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Preparing Your Home for Exterior Painting Contractors in the Winter

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Preparing Your Home for Exterior Painting Contractors in the Winter

The winter months present some pretty significant challenges when it comes to doing exterior work on your home. If you are ready to make some major upgrades to your home and do not want to wait for Mother Nature to cooperate, then the following tips can help you.  Clear and Remove Gutters Winter weather creates a lot of moisture, and much of this liquid will be filtered through the gutters on your home. The constant dripping will pose major problems to the workers and the paint if you try to book a painting contractor right now. By clearing out the gutters, you will help a lot with this obstacle. If it is possible for you to remove the gutters completely for the time being, then that is the ideal way to go. Power-Wash the Exterior This is a tricky task, as you will have to watch the weather and choose a day that has warm enough temperatures to make power washing possible. If you can find the right day, then a good power washing will make the task of painting your house a lot easier and faster. Track the Weather A little bit of research and preparation can go a long way when it comes to this kind of project. When you call exterior painting contractors to get the ball rolling, knowing the right days to schedule the work that needs to be done will be helpful on both ends. You can save time and will avoid the frustration of having the work canceled because of the weather. Handle the Landscaping Most diligent homeowners get their landscaping ready for the winter by trimming back shrubs, cutting the grass short, and clearing all fallen leaves. That being said, this country experienced a beginning of winter with warmer than usual temperatures. In many cases, this meant some extra growth to all those carefully trimmed landscaping elements. You can make exterior painting a lot easier by getting out there and finding and removing anything that might get in the way. Clear All Snow and Ice Clearing the snow and ice is vital to the work of exterior painting contractors. The excess water of the ice can mess with the color and consistency of the paint. In addition to this, there are some significant safety issues involved in having professionals scale your home with slick ice and icicles all over it.  These simple tasks will help exterior painting contractors get their work done well despite the low temperatures. You can start off the year right with an amazing-looking home while taking advantage of seasonally low pricing on these...

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How To Paint A Room Like A Pro And Other Painting Tips

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Paint A Room Like A Pro And Other Painting Tips

You don’t need to hire a painter to paint that spare bedroom you have been wanting to paint. Even if you aren’t sure about your abilities, you can paint a room without fail if you have the right tools for the job. See below for helpful tips and instructions on how to paint a room like a pro. Here’s What You’ll Need: Latex paint 2 1/2 inch angled paintbrushes 3/8 inch nap rollers Roller extension Paint tray (with liners)  Ladder Painter’s tape Drop cloths Instructions: Begin by taping off your baseboards with the painter’s tape. This will help keep your paint from getting on the baseboards where you don’t want it. Also tape around trim work and other walls that you don’t want to be painted. Take your time, as you want your tape to adhere properly and be even all the way across. Next, stir your paint with the paint stirring stick (probably given to you at the hardware store you purchased your paint from). If you are painting over a dark color with a lighter color, you may want to prime your walls first before painting. Also, be sure to use the proper type of paint for your walls. Use a low-sheen paint such as satin or semi-gloss for walls, which is easier to hide wall imperfections, and is easiest to keep clean. For trim work, use higher gloss to make these areas pop more. Once you have your paint stirred, you can begin cutting in the paint color along the edges of the wall. Paint the bottom of the wall above the baseboards, being sure to keep paint off of the tape as much as possible. Then along the corners and finally at the top of the wall (you will probably need a ladder for this part).  After you have the room cut in around all of the edges, use the roller dipped in paint from the paint tray and begin painting with the roller. Work in smaller sections and roll the paint on evenly. Roll up and at an angle, then down at an angle. This way you are covering the paint a second time and ensuring you don’t miss any spots. Work your way around the room being sure you are using the same amount of paint on your roller as you go for even coverage. When finished, allow the first coat to dry and repeat the steps for a second coating if need be. In between coats, you can place your roller or paintbrushes in a plastic bag to keep them from drying. When finished with all of the coats, remove the tape before the final coat dries. The tape can sometimes tear off the paint from the wall if the paint is completely dry. Be careful when removing the tape. When you are finished painting, clean up the paint brushes using warm water. Be sure to get as much paint out of the bristles so you can use it again for a future job. Use mineral spirits to get it really clean. Paint rollers should be tossed and new ones purchased for a future paint job. Painting a room can be done in a single day and can be completed by even the most novice painter. Have the right paint supplies and...

