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Pro Tips For Avoiding a Mess When You Paint

Pro Tips For Avoiding a Mess When You Paint

If, like many of us, you've ever wondered how professional painters avoid making a mess, read on. As homeowners, we often tackle projects that the pros make look easy, but we end up with a mess, and they don’t. Professional painters look at their job just like you look at yours, so they won’t cause themselves problems they will eventually have to correct. Today, we will take a look at what pro painters might do differently from you to avoid making a mess. ### What Do Professional Painters Know That I Don’t? Professional painters invest years in learning their craft, so many have developed ways to keep clean up to a minimum and avoid accidents. Some of these methods will sound like common sense, but it’s easy to get distracted when you are always looking up. Which is the first topic we will discuss. __Pros Keep Trip Hazards Away From the Work Area__ For example, when the pros are painting a wall, they will ensure there is nothing in the path of the painter from beginning to end. If the painter intends to paint four walls without stopping, he or she will make sure there are no hoses, buckets, handles, or anything else to trip over. One of the most common accidents DIYers make is to trip over a bucket of paint. One way to avoid this accident is to place your roller paint or paint bucket on the other side of the door. This way you can’t accidently step into a tray of paint because you’ll have to open the door first. __Pro Painters Have the Appropriate Tools For the Job__ Professional painters often use special tools to make sure paint only goes where they want it. Pros will often have a variety of paint guards at their disposal, often working in teams of two or even three. Pro painters will use guards on rollers to prevent splatters, edgers to avoid crooked lines, and painter’s tape to protect trim. Drop cloths are your friends, so you can never have too many. Drop cloths are available in plastic (the most common disposable version), canvas, and some double as a tarp. Drop cloths will rescue you from most accidents, so use them generously. Be careful though and keep them flat on the floor so they don’t gather and cause a tripping hazard. __Pro Painters Won’t Take Avoidable Risks__ When professional painters are faced with tapestries, pianos, and other difficult to move objects they may spend as much effort in protection as they do in painting. Professionals carry insurance for accidental damage that might occur at a customer’s home, but obviously they want to avoid accidents whenever possible. If professional painters encounter a project difficult to safely reach, they will invest in constructing scaffolding, ladders and walkboards. Professionals won’t take unnecessary risks, so they will be prepared with whatever tools they need to access the project without damaging your home. __Pro Painters Avoid Poor Weather__ If you live in an area with unpredictable weather like the southeastern United States, you may find the weather throws you a curveball. Professional painters won’t risk painting if there is a significant chance the weather will prevent a good job. Pro painters are patient and detail oriented, so they won’t usually start a project they can’t finish. Obviously, some of this skill comes from experience, but some is having the resources like additional manpower available if speed is suddenly needed. Few things ruin a day like a half painted wall that couldn’t dry before a heavy rain shower. Always give yourself an extra 20% more good weather time than you think you’ll need just in case.

May 20th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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Can I Use a Paint Sprayer?

Can I Use a Paint Sprayer?

In the world of modern house painting, there is probably no more important tool than a paint sprayer. Paint sprayers are the next step in applying paint, and can produce effects not possible with brushes or rollers. Paint sprayers are also very fast, efficient, and relatively user friendly. Today, we will offer a few facts about using a paint sprayer that might help you decide if owning one is for you. __What Is a Paint Sprayer?__ Paint sprayers come in both electric and pneumatic forms, meaning some require an air compressor and some do not. Most high performance paint sprayers will use an air compressor that forces the paint through a tiny nozzle. Using varying pressure, these paint sprayers atomize the paint and make it airborne. As the paint exits the sprayer in the form of a mist, it is done in a precise, controllable pattern. Using different spray tips the painter can paint wide patterns and control the amount of paint exiting the sprayer. Some sprayers can even spray textures like orange peel, knowndown, and popcorn, but these are typically applied with a hopper. __Is a Paint Sprayer Hard to Use?__ Using a paint sprayer will require following the directions closely. Not all paint sprayers are the same, so some will do a better job in certain situations. For example, some small, consumer versions have a very small paint reservoir. Constant stopping to refill the reservoir can be time consuming, so the pros usually use an on demand paint sprayer. On demand paint sprayers also do not contain a reservoir, but rather pump the paint straight from the bucket. These tankless paint sprayers have air compressors that are trigger actuated, so any time the trigger is depressed, paint is sprayed. But the opposite is also true, so the air compressor does not run unless you are spraying. Using a paint sprayer is quite simple as long as you keep the spray handle moving. Just as with using a spray can, if you allow the handle to stop, even for a moment, you will probably create a run. Using a paint sprayer takes a little practice, but once you are comfortable with the tool, you may find it hard to ever pick up another paint brush. __Does a Paint Sprayer Require a Lot of Maintenance?__ Paint sprayers are machines with moving parts, so they will require more maintenance than your other paint tools. First, you must never let paint dry inside a paint sprayer. Doing so usually requires a rebuild or replacement, and paint sprayers are more expensive than paint brushes. Paint sprayers must be cleaned after every use (with a few pro exceptions) or you’ll probably only use it once. __What Maintenance Does a Paint Sprayer Require?__ Paint sprayer maintenance will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but all will need to be cleaned of leftover paint, just like a brush or roller. Some fancier models include a garden hose attachment that cleans the pump for you if you are using water based paint. Most versions make a cleaning agent available for periodic deep cleaning as well. Most of the time, if your paint sprayer will not be used for a while, the manufacturers will recommend pumping a solvent into your sprayer to prevent rust and corrosion. The exterior parts of a paint sprayer, like the spray handle, hose, tip, and tip guard can be removed and cleaned individually. Occasionally, seals will need to be replaced, but only after many hours of use. __You Can Use a Paint Sprayer With Practice__ Using a paint sprayer is relatively simple and effective to use, but you will need to practice. Most pros developed their skills painting the same wall over and over. Paint sprayer can make a paint project fast and good looking. Just read the directions, be patient, and practice.

May 19th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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How Do I Know When to Call In a Paint Pro?

How Do I Know When to Call In a Paint Pro?

Most of us have found ourselves needing to get some painting done, but were undecided if we should tackle the project ourselves, or call in a professional painting company. Painting is not a complicated endeavor, but really good painting takes practice, experience, and the right tools. Today we will offer some criteria that may be useful in making your decision. We will help shed some light on the advantages of doing something yourself, versus hiring a pro. In most instances, the decision will come down to quality, ability, and price. __How Do I Decide If I Should Hire a Professional Painting Company?__ Generally, you will want to make a few decisions prior to this one, as it will simplify the process. First, you need to decide how critical the project is. Are guests arriving soon, or do you have months to make your decision? Hiring a painting company will usually be much faster, especially if the project is large. However, if you wait to book your appointment until the busy season, you might find the wait frustrating. Let’s say you have a few months to get your project done. Now you need to decide if your time and effort is worth what you will save financially by doing the work yourself. Don’t forget to add additional time to the project if you will not have the appropriate tools like ladders, walkboards, and paint sprayers. Now let’s assume you have done the math and determined that you will save 1800.00 by doing the project yourself. A project that large is going to take awhile, so you’ll need to dedicate the appropriate time and energy to the project. Depending on the project, it might be possible to do it on a weekend, or over a vacation. Let’s say you decide you do have the time, so the real question is would you pay yourself 1800.00 to paint your home? Remember, to be fair you must also be able to finish the work in the same amount of time or faster or the project will become more expensive for you. If you don’t own scaffolding or whatever tools you’ll need, you’ll have to add that cost in too. Once you’ve done the math, you might find you are only saving a small percentage of the project cost doing the work yourself. Plus, we aren’t assuming you can make more money at your job than you can save on your painting project. If so, the decision to hire a pro becomes a little simpler. __What Am I Paying For With a Painting Company?__ At first glance, we might not give a painting company its due respect because we think the work is something we can do ourselves. Painting isn’t brain surgery, so we tend to hire professional paint companies out of convenience. However, painting professionals will not just perform the work faster than you can. They will have the training that keeps them and you safe. Unless you climb ladders and traverse walkboards daily, you can assume that pro painters will be more adept than you will be with these tools. Inexperience can lead to mistakes, and mistakes can lead to accidents. The pros have all the necessary safety gear and the training to use it. This keeps both of you safer and keeps dangerous jobs for those prepared to do them. Perhaps the single most benefit from hiring a pro painter is the quality. Pros spend years honing their skills to make them better, faster, and safer. You’ll usually get a free consultation with these companies as well, so you get to pick the brains of experts for free. Often they can prevent you from making an expensive mistake, but their services are often offered at no charge. __If You Can, Hire a Painting Company__ Obviously financial constraints can force us to do some projects ourselves. But, when you combine the quality, safety, labor, and speed a professional paint company provides, doing the work yourself becomes pretty hard to justify. However, many creatives just want the experience of trying painting for the first time, or just want to learn something new. If this is the case, definitely go for it. Painting is a very rewarding and satisfying home improvement project. The pros know this too, which is why they do it for a living.

