PAINTING KITCHEN CABINETS, PAINTERS IN GUILFORD CT

Painting your kitchen cabinets is a great way to give the entire kitchen a fresh, brand new look without breaking the bank! This is why we posted this article PAINTING KITCHEN CABINETS, PAINTERS IN GUILFORD CT to give you some tips about it.

First thing is to clean the cabinets inside and out using a gentle solution like TSP.  You want to make sure there is no dirt, dust and grease on the cabinets.  Let them dry out thoroughly.

Next, you want to protect areas that are not getting painted, so tape some Rosin paper over the counter tops and floor.  You can also tape plastic sheeting over the back splashes and windows if needed.   You will also need a work table for  the doors, drawers and shelves.

Remove the cabinets from the  frames, remove all the hardware.  Put hardware in safe place.  Place the cabinet doors on your work table.  Note:  Be sure to have a window or crack a door in the kitchen to allow fresh outside air inside.

Now, scrub all the face frames, the drawer fronts, doors and shelves with an abrasive pad that has liquid de-glosser on it.  Make sure that you have papers underneath to catch any extra liquid that will drip.  Before it dries, wipe away the residue with a clean de-glosser dampened rage.

If you are moving where the hardware is going to be put back on the doors and drawers, be sure to fill the holes with a two part polyester wood or autobody filler. It dries in pretty quick so make small batches of it. After it dries, you will need to scrape off any excess and then gently sand it so it’s flush with the wood surface.   Next sand all the surfaces using a 100 grit paper.  Make sure to dust off the dust, you can also use a tack cloth.

Choose a high quality primer, such as a oil based primer, they are good for maple, cherry or man made materials.  Use a good quality nylon-polyester brush.  Give it a good day to dry.  Sand the surfaces again using a orbit sander, 220 grit paper. It should be very smooth when you are done.

Next, you want to caulk any open seams using latex caulk.  After applying the caulk, smooth the seam with  a damp finger.  Fill any scratches, dents or dings using a vinyl spackle and smooth it flat with a putty knife.   After it dries, sand again.  Vacuum and clean all surfaces.

Working from top to bottom start painting across the grain.  Sand all the surfaces after the first coat dries with a 280 grit paper.  Vacuum and clean again.  Use a brand new brush for the final coat.  When it dries, you can hang everything back up!

I hope this article PAINTING KITCHEN CABINETS, PAINTERS IN GUILFORD CT was helpful!  If you need any professional advice please feel free to call us!  We are happy to talk to you over the phone! We can also come out and give you a free estimate to paint your kitchen  cabinets for you if you don’t want to take on the job your self!dave's photo

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PAGE HARDWARE REVIEW, GUILFORD CT

We are painting contractors in a wonderful small town – Guilford Ct and today I want to talk about a great hardware store right on our historic Guilford green, Page’s Hardware.  Page’s Hardware has been serving our community since 1939.

Page’s hardware has a great selection of paint brands and all the things you would need to paint.  But what Page’s hardware really excels at is service! When you walk in the door, you are immediately greeted, no matter if you enter from the front of the store or the back, you are given a friendly hello.  As you proceed in the store, within a few minutes you are approached by a friendly employee asking if you need any help.  Before you leave the store you will be approached and asked a few more times.  Not in an annoying way, but a quick, checking in with the customer to see if you need anything at all.

This is so refreshing and helpful!  If you go to a big box retailer, it’s as if you are in a dessert! Not an employee in sight!  It’s very difficult to get help, you have to walk a country mile around the store to find someone!

Page’s Hardware carries a wide variety of high quality products like housewares, cleansers, hardware, stoves, refrigerators, vacums and much, much more!

I highly recommend this store for any household needs!  You will come away from there wanting to go back!

If you have any questions about paint products or need some professional advice, please feel free to give us a call!  We are here for you! I hope this article PAGE HARDWARE REVIEW, GUILFORD CT was helpful!dave's photo

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HOW TO CHOOSE EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR FOR YOUR HOME Madison Ct

The exterior color of your home is an expression of your personal style! Painting or staining your home is also the best way to protect your siding and trim from the elements.   How long a paint or stain job can protect your home totally depends on the quality of materials and how the materials are applied to the siding and trim.  We wrote this article HOW TO CHOOSE EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR FOR YOUR HOME Madison Ct  to help you with this.

There are some great LOW-VOC exterior stains and paints now available using new technology that stands the test of time and elements better then the brands that have been on the market for years! There is Aura exterior paint, Arborcoat waterborne exterior stain to name a few.

A few things to consider when picking an outside color:

1. Your driveway, the chimney and the roof should play a role in deciding a color. If you choose a color that has similar shades in the roof, chimney and driveway, it will add harmony to the entire property, and also give a feeling of spaciousness.

