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Category Archives: Professional Painting

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Color In The Nursery

When you are decorating your baby’s nursery, you want it to be absolutely perfect. Before you start choosing cribs, changing tables, and other nursery accessories, you need to choose the right colors. There is much debate on what, if any, effect color has on babies. However, it is a proven fact that color affects adults in lots of ways, including influencing moods and enhancing emotions. Color In The NurserySo, even if colors have no effect on your infant right now, they will someday. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect colors for your nursery.

  • Green is a natural, calming color that promotes a serene learning environment. This is one of the most perfect colors for a nursery because of its soothing properties. You can use green on all the walls and in various shades to create the ideal peaceful environment.
  • Orange is a warm, welcoming color. It is a color designed for comfort, making it a great choice for nurseries. Try not to overwhelm the room with orange; instead, opt for a vivid accent wall.
  • Yellow is a bright color that inspires energy. This is a color that is great when used in a subtle manner; too much bright yellow can actually stimulate a baby to the point of agitation. Use soothing, subdued shades to create a soothing, subdued room.
  • Red is a passionate, energy-rich color. Rather than using red on the walls, use it as an accent color because it is such a bold, vibrant color. Red is much better suited for playrooms where energy levels are naturally high.
  • Blue is a calm, cool, and collected color. Avoid dark, rich shades of blues, which can invoke feelings of sadness. Instead, opt for bright, warm shades of blue that will surround your baby with comfort and calmness.
  • White is the color of innocence, but avoid creating a nursery entirely in white – it is too stark and too sterile. Add splashes of color to a white nursery to create the perfect ambiance.
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