch-ups where necessary. If you have any questions or are curious about any step, please don't hesitate to ask.
As a rule, all surfaces that are or may be exposed to outside elements will be finished with marine varnish with UV blockers.