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3 Things That Can Help You Choose A Paint Color

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things That Can Help You Choose A Paint Color

When it comes time to paint your home or business, it isn’t always easy to figure out what color is going to work the best for your needs. Many people struggle to choose a color and end up putting it off until they don’t have a choice. However, it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you might think. You can have the paint color of your dreams in the shortest amount of time possible, without feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Here are three keys to helping you choose a final paint color for your application. Influence One of the easiest ways to determine what paint color is going to work for your piece of plastic is to look at the environment. For example, if you see a vibrant red vintage car that you absolutely love, you are probably going to want a red paint in the same color to paint your own vintage car. Influences in the world around you can play a major role in what color paint you choose to accentuate your own project. When you see the paint color in action, it makes choosing a color simpler. Color Combinations Today, more and more people are painting their plastic in a two-tone scheme. Sure, you can always go with a neutral color to play it safe. However, that doesn’t mean your plastic is going to look amazing and draw attention to it. You don’t want colors that are overbearing. Opt for a couple of bold colors separated by a neutral color. Using a color in moderation can go a long way in transforming the look of your plastic. Trends Another thing that people tend to look at when choosing a color is what happens to be trending right now. If people are going for a brown, gold, blue, green, red or cinnamon, it seems like many others end up going with the same colors. However, the metallic and pearl hues of traditional colors can add a sense of class to your color that is far different than anything you can imagine. Plastic can be painted in a number of different shades, which is why you want to take a look at what is trending in the world today and choosing your shade accordingly. Don’t rush to choose a paint color that isn’t going to make you happy. Spend time going through your options and planning accordingly based on what the future holds in store for you. Contact a business, such as Decorators Service Co., Inc., for more information....

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How To Paint Clean, Straight Lines

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Paint Clean, Straight Lines

The key to a great interior paint job is making sure your lines are as straight and clean as possible. It can often be the trickiest and most time consuming part of the entire paint job. This article explains a smart technique for achieving clean, straight lines when cutting out. What You Need For the Job To perform this technique you will need painter’s tape (2″ or wider), a level, yardstick, and lightweight spackle. Taping Straight Lines In order to apply the tape straight and level you will need work carefully. You can usually follow the lines along the corners of the walls. However, on some walls, there might not be any corner or barrier between two rooms that you want to paint different colors. So, you might need to use the level and yard stick to tape off a straight line in the middle of a wall. Hold the yard stick where you want the line to be while using the level. Once the stick is perfectly placed, you can tape both ends to the wall. Then, you can apply the tape along the line of the yard stick. Remove the yard stick from the wall, and repeat the process as you move along. Spackling over the Tape In order to get cleaner lines, you need to use the lightweight spackle. Just spread the spackle across the tape, over the line your are going to paint. Use your fingertips to spread the spackle as thinly as possible. You just want the spackle to fill in the tiny gaps and bumps from the drywall texture. Do not leave behind thick chunks of spackle. You can then paint over the tape as you normally would. You do not even need to wait for the spackle to dry. You can paint over the spackle as soon as you are ready. The spackle will seal the tape line and ensure a cleaner line when you pull the tape off of the wall. Without spackle, there is a good chance that paint will seep underneath the tape. You cannot always trust painter’s tape to do its job. This simple process will ensure that you get the best lines possible. This will take a little extra time, but it is the best way to get professional lines. You might end up spending more time cutting out the edges than you will painting the rest of the wall. Your entire paint job will look more professional if your lines are nice and straight, so take your time cutting out. For professional painting services, contact a business such as Painting Service by University...

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Avoid Making One Of These 3 Painting Mistakes

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Avoid Making One Of These 3 Painting Mistakes

When designing a room in your home, there are some things that you should do on your own and go against the norm. However, color isn’t one of them. Sure, there are plenty of different colors out there from which to choose, but every color should be taken into careful consideration before rushing out and buying one. Instead of making a costly mistake in choosing a paint color, you can avoid it by following the tips below. Don’t choose your paint color before you choose anything else One of the last items you should choose when redesigning your room is paint color. Take your time to see what types of fabrics you can find. All of the other design elements should be chosen before settling on a paint color. What would happen if you were to pick a color and then nothing else goes with it? You don’t want to be stuck with a paint color that doesn’t gel with all of the accent pieces. Plan your room out first and then go through the various paint choices to see which one matches the rest of the room the best. Don’t choose a color that is too bright Sure, a nice bright yellow or blue might seem like a great choice, but you don’t want to overdo it in your new space. Imagine how bright the color is in the can. Now, it is going to appear even brighter than that when you put that same color on your walls. A lighter color tends to work best. Determine where you want the focus to be and plan your room around that. If you truly want bright colored walls, everything else should be more subdued in color. Don’t lose sight of your emotions While many people have a favorite color that they want in their room, they often overlook what that color really means to them. If you like the color blue, it might mean that you truly like being able to sit back and relax. Think about what you are planning to use your new space for, and then, choose your color from there. If you truly want something bright and energetic, everything else in the room should be a white or warm color. Painting a room can be fun, but it can also be confusing. When you have someone working for you {such asKucker Haney Paint Co}, it makes the whole process that much more...

