3 Common House Painting Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make, By Painter In Madison Ct

Whether you’re planning on painting a bedroom, your favorite piece of furniture, or the crown moulding that you can’t stand the color of, we’re here to help. We know many homeowners like to paint around their homes themselves, even though it can seem like a big project to take on. If you’re one of these people, we’re sure you can relate to these 3 common painting mistakes, this is why we created this blog “3 Common House Painting Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make, By Painter In Madison Ct 

 1.Buying the least expensive paint and brushes

Typically, when someone wants to begin painting a room or multiple rooms throughout their house, the first thing that comes to mind is – how much is this going to cost me? So, in an effort to save money and make the DIY project cost-effective, they’ll reach for the cheapest paint and least expensive paint brushes. While you may not notice an immediate difference, you’ll probably end up paying an additional price somehow. Some lesser expensive paints require multiple coats to be able to cover an area that a higher quality paint could. While others, can be extremely difficult to clean off of surfaces (you know, on the off-chance you make a mistake and spill or drop a little paint on the floor). Professional house painters usually will invest in high quality products!

 According to professional house painters for interior house painting or exterior house painting, if you want to test to quality of your paint, look at its thickness. It’s a safe bet to avoid “generic” branded paints.

 2.Combining latex and oil-based products

Many people think you can combine latex and oil-based paint, so they won’t bother to correctly prime their walls. However, if you have oil-based paint on the area that you’re currently wanting to paint, it’s not a good idea to apply latex-based paint directly on top of it. Surprisingly, the reverse (oil on latex) doesn’t cause any issues, though, so we can see the confusion. But, once you’ve applied latex on top of oil, it becomes extremely difficult to remove. It’s likely you’ll have to sand or scrape it off of the area.  Again, another secret that interior and exterior house painters and painting contractors know.

 To prevent this from happening – prime your walls first with a latex-based “conversion” primer. It will help the latex-based paint to sit on the area without being nearly impossible to remove. No sanding or scraping for you today!

 3.Choosing the wrong finish for the wrong room

Different rooms around your house will have different levels of traffic. It’s important to think of this when you’re choosing the finish for your paint because a “flat” paint is much harder to clean than a paint that has a “Eggshell” Matte” “semi gloss” or “high gloss” finish when painting your home.

 The finishes range from flat to high gloss and measure how “shiny” the paint will be on the walls. Interior house paints that are glossier tend to be easier to clean, making them perfect for high-traffic rooms like the kids playroom (aren’t you sick of trying to clean those walls?).  A professional house painter will be sure to ask his customer about finishes that best suit their home when house painting.

Next time you need to choose a interior house paint color, keep in mind how often you may be needing to clean something off of the area it’s going on. If the answer is likely never – go for a flat paint. If it’s pretty often, you know what to do!

We hope this blog “3 Common House Painting Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make, By Painter In Madison Ct” was helpful. As always, you can call, text or email us for professional advice, or have us come over to give you a free home painting estimate!

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Dave and Kathy Moffitt                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Coastline Painters LLC                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Covering the shoreline in Ct              Office (203)458-2073  Text (203) 738-9090  coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net                                                               kathy facebook imagedave's photo

 

How To Solve A Paint Problem, Old Saybrook Ct

I’ve been in the painting business for over 37 years and have received many calls from people when paint goes wrong. That’s why we created this blog How To Solve A Paint Problem, Old Saybrook CT.   Paint problems always pop up for “do it yourselfers”  we’ve all been there! We are happy to answer any questions you have after reading this blog, our contact info is at the bottom.

The most common issue and paint problem is when paint peels or bubbles. This can be caused by bad adhesion or age, some other things that can cause this is exposing latex paint to moisture shortly after it has dried, or applying an oil based or alkyd paint over a previous latex base paint, this doesn’t work. Another way to cause issues is improper surface preparation, or painting on a damp, dirty or hot surface. This is why we offer free professional consultations over the phone or in person, even if you are doing the job yourself, please call us for advice and the way to do it, we are very happy to help anyone that calls.
Why are we willing to do this? Because that’s how we became successful, by taking the focus off our own bottom line and instead caring for the customer, it all comes back to us in the way of good will.

I mentioned this already, but you really need to be sure that you are not dealing with lead based paint, it’s very dangerous to your health and your children’s health. Especially if you just moved into a new home, it’s a great idea before you do anything with the walls or trim to have the surfaces tested for lead if it’s an older home (before 1978) There are kits at hardware or paint stores for this. Children are the most impacted by lead based paint, it can be hard to detect at first, and symptoms and signs don’t usually appear until there are high levels in the body. I will be doing another blog on this, so please check back in the next week or so for it.

