The Poco Inn in Port Coquitlam Gets a Facelift and Warline Becomes Deck Experts

Today some of the crew of Warline Painting spent the day taking part in Benjamin Moore’s Certified Contractor Training Program to become Certified Stain Contractors. It was a day well spent and over the next few months we will be sharing much of what we learned at this course. But since I am obsessed with colour – the new face of the Poco Inn & Suites, where our course was held, didn’t go unnoticed by me. So much so that I thought I should share.

It’s been some time since I’ve been by the Poco Inn on Lougheed Highway in Port Coquitlam, so I was pretty surprised by its facelift. Talk about bringing it back to life. Let’s just say the old Poco Inn was just that – old. The original building was brick with dark metal windows.

Poco Inn & Suites Before Exterior Renovation
This is the only photo of the hotel I could find prior to its exterior facelift. It’s a very flattering photo of a not so flattering building.

A combination of cedar, ledge stone, sheet metal panelling, slate tile and paint were used to reface this building. I like the use of a dark charcoal grey, which I am pretty sure is Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal (HC-166) with an orange cedar trim.

Poco Inn & Suites After Exterior Painting From Afar
New sheet metal facing and Cedar trim columns updated this Inn to give it a modern industrial feel.

The stained cedar compliments the orange/red brick underneath. The dark charcoal metal ties in the new ledgestone and I am guessing the window trim also got a repaint.  We walked back to our truck and I was complimenting the renovation. Then in an instant my comments went from wow to yow.

Poco Inn & Suites After Exterior Painting From Up Close
Where do I start? The hideous paint sags, the overspray all over the brick (just try cleaning that) or the air conditioner that was kind of painted?

As we got closer to the building the subpar workmanship of the painting of this building became glaringly evident. Huge paint sag marks all over the metal siding and a ridiculous amount of overspray all over the brick were everywhere. What a shame that such a great makeover could be so poorly executed by the commercial painters that were hired to do the job.

All in all the exterior facelift of the Poco Inn looks good. They are working on the lobby now and judging from the artist renditions on their website, it should be just as much of an impressive makeover. But I really hope they hire better painters for the inside.



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