May 18th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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What Tools Do I Need As a Beginner Painter?

What Tools Do I Need As a Beginner Painter?

Whether you just bought your first starter home, or just want to learn something new, learning to paint is a useful skill. Painting is a home improvement project that is great for someone who has never touched a tool. Painting is not a particularly difficult skill to learn, but work performed by someone highly skilled is obvious. Today, we will suggest a newbie painter’s basic toolbox. We won’t include professional tools, or special tools you will rarely use. These tool suggestions will get you started on the most important element of painting, which is practice. ### What Basic Painting Tools Do I Need? You’ve probably already guessed that a paint brush should be your first purchase. Technically, you can complete a painting project with nothing but a brush and the paint. However, the quality of the project may suffer because your brush is too large, you didn’t sir the paint, or you made a mess. So, better tools usually equals better quality, if paired with diligence and patience. __Brushes, Rollers, and Pans__ Your first paint brush set should include three or four different sizes of brushes. Most beginner kits have four, including a wide one, one medium sized, and two narrow brushes. Usually one of the narrow brushes is also tapered, because tapered brushes are better for painting edges. You will also want a paint cup for use with trim work. Many manufacturers offer consumer versions of professional tools, like small paint cups that are designed to be easy to clean. These paint cups will often have a handle suitable for hanging from a ladder, freeing up one hand. Paint cups are important not just for convenience, but they also protect your paint. Unless you completely clean whatever surface you are painting, your paint brush will transfer any dirt from the surface into your paint bucket, contaminating the entire bucket. The pros never paint directly from any paint bucket, but transfer the paint to a paint cup, preventing contamination of the paint. Some kits will also include a roller handle, roller pan, and one or two roller covers. These three tools work together to create one tool, a paint roller. Paint rollers are available in a wide range of widths, materials, and naps to allow paint to be applied quickly and evenly. __Painting Accessories__ You will also benefit from a few consumable tools, like painter’s tape, plastic drop cloths, and stir sticks. Your local dealer can also suggest a few inexpensive tools to speed up the process, like liners for paint cans and roller pans. These liners are designed to fit into standard paint containers and are simply thrown away at the end of the project. If you plan to add to your painting toolbox, consider tools that lessen the labor required. For example, purchase a 24” mixing paddle that attaches to a cordless drill you may already own. Especially when mixing five gallons at a time, stirring the paint can be exhausting. These mixing paddles work just like a kitchen mixer and let the drill do most of the work. __Ladders, Step Stools, and Extension Poles__ At some point in your painting career you may want to paint a surface higher than you can reach. In these instances, your options are a step stool, ladder, or an extension pole. Painters often work on ladders and stools, but do-it-yourselfers may not have the experience to use them safely. Extension poles are usually telescoping, so they can be used in both their short and long forms to reach high surfaces. These are much safer to use since the painter can remain flat footed on the floor, but control will suffer. Some companies offer tools called edgers that attach to extension poles, greatly increasing the control. __Go Forth and Practice__ Learning to paint requires just a little practice and patience. As mentioned earlier, painting is a great beginner DIY project because it is generally safe to practice without skill. Many pros began by painting the same surface dozens of times to learn the hand eye coordination needed. Just get a few tools, a bucket of paint, and see what you can teach yourself in an afternoon.

May 17th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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Can I Paint Vinyl Siding

Can I Paint Vinyl Siding?

Many homes built in the last forty years have a vinyl siding exterior. Vinyl siding was developed to address a common complaint, which was periodic painting. Vinyl siding is colored all the way through, so in theory, it would never need painting. However, over time we have discovered that vinyl siding color will fade, so some manufacturers offer specially designed paint for vinyl siding. __What Is Vinyl Siding Paint?__ Vinyl siding paint is available in many brands and colors, water soluble, and easy to work with. Most vinyl siding paint has an acrylic base, which helps it stick to the vinyl. Painting vinyl siding can cost less than 50% less than replacing it, yet adds years of useful life to the siding. One way vinyl siding paint differs from regular house paint is that it will flex with the vinyl. Generally, surfaces that constantly move are unfriendly to paint, because cracks in the paint can develop over time. Vinyl siding paint is designed to flex with the vinyl, preventing any additional cracking. __Is Vinyl Siding Paint Hard to Use?__ Vinyl siding paint is really no harder to use than other paints, but the vinyl itself may affect how the paint is applied. For example, when you paint vinyl siding you are essentially encapsulating the surface of the vinyl. The paint will prevent air, water, or anything else from contacting the surface. Because the vinyl cannot breathe like wood, it often takes longer for vinyl siding paint to cure. For this reason, you’ll want to plan your vinyl siding painting project for a few nice weather days. Most vinyl siding paints will need about a day to dry in optimal conditions because the paint is not soaking in, but just drying on the surface. The good news is that you won’t need any special training, tools, or experience to use vinyl siding paint. __Should I Pressure Wash My Vinyl Siding Before Painting It?__ If your vinyl siding is chalky, dirty, or moldy, you will want to wash it first. You won’t necessarily need a pressure washer, but having one will make the job easier. If your home is one story and you can reach it from the ground with an extension pole, you can just use soap and water. Some siding cleaning tools even include an attachment to an outdoor water spigot. Depending on how dirty the vinyl siding is, you’ll probably want to use a long handled brush and using detergent, gently brush away any debris. Don’t worry about stains from tree sap or bird poop as they will be covered by the paint. Just remove anything with a texture, like dirt or mold. If you do have the benefit of a pressure washer, you’ll probably want to stay away from the red and black spray tips. Use the green, yellow, or white tips as these are less likely to damage the vinyl siding. If you use a detergent with the pressure washer, you can use even less pressure or stand farther away from the surface. __Should I Use a Primer With Vinyl Siding Paint?__ Vinyl siding paint will benefit from a primer just as any other paint will. Primer solves adhesion concerns, smooths out the surface, and makes everything a uniform color. Most professionals wouldn’t even consider using vinyl siding paint without first using a primer. The pros are responsible for doing the best job they can, so primer is never far away. __What Colors Is Vinyl Siding Paint Available In?__ For some vinyl siding painters, selecting the color is the hardest part of the project. When we purchase new vinyl siding, we are offered a very limited range of color options. Vinyl siding paint however, is available in essentially any shade. Often the real problem is what other element on the home will most compliment the paint. For example, when you have unlimited color options, you must be diligent not to get too close to an existing color on the home, or match it exactly. Just getting close to an existing shade can result in a color clash and actually worsen the appearance. The pros recommend selecting lighter or darker shades of the roof, brick, or siding color(s) to guarantee a match without risking a color clash.

