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Why Your Paint Is Peeling: Problems To Solve Before Starting An Interior Paint Job

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Your Paint Is Peeling: Problems To Solve Before Starting An Interior Paint Job

Previously painted interior surfaces can be challenging to properly prepare for a new coat of paint. The stakes are high: Without the right preparation, perfectly good interior paint and a quality paint job won’t last for the warrantied amount of time. According to Sherwin Williams, about one in 10 paint jobs fails to last like it should. What are some of the common causes of peeling paint and what are your options for managing them? Here’s what you need to know. 1. Failing to clean the old surface. Even if the previous paint isn’t peeling, it needs to be washed with a good application of tri-sodium phosphate (TSP) in order to remove dirt and grease. If it’s not completely cleaned, the new paint won’t adhere well. 2. Neglecting to sand or scrub problem areas. If the previous paint has started to peel, you don’t have a choice. Sanding it and removing the peeling paint has to be done in order to get a new coat of paint to cover properly. Medium grade steel wool will often get the worst of the paint off without damaging the wall beneath or taking off paint that is adhering properly.  When you’re faced with peeling or blistering paint, it can be advantageous to hire a professional to properly treat the surface and manage the painting project.  A professional can also assess the condition of the underlying paint layers. Old paint may contain lead, which can cause neurological problems if the dust is inhaled. A professional can let you know if you will need additional specialists to remove the threat before repainting. 3. Painting in the wrong weather conditions.  It’s true that exterior paint is more impacted by weather than interior is, but when the outdoor temperatures are cold, painters sometimes decide not to open windows. The lack of airflow causes water vapor to build up and condense, compromising the still-wet paint. Some types of interior heaters can also affect the rate of drying, which can make the paint less likely to adhere properly. Make sure you have good ventilation, and, if you can, wait until the weather is warmer before painting. 4. Ignoring sources of moist air that can cause paint to break down. You may have done everything right when you originally painted, or had your interior painted by a professional, but the paint is not lasting. That could be due to excess interior moisture, such as that from cooking, washing dishes, taking showers, and running humidifiers. Look into options for better ventilation, such as fans that vent to the exterior. You may also have improperly installed water vapor barrier in your walls, which allows moist air to enter your home and can cause peeling paint. It’s really hard to identify this as a problem without engaging a professional contractor to evaluate your home.  If you have experienced problems with peeling paint in your home, it’s a good idea to have a professional painting contractor come out and give you a quote on properly treating and preparing the interior surfaces you wish to paint. Talk to an interior painting specialist like Diesel Painting if you have...

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Why Your Painted Wall Is Accumulating Dirt

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Your Painted Wall Is Accumulating Dirt

When using a low quality paint, you might notice a build-up of dirt on the paint. The dirt will resemble mildew. The accumulation of dirt is the result of air pollution and any dirt that splashes on the wall and is absorbed into the paint. You can try to wash the dirt off, but you may also need to apply a better-quality form of paint. Test For Mildew The first step is to determine if the accumulation on the wall is dirt or mildew. To rule out mildew, use a small amount of bleach to perform a spot test. If the bleach does not remove the accumulation, you likely have dirt. If you find mildew, you can more effectively remove it using bleach. Remove The Dirt And Grime To remove the dirt, first use a plastic butter knife to scrape the grime off. Then, you can wash the wall with lukewarm water. If you find that the water is not strong enough to clean the wall, mix one cup of ammonia, ¼ cup of baking soda, ½ cup of vinegar and a gallon of warm water in a bucket. Then, use a rag to wipe down the wall. Scrub the portion of the wall that has the largest accumulation of dirt. If you are concerned with getting drips on the floor, lay paper towels down near the base of the wall. Apply A Better-Quality Coat Of paint The best solution in the long-term is to touch-up the paint with a higher-quality paint. Then, you will not have to spend as much time cleaning your walls. Highly cross-linked polymers create a low-tack surface, which reduces the odds that the dirt will stick to the wall. There are other ingredients that are sometimes added, such as: More pigments Organic opacifers Photo-catalytic degradation agents Hydrophobic coating Multi-staged polymers To identify the right paint, look at the section that has more expensive paint. Look at the label to determine if it includes these ingredients or if the paint is advertised as being more resistant to dirt. Preparing The Wall For Better Paint Before you apply a new coat of paint to replace the low-quality paint, wash off the entire surface. Then, prime and paint with the better paint. While more expensive, it will save you time and you will be able to wait longer before you need to repaint your home. If you want your surface painted professionally, visit Decorators Service Co.,...

