Ask Anyone if they know where Cool Waters Farm is and they might not know it by name,
but if you ask them if they know where the Blue Moose is, they smile and say, "Oh
yeah...the blue moose!"
During the summer of 2006 Atomic Painting was contacted to put a proposal together
to paint the Barn and main residence at Cool Waters Farm, located in Union. Meeting
with the homeowners Ann and Lloyd was a great pleasure and once the outline of the
work was discussed the project was scheduled. The large Barn was tackled first without
issue. We were able to sand a majority of the old paint off the largest elevation.
Lloyd seemed impressed with the efficiency and the amount of prep work that was performed
as he stated, “I didn’t know you were going to do so much prep on the Barn! Looks
great!”. Once the prep was done, two coats of solid color stain were applied to siding
and two coats of Sherwin-Williams “Duration” was applied to all the trim making the
new red and white colors really pop.
Next it was onto the house. Several areas were seeing signs of paint failure, so
we addressed these areas by stripping them down to bare wood. During this process
Lloyd pulled me aside and asked if I was interested in another side project while
we were there. I don’t think I was quite prepared for the description of this “side
project”. I was brought into the barn where sat a life sized foam mold of a moose!
“Ok” I thought. “What would you like to do with this?” was the biggest question.
“Well, he said… I’d like it painted metallic blue” was the response. “Metallic Blue?”.
I was puzzled. He brought me to the house and showed me a photo he took of a moose
he saw while he was visiting Utah. “Ok, sounds fun!” I said… and that was the start
of the most unique painting request I’ve had to date.
While the crew worked away on the main residence, I began the process of getting
the moose prepared for the coats of paint. Because it was a foam mold, there were
a lot of ridges and imperfections that needed to be taken care of before anything
else was to happen. After numerous cans of bondo auto filler and a lot of sanding,
the moose was ready for paint. Gray auto primer was the first coat, followed by three
coats of metallic blue auto paint to give the moose it’s bright blue glistening effect.
Once the base coats were sprayed on, 3 coats of clear high gloss sealer were sprayed
on the moose and it’s antlers. Upon finishing, the moose has been proudly displayed
out on their front lawn where it stands boldly for the passing traffic to see. Numerous
people have taken photos with the moose! Definitely a very fun project!
The remainder of the main house was painted up with two coats of Sherwin-Williams
Duration on both the siding and the trim. The house looks as good today as the day
we did it. A good prep job and the highest quality paint will give the house and
barn a long lasting finish that will hold up really well to the harsh conditions
New England is known for.