Please fill out and submit the following form, and we will be in touch with you shortly.
 

Skip to Content

Blog

Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

You love your brand new wall color. But nothing can be more frustrating than creating that first mark on your walls as you’re putting your room back together.

Just because your walls have had a chance to dry doesn’t mean they are “cured”. Even when your interior walls are dry to the touch, time is still needed before your walls can take the use and abuse of every day living.Drying Times For Interior Latex Paint

An applied latex paint will be dry to the touch within a matter of minutes, but waiting time for certain activities can take considerably longer.

Re-coat Time

In general, you should allow at least two hours of time between coats of paint. However, certain factors will result in needed additional time, including:

  • Conditions that hinder drying time, such as high humidity or a low temperature
  • Heavily tinted paints
  • A heavy application

If you paint another coat too soon, a variety of problems can occur, including blistering, wrinkling, or an uneven sheen.

How To Choose Color With Paint Samples

Cleaning

Invariably you’ll wind up with sticky hands on your newly coated walls. Beware of cleaning it too early, however, or you could find yourself dealing with a variety of problems, including blistering, paint removal, removal of sheen, or even a crack in the color.

Typically you should allow at least two weeks dry time before you clean the surface. Gloss level will be a factor – high gloss paints have more co-solvents to evaporate, thus require more drying time. Some manufacturers require 30 days, so be sure to talk with your professional painter before he finishes the job.

Applying Tape or Other Sticky Product

If using masking or painters tape is on your decorating to-do list, be sure you allow at least 30 days dry time before applying to newly applied paint. Otherwise tape may pull up the paint when removed. An extended dry time is needed because paint must attain maximum adhesion to its surface, and should have sufficient time to bond with the surface its been applied to.

Contact us about your Denver Interior House Painting ideas today.

READ MORE

Painting Safety For Apartment Property Managers

Apartment property managers certainly have their hands full! Apartment managers have a duty to make sure ALL tenants are taken care of and happy. The more tenants there are, the more difficult it can be to keep everyone happy.

This is especially true when it comes to painting safety. When one apartment in an apartment building is being painted, it can affect the rest of the apartments in the building. How does this happen? The fumes from the painted apartment can travel to the other apartments through the ventilation system and other types of “shared air.” This means that someone a floor above or below the painted apartment could suffer the ill effects of the paint fumes.

How Long Does An Exterior Paint Job Last?Painting Safety For Apartment Property Managers

Apartment property managers must make sure that everyone in the building is safe from the potentially harmful fumes of the fresh paint. Here are some tips to ensure everyone’s safety.

  • Managers should schedule painting for the fall or the spring when possible. These seasons make it easier for windows to be opened for ventilation while still maintaining the comfort of the tenants.
  • Managers should also notify neighbors in the community about the upcoming paint job. This will help them prepare for the possibility of fumes.
  • Managers need to ensure that only licensed professionals are hired to do the painting. Professionals will have access to the right equipment to ensure the least amount of fumes.
  • Managers should also choose the paint that has the least amount of fumes. Painting professionals can help managers choose the right paint for the job.
  • Managers need to inspect the painted unit while it is being painted and for about 3 days after the project is complete. This inspection should ensure that box fans and other forms of proper ventilation are being used to keep the fumes from bothering tenants.
  • Managers can also offer box fans to neighboring apartments to help remove fumes that manage to escape the painted apartment.

For more help on exterior painting in Denver.

READ MORE

Paint Color Trends for 2014

Love to keep up with the trends and showcase the latest styles and fashion in and around your home?

This spring you’ll find color everywhere. The hottest trends in color – and paint – are right in line with the feeling of spring: bright, colorful, fresh and full of life.

Every year, the color authorities at Pantone release what’s hot for the season in color. Its what you’ll see when you head to the stores, and its what you’ll see making a splash throughout the fashion magazines. And while color first impacts what you wear, invariably it trickles down to the fashions you’ll see for your home as well. When the hottest color of the year is Radiant Orchid, I guarantee you’ll find that in bedding, pillows, kitchen décor, accessories, and more in all of your favorite stores.

Paint Color Trends for 2014

This years trends include:

  • Placid Blue – a peaceful and calm blue reminiscent of a tranquil sky
  • Violet Tulip – a vintage purple that evokes nostalgia
  • Hemlock – an ornamental green that provides a decorative touch
  • Sand – a lightly toasted neutral color that brings out carefree days at the beach
  • Cayenne – a high pitched red with a hint of spiciness
  • Freesia – a blazing yellow that matches the summer sun
  • Celosia Orange – warmth and energy, wonderfully paired with Freesia to remind you of warm summer days
  • Radiant Orchid – a bold purple that makes its way to the top of color choices
  • Dazzling blue – a polar opposite of placid blue, dark and vibrant

Looking at each of them automatically warms you up after a wild Colorado winter.