Now, back to the topic of this blog, a few ways to help prevent surface problems from occurring after painting and lesson paint problems:
1. Always make sure that the surface you are painting has been properly cleaned and then given adequate time to dry completely.
2. If you have stains on the wall, be sure to purchase a high quality primer from Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams, these are the two companies I deal with all the time, and they stand behind their product if there is any problem, they are quick to help resolve the issue.
3. If you are dealing with new joint compound be sure to use flat latex paint or latex primer.
4. If its the summer make sure it’s not real humid or hot outside, even if you have air conditioning on, be sure that it’s not one of those extra humid hot days outside, this can greatly affect the overall quality of the paint job.
5. Let the surfaces dry completely before exposing the surfaces to any type of moisture! If you are painting in a bathroom or kitchen, checkout a paint that is made for this specifically! Some great products are Benjamin Moore’s Aura Bath & Spa paint, this is a great product! In the past only glossier sheen paints were recommended for high moisture areas like kitchens, bathrooms for their durability and easy to wipe clean the walls. Now, you can still get these great benenfits, and have the option of a Matte finish with a product like Benjamin Moore’s Aura Bath and Spa.
6. Another solution is to install fans or venting systems in rooms that have high moisture.

Bubbles are another negative symptom after painting that causes paint problems, that I get calls from frustrated homeowners that worked so hard to create a beautiful paint job, only to find that a short time later, there is bubbling happening! If after some time the blisters don’t go down on their own, you will need to scrape and sand the areas.

Scraping. Proper scraping is so important to prevent any painting problems!  If you are doing interior work, you want to get all the scraping done first, then you do the sanding. If you are doing exterior work, you can do the scraping and sanding as part of the same process. If you are sanding outside, be sure to cover windows and doorways as the dust can definitely find it’s way into the house, and that can be a job in itself cleaning up the dust on the inside when you aren’t ready for it. Another area that you need to be very protective of is the plant life outside, shrubs, flowers, especially gardens! You can get a light weight clean drop cloth and cover these areas carefully before starting. If you lift the cloth and you find that some chips or heavy dust got on the ground, don’t panic. Carefully pick up the chips and carefully scrape some dirt with the dust to get it out of the ground. It’s obviously important with gardens since you will be eating what is there and it can get into your soil and into your food.

How to scrape the walls before sanding: You want to scrape first especially if there is bubbling or peeling! A scraping tool is the best ally in this project, it’s a simple device that can help eliminate most of the walls previous paint. A good idea is to divide the area into smaller parts (be sure to wear safety goggles over your eyes). The reason I suggest dividing the area into smaller parts is the clean up, it’s easier to scrape and then clean up the floor of the falling pieces of old paint and then move onto the next section. It can be very daunting to scrape a large area, look back and see a huge mess that needs to be cleaned up, this also helps serve you in case you have to stop the job quickly because you got called away to something else, it can take minutes to clean up the small section before you have to leave. When you come back, there is a clean set up space waiting for you. This also helps because you can tie up the garbage bag and take it with you to throw out and it’s not sitting there. On another note, it can be so encouraging to see your progress when you do small sections at a time and it encourages you to keep going. It is hard work, but done the right way, it goes quickly and efficiently, that’s the name of the game, and that translates into a beautiful job and no paint problems!

Before you start to sand, make sure to use a large roll of plastic ( you can purchase them at the hardware or painting store) You will need to get some tape and close off any openings in the room so that the debris from sanding doesn’t go to other parts of the house or rooms. Also cover any air conditioning or heating ducs.

Another solution for the high areas is a sanding pole, these are very handy, all you have to do is attach the sanding paper to the end of the pole and you are ready to go, ideally you should get a pole that allows you to adjust the height of the pole, otherwise, you will be limited on the low parts.

You can also cover the floor with some resin paper (definitely do this when you start to paint or use a good drop cloth) When sanding be sure to choose good sand paper, perhaps a 120 grit paper. You want to fold the paper in three parts so that you can sand on one part of the paper and when that looks like it’s worn down, its easy to just flip the sand paper over and you have a fresh paper waiting for you.

Another way to prevent paint problems is sanding! You want to do a nice sanding job because sanding serves several purposes in itself. It removes layers of chipped flaking paint. Sanding also helps by removing a gloss finish, this way it helps with paint adhesion. You don’t want a shiny surface before you paint. If you are doing a large room, you can use an electric sander. This really helps ease the work load and wear and tear on your body! Just be sure to have the right grit, not to heavy and let the sander do all the work! Gently hold it and it will glide over the wall. There are sanders that have a bag attached to collect any sanding powder, you still want to tape off rooms because although it collects a lot of the powder, it’s not 100%, maybe 95%.