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Cheap Options For First Time Homeowners With An Ugly Home

Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cheap Options For First Time Homeowners With An Ugly Home

If you don’t think the inside of your new home is bad but the exterior is an eyesore, there are affordable ways you can update the curb appeal and give the home a fresh look. There are some affordable ways to fix your problem without spending a small fortune. If the front porch is dirty and stained or the walkway looks bad, power washing or using concrete stain and paint can make it look better. You’ll also want to consider the following things to make the outside of your home reflect your style and tastes, and to make the home look great.   Greenery Adding fresh vegetation around your home, like an array of lush bushes is going to add color and sophistication. You can even put a medium sized tree around the house to add something to the yard. Bushes with different elevation and spread around the walkway can make a big difference. Potted flowers on the front porch, flowers in the mulch or around the bushes, and even window boxes can also add more serenity to the home. Painting A fresh coat of paint in a modern neutral color is going to make the home look like it’s newly constructed. The cost for a professional paint company (such as Kevin Lule Painting) to do the work is much more affordable than the cost to have new siding installed. You’ll want to choose a color that you like, that blends with the homes in your neighborhood, and that will appeal to many for resale potential in the future. Shutters Does your house have shutters? Are they faded or damaged? New shutters in a bold black or navy blue will pop on the outside of the home. You can get ones that are curved and have designs instead of the basic rectangular options, and they look crisp and clean. If you’re replacing the shutters, consider a new front door, or painting the front door to match the shutters.     The outside of your home is the first thing that you see when you pull up, along with all of your friends, family, and guests. Take the time to shop around and invest a little bit of money in the outside of the property, to get big results that you’re going to love. A little bit of work in the mulch or stone and around the home is going to make a bid impact when you’re...

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The Dos And Don’ts Of Painting A Wooden Fence

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Dos And Don’ts Of Painting A Wooden Fence

So, you just recently had a wooden privacy fence installed on your property; you want to prolong its life and reduce the amount of maintenance you need to do on it over the years, so you’ve decided to paint the fence as a means of protecting it from the elements. Before you begin painting, there are some things you need to know if you want to ensure the best possible results. DO Prepare the Fence Preparation is key any time you’re painting a wooden structure; failure to properly clean and prepare the wooden surface can result in poor adhesion of the paint, which will result in chipping and peeling over time. The best way to prepare a wooden fence for painting is to give it a thorough power wash at least a day or two before you plan on painting it. This will remove any excess dirt and debris to ensure long-lasting results. Just make sure the wood has a chance to completely dry before you begin the painting job itself. DO Be Mindful of Weather Conditions Depending on the type of paint you’ve purchased, you may need to apply the paint in specific weather conditions. Be sure to read the paint can for specific instructions regarding this; for example, with some exterior paints, you’ll need to allow at least a day for the paint to dry before applying a second coat and will need to make sure there’s no rain during that time. Furthermore, some exterior pants will also require you to apply it in low humidity to ensure the best results with your project. DON’T Forget the Sealant These days, many exterior paints come with a built-in sealant, but this isn’t always the case so be sure to check your paint to see whether or not it comes with a built-in sealant. If not, you might want to consider saving yourself some time by switching to a paint that does. Of course, you can always apply a separate coat of sealant over your finished paint job, but this will take more time and effort on your part. Regardless, your fence should be sealed if you want your paint job to last as long as possible. Painting your own wooden fence can be a relatively simple DIY job, but it’s important that you keep these tips in mind throughout the project if you want to have the best and longest lasting results. If you need professional help painting an exterior part of your home, contact a business like Christopher Painting...