2. If you have stone work on the house or a stone fence, using a color that blends with the stone work will give a sense on continuity and beauty.

3. If your home is in the west coast where there are a lot of terra-cotta roofs, picking a soft neutral color will help even out the intense color of the terra-cotta and bring more visual harmony to the entire look and a softness.

4. If you belong in a community or houses that are close together, you might consider choosing a color palate that is compatible with the homes in your neighborhood.  The color does not need to be the same, just a color that goes with the general scheme in your area.

5.  Landscaping also has an impact on the overall look.  If you have a brilliant display of colors around the yard, you might go with a soft color to offset the beautiful intensity of the garden, or if you have a subdued garden, you can choose a louder house color!

6. I would encourage you to choose a white or very very light color for the trim.  Choosing a trim color that is different from the siding color can be tricky.  It can make your home look smaller and also force your eyes to just see the trim and not the entire home.

7. Use the doors as another way to add a pop of color to your home. It’s not such a big amount of color that it overtakes your home, it’s just enough to add a little fun and kick!

If you are meeting with a contractor, they should be able to give helpful tips.  It’s also a good idea to go to your local paint center and get a bunch of color choices and put them on the house so you can see the color throughout the day as the light changes.

If you would like any further help or have questions, please call us! We are happy to answer any questions you have, recommend a good paint store and products! We can also meet you at your home to help you or give a free professional estimate and home evaluation, such as how to prep your home, if you need carpentry repair first…

We hope that HOW TO CHOOSE EXTERIOR PAINT COLOR FOR YOUR HOME Madison Ct  was helpful!

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Painting Contractor Westbrook Ct

Hiring a professional painting contractor can really take the stress out of painting your home, but how to choose the right one?  Getting a referral is a great start, but the contractor that is being referred to you by a well meaning friend or family member may have worked well for them, but might not suit you.  This is why I created this article “Painting Contractor Westbrook Ct” Lets get the technical issues out of the way right now in this article.  Here they are:

1. Make sure they have insurance

2. They must be a licensed contractor in Connecticut.  You can find out if they are licensed and what the status of the license is at: https://www.elicense.ct.gov/lookup/licenselookup.aspx

3. More then one way to get hold of them, such as cell phone, office phone and email.

4. A good website with detailed information about what they do and how they go about it.

5. Referrals at least 2-3

6. A clearly written detailed estimate of work to be performed with a time frame and cost.

Now, once you confirm all of the above lets get to the unspoken part of finding a contractor. I am writing this not as a painting contractor owner, but a consumer.

Say you call one of the highly recommended contractors that a friend or family member raved about, and you meet with him but you feel that you just don’t connect with him and the first thing you question to your self is “is it me”?  It most likely is not you, but a simple personality clash.

When I invite a contractor to my home, the most important thing for me is that I feel like I can talk to him/her.  I need to know that they want to talk about the job, not just the facts but about what kind of end result I am trying to accomplish. I need to feel that they are happy to be here and eager to work with me.  The contractor must be patient and let me talk.  It’s important that he asks questions, this implies that he is thinking about everything I am saying.  I need to know he understands me and I don’t want to feel like I am wasting his time or he is in a hurry to leave.

Once a contractor leaves, I look for an estimate in writing within 72 hours.  If I don’t get one, that’s a deal breaker for me.  Some people might say “he’s really busy, that’s a good sign, he must be so good” NOT TRUE!  What that means in my mind is he can’t keep up with his demand.  He doesn’t properly hire help to service the work load and bookings that he has, which means my future schedule with him can go right out the window!  If they are that busy then he should make that clear to me, and let me know that if he gets my job, when he can get to it.  I dont’ mind waiting, but I don’t want to be jerked around as if my schedule and life do not matter.

So, I hope this perspective helps! There’s a lot more to hiring a contractor then the obvious reasons!

If you have any questions after reading “Painting Contractor Westbrook Ct” please feel free to call us!  We are in Guilford Ct and are happy to call, email or visit you for a free professional painting evaluation / estimate!

Dave Moffitt, Coastline Painters LLC  Ph. 203-458-2073 email: coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net  website: coastlinepainters.com

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How To Find Paint Supplies Guilford Ct

With so many different brands and stores carrying paint supplies it can be overwhelming trying to find the perfect store that offers a good variety at a great value, so we created this article  “How To Find Paint Supplies Guilford Ct” to help with that.

