Choosing the Right Type of Paint for Your CT Home Paint Job

Connecticut Home PaintersHow to Select the Right Type of Paint for Your Home Painting Project?

There are lots of colors on hand and they come in diverse shades and tints. With many options to be had, how will you know what the best paint to buy is with regards to home painting? Like many other homeowners out there, it is certain that there are requirements to help your paint job look great and last long.  Picking the right paint not only means choosing the perfect color to accent your home.  There are other considerations to consider based on the surface you are painting, current condition of the paint and environment.

When making your paint decision just know that Coastline Painter is here to help. We’re not just your CT home painters; we are also your CT home advisors. With over 35 years of experience on the shoreline of CT as well as New Haven and Middlesex county, Coastine Painters will help you select the best color for your home paint job, and the best type of paint to ensure your home is beautiful for years to come.

Types of Paints and Their Uses

There are water based and oil based paints obtainable available in your local hardware stores and paint specialty stores today. Be advised that experts have warned of the adverse health effects of oil based paints for some time now.  Even if you have customarily used oil based paints in the past it’s wise to move to water based paints to avoid health problems.

Home painting can be a complicated task. It requires creativity, a thorough understanding of the different types of paints, and how to properly apply them to different types of surfaces.  Many homes along the CT shoreline are older and might require some extra care and attention before painting. It’s also important to consider things like the lighting of the room, what the room is used for and the color of the decor. There are numerous types of both oil and water based paints. Emulsion and enamel paints that are water and oil based respectively are also frequently utilized for both exterior and interior home painting.

CT Interior Home PaintingAmongst the water based paints, there are several types of sheen/gloss obtainable. With the rise in popularity of sheen levels, there has been an increase in durability. This also creates a problem for an amateur painter though.  The improved sheen and gloss of paints also highlights imperfections in the surface you are painting.  This is where the expertise of a professional painter comes in to play as they will know exactly how to smooth out the surface being painted.

Satin and eggshell finishes are utilized in heavily used rooms or areas because they are more durable. On opposite ends of the spectrum is glossy and matte.  These two finishes are exactly as they sound.  Satin and eggshell contain some of the benefits of glossy and matte.  Satin is a little more glossy while eggshell is a little closer to matte. Eggshell and satin are commonly used in rooms like the kitchen, bathroom or family room because of the higher levels of traffic.

The matte finish is usually harder to clean but it does a better job of hiding flaws.  Matte finish paints are typically used in home offices and rooms with less traffic. Acrylic paint matte finish is utilized on many walls and acrylic eggshell as well as gloss finish is frequently utilized on trim and woodwork.

After choosing the type of paint, the shade choice is the next consideration.  One common mistake is over painting/coloring an area. This requires a good deal of tact and balance. The shades exude mood. While vivid colors could emanate happiness as well as activity, too much of it could cause a headache. More subtle shades could be perfect for serenity and calmness; however used excessively can create a look of dullness.

With the huge variety of paints available today, you have to be extra careful about your choice.  Coastline Painters can help you choose the best paint to suit your preference, needs and budget.

 

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

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

Window Glazing and Painting Branford Ct

Hi everyone!  We get a lot of calls asking if we do window glazing, and that’s why we created this blog Window Glazing and Painting Branford Ct. Yes, we do!

Window glazing is kind of a lost art, but it is an art and takes know how and skill!  Glazing compound holds the window in place (especially older windows) and keeps weather out!

Basically you remove the old glazing compound which can get hard as a rock, crack and have pieces fall out.  Then you remove old putty.  There is a process to the removal and re-installation of the new glazing compound and putty.  So, I hope this article Window Glazing and Painting Branford Ct helped!

We have been painting in Branford Ct for over 37 years! We also cover Guilford Ct, Madison Ct and all the way up the shoreline!