May 16th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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Pro Advice For Keeping Your Pets Safe During A Painting Project

Pro Advice For Keeping Your Pets Safe During A Painting Project

When planning a painting project, we can get distracted and forget simple things, like what to do with Fido when the painters arrive. Outdoor pets don’t generally cause any concern as long as they cannot access the area(s) being painted. However, indoor pets can pose a problem because they can accidentally do much more damage. Today, we will discuss the most common ways painting clients resolve the problem. __Use a Local Boarder to Board Your Pets__ Probably the easiest way to provide your pets with a temporary home during a painting project is to board them. Many businesses like this one have popped up in local neighborhoods for just such an occurrence. These “doggie daycares” often provide pet sitting by the day or even the hour, and most are local, trustworthy animal lovers. These are often businesses run out of a home, but several large chains provide both short-term and long-term pet care. Social media is a great way to vet anyone you don’t know or get recommendations from people you trust. Look for one with a website and endorsements from past clients, and you’ll probably find a friend for life. __Ask a Friend or Neighbor For Help__ Probably the next easiest way to care for a pet is to just ask a nearby friend or neighbor. If you happen to have a neighbor that loves animals, consider reciprocating by offering the same service in return when they have their home painted. In fact, neighborhood organizations often post announcements on their websites to help you find some help. If your pet is a snake or other small reptile that can make people uncomfortable, consider using a carrier and taking the pet with you. Some boarders are comfortable with reptile pets, but many will draw the line with dogs, cats, and rabbits. Reptiles are very hardy creatures, so often reptile pet owners will simply buy a carrier and take their pet iguana to the coffee shop with them. __Use a Garage or Storage Building As a Temporary Shelter__ If you have a garage or outdoor storage building, consider using it temporarily to protect your pets while the painters are working. Obviously, you will need to take the weather into consideration, because painters usually work when the weather is nice. Unfortunately, this can mean very high temperatures in a shed, so never keep your pet in any building without proper ventilation. __Low or Zero-VOC Paints Keep Your Pets Safe__ Volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs, are common in most off the shelf paints. These compounds can cause lung and eye irritation in mammals, including dogs and cats. VOCs can be considered the fumes emitted from fresh paint that most of us have experienced. Traditional paints have VOCs that can cause eye and lung irritation, especially in small children. These VOCs are emitted as the chemicals and other compounds in the paint cure or evaporate, and should be avoided. The instructions on most paint cans require that an area be well ventilated before, during, and after using the product. Low or Zero-VOC paints replace these compounds with materials that either emit no VOCs, or an insignificant amount as to be negligible. These paints are safe around pets and children and will have no significant side effects, like irritating fumes. You may have to deal with the pet hair that will inevitably get stuck in the paint, but for pet lovers, that is part of the charm.

May 13th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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Why Would I Repaint My Cabinets?

Why Would I Repaint My Cabinets?

Cabinets can be expensive. If you are looking for an inexpensive reason to update your cabinets, this information is for you. Cabinets come in nearly all shapes and sizes, colors, and uses. Laundry rooms, bathrooms, garages, and of course, kitchens can benefit from a refresh, adding both value and lifespan. Today, we will offer up a few reasons why painting, (or repainting) your cabinets can allow you to express your creativity and put a few dollars in your pocket. __Added Value at Resale Time__ Repainting cabinets often makes sense when the time comes to sell, because most prospective buyers have done their homework. To a buyer, many times dilapidated cabinets are a sign of neglect, so they may adjust their offer accordingly. Cabinets generally last for many years if they are well maintained, so take care of your cabinets and they’ll take care of you. The idea is not necessarily to make your cabinets a focal point, but rather to keep them from becoming one. Not to say you shouldn’t express your artistic flair if you have one, but don’t worry about making dilapidated cabinets look new. Just don’t allow them to look old, worn, and in disrepair. __Let Your Kitchen Shine__ Generally, we love a clean kitchen, even if it only looks that way. Kitchen cabinets that have obvious stains, missing hardware, crooked doors, and sticky drawers add up to dingy. Kitchens can seem dark in older homes with smaller windows, especially natural or synthetic wood grain textures, like oak and cherry. Why spend thousands of dollars to replace kitchen cabinets when all they need is brightening up? These cabinets are often perfect candidates for repainting if the process is carefully controlled. You also have the option of just replacing the doors and hardware. __You Need to Squeak a Few Years Out Of Your Cabinets__ Sometimes we are planning for a family addition or other life event that may require us to purchase a larger home. Many homeowners are apprehensive about installing new kitchen cabinets, although the old ones clearly need help. Many are concerned about recovering their investment when they sell the home, so they look for other options, like repainting. In most cases, you can expect your cabinets to live for about 25-30 years, depending of course on use. If your cabinets are this old or older, but still in relatively good condition, repainting them may be the answer. If the cabinets look refreshed to the buyer, they may not be as concerned about the actual age. If the cabinets look even older than they are however, expect a lower offer. __It’s a Great Excuse to Clean__ When was the last time you removed something permanently from your cabinets? Bathroom vanities are notoriously damaged underneath the sink by all the stuff we tend to store there. Most drain pipes are made from thin PVC, so it doesn’t take much of a bump to cause a leak. Repainting your bathroom vanities forces you to get serious and remove the clutter. You might be surprised to discover how much space you actually get rid of the junk you don’t need. Getting a coat of paint on cabinets in humid environments like bathrooms also helps prevent moisture damage to the vanity base. __Help Out the Environment__ When we replace our cabinets, we have to rid ourselves of the old ones, which can mean burning, or more likely, tossing them in the landfill. Some old cabinets get at least partially recycled, but much of it still ends up in a landfill. Cabinets take up space in the landfill, so the fewer we destroy the better it is for everyone. Repainting your existing cabinets eliminates waste, adds years to the cabinets, and can potentially save you thousands of dollars.

May 12th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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What Should I Know About The Different Kinds of Paint Brushes?

What Should I Know About The Different Kinds of Paint Brushes?

Many of us enjoy painting, whether it’s a home or a driveway we’re refinishing. Paints let us express ourselves in a unique way while adding value and protection to our largest investment, our homes. Many of us apply paint with the same tool as our grandfathers, the paint brush. Paint brushes are designed for different paint mediums, surfaces, and applications. Today, we will briefly discuss the two most popular bristle materials and their common uses. __What Are Paint Brushes Made Of?__ Paint brush bristles (the hairs that hold the paint) come in a variety of materials, ranging from completely natural, like horse hair, to entirely synthetic like polyester or nylon. The paint you are using and the project will often dictate the appropriate brush, as some bristles work better than others. With oil based paint, you might use natural hair bristles that come from a horse, hog, and badger, while synthetic bristles are made from manmade materials like polyester and nylon. Natural bristle brushes are good for enamel paints applied to a relatively smooth surface because the bristles are often very fine. Natural hair bristles are also delicate, so it’s best to avoid rough surfaces when using them, as it will wear them prematurely. Rough surfaces can damage the tips of the natural hairs and make them rough, so it’s recommended to use synthetic brushes when using oil based paints if the surface is coarse. __When Is the Best Time to Use a Synthetic Bristle Brush?__ Synthetic brushes are more commonly used than natural brushes due to their durability and cost. Synthetic brushes are often made from polyester, nylon, or both, making them very versatile. Synthetic paint brushes are entirely synthetic, so there is great flexibility in manufacturing, as well as design. Synthetic paint brushes can be molded into almost any shape for any purpose, so they work great on either smooth or rough surfaces, depending on the brush. Synthetic brushes also have the advantage of low cost, ease of cleaning, and versatility. Synthetic brushes are usually less expensive than their natural counterparts, because there is no need to harvest either wood for the handle, nor hair for the bristles. These brushes are popular for projects that tend to damage brushes because of the low cost compared to natural bristles. __When Is the Best Time to Use a Natural Bristle Brush?__ Natural bristle paint brushes are very unique because no two are exactly alike. Natural bristle paint brushes are very popular with more artistic house painting projects like furniture refinishing and border painting. Many artists prefer the feel of natural bristles and some even prefer specific animal hair over others. Natural bristle brushes are relatively delicate unfortunately, and many have met an untimely end. Natural bristle paint brushes can be unforgiving of poor treatment, so they require proper cleaning and storage. These brushes also tend to wear out faster than synthetic brushes because the material is usually softer. However, there are plenty of thirty year old natural bristle brushes still in use, so with proper use and care, they can last for many years. Natural bristle brushes are also commonly used to apply stains and other materials that can be altered by the painter. Stains, unlike opaque paints, are often applied using visible brush strokes for a specific effect, so many artists prefer natural bristle paint brushes for that reason. Natural bristles provide the artist with a unique tool that provides artistic freedom and expression, and most artists own dozens of different kinds. Natural bristle brushes are recommended for any oil based medium, such as varnish, shellac, and polyurethane as well.