If the thought of this much color in your home leaves you anything but excited, don’t worry. Color doesn’t have to cover all four walls in your room.

  • Use it on one wall to coordinate and add a pop to the room’s décor
  • Use it in small areas – above a panel of windows, or below a chair rail
  • Use it on trim
  • Use it on the ceiling
  • Use it on cabinets and furniture
  • Use it in your accessories

There is no right or wrong way to use color. Color can be used to create anything you choose.

If you’re still having trouble envisioning color on your walls, give us a call. We can show you how brilliant color can be in your life. And we’ll help you choose the right color for you, whether its one of 2014’s latest trends, or a tried and true shade that will last for years.

READ MORE

How Long Does An Exterior Paint Job Last?

“I moved into my home three years ago. The previous owners stated they had painted the outside the year before. I’ve noticed a little bit of peeling on the south side of my home. Is that normal? How long does an exterior paint job last?”

Excellent question, and one we get all the time.

How Long Does An Exterior Paint Job Last?Like most questions, there is no definitive answer. How long an exterior paint job will last depends on many things, including:

  • What type of paint was used
  • The quality of the paint
  • How much prep work was done
  • The condition of the home before painting
  • The surface being painted
  • How the elements impact the home
  • Maintenance
  • Weather conditions

And that’s just the start.

Overall, there are a few guidelines you can use to determine longevity of your paint job.

What Your Paint Color Choice Says About You

Paint

Typically will last 4 to 10 years on wood, 20 years or more on aluminum or vinyl siding, or 7 to 10 years on stucco. If one side of your home is subjected to intense sunlight, the number of years will reduce to 3 to 6 years for that side of the home.

Stain

Typically will last 5 to 10 years on wood, 7 to 10 years on stucco. For the side of your home subjected to intense sunlight, the number of years will drop to 4 to 7.

Again, these are just estimates, and will change depending on all the factors that make up your home.

One of the biggest indicators of the need for paint is exactly what you described – signs of wear, peeling or cracking. When you begin to see this on any area of your home, it’s a warning sign that its time to paint the exterior of your home.

By catching it early and painting it at this stage, you will have minimal destruction to the structure of your home, and with good prep work, can fix it, seal it, and have it covered again in time for the next season.

For more help on exterior painting in Denver.

READ MORE

Exterior Painting in Cold Weather – What You Should Know In Colorado

Finally, spring is upon us. In Colorado, spring can mean a variety of things. One day you’ll have temperatures soaring to 70 degrees and beyond. The next, beware of those springtime blizzards; the occasional one to two feet is always possible.

But along with spring comes the possibility of heading back out into the great outdoors for as long as you possibly can. That’s why we love Colorado, right?

As you head outdoors and start uncovering the landscaping around your home and taking a look at projects you’ll have to accomplish this year, take a good look at the exterior of your home.Exterior Painting in Cold Weather – What You Should Know In Colorado

Exterior paint typically lasts anywhere from 5 to 10 years in normal conditions. If its been a few years, its definitely time to start watching the areas most susceptible to problems – corner and angles where water can accumulate and begin to destroy the finish, sides of your home exposed to harsh sunlight, and areas near landscaping where branches can scrape and bang.

Paint Failure and the Exterior of Your Home

Did you find signs of wear? This may be the year you schedule an exterior paint job. Here in Colorado, a professional painter will tell you we only have a few months in which outside painting is possible. Why?

Designing a good mixture for a paint formula has always been an art form. Manufacturers continually experiment with providing a paint that gives the greatest coverage, with maximum retention, and be able to go on smoothly in all kinds of conditions. Paints from a few decades ago obviously aren’t as refined as they are today. But while manufacturers keep improving their products, paint still has its limitations.

A decade ago, you would still find paint cans that warned not to apply unless temperatures were at least 50 degrees. Now you’ll find paint cans that allow you to work as low as the 35 degree mark. Which is good news for us here in Colorado, as we can have a 50 degree variance in one day, almost any time of the year.

As a professional painter, we want to give you a professional job every time. That means we want to use the highest quality paint, provide the best in prepping the area to make sure the paint adheres properly, and make sure the overall job will give you the highest longevity possible.

We begin booking for exterior paint jobs now starting in the spring and moving into the summer months. If the weather turns cold, we put your project on hold. The last thing we want to do is provide you with an inferior job.

But because we do have limited times, our schedules begin to fill up fairly quickly.

Are you in the market for a professional paint job this year? Call us today to make sure your name is filled into our timetables. You’ll be glad you did.

For more help on exterior painting in Denver.

READ MORE