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Category Archives: Professional Painting

Why Paint Priming Is Necessary

When you are preparing to paint a wall in your home, you want to make sure you do everything right. Otherwise, the finished result could be less than attractive.

At the same time, you want to get the job done in a timely manner, which means you may try to skip a very important step – priming. While priming your walls for painting is not always necessary, there are many times when it is necessary. Skipping the primer when it is needed can lead to additional painting expenses down the road.Why Paint Priming Is Necessary

Drywall – if you are planning to paint right on new drywall, think again. You need to prime the walls with a drywall primer to ensure nice, even coats. Drywall will quickly soak up the paint if it is left unprimed.

Stained walls – if you are planning to paint over some unsightly stains on a wall, you need to prime the wall with a stain-blocking primer. Otherwise, the stain will simply bleed through the paint, and you will be left looking at the exact stain you tried to cover.

Bare wood – bare wooden walls need a quality primer that will ensure that the paint adheres to the wood. The best types of primer for bare wood need plenty of hours of drying time. However, there are various types of new primers available designed to reduce drying time without sacrificing quality.

Masonry – if you are painting any type of masonry surface, you want to invest in a quality masonry primer. This will prevent efflorescence, and it will help you avoid any pH-associated adhesion problems.

High-gloss – if the wall you are painting has a high-gloss finish, you want a bonding primer to help the paint stick to the slick surface, such as ceramic tiles, plastic, and vinyl.

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12 Painting Mistakes You Should Avoid At Home

Ready to start in on your next painting project? For a professional look every time, keep in mind these mistakes that most homeowners make when attacking the job themselves.

1. Starting the project too early

You have a paint brush and a can of paint. Why not start on your room immediately? If you don’t prep the project first, your new paint won’t stick properly and you’ll be left with a poor paint job that won’t last. Dirty walls or walls with a high gloss finish means the paint won’t stick. Prepping means cleaning, sanding, priming, fixing holes and marks – anything needed to make your walls in prime condition and ready for the paint application.

2. Not prepping the room12 Painting Mistakes You Should Avoid At Home

Removing paint from furniture, lamps and accessories is a lot of work. Before you start in on the project, move small pieces out of the room, move larger pieces to the center and fully cover them with a drop cloth.

3. Failing to protect your floors

Paint has a funny way of going down and ending up in places you don’t want it to be. Paint is difficult to get out of carpets and rugs, and can ruin the finish on woods, cork and laminates. Before you pop open a can or work with a brush or roller, make sure your flooring is protected.

4.Remove accessories

Yes, you’ll try to be careful around light switches, electrical plates and wall lighting fixtures. But even best intentions can go wrong. Remove everything you can first to give yourself the easiest time painting.

5. Buying the cheapest brushes

In every industry, there are a wide variety of products available to make your job easier. Painting is no exception. Brushes are made in a variety of ways with a variety of materials, and not all of them are the best tool for your particular job. For example, the best brush for latex based paint is a nylon/polyester blend.

6. Painting in the wrong conditions

Yes, you schedule the weekend to paint your house. But in some cases the weather may not cooperate. Paint used in high humidity will take longer to dry, putting your finish in jeopardy. Paint used in extreme temperatures – 70 in the day, 20 at night – can also lead to paint failures.

7. Underestimating the amount of paint

Ask a pro and they will tell you you’ll need one gallon of paint for every 400 square feet of wall space. Never skimp to try and make the paint do more, or roll it on thick to avoid second coats.

8. Skip the taping

Some people try and tape as they go. Or assume they’ll use a small enough brush they can paint around the details without making a mess. Nope. The pros know the only way to a clean finish with clean edges is to tape everything first.

9. Impatience

You have a weekend to finish a project. Why not just skip the priming, avoid fixing the wall (you can always hand a picture over the mark anyway), and move everything back in as fast as possible? Impatience will put your newly painted walls at risk. Which means you may be repainting those very same walls again in the very near future.

10. Brush? Roller? Who cares

You have a brush in your garage, that’ll be the tool for the job, right? Not so fast. For large interior walls, a roller will do a better job in less time. Make sure you select the right nap roller for your paint and texture, and avoid pushing the roller into the wall when you paint.

11. Sloppy painting

Does it make a difference if the paint is dripping down the brush handle, or the edge of the pad is covered in paint? The more sloppy your tools, the more problems you’ll have to fix when the painting is through.

12. Finishing

Your done. Why not clean up as fast as possible? If your paint isn’t dry, you risk scuffing up the walls as you move things, or removing tape too early and taking the paint with you. Never be in hurry to finish; the more you let it dry, the better finish you’ll have to enjoy in the coming years.

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Spring Maintenance: Your Best Tip Is An Exterior Paint Job

Its supposed to be a beautiful weekend in Colorado this week. That’s why we love Colorado, right? Sure, there might be a chance of snow later on in the week, but right now its nothing but blue sky and sunshine. Time to take a look outside to see how you can get ready for the warmer weather.