May 11th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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How to Paint A Window Sill Like the Pros

How to Paint A Window Sill Like the Pros

Painting a window is not just a great place for a potted plant. A well maintained window sill will enable your windows to function as they were designed. We use window sills all the time and have for many years, but they tend to be neglected. Today we will suggest a few tips the pros use to keep window sills in good condition and ready for the next herb. __*Special Note*__ __Don’t Sand the Window Sill If the Paint Is Old__ Prior to 1978 essentially all house paint contained some amount of lead, as it provided the paint with increased durability. After the lead was banned from paint in 1978, production was allowed for a while, so current stock was approved for sale. If you're painting a window sill on a home that could have been last painted in the 1980s, do not sand it or abrade it. If the paint contains lead, sanding it will release the lead and allow it to become airborne and has been shown to cause illness, especially in children. The most common way to deal with lead based paint is to encapsulate it, or just paint over it. The paint is not generally considered dangerous unless it can be touched, so most municipalities are satisfied by a repaint. __Use a High Gloss Paint__ You’ll want to use a high gloss paint for two reasons. The first, is that high gloss paint forms a much more dense surface than a flatter paint, allowing it to repel moisture. The second reason is that high gloss paint is much easier to clean. High gloss paint is used on most household trim for the same reason. These traits make high gloss paint ideal for window sills, especially wide ones that are home to potted plants. We all tend to cause a splash when we water our plants, but water will bead up on high gloss paint, allowing time for a quick clean up. High gloss paint is also more durable than flatter sheens, so it takes impacts and scuffs with less damage. __Should I Use Enamel or Latex Paint For My Window Sill?__ You can use either enamel or latex paint for your window sills. Both have similar qualities like durability and high gloss. The one reason why latex paints have essentially taken over the residential paint market is because enamel paints emit VOCs, otherwise known as volatile organic compounds. Homeowners can think of VOCs as the fumes emitted while the paint is drying. These fumes can irritate persons sensitive to VOCs, and cause a litany of symptoms. Latex paints are water based and contain no oils or alkyds, however they too can contain VOCs. As a result, manufacturers have started to produce low and zero VOC paints to eliminate the risk. As window sills tend to be within reach of children, using latex paints greatly reduces the chances of accidental poisoning as well. __Paint Window Sills In the Spring and Summer__ One way to eliminate VOCs and refresh the air is to paint your window sills in the late spring and early summer. This is a great time to air out the home and provide plenty of ventilation. Gentle breezes are also common during this time of year, helping to draw any remaining VOCs and odors out the window. __Use an Fine Bristle Angled Brush Between the Window and the Trim__ Window sills need to look as good as possible because they are seen by anyone who operates the window. Most painted window sills show brushstrokes because the painter did not use a fine enough bristle brush. These brush strokes are very evident in a raking light and detract from the appearance of the paint. Because window sills are flat even surfaces, using a fine bristle angled brush will reduce or eliminate the brush strokes and result in a much prettier job.

May 10th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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How Your Home's Exterior Increases Its Value

How Your Home's Exterior Increases Its Value

Curb appeal is probably the most important aspect in selling a home, at least from a real estate agent’s point of view. Appraisers use the location, condition, and features to determine a home’s market value, so you’ll want to maximize it when you can. First impressions are everything in real estate, because it doesn’t matter how pretty your foyer is if the buyers simply keep driving . Today, we will discuss a few ways a good looking exterior adds value to your home, and why it matters. __A Great Exterior Equals Interest__ As already mentioned, if your curb appeal is not enticing enough to make the buyer stop, the beautiful interior you just spent thousands of dollars on won’t be seen. How many times have we looked at a home or feature and found we couldn’t stop looking and had to stop for a photo? In today’s real estate market, visually attractive properties usually sell the fastest. A great looking exterior becomes the eye catcher of the neighborhood, particularly in subdivisions a little older. A good looking exterior stands out from the crowd because most other homes are beginning to show wear and tear. If you are selling, keeping the exterior in top shape can make the difference in a sale and relisting. __People Want a Pretty Home They Can Show Off__ Home value is really just a function of how much someone will pay for a home on any given day. When buyers are shopping, they are probably making the biggest financial investment they will ever make. As such, they tend to look for homes they can show off and be proud of on social media. Many real estate agents suggest walking around a home objectively and noting anything that would concern you if you were purchasing the home. You aren’t required to make any repairs, but it might be useful to know in advance what defects you may need to defend. You can rest assured if you find any, the buyer will too, so the pros suggest making updates or repairs you find in advance of a showing. Psychologically, when buyers discover an unaddressed defect, they tend to scrutinize the entire property. __Repainting Is Valuable to Buyers__ Many studies have indicated that repainting a home adds value, especially in the view of prospective buyers. In today’s modern construction, fiber cement siding is enormously popular, but it does require maintenance in the form of painting. Most shoppers view fiber cement painting the same way they view a roof because both can be expensive and have a predetermined lifespan. Studies have shown that in a subdivision of track homes, where the homes use essentially the same floor plan, the ones that have been freshly painted sell faster and for more money. Home buyers understand the costs of repainting, so when the work has already been completed, they can make a higher offer. However, never use bold colors or very unique color combinations because it can also have the opposite effect. Although you may view an elaborate color scheme as the coolest thing ever, your buyer might hate that shade of blue. Always use neutral, inviting exterior colors that not only compliment the home, but the entire block.

May 9th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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How to Get Ready to Paint

How to Get Ready to Paint

Getting for a painting project may be the most time consuming part of the project, but also the most important. The quality of the preparation will usually be indicative of the quality of the final result. You’ll want to avoid missing this important first step of the process and ruining the whole project. Today we will discuss how the professionals prepare a project for painting and why. __The Surface Should Be As Clean As Possible__ Cleaning a surface to be painted is not complicated, but it is easy to underperform. Visually, a wall may look ready for paint, but dust, oils, and other substances can cause the paint to run and cause unsightly drips. Professionals change their approach depending on what they are painting, but most will use a damp painter’s rag and remove any dust or oil using only water if possible. Any materials remaining are scraped away and the process is repeated until the surface is clean and dry. Preparation usually includes: - Cleaning the walls as needed - Moving or Removing Furniture and other obstacles - Removing Light Fixtures, Switch Covers and Outlet Covers - Installing Drop Cloths - Sanding - Final wipedown with cheesecloth __Remove Obstacles In the Way Instead Of Painting Around Them__ There is no reason to try and paint around switch or outlet covers, or any other easily removed obstacle. Any of these can be removed with a screwdriver. The same goes for light fixture globes, curtains, or area rugs. Painting around these objects is time consuming and may result in a blotchy job because of the cut -in work required. The pros will remove what furniture they can and lay down drop cloths on everything else. __Finish Repairs Before Painting__ Any repair work, like filling in a crack or dent should be completed at this stage before any paint has been applied. Sanding will result in airborne dust (unless you use a dustless system), so you’ll need to wear a respirator. The pros use spackling compound for smaller repairs as it dries quickly and minimizes sanding. __Use Painter’s Tape, Petroleum Jelly, or Cellophane__ Using painter’s tape, petroleum jelly, or cellophane to mask off areas is common, especially where colors change, a wall meets a ceiling, or trim is present. The pros know that painter’s tape will absorb moisture, so a pro trick is to apply several thin coats when painting over it. Overloading the brush or roller may result in soaking the tape, allowing paint to get under it. A common pro trick is to apply petroleum jelly on the joint between the window glazings and the window frame. Latex paints are water based and will not stick to an oil based material like petroleum jelly, making cleaning up a breeze. The pros simply wipe a little onto the glass, being careful not to get any on the frame being painted. After the paint dries, the petroleum jelly can be easily wiped or scraped off. An effective, but pricier option is to cover the glass with self adhesive cellophane. Available at any paint store, this cellophane can be applied to glass to protect it from paint, mortar, or other falling debris. When the project is complete, the cellophane can be removed in a matter of minutes, often making it cost effective.

