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Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

Want to make a dramatic change in your kitchen without the dramatic price tag to go along with it? Why not transform your kitchen’s look by painting your kitchen cabinets.

One of the most expensive and time consuming tasks in a kitchen remodel is replacing the kitchen cabinets. But if your cabinets are in good shape, a high quality wood – just an old, out of date color – painting them may be the perfect opportunity to give your kitchen a fresh new look.Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets

While it might seem to be a simple DIY project, there is a key point to keep in mind. Most cabinets have a lot of intricate detail; woodwork that can be hard to finish and have it look professional too. Kitchen cabinets are covered in a glossy product designed to be wipeable, scrubable, and take the daily use you give it. That high glossy look is what prevents paint from sticking to it. Which means if you don’t use the proper prep work and the proper paint, your look will be anything but professional.

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

If you’ve decided to go the DIY route, where do you begin?

Take a door or drawer to your local paint supplier; he or she can help you find the right paint for your surface.

Remove all hardware and hinges. Thoroughly clean surfaces before starting. Kitchen cabinets can have stuck on grease, oil, wax and grime. Paint is a very forgiving material, but it won’t adhere to a dirty, greasy surface.

You should also sand the surfaces to be open to paint. If there are any dents or marks, now is the time to fill them in with a good wood filler first.

Then prime the surfaces with a good primer designed to block the stain and adhere to paint. Finish the cabinets with at least two coats of paint, depending on the paint and the color you’ve chosen. Always remember to allow each process to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next.

Have a system in place for each drawer, door and hardware. While you may think it will go back easily, nothing is more frustrating than having hardware that simply won’t match up.

While painting your kitchen cabinets may seem like a quick, easy job, nothing says “DIY” more than an incomplete or unprofessional job. Your kitchen is the one area that is always on display when guests arrive.

Make sure you have the time to devote to the job, and the patience to see it through. If you feel unsure, look into hiring a professional painter instead. They can save you time and money in the long run, and give you a high quality look and feel every time.

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Why Does Exterior Paint Peel

What’s the most common cause of peeling paint on the exterior of your home? You guessed it, its water.

Water vapor accumulates beneath the paint and/or primer. It begins to separate the coating from the surface, which eventually leads to cracking paint. The more it cracks, the more water seeps in, which causes bigger cracks. And soon you’ll start to notice peeling paint coming off your home in chunks, telling you something isn’t right.Why Does Exterior Paint Peel

When a house is painted here in Colorado, it undergoes a variety of weather changes, all throughout the year. It can be cool and damp in the morning, hot and dry in the afternoon. It can be subjected to sprinkler systems or the afternoon rain shower. Summer turns to winter and your home must deal with freezing weather, snow buildup, even ice in nooks and cracks.

If a house is painted without the proper priming and prep work, problems can start literally at the time of painting. A great painter knows that prep work is the most important part of the painting process. A top quality caulk applied skillfully will prevent water from seeping in for many years to come. If a problem is noticeable at the time of painting, a thorough clean up and prepping needs to be performed before paint is applied.

Special attention should also be placed on the most vulnerable areas of a home. The undersides of a roof’s overhang, or soffits, are vulnerable to leaks from flashing and gutters. The fascia boards, or trim boards mounted on exposed rafter ends, also are a weak point. Make sure they are properly installed and properly protected before paint is applied.

While water is one of the biggest reasons for peeling paint, it isn’t the only one.

Many homes are made to have the “Colorado” look and feel. Meaning they were built with a natural wood, stained to reflect a mountain home. Some types of woods – cedar for instance – is extremely porous and is likely to crack if painted. Staining is the only approach to this type of wood to fully protect it from the elements.

Its also important to know what type of paint you are using. Interior paint isn’t meant for cold conditions. If you use it on the outside, cracking may be the least of your troubles as we hit our subzero temperatures in the winter months. Also, mixing oil based paint with latex paints are a recipe for disaster. Oil based paints must be treated with a primer before latex paints are applied over it. Oil paint is more rigid than latex paints. Latex will actually stretch during normal weather conditions, and because of how oil based paints adhere to the wood, the two will fight each other, causing cracks in the surface.

Whatever the cause, the moment you notice peeling paint, its time to get it fixed and have a fresh coat of exterior paint applied in its place. Give us a call today for a quote.

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A Guide to Paint Thinners

Paint thinners are used to thin paint products, paint stains, or paint brushes. There are various types of paint thinners that are available in the market. The two major types or paint thinners are oil-based and water-based thinners. There is a big difference between them, and using the wrong type of paint thinner on a certain type of paint may not yield best results.

Types of Paint ThinnersA Guide to Paint Thinners

In addition to oil-based and water-based thinners, there are also various types of materials that paint thinners are made of. These include acetone, alcohol, lacquer thinner, turpentine, mineral spirits, and toluene. Aside from each type having a different composition, and toxicity, strength and solubility also varies.