If you have any questions at all on how this process works, please call us! We are very happy to talk to you and give you all the information you need!  Even if you don’t plan on using our company for your painting needs, please call, we will guide you through the process!dave's photo

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

 

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

Dave Moffitt                                                                                                                                                                              Coastline Painters LLC   Ph.(203) 458-2073  coastlinepaintersllc@comcast.net                                     http://coastlinepainters.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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/

 

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

 

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!

Boost Your Home’s Value and Verve with Coastline Carpentry

carpenter in new haven county5 Simple architectural enhancements that pay off

What’s the secret to transforming cookie-cutter into your custom style?  When it comes to your home, light carpentry that adds built-in architectural details make all the difference.  To turn drab into dazzling – and boost your home’s value in the process – try adding one of these exciting accents:

  1. Window Seats. Window seats are beautiful architectural features, and add immense style, comfort, and value to your home.  Maximize your storage potential by creating a hinged bench seat, or consider building storage cubbies beneath.  Pull it together with cushions that match your room’s décor.
  2. Media Shelving. Utilize awkward spaces (and add to the charm of your home) by adding shelves under stair cases, around landings, next to fireplaces, or even under kitchen cabinets.  Such spaces are perfect for organizing and storing books, DVDs, cds, mobile device charging stations and all the necessities of today’s digital age.
  3. Crown Moulding. Add a classic dimension of elegance and warmth to any room with crown moulding.  But DIYers beware: Installing crown moulding can be tricky, particularly when it comes to the cornices.  As always, simple is better.
  4. Bead Board. Bead board is a mainstay in many old houses, lending a classic yet casual look to cabinets, ceilings and decorative wall panels.  With an informal flair, bead board can help you incorporate relaxed cottage styling into any decor.
  5. Flower Boxes. Give your home a floral facelift with a fun flower box!  Painted to match your home’s exterior (or the blooms within), built-in flower boxes will give your home a decorative seasonal boost the whole year through.

Eager to learn more?  For more than 35 years, Coastline Painters has helped homeowners like you in New Haven and surrounding areas make the most of their home’s potential with the addition of unique architectural accents inside and out.  Contact us today for a free quote.

Help your environment and budget with green, eco-friendly painting

green painting new haven county fairfield county3 Sensible green painting options

Want a healthier home, lower utility bills and a cleaner planet?  Then consider using paints that meet today’s higher standards for environmental performance, lasting beauty and long-term value.  Fact is, consumers looking to save money and the environment have more choices than ever before.  Here’s how to take advantage of more sensible options for your next painting project right now:

Choose a Low-VOC Paint

All paints contain some level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), but paints with higher levels can trigger asthmatic or allergic reactions, and even contribute to air pollution.  Because they release fewer toxins into the air during the drying process, low-VOC paints are considered safer to people and less harmful to the environment.

Green Seal, a non-profit environmental standards organization, makes it easy to identify less toxic paints that also have great coverage and durability.  Visit www.greenseal.org/standards/paints.htm to view their paint evaluation criteria, or let Coastline Painters help you select a safe paint that meets your decorating needs.

Choose Recycled, Reblended or Surplus Paints

Consumers looking to reduce costs and environmental impact may want to consider commercially produced recycled content paint, which contains 50-80% recycled content.  It’s filtered, mixed, sorted and tested to ensure consistent quality, and it’s sometimes available direct from the supplier at no cost.  (Keep in mind, however, that it may need to be special-ordered, and is usually limited to earth tones).

Moreover, many municipalities create reblended paints from leftover paints brought to their household hazardous waste facilities.  While color palettes are limited, the paint is typically of reasonable quality and available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.  Although this may not fit clients with more exacting needs, it is a more budget-conscious solution.

Choose the Right Paint Color and Quality

It’s true: The right paint color can actually lower your electricity bill.  Lighter colors reduce your need for artificial light, by bouncing natural light from windows and fixtures throughout your room.  Moreover, choosing a high-quality paint that comes with a performance warranty will reduce your need for costly additional coats and potentially hazardous removal down the line.

Selecting the right paint doesn’t have to break the bank or harm the planet.  Contact Coastline Painters for a free quote to see how we can help you make better choices for your next painting project.

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