It is not uncommon for home owners to want to put in some sweat equity. Painting your own house can provide such an opportunity. You might not be a master carpenter, an expert mason, or a qualified architect, but the thought of painting doesn’t feel too intimidating to many home owners. Sounds easy right? Purchase some paint and minimal equipment and your almost ready to go…right? Well, just because you can doesn’t mean you should…but maybe. The first thing to determine is what type of painting is required, interior or exterior? Most commonly, exterior painting will require more advanced knowledge of the painting process, different materials, specialized equipment, and perhaps heights or dangerous situations. Few things can shake a “do it yourselfers” confidence [...]
With the constant media influence on certain paint products and how they are advertised, we become increasingly dependent and confused on what we are actually purchasing. Consumers that tackle do-it-yourself projects want value and they want it fast and easy. Should I buy paint and primer in one? It turns out, you don’t need to buy a separate primer. You can skip the priming step and your project will be done faster. Let me shed some light on this and explain what you are buying and why or why not it’s a value and/or a good choice. What is paint and primer in one? It’s a high quality, interior or exterior paint that has increased adhesion and stain blocking capability. Most high-quality interior [...]
You have made the decision to paint. Now you have to choose a paint color for your home. We know it can be intimidating with so many options available, so we have put together some tips to help find the right color for you. If you are planning on selling your home try to stick with neutrals like off white, gray, or beige. Less is more when it comes to painting for resale. If you have recently purchased a new home or are just ready for a refresh, first think about how you want the space to feel. If you want it to feel light and airy choose cool colors like a light blue or soft green. Grays can pull blue as well, [...]
Taking on personal home improvement projects have never seemed more possible thanks to a never-ending list of “How to” demonstrations and tutorials that are easily accessible. We live in an inspirational DIY era fueled by television shows that portray a convincing image that everything is easy, just follow the steps and nothing can go wrong. Combine this fantasy with the magical feeling of saving thousands of hard-earned dollars and it is no wonder why the DIY trend has been booming. Reality however, is far different than the fallacy that we see on social media, and shows like Flip This House. The fact is most “Do It Yourself” projects end up being nightmares and cost the homeowner far more time and money than they [...]
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!