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Tips For Saving Money On Your Interior House Painting

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Saving Money On Your Interior House Painting

If you are not the best at interior painting, or simply do not have the time for it, you might feel the need to hire a professional, which can cost a little bit of money. Should you find yourself interested in saving a little money while doing this, you can make use of some of the following suggestions. Strip The Wallpaper On Your Own Hiring a painting contractor to strip any existing wallpaper can cost an additional amount of money that you might not want to part with. If that is the case for you, then you can strip the wallpaper on your own. You can find chemicals that you spray onto the walls that will soak into the paper, which will allow you to scrap the paper off of the walls. Once you have scrapped the walls, you will want to wipe them down so that all residual glue, paper, or dirt is removed and the walls are then ready for painting. Move The Furniture Before The Painter Arrives Some painters will gladly remove your furniture and other personal belongings out of whatever rooms that they have to paint. However, this usually comes with an additional cost. If you can move it all on your own or have a friend help you, you should be able to save a little bit of money. Just make sure that you are not moving the furniture into other spaces that need to be accessed by the painter. Otherwise, you are making his or her job even harder. Shop For The Paint On Your Own Sure, you could have the painter purchase all of the paint for you, but you might find a better deal on your own. For example, your local home improvement store might have a large sale on their store brand paints. Then again, maybe you or a loved one is a veteran. This can be helpful because some stores will give small discounts to veterans, which can add up to be a lot of money depending on how much you are buying. As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make sure that you are saving as much as possible. After all, the more money you save on the cost of your interior painting, the more money you will have for all kinds of other projects around the house. All you have to do now is get started by making use of the previously mentioned tips. For more information, contact a business such as APC...

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Is Oil Or Latex Better For Painting A Front Door?

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Oil Or Latex Better For Painting A Front Door?

Painting your front door can go really far in changing and brightening the exterior of your home. You can bring a strong color to the decor, or simply brighten and clean up the existing color. But if you haven’t painted a front door before, there are choices to be made, especially concerning the type of paint. Whether you use oil or latex will depend on what the material around the door is made of, what the original paint on it is, the condition it is in, and the look you want to achieve. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each type of paint. Advantages and disadvantages of oil-based paint Oil-based paint has been around much longer than latex paint, so it would not be uncommon to currently have a front door that is painted with this type of paint. It wears well, but not as well as latex paint. It adheres well to surfaces that are in less than pristine conditions. Trapped dirt and weathered wood are common problems among the front doors of older homes, so oil-based paint works well here. This type of paint can also give more of a vintaged look, if that’s what you would like to achieve. Because it’s been around so long, it is the look of older, vintage homes. Advantages and disadvantages of latex paint Latex paint has the advantage of being very durable. It holds up under poor weather conditions, and looks good for years to come. It doesn’t have the quality of excellent adherence to weathered surfaced that oil-based paint does, but it still does a good job. You can also use latex paint over oil-based paint, and the reverse isn’t true. One drawback of using latex paint is if you have any weatherstripping around the door. The latex can bond with that, and the paint can peel in that area. If you have a raw wood front door, you can always choose to stain the door rather than painting it a solid color. This will give a very rustic, cottage look that may fit into your decor and color scheme quite well. Otherwise, you can choose between the oil-based paint and latex paint for what best suits your needs. You can also consult with a professional painter. They can not only steer you in the best direction, but also can do the work for you, giving you that real professional finish.  For more information, contact a company like Braendel...

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Painting Your Ceiling To Make The Room Appear Taller

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Do you have small rooms, or rooms with low ceilings in your home? Do you want to make those rooms appear taller than they really are? If so, you can accomplish this with a little paint and some effort. Here, you will learn how to make your ceilings appear higher by using some paint. To complete this project you will need: Paint Rollers, trays and brushes Painter’s tape Ladder or step stool Drop cloths Measuring tape Pencil Choose the Color The color you choose should be something that you like, that is a lighter shade and one that will coordinate with the rest of your décor. The reason for using lighter colors is that they can actually make the room appear larger than it is. Dark shades in small spaces can make it feel more confined. Note: You will be painting the walls along with the outer edges of the ceiling, so be sure to get enough paint for the entire project. Measure the Ceiling Layout To make your room appear taller, you will be extending the color of the walls onto the ceiling. So, you have to decide just how far onto the ceiling you want to pull the color. For the average 10×12 room, consider extending the color from the walls no more than one foot onto the ceiling. Rooms that are larger than that can go beyond the one foot mark without taking away too much of the ceiling color. Measure and mark the ceiling about every foot or so to make it easier to tape the ceiling more evenly. Once you have your measurements marked, use the painter’s tape to tape-off the parameter of the ceiling paint. Take your time with the tape because you want completely straight edges on the ceiling. Note: You may need to get someone to watch you work from the floor so they can tell you if the tape is going on straight. Paint the Walls and Ceiling Once the trim and ceiling has been taped off, cover the flooring with drop cloths to protect it from drips and splatters that will happen. Use an angled paint brush to do all of the trim work and corners where the roller will not work well. Then, use the roller to apply the paint to the rest of the walls and ceiling. After the paint has dried, remove the painter’s tape, stand back and enjoy the look of your new space. If this is a project that you are not comfortable or capable to complete, contact your local painting contractor to have it done for...