We have been painting contractors for 37 years and have tried practically everything!  If you live in the Connecticut area, I would suggest you try Rings End, they have many locations spread out over Connecticut. Why?  I have been dealing with them for over six years and just to start, the customer service is outstanding!  They also offer the Benjamin Moore line.  The Benjamin Moore line offers the widest variety of paints from the highest quality to contractors grade, and I have to tell you that all the lines are fantastic!

Coronado is one of their newer lines and its a little more economical and high quality!  If you would like a no VOC paint, which I highly reccomend,  try Natura, it’s great!

If you don’t live in the Connecticut area and can’t get to a Rings End, then I suggest locating the largest paint chain in your state and starting there.  The big box retailers like Home Depot do have a nice paint department, but you will not get the same customer service and advice that you will from a smaller and well stocked paint store that only sells paint!

I hope that this article “How To Find Paint Supplies Guilford Ct” was helpful!  Please feel free to call or email us with any questions you may have or for advice on products, we are happy to help you!  Of course if you live in the Connecticut area and would like us to come out to meet with you for a free professional evaluation and estimate of your painting needs we are happy to do so!

Thank you!

Dave Moffitt of Coastline Painters LLC  Office: 203-458-2073 email: coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net  website: http://coastlinepainters.com/

 

How To Paint A Garage Floor Guilford Ct

Garage floors take a beating, but they don’t have to look like they do! If your garage floor is stained with grease, dirt and rust, painting it can give the floor and the garage a new fresh look! You can choose from a wide range of colors, but if you work inside your garage alot, you might want to consider a lighter toned color that would reflect light.  You can also add colorful specs to the floor!

A latex base paint is good, or you can use a one step or two step epoxy paint system for garage floors.  Sherwin Williams and Rings End both carry great products for garage floors as well as other main paint stores.

When you do choose the brand, be sure to pay close attention to the instructions and in particular the temperature range the floor must be.  The floor temperature and temperature in the air is not the same thing, usually when the paint fails it’s because it was to humid or cold.

Check the floor surface, if there are cracks or holes be sure to fill the cracks and holes with concrete patch.  If your garage floor gets wet alot, treat with  a concrete water proofer before painting, do not use a waterproofer if you are using epoxy on the floor.

Next you need to clean the floor, if there is grease stains use a de-greaser and brush and thoroughly clean the floor, you can cut down on elbow grease by renting a floor maintainer machine.  Make sure the floor is clean of any grease or sealers of any kind.

Next you are ready to apply the expoxy kit or paint.  Be sure to read the instructions carefully.  With the epoxy kit, you have about two hours to apply, so map out beforehand how you want to go about it.  Make sure the weather outside is not wet or humid.  You will need a two to three day drying time and then another two to three days before you put your car in the garage!

I hope this article How To Paint A Garage Floor Guilford Ct helped!

If you need any other help or advice please feel free to call us or set up an appointment for a free professional evaluation and estimate.

Sincerely, Dave Moffitt of Coastline Painters LLC Office 203-458-2073

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Tips For Painting The Inside Of Your Home Guilford Ct

Painting the inside of your home can give a tremendous boos to the beauty of your home and making everything look fresh and new! You can hire a professional or do it yourself!   If you choose to do it yourself then you have found the right article!  Your Home “Tips For Painting The Inside Of Guilford Ct” is designed to give you a few simple steps to help secure the best outcome and a high quality paint job!

Here are the steps:

1. Examine the wall closely and see if you need to patch any areas, after patching be sure to fill any hole, crack or dent.  After this, will need to sand the walls lightly to smooth out any imperfections.  This is the worst part of the job, but also the most important!

2. Lightly dust off the walls with a soft cloth and make sure the walls are clean of all dust.

3. Be sure to protect the floor area with a drop cloth

Next, you apply a coat of primer to the wall.  There are good reasons to use a primer, for one, it helps to prevent bleed through’s if you are painting over a dark toned color.  Priming also helps the finish coat of paint to adhere better and it can be helpful if you only want to apply one finish coat of paint instead of two (if you are painting over a deep toned color, you might still need more then one coat of finish paint even if you prime)

Quick note:  If you don’t want to reach to far or use a ladder, consider purchasing an extentsion pole that you can attach to your roller to help reach in the higher places.   You might also want to consider using a no VOC paint!  This eliminates inhaling harmful chemicals and paint odors! There are alot of high quality no VOC paints out there.

Use a paint grid to place in your bucket, fill the bucket halfway up the bucket.  Gently put your roller in the bucket and roll it a few times on the grid to remove any excess paint. To much on the roller can wreak havoc smoothing it on the wall not to mention causing lots of drips!

