Semi-transparent stains need to be refreshed at least every other year to maintain a uniform coating. These products are designed to be maintenance friendly by simply cleaning and adding another coat. Solid stains cover the natural wood completely and look just like paint. This can be a great option for old decks that aren’t in the best shape and give them a fresh new look. They aren’t as maintenance friendly but do last longer before wearing with the weather. The location, weather and traffic your deck gets will be the determining factor on how long your coating will last.
There is a special process behind painting aluminum siding. Aluminum oxidizes over time, leaving a chalk like appearance, so the house has to be washed thoroughly. After 99% of the chalk is removed, you must use a specialty primer for all bare, shiny metal areas. Once those areas have been spot primed, we recommend adding a bonding additive to the first coat of the paint. Mix a quart of additive for every gallon of paint. After that, an additional coat of paint will leave your house looking great for up to 15 years!
Determine how much paint you’ll need for your project. Combine the paint into a single container and mix it thoroughly. This is referred to as “boxing” your paint, and it will help to keep your color consistent from start to finish.
Tired of relying on those small paper color samples? Test your color by buying a sample and paint it on a poster board. Tape it to your wall and look at it in different lighting. You’ll be amazed by how it changes from day to night. Finally, consider what your colors will look like as you move from room to room. The colors in your home should have a flow. Remember, you are seldom in one room without seeing another portion of the next. This is just a small sample of the choices you’ll have when it’s time to change colors. But don’t worry if you are having a difficult time, a professional color consultation is offered as a free service when you choose Two [...]
Have you thought about freshening up your paint colors? There are many factors you should consider before making your next decision. First, think about how you want to feel in the space. For example, the color blue creates calmness and serenity. It is the most used color for offices because it promotes productivity. Lighting should also be considered when choosing colors. Natural daylight shows color in its true form. Incandescent light makes red and oranges more vivid and can mute blues and greens. And fluorescent lighting can enhance greens and blues.