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How To Prepare Your Home’s Exterior And Landscaping For A New Coat Of Paint

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A new coat of paint on the exterior of your home provides an instant facelift and increases curb appeal. You can repaint wood, metal or even vinyl siding to make it look fresh again. Your home and the surrounding landscape will require some preparation before you start painting, whether you plan to do it your self or to bring in a professional panting crew. Clear Your Gutters Clean gutters and roofs will prevent stains on the new paint job, while also making the actual job easier for you or your crew. Take some time to make sure the gutters are cleaned out and that there is no leaf debris or moss growing on your roof. You can wash the roof with a 10 percent bleach solution to kill any moss, and then rinse the entire surfaces off with a sharp spray of water. Not only will your painter’s thank you, your roof will look better. Start With a Clean Surface A professional painting crew will likely clean your home’s exterior with a pressure washer before they begin. If you plan to paint or do the painting prep yourself, you may want to skip the pressure washer unless you are skilled in its use. A single mistake can lead to splintered wood or a broken window. Wood and vinyl siding will require a thorough scrubbing to remove dust. Brick and masonry needs scrubbed with a wire brush to remove dust and efflorescence before you paint. Fix Any Damage Any damage will also require repairs before you paint. Your painting crew will handle simple repairs, such as fixing and filling popped nails or sanding rough areas. You may need to perform more extensive repairs before the crew shows up. This include replacing broken siding board, fixing crumbling masonry, or filling large holes in the walls. Manage Your Landscaping Landscaping can ruin a new coat of exterior paint. Make sure all bushes and trees are trimmed back so they don’t touch your home’s walls. A full trimming can also make it easier for the painters to work behind the plants. If you have areas of exposed sand or soil nearby, cover these with tarps so the wind doesn’t kick up dust and ruin the finish on the new paint as it dries. Professional painters will protect your landscaping with properly placed drop cloths. These usually go in place during the preparatory stage, when they lightly sand your homes exterior to ensure the paint adheres well. Windows, eaves and other areas that aren’t being painted are also covered or taped off, especially if the painters are using a spray gun to coat the home. A little preparation ensures you get the best possible paint job the first...

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How To Prepare Your Exterior For Painting With A Spray Gun

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Painting your home exterior will change the identity of your home. It will make it look newer, fresher and more stylish. Best of all, it will make your home stand out from all others in the neighborhood. This can be hugely beneficial, especially if you plan on selling your home any time soon. You will instantly increase the curb appeal of your property with an exterior paint job. Painting your exterior is a great home remodel, but it is not as simple as painting interior walls. It is important that you understand that the process will be more expensive, time consuming, and exhausting. That being said, it is a home remodel that does not require many rare tools or specific construction skills. So, it is ideal for many DIYers with ambition. Using a Spray Gun The key to painting your home exterior is learning how to operate a spray gun. You can paint your exterior with paintbrushes and rollers, but this is only a good idea if you have over 5 people painting. Otherwise, the job takes way too long if you are just using rollers. Painting with a spray gun is fast and easy. The most time consuming part of using a spray gun is taping off and masking the area you are painting. For exterior painting it is best to use large sheets of lightweight plastic. You can adhere tape to the edge of the plastic to create a perfect seal when you tape off your windows and doors. You also have to worry about overspray traveling and getting on the ground around your home. Overspray can stain your pavement, kill plants and grass, and even get on your neighbors’ property. If you want an extra level of protection against overspray you can drape painter’s plastic from the roof line of your home to the floor. Be aware that these large sheets of plastic can be problematic if you try to paint on a windy days. The tape will tear right away from the roofline and your overspray will get all over the place. In fact, never use a spray gun outside when it is windy. To cover your ground and walkways you might want to use painter’s cloth drops. These will absorb any spilled paint and prevent you from spreading paint around if you walk on it. Despite all of this extra preparation, using a pneumatic spray gun will give you the most professional results in the shortest amount of time. For more information, talk to a professional like Northwest House...

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