May 6th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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4 Times You Shouldn't Do A Painting Project Yourself

4 Times You Shouldn't Do A Painting Project Yourself

We proud homeowners like to flex our DIY muscles on the weekends, but sometimes our home pride can get us in a jam. There’s nothing wrong with learning new skills and expanding your home improvement knowledge, but there are limits. Sadly, we hear of freak accidents that disable or even kill someone, when the problem may have been a lack of experience, skill, or proper tools. Today we will briefly discuss four common projects you may want to hire a professional to perform. __Situation 1 The Project is On the Roof__ You may ask when you would ever need to get on the roof of your home for a painting project. There are a few, but one in particular cannot be done any other way, which is painting dormer windows. Dormer windows are very common in colonial style and georgian style architecture, and extend away from the ridge line towards the gutter. Because most masonry would be too heavy for the dormer to support, paintable siding is the common option as an exterior. Obviously, these dormers will eventually need repainting, so access to the roof will be required. Even if the dormers are accessed through the attic and out the window, the painter will still be standing on the roof. Many professional painters will not only have the experience and training to traverse steep roof pitches, they will also have the safety gear they need to perform the job safely. Most homeowners would not possess these tools, nor have the training to use them safely. __Situation 2 The Project Is High and Wide__ When the project is more than 20 feet from the ground, the ladders used in painting projects can become unstable and require additional stabilization. Ladders are very top heavy when they are extended to their maximum reach, and are very awkward. Professionals work with them everyday and can recognize a problem before it results in a fall. Painting projects that are both high and wide can become even more perilous. Repainting a fascia and soffit would be a good example. Because the painter’s reach from the ladder is limited, walk boards are often used to avoid moving the ladders every few feet. Walk boards are professional tools that extend horizontally between two vertical ladders. Due to weight and length considerations, walk boards can be as narrow as 12” wide, but thirty feet in the air! __Situation 3 The Project Is Too Big__ Sometimes we underestimate what we can do in a week and overestimate what we can do in a weekend. As mentioned earlier, homeowners often look forward to relaxing weekend projects that embellish their home, provide personal satisfaction, and take our minds off the week. Often the result is a well planned, but poorly executed project that turns into a disaster. Most of the time, these disastrous projects were simply the result of something beyond the homeowner’s control, like the weather. Professional paint companies have the workforce to very rapidly deal with inclement weather should it occur. A young couple painting on opposite ends of the home however, may fall victim to a sudden heavy downpour and ruin the project. __Situation 4 You Really Need High Quality__ Even those homeowners with years of painting their own walls and ceilings may not compete on a skill level with a modern professional painter. Throwing absolutely no shade on do-it-yourselfers, professional painters spend years honing their craft. The expensive ones regularly attend additional training from designer paint manufacturers, which is always evolving. Many of these designer paints also include a texture, so every brush stroke and roller pad must be applied as the manufacturer intended. Attempting to use outdated tools and techniques with many of these modern paints can result in a less than impressive job. The savvy DIYer will hire the best professional they can find and learn from them while still gaining a beautiful work of art for their home.

May 5th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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How to Clean Interior Walls Before Painting

How to Clean Interior Walls Before Painting

Cleaning the walls before painting is the first step in a successful painting project. Cleaning the walls will help remove dust, smoke, and dirt that can prevent good adhesion to the surface. You can prep your walls for painting by using soap or other solvents without damaging the existing paint layer. Today, we will briefly discuss a few ways to clean your walls and prepare them to accept a new coat of paint. __Soap and Water__ Soap and water is the safest way to clean your walls. Soap and water tend to work very well on glossier surfaces, like semi-gloss and high-gloss paint. These glossy sheens reflect more light and are much less likely to absorb the water than flatter sheens like eggshell and matte. The pros will often use a fine grit sandpaper or sanding block to dull the surface and create tiny scratches that will improve the adherence of the paint. __Wall Cleaning Agents__ Wall cleaning agents, like this one won’t leave a residue that could impede the paint from sticking. Generally, if soap and water are not enough to remove a stain, a wall cleaning agent is the next option. These agents have degreasing properties, which can break down even the toughest wall stain, like oil. __Test an Area First__ Professionals can’t afford to damage a client’s home, so they always use their experience and test any cleaning agents before using them. Some paints, like textured and designer paints have a different composition than a regular wall paint, so be sure and read the label on the cleaner. Professional painters will usually avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning walls because many can leave a residue. Most will find an inconspicuous spot, like a closet, to make sure the cleaner is safe to use. __Use the Right Tools__ Using the correct tools for the job will often determine how long the project takes. Tools can save you both time and effort, so the professionals use every tool at their disposal to perform a quality job. For example, the pros will commonly use large tools like this one for cleaning walls because it is much faster. When using tools like these, move in circular motions as this will help alleviate any missed spots. Most of these tools also have telescoping handles, which can avoid the need for step ladders. By allowing the user to stand flat on the floor, these tools are much safer to use and can prevent injuries. __Unorthodox Cleaning Tips__ Professionals tend to collect little tips and tricks as they gain experience. For example, many pros keep household items like baking soda for use as an abrasive to remove surface stains. Hydrogen peroxide is also commonly used to break down wine stains, and chewing gum without damaging the surface. You can also use a clothes iron to remove gunky debris like chewing gum, tar, and hardened adhesive. It may seem unusual, but the pros will dampen a paper towel with water and place it over the stain. They then apply the hot iron to the paper towel, creating steam that loosens the debris. Often this method is more successful than using even the harshest chemicals, yet leaves no residue.

May 4th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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The Challenges of Hiring a Painter

The Challenges of Hiring a Painter

So you’ve realized you won’t have the time to do the painting project you had planned, but you don’t know any painters to hire. How do you find a good one and not get taken advantage of? Today, we will discuss the challenges and pitfalls of hiring a painter and how to know you’ve found a good one. __References__ First, always ask for references. This is extremely important, because some people think owning a paint brush is the same as being a painter. Not to imply that handypersons will not do a great job, but ask for evidence anyway. If the painter cannot show you documented past projects, it is a poor sign. __Insurance__ Any legitimate professional painter will have worker’s compensation insurance. Some will also have liability insurance, in case they accidentally damage your home. It is extremely unlikely (although not impossible) to find a local handyperson with insurance coverage, so hiring a professional paint company is usually your best bet. It is strongly discouraged to hire someone without this coverage, as many homeowner’s policies will not cover you against liability if you hire someone. __Appearance__ Does the painter look professional? Generally speaking, professionals will look the part. Most wear painter’s coveralls, drive a clean van, and present themselves professionally. Beware of someone offering to paint your home that has few or no tools, does not appear professional, and cannot provide insurance documentation. There are those who are simply looking for someone to sue when they accidentally get injured. __Photos of Past Projects__ Does the painter have a portfolio? If not, they are either not a professional or they are brand new to the business. Everyone has to start somewhere, but a little suspicion goes a long way. If the painter appears to move slowly, is constantly stopping and starting, and cannot answer any paint question you have, walk away and hire a real pro. Hire a Professional At this point, you probably will recognize a professional when you see one. Professionals will have a written contract specifying exactly what they will do. They will likely have ladders on their van and act very professionally. Most will offer to perform a walk-around with you to answer any questions you have about the price, the paint, and the schedule. Follow these simple suggestions and you will increase your chances of finding a great painting company you can stick with.