In some cases a little fix up now can save you many headaches in the months to come. Fixing a small problem is faster, cheaper and easier when its small. Which means the sooner you get out and discover the problems, the easier the fix, and the more time you’ll have to enjoy what you love to do most – instead of those pesky little projects that quickly eat away at your time.Spring Maintenance: Your Best Tip Is An Exterior Paint Job

Gutters

When the snow comes, it melts faster. And in addition to snow, the rain will start coming in between storms. If your gutters are filled with leaves, twigs, and what ever else has managed to accumulate there, your house may be at risk. Rot can quickly start occurring, and after spillover or accumulation occurs around the eaves of your home, the wood can be at risk as well. Clean those gutters out now and you’ll be ready for the entire season.

Landscaping

When trees, bushes and other landscaping goes dormant, branches may break off or hang and scrape into your home. Has the landscaping been damaged? Has it damaged your home? Before growth starts in and your landscaping comes to life, trim things back so it won’t impact your home.

Garage and Driveway

Snow pileups. Salt and ice melt. Muck from the roads. In the winter, you have one concern – getting your car into the garage and getting inside to stay warm. Now that its nice, take some time to clean off the garage floors and driveway, and assess any damage. You know how Colorado roads are compromised every year due to weather conditions? The same can apply to the cement on your garage floors and driveway. Look for growing cracks and areas beginning to crumble. Fixing it now will mean less of a problem in the future.

Now what? You’ve discovered some areas that are in need of repair? What should you do?

Call in your local professional painter.

By scheduling your home painting project now, you’ll be first in line when the temperatures are warm enough day and night for us to paint. Not only will we add a fresh coat of paint in your choice of colors, we will also inspect your home for areas that need mending – new wood, new boards, filling in cracks and smoothing out problem areas.

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And if you have concerns in your garage as well, now is the best time to add an epoxy finish to your garage floor as well. Not only will it fill in the cracks, mend damaged areas, and seal it for future protection, it will give you one of the cleanest, most good looking garages on the block.

And that’s the perfect way to start out the spring right here in Colorado.

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Paint Failures And How To Cure Them

Even when you take every precaution, use all the right supplies, follow all the professional directions – there is still a chance that your next paint job will experience some sort of failure. Sometimes the failure comes simply from time and exposure. Here are some common paint failures and what you can do to cure them.

Paint Failures And How To Cure ThemMoisture is a common paint failure. When your paint is exposed to the elements, such as rain, snow and even morning dew, it can lead to problems. You can help keep these problems at bay by making sure the construction of your home is in top shape, and the maintenance is up to par. You can also apply a water-repellent around the edges and ends of the boards.

Temperature blisters are another problem you might face. These blisters in the paint occur when the paint is exposed to high temperatures during the early stages of painting. The best way to avoid these blisters is by painting with the sun – in other words, follow the sun around your house as you paint to ensure that the freshly-painted areas are not left exposed to direct sunlight and excessive heat.

Cracking and peeling is a problem that often occurs when you are repainting a surface. Failure to properly prep the surface is likely to lead to cracking and peeling. Taking your time and putting in the effort to ensure that the surface is ready for a new coat of paint is the best way to avoid this time of paint failure.

It is important to remember that it is worth the extra money to invest in quality paint and a professional application. As with any other type of product, you do get what you pay for, and this is especially true with paint. Invest your money now to avoid the added expense of repainting sooner because of paint failures.

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Plan Now For A Greener Exterior Paint Job This Summer

With the warmer weather just around the corner, now is the time to start planning a new exterior paint job for your Highlands Ranch home.

A fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to make your home look like new again. Plan Now For A Greener Exterior Paint Job This SummerHowever, in this day and age of living “green” and protecting the environment, you should consider a greener exterior paint job for your home. Here are some tips to help you plan a greener exterior paint job for your home this summer.

  • Choose only paints that are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These paints are the better choice for the environment because they do not have the harmful fumes and toxins contained in traditional paints. Yes, you will pay a higher price for the use of these paints – but you will also not suffer the same side effects of the paints, and you will be protecting the environment from the toxins.
  • Make sure you utilize lead-safe practices, too. When dealing with lead in any manner, there are strict regulations. If your home is older and possibly has lead paint, you need to protect yourself, your family, and the environment from the harmful effects of the lead.
  • Choose quality equipment and take care of that equipment. All paint jobs are not created equal. Sure, you can get the cheapest paint you can at the home discount store and slather it on with any old paint brush. But will it cover completely and protect your home? Will it last for years to come? True value comes in a professional paint job, with a professional application. It’s the only way to benefit from the latest technology, and provide you with the best coverage possible.
  • Recycle any leftovers, including paints and cans. When you recycle, you are doing one more thing to protect the environment. You can recycle leftover paint by using it for another project around your home. For instance, painting a bench or swing the same color as your home will not only get rid of that leftover paint, it will also provide a beautiful accent piece for your landscaping.
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