If you don’t finish in one day, just wrap your brushes and rollers in plastic tightly, put it a big zip lock baggie and put in the fride!  It keeps the paint fresh and moist. The next day take the stuff out of the fridge thirty to forty five minutes before you want to use them and you are good to go!  Same goes for the bucket of paint, you can just put a lid on the plastic bucket  and store the unused paint in there for the next day!

After you are done painting, just rinse out your equipment with warm water and they are ready  to go for the next paint job!  If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me, I am happy to give out professional advice!  Of course we are happy to come out and give you a free professional estimate / evaluation of your work!

I hope Tips For Painting The Inside Of Your Home Guilford Ct was very helpful!

Sincerely,

Dave Moffitt of Coastline Painters LLC – Office (203) 458-2073 email: coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net  dave's photo

 

How To Get A Painting Estimate Guilford CT

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When I do a search I will enter my town name and a few towns that are near me so that I get a contractor that is based within thirty minutes from my town, I prefer someone local.

When you start going through the list, pick a contractor in the top half of the first page. Why? This usually is a indication that they are searched out a lot and are more established.  It’s very helpful if they have a website, it shows a comittment to the consumer to disclose as much information about them as possible.

When you call or email the contractor, pay close attention to how long it takes for them to answer you, it should take no longer then 24 hours!  The best response is a same day response!This is an indicator to how fast they will respond when you hire them!

Make sure they have the following information:

1. A Home Improvement Contractor license by the State of Ct (this is mandatory)

2. All painting contractors must have a Lead License! They should have a certificate and Lead      License number

3. Proof of Insurance

4. References

After they meet with you make sure you receive a written estimate within three business days. Make sure on the estimate it outlines how many coats of paint, are dark colors included, are finishes like Eggshell included, what is extra, how long will the job take, when can they start?

These are important questions and everything should be in writing!

I hope “How To Get A Painting Estimate Guilford Ct ” was helpful!

Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have on any contracting topic!

We are happy to come out and meet with you as well to give you a full professional evaluation!

Sincerely,

Dave Moffitt

Coastline Painters LLC – Office (203) 458-2073 email:  coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net

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What Is No VOC paint in Guilford Ct

First, what are VOCs  in paint? They are Volatile Organic Compounds in house paint.  VOCs are solvents that release into the air for years after the paint is applied, heavily when the paint is drying but VOCs  keep releasing for years after the paint dries.

This article called” What is no Voc paint in Guilford” is intended to give you some information on what VOCs are.  You can also find VOCs in products other then paint, such as home cleansers, glues, adhesives.  Some symptoms of breathing VOCs are headaches and dizziness.   Here is a link to a list of common household products that have VOCs  http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/indoors/voc.htm

VOC or Volatile Organic Compounds are actually chemicals that manufactures use when making house paint, interior home furnishings, personal care products and also in common household cleansers.   The word “Volatile”  means that these chemicals evaporate and infiltrate the air we breathe at just room temperature!  The term “Organic” means that these chemicals are Carbon based, and the phrase “Chemical emissions” refers to VOC’s that evaporate into the air we breathe from these products.

The good news is that major paint manufactures are getting on board and creating paint products with No VOC’s! They recognize that people are very aware of what they buy and are choosing the healthiest product possible!

Major paint companies now produce a line of paint that has no VOCs in it, such as Benjamin Moore’s “Natura” or Behr “Premium”  and Sherwin Williams offers “Harmony”

I hope this article ” What Is No VOC Paint In Guilford Ct” was helpful!  Please do not hesitate to call us if you would like more information or some professional advice or an estimate, please call us!

 

You can reach us by phone at : (203) 458-2073 and also email us at: coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net or visit our website, here is the link: http://coastlinepainters.com/

Keep Healthy!

Dave Moffitt, Coastline Painters LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY USE NON-TOXIC PAINTS?

First, the bad news:
Indoor air is three times more polluted than outdoor air!  According to the EPA our indoor air is listed as one of the top 5 hazards to our health!  A good start to reduce the level of pollution in our indoor air is the type of paint that you have on your walls, doors and trim.
Painting products and finishes are among the leading causes of indoor air pollution!   After you have painted your home, the paints and the finishes continue to release low level toxic emissions into your breathing air for years after the application!  The source of these toxins is VOC’s (Variety of volitile organic compounds) which until recently were essential to the performance of paint.
Now, the good news!
Painting manufactures have caught on and there are many brands out there that offer No Voc based paint.
Benjamin Moore has Pristine Eco Spec and Sherwin Williams has Harmony. These are just a few, if you have a favorite paint brand that you are used to using, chances are they offer a No Voc line of paint and finishes!  These brands are high quality, better for your health and cost effective!
Remember to open a few windows and doors at the end of the day if you have been painting, even for a few minutes will help freshen the air!

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