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How To Protect Your Plants And Trees During A Home Exterior Painting Project

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Protect Your Plants And Trees During A Home Exterior Painting Project

Does the exterior of your home need a fresh coat of paint? Are you hesitant about doing it because you worry that the plants and trees around your home could be damaged during the process? If so, you will be pleased to learn that you can have your home painted and protect your plants and trees from the damaging effects of the process. Here’s how! Paint Prep Protection The home’s exterior will need to be cleaned before it can be painted. Pressure washing is the best option for getting all of the dirt and grime off of the side of your home without the use of any chemicals. This is the best option for your plants and trees because the chemicals that can be often used, like bleach, can kill the plants growing alongside your home. If the existing paint on your home releases a chalky residue or is peeling, cover the plants. This will help to reduce the amount of work that goes into cleaning up after the painting has been completed, and protect the plants from becoming covered by the chalky residue that can be impossible to get off. To limit the amount of paint chips that are released to the ground below, consider manually peeling and scraping the worst areas. Use tarps or drop cloths placed gently over the plants below to make cleaning the paint peels up after you are done. Paint Protection Whether the paint is being applied using a brush and rollers or a paint gun, paint is likely to drip, overspray and drizzle onto the plants and trees by the home. Purchase a large roll of pallet stretch wrap. This is much like the plastic wrap that you use in your kitchen to cover leftover food, but much larger and thicker. This can be used to gently wrap the trees and large bushes and shrubs by your home without damaging them. Small plants can be covered using buckets, plastic bins or even trash cans. Very small plants can be covered using empty plastic ice cream buckets. Tip: To save money investing in the buckets and bins, post a wanted ad on your local online classified website. Oftentimes, people have extras laying around that they will sell you for a portion of the price that you would pay for them brand new. Your plants can look as perfect and healthy as they did before the painting project started. When the project is complete, your home will look perfectly finished and accented by the gorgeous plants surrounding it. If you need a professional’s help painting your home’s exterior, visit Braendel...

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Border And Stencil Your Ceiling To Hide Imperfections

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Border And Stencil Your Ceiling To Hide Imperfections

If you have a ceiling in your home that is less than perfect, you probably want a way to disguise the imperfections. One technique that can be used to disguise imperfections in your ceiling, or that can just add a little charm to the room is creating a border and stenciling the ceiling. Below, you will learn each step to completing this process. Clean the Ceiling Before you can paint the ceiling, you must do a thorough job of cleaning it. All of the cobwebs, dust and dirt must be removed if you want to create a perfectly finished ceiling. If the ceiling is smooth, cleaning it will be a cinch. Simply use a flat mop and a bucket of soapy water to clean it. If the ceiling is textured, cleaning it can be a bit of a challenge. Use a scrub brush to gently scrub the ceiling and then dab it dry using a clean towel. Let the ceiling completely dry before you continue to the next step. Prepare for Painting To create perfect edges, you must use high-quality painter’s tape to tape off the edges of where the ceiling meets the walls. If possible, remove the ceiling light fixtures. If you aren’t comfortable removing the light fixtures, cover them with plastic and tape off the edges with the painter’s tape. Cover the floor with drop cloths or plastic. Another option for covering carpeting is to use the rolls of protective cling plastic runners that you would see in an open house. These plastic liner runners will stick to the carpet until you remove them after the project is complete, so you don’t have to worry about the drop cloth flipping up and allowing paint to hit the carpet. Apply the Base Coat The base coat will be the main color of the ceiling, so choose it carefully. In most cases, a white or off-white color is best, but feel free to choose the color that you love. What finish of paint do you want for your ceiling? If your ceilings are in decent condition and you don’t have too many imperfections to hide, using semi-gloss paint will do well. It will reflect the light around the room a bit. But, if you have plenty of imperfections that need to be hidden, use eggshell finish paint. Create the Border Measure how far into the center of the ceiling you want the border to extend. One border option to consider is a one-foot border with a secondary two-inch border closer to the center of the room. Use the painter’s tape to mask off the area and apply the accent color you have selected. Give the paint a day to dry before continuing with the stenciling. Stencil the Details Tape the stencils where you would like them to go. Step back and get an idea if you like the look. Are you adding too much detail, or not enough? Is everything just right? If you like the look, continue with the stenciling using the second accent color. If this is not a project you feel confident that you can complete yourself, contact local interior painter such as VR Painting Sercises LLC for assistance. Either way, the finished painted ceiling will not look as imperfect as it once did and your room...