When this happens, you need to scrape and sand the area. A word of caution here, make sure there is no lead paint, there are kits you can buy at the hardware store to test for this, if there is lead I strongly suggest hiring a lead certified painting contractor to at least remove the old paint for you. If you choose to do it yourself, make sure to wear gloves and a mask.
Gloves are important because you can create heat from the friction between the wall and sandpaper, and of course always always wear a mask! If you do a lot of the projects yourself around the house, I would suggest investing in a really high quality mask that allows you to change the filters and sturdy enough to last a long time. You will use this mask for many projects like cleaning with strong chemicals, when you use paints that have odors and chemicals, perhaps you have a very dirty garage or basement, it’s a great way to protect your health when you start sweeping and cleaning, kicking up all kinds of stuff into the air, so it will always be put to good use in one form or another!

When you are done with the sanding, on interior walls you will need to get a clean cloth and dampen it with some fresh water. It’s important to do a nice job wiping down the walls so that you can clean up any sanding powder or residue on the walls. This is tricky because sometimes it looks like there is nothing on the wall, but if you run your gloved hand over it you will see a bunch of powder come off on your glove, you dont’ want this, it will get into the paint and the air causing problems. So, use a clean cloth, make it damp and gently wipe down the walls and make sure there is no powder on your gloved hand when you run it back over to check that it’s all gone. This step is important to prevent any paint problems!

Next is vacuuming, there is a wonderful vacuum called the HEPA vacuum, the initials stand for High-Efficiency Particulate Air filter. If you are in a room with covered furniture, you might need to vacuum the furniture as well. If there is lead paint you are dealing with, vacuum every thing!! Vacum surfaces that were covered. It doesn’t matter, because it’s easy for particles to get under the covering.

After the scraping, sanding and vacuuming are all done, it’s time to put up fresh drop cloths and protect the floor as well with resin paper. Be sure to do research on the type of paint you are using. I have used Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams paints for over 35 years with great success. Be sure to get a high quality primer, and take your time applying a good coat of primer. After the primer has dried completely, be sure to get a high quality finish paint. If you are buying your supplies from a reputable paint store, talk to them, ask a lot of questions, ask what they would use and why. Try to give them as many details as possible. The reason you want to go to a small store is the customer service and help. I love to go to home depot, but sometimes you can feel like you are in no man land! Small paint stores and hardware stores have more hands on experience with customers. They can really help so you don’t run into unkown painting problems!

After scraping and sanding you will need to spot or full prime followed by a high quality paint like Benjamin Moore’s.

How To Solve House Painting Problems, Branford Ct

Everyone has problems!  We have the solutions to your PAINTING problems!  Hi, I am Dave Moffitt and I’ve been a painting contractor for over 37 years and I’ve seen it ALL!  One thing I have learned is if you are a painting professional, you have the answer to just about any painting issue out there!  That’s why I created this blog “How To Solve Painting Problems, Branford Ct”

I’ve seen moisture problems, color problems, rotted wood, houses that were painted with the same color but the color was uneven on different parts of the house.  Faded stain, chipped paint, chalky surfaces!  You name it, I’ve seen it!

Homeowners sometimes like to paint their home themselves and run into all kinds of problems.

Call us if you need any advice on a painting/staining problem, or if you want product advice.  Even if we are not hired to paint for you we are very happy to help you over the phone!

Here is a link to my youtube video:

Sincerely,

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How A Great Painting Job Gets Done Part 3, Madison Ct

In this article I am going to pick up where I left off at on the previous blog ‘How A Great Painting Job Gets Done Part 2, Madison Ct.  In my previous article I talked about how important it was to check around the house for any rotted/bad wood and remove it and replace with new wood.

After you replace any bad rotted wood, the next step is to power wash the house to remove any dirt and/or mildew.  Let the house dry thoroughly.  Next step is to putty and caulk the trim where it needs it.  Check to see if the windows need re-glazed.  After these steps you want to prime the surface, especially the new wood that was installed.  Be sure to use high quality products like Benjamin Moore.  It is as important as the prep work!

Once the priming is all set, you are ready for the finish coat!  Be sure to use good brushes.

I hope this article helped!  Please feel free to call us with any questions you may have, we are happy to help!

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How A Great Painting Job Gets Done Part 2, Madison Ct

The biggest key in getting a great paint job is hiring someone that understands the importance of prep work!  This is why I created this blog How A Great Painting Job Gets Done Part 2, Madison CT.

Like I mentioned before in a previous article, I understand that price is important, but it should never be the only thing you look at!  There is a vast difference between a true professional painter and a person that thinks they are a professional. Here is a good video below:

The biggest part of your estimate should be about the preparation done on your home before the finish paint is applied.  What kind of prep work?  The first thing to look for is rotted wood.  During the estimate the person performing the estimate should check for any bad or rotted wood. This must be removed during the prep phase and new wood installed.  Normally, it’s a ballpark figure to do the carpentry repair.  They should be able to give you an hourly carpentry rate and an hour range for the labor.

Any newly replace wood should have primer put on it before anything else!