May 2nd, 2022

Jordan Paul

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4 Reasons Summer Is the Perfect Time to Paint

4 Reasons Summer Is the Perfect Time to Paint

For some reason, most of us like doing things in the summertime. Maybe it’s the feeling of renewal or just the nice weather, but many of us feel the urge to renew our homes in the summer and summer. There are a few reasons why summer is considered by many the best time to paint your home. Today we will discuss five reasons why summer is a great time to paint both the inside and outside of your home. __Throw a Party__ There’s never a better time to paint than just before an important gathering like a new family member or a gift exchange. We’re proud of our homes, and we want our guests to enjoy their visit. Since summertime is party time, painting in the summer takes advantage of the long days, gets the job done quickly, and gives the home a facelift just when it counts. __The Weather Is Nice__ The weather is usually better in the summer, so painting (especially exterior painting) projects can usually be completed without dealing with bad weather. In Utah, humidity levels can be high in the summer, so it’s a good idea to watch the forecast and only paint when the air will be drier. It’s also a good time to schedule a paint company before the summer rush. __Selling Your Home__ Financially speaking, selling your home in the summer will take advantage of the selling season when the largest number of buyers will be shopping. However, you will also be competing with more sellers, so you’ll want an advantage. For this reason, repainting both inside and out will add curb appeal and draw the buyer’s attention. They will imagine living in the home at its most pleasant, placing it in its best light. __Fresh Paint Likes Sunshine__ In summer, the days are longer so we have more time to do exterior painting. Of course, more sunshine also helps in drying because the paint dries faster. Summer weather can also mean unpredictable weather however, so most pros complete projects very quickly. Fresh paint is no match for a thunderstorm, so painting in summer means using whatever the weather provides. __Painters Are Available Now….If You Act Fast__ Summer is a fantastic time to book your appointment, but others will have the same great idea. We strongly suggest requesting your appointment as soon as possible to assure your spot. You’ll need to hurry because spring and summer are prime time for paint companies and their schedules can fill up quickly. Contact Moorhouse Coatings today for a free, no obligation assessment of your home. Just click [here](https://parkcity.moorhousecoating.com/) and Moorhouse Coatings will take care of the rest.

April 28th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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5 Common Mistakes Amateur Painters Make - And How WE Avoid Them!

5 Common Mistakes Amateur Painters Make - And How WE Avoid Them!

Those new to painting might discover that quality painting requires skill, good materials, and patience. Painting is indeed a simple process, but it's usually the small details that can wreck a first-timer’s attempt at painting. Today we will identify five common beginner mistakes and how you can avoid making them. __Use the Correct Tools__ One reason professional painters get done so quickly is that they have the correct tools for the job. Amateurs tend to not possess the sophisticated tools professionals invest in, like paint sprayers. If you want to paint like a pro, invest in high-quality rollers, brushes, and maybe even a sprayer. You may also need ladders, scaffolding, and walk-boards, so consider hiring a professional if the job is large. __Use the Correct Paint__ A classic amateur mistake is using the wrong paint. There are many different types of paint, like interior, exterior, latex, enamel, low-VOC, textured, low temperature, paint/primer, etc., so it can get complicated. Always follow the manufacturer's directions on the can. That way if you have accidentally purchased the wrong paint, you can correct your mistake before expending too much effort. __Apply the Paint the Right Way__ Pay attention to the directions on the can. If the paint is designed to be brushed, rolled, or sprayed it will say so on the can. Never try to thin a paint that is not designed for it. This can negate the properties of the paint and cause it to fail prematurely. If you plan to use a sprayer, make sure you purchase paint that can be thinned without weakening the paint. __Don't Make a Mess__ The professionals understand the hassles of clean-up after painting, so they do everything possible to keep the mess to a minimum. This includes using drop cloths, paint guards, moving objects, etc. to make the job easier. Amateurs tend to spend all their energy painting and have neither the time nor motivation to clean up. This can lead to ruined tools and doing the job twice, so always leave a few minutes at the end of the day for cleaning. __Paint Safely__ Professional painters understand that no project is worth getting hurt for. As such, they employ safety gear and procedures, regardless of the size of the project. Painting can be dangerous, so always take the appropriate safety measures. Double-check any ladders, walk-boards, scaffolding, or other tools before using them. Safety gear can also include eye protection and a ventilator when appropriate.

April 28th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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Moorhouse Coating

5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Painter

__5 Reasons to Hire a Professional Painter__ --- Most of us can paint, but the results are sometimes underwhelming. Painting correctly is not as easy as the professionals make it look. Professional painters spend years honing their craft to the expert level. Many can employ special techniques, like textured painting, delicate brushwork, and airbrushing. Today, we will briefly discuss why it’s worth the money to hire a professional painter. __The Work Gets Done Faster__ You may be surprised to find how quickly professional painters can work. Many can paint upwards of 1000 square feet per day. Non-professionals tend to take much longer because the setup and cleanup time eat away at the available hours to paint. Pros also work in teams because they understand that a well-trained team of two can do the work of three. __The Quality Will Be High__ Professional painters are trained in specific ways to improve quality and reduce blemishes. Eventually, these professionals become so good at painting, they really struggle to do a poor job. Because they paint so often, they recognize when prep work will be necessary, so they spend the time and effort to prepare the project for success. __Small Blemishes Will Be Repaired__ Most professional painters are adept at making small drywall repairs, like nail pops, scratches, and scuffs. This eliminates the need to make repairs yourself or hire a drywall company first. Generally, the pro painters will have putty, sandpaper, or other tools to address small repairs, allowin te project to progress smoothly. __Pros Won’t Make a Mess__ Professional painters have to clean up after themselves, so they tend to make small messes. This can mean installing dropcloths, using paint guards, and other methods to make clean-up easy. If painting outdoors where wind may be a factor, the pros will extend this protection to cars and driveways. __Pros Have the Tools__ As mentioned earlier, the pros will have the tools they need to do the job quickly and effectively. For example, you might spend an entire weekend painting a storage shed with a brush and roller. The pros will have sophisticated sprayers and special tips allowing them to perform the work in a couple of hours. __Ready to Hire A Professional Painter?__ We at Moorhouse Coating would love to help. Send us a message now to get a free estimate: https://moorhousecoating.com/#estimate

April 15th, 2022

Jordan Paul

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Sloppy Painting

SLOPPY PAINTERS

It happens. Find some area of the project that isn't up to standards everywhere else.

November 25th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Wall Finish

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY WALLS ARE WATER BASED (LATEX) PAINT OR OIL (ALKYD) PAINT?​

We recommend using some Rubbing Alcohol (Denatured Alcohol) on a cotton cloth and rub it lightly in an area you don’t mind some damage. If the paint becomes soft or begins to remove then it is latex or waterbased paint. If it’s not affected then it’s likely and alkyd paint or some other catalyzed product. Oil based paint is not susceptible to Alcohol.

November 19th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Gazebos

DO YOU CHARGE FOR ESTIMATES?

Estimates are always free. We never charge for estimates. We are assuming you want a total price and a complete plan for painting your project. You should call us, even if you can’t afford to have the space painted, you will come away with a better understanding of how we approach the work and how things should be completed.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Electrostatic Spray Painting

IS THE PROPOSAL PRICE, THE FINAL PRICE?

Yes, the price you received is the price you’ll pay. We don’t have hidden fees. Moorhouse Coating believes in transparency, we aren’t hiding anything. When you receive a quote/proposal from us it will be the same price on the invoice. The only way to change the price is to change the scope of work, or additional work.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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office cleaning and painting

WHAT TYPE OF PAINT DO YOU USE?

We purchase paint from PPG, Sherwin Williams, Dunn Edwards, Benjamin Moore and other locations that specifically sell paint. We generally avoid big box stores, because quantity and the ability to order quickly and correctly is very important to keep the project running smoothly. With that said, most paint products sold at the big box stores are designed differently, if you are a DIY or Do it yourselfer, the paint products sold at Home Depot or Lowes are designed to be worked more. Meaning you likely have a longer working time or need to work the product for more time. As a professional we want to set it and forget it, the paint products get applied and then touch once and we dont' want to come back and work the material again. So that's a big difference when considering which paint to purchase.

November 3rd, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Tips-on-choosing-right-paint-colours-for-home-interiors

WHAT IF I WANT TO COMPLETELY CHANGE THE COLOR OF MY STAINED WOOD HOME?

Short answer. "No problem. We can make suggestions." Long Answer. Changing the color of stain is difficult and somewhat problematic if the stain is transparent. the original stain color will still be present with the new stain providing another tone. It's then the 2 tones combined that you see applied. So the trick to selecting the right stain is to think about the additive properties of new color. An example is if the house is currently a pine gold color, and you want a green final look, then you would add a slightly blue stain for the result. Yellow and Blue make Green. Another example we complete often is adding two stain colors on a house for the graining and multiple effect of seeing multiple colors. Staining a house white first and then with a charcoal will result in a light grey or weathered stain.