Raw materials used for each type are also different. The common aspect about most paint thinners is that they can cause harm to the environment, so labels and directions for use must be read carefully. Proper disposal of paint thinners is also strictly advised.

Environmentally-friendly paint thinners

With paint thinners categorized as solvents, it is acknowledged that these materials can be harmful not only to the environment but also to you and your family’s health. For healthy alternative options that are good for health and the environment, citrus-based paint thinners are now being produced. Derived from essential oils of citrus plants and fruits, citrus-based paint thinners are considered as natural solvents and work the same way as petroleum-based solvents.

Another good aspect about citrus based paint thinners is that it is not as toxic or flammable as petroleum-based thinners making them safer for use in your home and office. Key ingredients used for these thinners are environment friendly, biodegradable, and organic. This means that disposal is easier while usage is safer.

Aside from thinning paints and cleaning brushes, citrus-based paint thinners can also be used as a cleaner and degreaser for homes and offices.

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What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

“I once lived in an apartment where the tenant before me went crazy with wall color. All down the hall, in the bedroom and living area I could see remnants of red paint. There were red patches down by the base boards, around the trim, and even a little left over color around the wall plates.

It was an apartment; I lived with it.What You Should Know Before Changing Colors On A Wall

But now that I’m in my own home, I realize how tacky that truly looked. The previous owner also liked color – color I’m not fond of. But I’m scared to paint it. What if I have those same remnants like in my apartment? I want my home to be beautiful.”

Oh, the wonders of paint.

When you go from white to white, every time you paint, even a little drip here or a missed spot there really won’t show very much. But forget to cover a spot of red when you’re changing back to white, and it might as well have a spotlight on it. Everyone that enters your home will see it. Or at least you’ll think they do.

When you’re ready to go from a bright or dark color that penetrates your walls back to a subtle color like white, it takes a little more work that one coat of paint.

Clean walls and painting tools – Before you start painting your walls, clean them first with a mild dish detergent to remove accumulated dirt, grease or grime. Also make sure your painting materials are clean with no trace of the red you painted the walls with in the first place. Its happened many times before; you assume the paint brush or roller cover is clean, you dip it into the white paint, and it goes onto the walls in a sickly color pink.

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

Primer – If you listen to the marketing for paints that you can buy at the big box stores, one of their biggest benefits is that the primer is included – only one coat necessary. That’s fine when you’re painting white over white. But when you’re making severe changes – white to red, or red back to white, a little more work is needed. That’s where a primer comes into play. A primer covers the existing paint and gives it a clean coating for the new paint about to be applied.

Paint – Yes, paint matters. If you use a low quality paint, it will provide poor results when hiding the bright or dark color beneath it. What’s worse is it sometimes takes a day or two to show. If you’re in a rush – painting before you move out of an apartment, lets say – your landlord may be upset by the red and white walls left behind.

Drying time – This is one of the most important parts of the job. Its easy to want to rush through and get everything cleaned up and back to normal. If you don’t allow each coat – primer too – to dry completely, it may contribute to poor color and color showing through in certain areas on your walls. Temperature, humidity, type of paint – all matters in drying time. When in doubt, give it extra time.

Want an easier way for guaranteed results? Hire a professional painter instead. Your walls will be the perfect shade of color – whatever you choose – with results you can be proud of every time.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.

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Brushing vs Spraying – Which Gets The Job Done?

Painting your home is a job best left to the professionals. When you hire a pro to do the work, you can rest assured that the results will be exactly what you want.

However, you may have your own ideas about the right and wrong way to paint your home. While it is fine to voice your concerns to the pros, leave the ultimate decision up to them. Painting is their job, and they know the best way to get the job done with the best results.Brushing vs Spraying – Which Gets The Job Done?

One of the most common concerns for homeowners is whether the paint will be brushed or sprayed. Many people believe that spraying a home is not the best choice. They feel that with brushing, you can really work the paint into the wood.

This is simply not true because paint is not made to soak into the wood. You can brush and brush and brush, and the paint is only going to adhere to the top layer. Providing a painter knows how to work with a sprayer, you can get the same quality results with spraying.

Another common belief is that homes are not normally sprayed with paint, but brushed. This, too, is not true. There are many instances when homes are sprayed. Spraying offers faster results than brushing, and when done properly, delivers the same level of quality. There are cases where homes are brushed, such as when the home is small, or the contractor does not own spraying equipment. Smaller homes are often brushed because it can take longer to prep the home for spraying than it would to brush it.

Finally, many people believe that peeling paint occurs when a home has been sprayed. Again, this is not true. Peeling occurs because of moisture or because the surface was not properly prepped. Whether you brush or spray, if you fail to prep the site or if there is moisture transferred, you will experience peeling paint.

Your painting professional will help you decide which method is best for your home, and he/she will deliver the best results, no matter which method is used.

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