Does the house need to be power washed?   It’s a very good idea to properly wash the house to remove dirt and/or mildew.  Applying paint over a dirty surface would cause a lot of issues.

So carpentry repair and rotted wood removal is a very big step in the preparation process!

I hope this helps, please look up my How A Great Painting Job Gets Done Part 3, Madison Ct for more details!  If you have any questions, please call us!  We are happy to give professional advice over the phone!

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Dave Moffitt, Coastline Painters LLC Ph. 203-458-2073  coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net

50 Shades of Gray House Painter, Guilford Ct

Nowadays there are so many different shades of color to choose from!  White isn’t just white anymore!  There could be twenty different whites! Each paint company had their spin on colors as well!

What’s the  solution to choosing the right color for you before painting an entire wall, room or exterior of your home?  Pick a handful of samples and have your painter put them on the surface that is getting painted!  Don’t be shy about how many greens or whites you need put up to decide!  Some colors are only a shade different from the next, but when it’s on a wall or the outside of your home, the sunlight changes the color through out the day!

A light color can look very different once applied!  Many stores now sell tiny little tubs of paint that are perfect for this without breaking the bank!

Check out how the color looks as the light changes during the day.  You will be surprised how a color can look one way on the chip but look totally different on the wall!  Make sure the paint is completely dry before you decide as the color changes when it goes from wet to dry!

So, I hope this article 50 Shades of Gray painter, Guilford Ct was helpful!

It’s not the “tie up” version! LOL! But it’s important!

Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have or if you would like some help picking out a color!

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How A Professional Painter Does Preparation, Madison Ct

What seperates a professional painter from everyone else?  It’s the approach in how you prep your job!  The success of a beautiful paint jobs lies in the preparation work!

You need to take the proper time to evaluate the job, see what is needed! Is there any moisture problems?  Is there rotted wood?  Once you evaluate the work to be done, the next step is outlining the order in which things should be done, after that, it’s taking the proper time and patience to scrape, sand, do any wood repair, pick the right products to use and apply them.http://youtu.be/N2_BifV1c4w

I hope this article How A Professional Painter Does Preparation, Madison Ct is helpful!

You can always call us with any questions you may have or if you would like a professional painting evaluation/estimate done on your home!

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Oil or Latex Paint For My House, Westbrook Ct

Sometimes it can be a little confusing deciding on latex base or oil base paint for you home.  Nowadays the paint industry is putting a lot of their effort into producing really great AcrySolic/latex base paint lines.  Oil is great, but it has a few small drawbacks.

I like to use Acrylic over Oil because it dries faster (in about 15 minutes) versus Oil which can take hours, depending on the temperature!  Oil really smells!  There are really great low or no VOC acrylic paints out there like Benjamin Moore’s Natura brand that is fantastic!

There are some good oil base primers, but I am in favor of the Acrylic.  If you would like some professional advice, please call us!  We are happy to talk to you over the phone or come out and visit you for a free professional estimate or evaluation of your home!

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How To Get A Great Painting Estimate, Madison Ct

There’s a few important things you need to have in your estimate that is very relevant to a great estimate!  This is why I created this article How To Get A Great Painting Estimate, Madison Ct.

First, go online and do a search for a contractor that includes your hometown and perhaps a few towns over, if you live in Madison Ct, you can google:  house painter guilford, madison, branford ct.  This way you are seeing a nice variety of contractors.  If you want to keep in strictly in your town that’s great also.

Once you contact the painting company, pay attention to how long it takes for them to get back to you if they don’t answer the phone at first.  See how long it takes to have them call you back, schedule the estimate, (do they take a week to meet with you?)  Once they visit you, how long does it take to get a written detailed estimate with the proper information in it?  What kind of information are you looking for? It’s this:

Full details with the prep process, how many coats of paint, type of materials, when they will schedule the work, how long the job will take.

Also, check that they have a lead license, a state Home Improvement Contractor license.

Make sure they have liability and workers compensation insurance.

I hope this article How To Get A Great Painting Estimate, Madison Ct is helpful.  Please feel free to call me with any questions you may have or to schedule an estimate!

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How To Fix Streaking Wall Paint In Bathroom, Madison Ct

Having streaks on your walls in wet places like your bathroom walls, perhaps the kitchen walls is a common problem!  But the good news is it can easily fixed!  What really makes the difference here is the products you use!

Benjamin Moore has a line for this exact issue called “Aura Bath & Spa Waterborne Interior Paint” It is a really high quality product that helps eliminate the streaks you get from moisture, helps protect against mildew, stains wash off easily and it’s excellent when you need to touch up!

This really is a must when painting in areas that are exposed to moisture!  Please feel free to call us for tips on this product or if you have any questions!  We are happy to help!dave's photo

I hope this article “How To Fix Streaking Wall Paint In Bathroom, Madison Ct ” was helpful!http://youtu.be/QXHjcSlKwVw

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