March 4th, 2021

Jason Moorhouse

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Exterior Painting EIFS swirl pattern stucco with deck and balcony staining

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU PAINT?

General rules: Siding should be painted every 5 to 8 years, stucco should be painted 5-7 years. Wood Staining 3-4 years. Aluminum or composite siding 7-12 years. Whatever sits in the sun or has repeated moisture exposure will need to be painted 2 years before everything else. Consider painting what needs to painted with a maintenance agreement. Often painting just a year before the house/building looks completely worn out will save thousands in surface preparation.

March 3rd, 2021

Jason Moorhouse

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Exterior Staining

ARE YOU INSURED AND LICENSED?

Yes, for your protection and ours, we are licensed and insured up to $2 million in liability. The complexity of your project might require more insurance and some projects have specific requirements. We are flexible and capable of Bonding and Contractor Controlled Insurance Programs.

March 1st, 2021

Jason Moorhouse

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Lacquer and Specialty Wood Finishes

DO I NEED TO BE HOME WHILE YOU PAINT?

No, in most cases people are not home during the day and arrangements can be made in advance to accommodate your schedule. You don’t have to have your life interrupted to paint!

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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painted-hands

WHY DOES FLAT PAINT SHOW HAND PRINTS?​

Common knowledge is flat and low sheen paints show hand prints and seem to mark up fast than products with a higher sheen. Typically we recommend a satin or higher if the substrate will be in contact with objects or hands. But some manufactures are now producing scrubbable lower sheen finishes that have a tighter molecular structure that doesn’t reflect light. So ask you local paint store.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Sheetrock patching

WHY DON’T YOU RECOMMEND PRIMER?​

We don’t typically use primer if the surface has been previously painted. Primer is designed for specific substrates like Drywall, Masonry, Steel, so once the wall has been painted, it no longer needs to be primed. However if the surface has been patched or repaired primer will be required.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Concrete Resurfacing

WHY DOES A PAINT CAN SAY 400 SQUARE FEET COVERAGE? I’M NOT GETTING ANYWHERE NEAR THAT!​

The coverage rate on the can is very misleading, it doesn’t take into account a textured surface, loss by application, application thickness, sealed or unsealed surface. We typically figure about 210 square feet per gallon if you install one coat about 160 square feet if you install 2 coats.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Pressure Washing

WHY SHOULD WE PRESSURE WASH PRIOR TO PAINTING?

The purpose of pressure cleaning is to remove chalky residue, dust, loose stain or paint. We recommend performing the pressure washing a few days, weeks or even a month before painting. Pressure washing also removes cobwebs, and oxidization that would other wise be embedded in the paint. Pressure washing is a great way to ensure proper adhesion to the primer or stain. In recent years we have seen more acid rain and pressure washing is not always needed in areas where the substrate is bare or in a solid state, but it's generally a good idea and the fastest way to get a clean substrate.

March 8th, 2021

Jason Moorhouse

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Caulking

WHAT KIND OF CAULK DO YOU RECOMMEND?

We used professional grade urethane elastomeric. 50 year rating outside and 25 years inside. Everything else is a waste of time and money!

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Timbers and Wood Siding

SHOULD WE BUY THE PAINT? MY HOA OFFERS A DISCOUNT.

Typically, the larger the contractor or the more volume a contractor purchases the better the price of the paint. Pro painters receive the largest discounted prices. It is doubtful you can beat the price a high volume painter pays. We have found over the years that the paint affects the process and performance.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Paint-Colour-Consultation

HOW SHOULD I SELECT A COLOR, CAN YOU HELP?

The final color selection should be made by the owner, but the road to get several close colors and eliminate the other 7000 possibilities should be with some help. If you don’t want to be involved at all, we recommend simply hiring a decorator. But if you want to be active, we can narrow your ideas down to 3 or 4 choices. We recommend samples on the wall because lighting, architecture and decor/fixtures will affect the paint color. Some times the largest obstacle to get a project underway is simply selecting the color.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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HOA Painting and Coating services

WHEN CAN YOU PAINT OUTSIDE?​

It must be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above for 6 hours in order for the paint to adhere and begin to cure properly. The dew point is more important than temperature, but that is a more complex calculation. If you are in question, it’s probably to close to call, and we suggest you just wait for warmer weather. A long lasting paint project will cure completely without frost or freezing and not be subject to moisture early in the curing process.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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HOA Painting and Coating services

HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE PAINT OUTSIDE?

General rules: Siding should be painted every 5 to 8 years, stucco should be painted 5-7 years. Wood Staining 3-4 years. Aluminum or composite siding 7-12 years. Whatever sits in the sun or has repeated moisture exposure will need to be painted 2 years before everything else. Consider painting what needs to painted with a maintenance agreement. Often painting just a year before the house/building looks completely worn out will save thousands in surface preparation.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Staining Solutions

WHY WOULDN’T I JUST PAINT IT MYSELF?

I don’t know! WE LOVE PAINTING. Seriously, it’s therapy! Don’t let us stop you. For those who don’t enjoy the process, we can perform the project with greater precision and most likely out perform your cost benefit. the time you save will greatly out match your effort. We’ve painted for more than a million hours! It’s going to be tough to beat our performance and even other painting contractors have a hard time keeping up. If you want the "know how" just say so, we will be happy to show you how the pro's paint.

November 20th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Wood Finishes

HOW MANY COAT OF PAINT DO YOU PUT ON?

As many as we need! Professionals don’t talk in terms of number of coats. If it takes two coats to properly cover the surface thats what you need. If it takes three coats to cover then that’s what’s required. It generally comes down to the coverage requirements from the manufacture and even installation.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Concrete Resurfacing

DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?

The short answer is we only charge for services performed. Don’t give someone 50% up front!

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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interior painting

IS THERE A JOB YOU WON’T TAKE ON?

We are painters by trade. It is only in our best interest to perform work as it relates to painting and the preparation requirements. So if the project relates to painting or preparation we will take it on. We don’t perform tile or framing! If you hire a company that does everything, you are overpaying dramatically! Yes, we could probably install ar roof, but would we be able to compete with someone only installing shingles?

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Excellence & Adaptability

HOW DO YOU SCHEDULE YOUR WORK?

It’s important to keep you informed and updated along the way. We are constantly aware of horror stories of contractors who begin and then disappear for a few days and bounce around back and forth. Once we start your project we will continue until it is finished. We are a larger painting company than most, so we have the luxury to meet and exceed your schedule and if you don’t want us there on Tuesday, that’s ok.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Exterior Painting EIFS swirl pattern stucco with deck and balcony staining

WHEN CAN YOU PAINT OUTSIDE?

It must be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above for 6 hours in order for the paint to adhere and begin to cure properly. The dew point is more important than temperature, but that is a more complex calculation. If you are in question, it’s probably to close to call, and we suggest you wait for warmer weather. A long lasting paint project should cure completely without frost or freezing and not be subject to moisture early in the curing process. Modern paints do allow for lower temperatures, but we recommend waiting for 50 degrees, and no or low exposure to moisture.