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Exterior Painting: 4 Tips To Make Sure You Choose The Best Colors And Love Them

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Exterior Painting: 4 Tips To Make Sure You Choose The Best Colors And Love Them

When you’ve decided that the exterior of your home needs an upgrade, the first thing you may think about doing is painting the siding, shutters, doors, etc. Although the decision to do this is an easy one, it isn’t as easy to determine the color of all of the elements on the exterior of your home. Here are a few ideas to help you choose the right color and make sure that you love the way your home looks afterward: Consider Your Neighbors No one likes a copycat and if you paint your home the exact same color as your next-door neighbor or the couple down the street, it’s likely they won’t be too thrilled. While you do want to blend in, you should try to avoid the exact same shade as everyone else on the same street as you. You should also avoid colors that are going to stick out like an eyesore. Choose colors that complement the properties around your own and avoid colors that will startle people when they visit. Think About the Climate You should also choose the color of your home depending on the climate in which you live. For example, a light-colored home is going to work great in a hot climate like Arizona, but it may not be the best-suited option for a colder climate in Massachusetts. If you live in a warmer climate, you should opt for light shades, such as white, beige and pastel colors, that will reflect the heat. However, if you live in a cooler climate, you may want to consider darker colors that will create warmth and absorb the sunlight. Place Emphasis on Your Best Features Just as your eyes may be your best feature, your home has a best feature as well. It may be the shutters, the front door or something else entirely. Find your home’s best feature (usually the front door and shutters) and showcase it with a different paint color. You can then work on blending in unattractive features, such as chimneys, gutters and downspouts. For example, you could paint the exterior of your home a beige, the front door and shutters a hunter green and the window trim a white or dark beige. Highlight Your Landscape To add more curb appeal to your home and to make the exterior of your home stand out even more with a new paint job, consider placing an emphasis on your landscape. If you already have blossoms in place, consider what color they are before painting the outside of your home. A creamy peach home will look great with white and purple blossoms, while pink and blue flowers would look marvelous in front of a rich brown home. Although exterior painting is something that can be done by a homeowner, it is recommended that you hire an expert if you have any reservations at all. It is better to pay for the job to be done the right way than to risk injury to yourself or...

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Latex Paint On Your Carpet And Hardwood? Here’s How To Remove It

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Latex Paint On Your Carpet And Hardwood? Here’s How To Remove It

After you have completed a painting project, or have had a professional painting crew paint an area of your home, you could very well find paint that has made its way onto your hardwood flooring or carpeting. So, how do you clean up the latex paint on your flooring without causing any further damage? Removing Paint from Carpeting Wet Paint Paper towels are a necessity when trying to remove wet paint from your carpeting. Blot the area with a wad of paper towels to remove as much paint from the carpeting as possible. Tip: To avoid spreading the paint to the surrounding carpeting, cover the surrounding carpet with duct tape. This way, the paint will spread onto the duct tape instead of the carpeting. Once you have blotted up as much paint as you can, get a bucket with ice cold water and a clean sponge. Dab the area with the wet sponge, switching to clean paper towels to absorb some of the moisture and avoid oversaturating the carpeting. Continue working the spot until it has disappeared from the carpeting. Dry Paint After the paint has dried, use a dry toothbrush to chip the dried paint off of the carpeting. After you have chipped away as much paint as you can, use a little bit of acrylic paint remover dabbed on a clean cloth to begin working the stain out. Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water and use the toothbrush to begin scrubbing the paint. This will help to remove the rest of the paint and rinse the remaining paint remover from the carpet to avoid discoloration after it has dried. Removing Paint from Hardwood Flooring Fresh Paint Wet paint can easily be removed from hardwood flooring with some wet paper towels and a little dish soap. Put a drop or two of dish soap on the area after you have wiped away the wet paint. Soak the paper towel with water and wash the area. Dry Paint Coat the dried paint with denatured alcohol and cover the area with a sheet of plastic wrap. Let the plastic remain in place for about twenty minutes. After twenty minutes have passed, lift the plastic and use wet paper towels to rinse the area. If you cannot get the paint to come off yourself, talk with your painting contractor for assistance. He or she has likely been through the process enough times to know how to get it off quickly and without any damage to your carpeting and hardwood flooring. For more information, contact a company like APC...

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