February 1st, 2021

Jason Moorhouse

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Doing Business with a Professional

Having been a coatings contractor for over fifteen years now, it is easy for me to spot an experienced customer and one who is green. An experienced customer asks for lots of criteria that a green customer doesn’t know he should ask for. If your experience with contractors is limited, let me give you some advice that will help you with your next project and make dealing with a contractor more enjoyable. First is the scope of the work. Do you have a written description of the work you want performed? A newbie customer will take you on a walk and thinking on the fly will say stuff like “do this and do that but don’t worry about that.” This allows for an approximate idea of what you want done and is part of the process, but a detailed written description of what you want done is better. If you don’t write it down, I know you really haven’t really thought through what you want done. Defining what you want done in writing is the scope of the work and every job that is done right needs this step. Second is the time it will take to complete. Do you want me to give you an anticipated number of days or hours to complete the project or have you already determined when it needs to be done. Obviously, if you need a job done quickly, more laborers usually cost more in the long run than a smaller group. This is because smaller groups work more efficiently. The shorter the time, the greater the inefficiency. A shorter time frame costs more. Remember that when you schedule and try to be as flexible as you can with your schedule. It will save you money. Third - valid experience. Do you know if the company you are hiring has the experience to handle your job? Any painting contractor who has been in the coatings business should have a list of completed projects to show you if you ask. Don’t feel like it is an imposition to ask for references and a copy of the business license. Experienced customers do this all the time. The painting industry is rife with individuals who have done a lot of house painting without a valid license and are not qualified to do specialty coatings. These individuals cannot stand on their work and so they just keep moving to new customers who don’t ask any questions. A qualified contractor is happy to show you his license, his liability insurance and a list of satisfied customers that will vouch for his work. Don’t hire someone without written valid credentials. You’ll be sorry if you do. Lastly is finances. Tell your contractor how and when he is going to be paid. Only a dishonest contractor will want to be paid the bulk of the contract before the work has been done. But the average contractor just wants to be paid when the work is completed. Many commercial jobs entail waiting until the corporate headquarters cuts a check and this may take a month or more, but this makes it hard on any contractor. Tell your contractor how and when he is going to be paid. Well, if these four areas are covered in your dealings with a contractor, your job will go much smoother and your contractor and you will be a lot more satisfied with the process.

July 7th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Color is Complex

I decided after hearing one too many times to write about color because it is complex. I’m tired of reading painting contractor magazines referring to making color easy. Every year there is a new device or program that supposedly makes selecting color easier. Simple it is not, past experience, current influences and personal taste make color uniquely complex. What maybe simple to one is complex and obtuse to others. Color can be a reflection of personality. Everyone has a different personality and what we prefer as a color scheme will be influenced by our personality. In my latest home, I selected 17 different colors to best influence my mood. Each room has a unique feel and conjures up a different emotion.

July 7th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Exterior Stucco Repair in Southern California

Lately, many of my completed exterior projects required exterior stucco repair or the correction of improper stucco installation, with the addition of new paint. So here's a few things to note if you've got a commercial or industrial business with a stucco exterior. Stucco, an ancient building material, is popular but can be prone to cracking, especially if not properly reinforced at the base layer and with an acrylic top coat. Movement cracking and buckling may occur over time, signaling the presence of moisture. And so commercial and industrial buildings will require patches and caulking to seal the stucco against the elements. Left un-repaired, the elements will only hasten the exterior's degradation. So when exactly should stucco repairs be done? As soon as big cracks, blisters and buckling start to appear. Keep your eyes on your stucco exterior. Not every day, but on occasion. Hairline and credit card-sized are typically normal. Anything beyond that, there is a small window of opportunity to make effective repairs. So it's good to be aware of the stucco integrity. After the patches or caulking have been applied and properly adhered, it will be necessary to cover the repairs with layer of paint to match the stucco's original pigmentation and add another layer of protection against moisture. A number of top coatings can be used, from elastomeric to concrete paints and lime washes. Keep in mind that caulking is only really useful in filling hairline cracks. Caulk can also be used to avoid a completely new stucco patch; but you’ll want to go with patching if the stucco is failing (falling off, buckling, etc.). With stucco repairs, I truly believe that this isn't simply a DIY project. It requires professional craftmanship—painters that know stucco well. Otherwise the damage may worsen and you'll be out a significant amount of money in the long run.

July 6th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Picking Colors and Painting a house

Choosing colors for painting a house follows the same rules in a residential painting project whether it is a house painting interior or siding painting like stucco paint . But how do you choose the right colors? Let me recommend using pre-coordinated paint charts to help guide your choice. (Insert picture here of color chart) There are palettes to fit every style like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, and many specialty lines offered by paint companies to fit your personality. Colors and trends do change, though, so get the latest and hottest exterior paint colors for this year. Painting cost and painting prices may be affected by the color you choose, so when you meet with a paint contractor for a painting estimate, you should make your preferences known and find out what difference it will make in the paint estimate. Painting cost is also affected by the product but using the best exterior paint outside may save you money in the long run because it will last longer. Sometimes a commercial paint will make a paint contractor happier because it simply applies easier. Ask what the pro recommends when it comes to your area and how to paint exterior areas. A few tips could save you a lot of time if you decide you are painting the house yourself. Before painting the house, a paint contractor may be able to show you a color on your house before it is applied using new software on a computer. (*Need picture here of what you can do with your software*) What a great way to show you the best exterior paint colors. Contact us today for a demonstration and a no obligation paint estimate. Paint prices have never been more affordable. House painting cost is really a great investment in protecting your greatest asset.

July 6th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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How to pick a house painting contractor?

You have done painting in the past, but this year the energy for painting your house just isn’t there.  How do you choose between paint companies?  Can you afford it?  Choosing a painting contractor can be more enjoyable if you keep the following things in mind.  Choosing the Right Painter? How can I find a good painter that will do a good job and respect my property and my privacy?  If I look in the phone book, Do I choose the largest, full color Yellow page ad or the smaller one with little information?  Is there a typical painting company?  Is there any way to ball-park a painting estimate over the phone?  The easiest way to find a good painting contractor is by using your telephone.  A quality contractor will answer his own phone or call you right back.  He will ask you enough information to appraise the size and scope of your job tell you what he thinks it should take.  Some painters specialize in only residential painting or commercial painting work but can recommend someone they know who provides more paint services like stucco painting or siding painting. In just a few minutes over the phone, you should be able to feel comfortable.  A good company will let you know approximate costs of painting a house over the phone.  Of course, no two painting projects are identical and a job will take a personal inspection to furnish you a written estimate that clearly spells out for you the scope of the work and the price. Time is money/Schedule the job right Hate to paint but still want to lower the painting cost?  The answer is remembering that for a painter, time is money.  The best way to save you money is to save your painter time.  Can you move the furniture, take the pictures and wall plates off the walls?  Is there any preparation that you can do to save time for the pro?  Can you put your pictures and furniture back when the job is done?  All these time savers will earn you a discount on the total price of the work. Also being willing to delay a painting project to a time when a paint contractor is slower could easily earn you a 15 to 20% discount.  There is something about spring that makes us paint inside as well as outside.  But if you are willing to delay your painting project until the fall or winter, most contractors would gladly discount their price just to keep working through the slow times.  If you don’t’ have to paint during the busy times, then schedule your work to save additional dollars.

November 26th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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So why should I hire a licensed painting contractor?

The reality is that most painting contractors are neither rich nor able to take much time off? What keeps them busy and hustling is the reality that there are lots of unlicensed, uninsured painters in the market place that don’t even carry workers compensation for their workers. This means that it is easier for some to bid a job for a much lower price and still have the same profit margin as the conscientious, legal contractor. An unlicensed contractor may even employ illegal workers, pay those cash and then avoid all federal and state taxes. When someone asks to be paid in cash, we all know what that means. A typical project breaks down to about 50% labor costs, 25% material costs and then 25% is gross profit. Now out of that gross profit every painting contractor also has to spend money on gas, telephone and auto insurance. Only a licensed contractor will spend an additional 10% or more on a license, general liability insurance and workman’s compensation for his men. And then there is the 7.65% that legal contractors are bound to pay to social security and matching state taxes as well. While most homeowners don’t understand the liability they are open to when they operate outside the constraints of the law, the fact is an unlicensed contractor can always bid a job 20% to 25% less and still maintain the same profit margin as a legitimate one. But if someone is injured the property owner has little recourse. He may get a call to inquire about the limits of his homeowner’s insurance. When the unlicensed contractor walks off the job, the client has no leverage because there is no official channel to deal with this problem. And who is going to “honestly” guarantee a job when their whole approach to your project is dishonest and illegal? The reason everyone should ask for a painting contractor’s license and his general liability insurance is for their own protection and peace of mind. Only a licensed painting contractor is able to guarantee his work and be there when you need him again.

July 3rd, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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