Best Time To Paint Exterior of Your Home, Madison Ct

Best Time To Paint Exterior of Your Home! Many people think that the best time to paint the exterior of your home is summer or spring, but really the fall months are very ideal for house painting!  In the summer months it can get very humid which causes paint to dry longer, especially if it’s oil which takes a lot longer. We are house painters in Guilford Ct and used to the many different temperature swings in the New England area. First painting your home is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to increase the value of your home!

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When you paint your home in the fall you still have plenty of good weather to take advantage of! Sometimes its easier to do this valuable project in the fall due to the fact that things seem to be a little calmer around the home.  When you have a house painter on the premesis he usually will have a house painting crew with him.  When a good house painter from a reputable house painting company sets up the shop on your property, it can take up a little space.  If you decide to paint the exterior of your home in the fall, the kids are back in school and not around the house during the day, this makes it easier on the kids and family when house painters are working. In the fall, the weather is less humid which helps with drying time, and now with all the new high quality paints being able to sustain colder temperatures its a matter of researching the paint brand for the specifications and seeing the temp range.  Mostly it’s a good idea to stay above 40 Degrees in outside temp but you can go a little colder and do great.  There are a few things to watch for, the house painter you hire will want to make sure that the house surface is dry from any dew in the morning, this might mean a little later start, between 9:00-9:30 or a little later depending on where you live instead of the usual 7:30-8:00 am start, this gives more valuable time for drying.   After the paint or stain is applied in temperature’s at 40 degrees or above it is important that the temperature stay at 40 degrees or above for the next 3 hours so that the drying process is good.  Also, at night it’s important that the temperature does not drop below freezing the first night because curing paint can still have some moisture in it and it can crystallize in sub-freezing temperatures at night.  Please know that you won’t be aware of a problem until spring or summer months if this does happen because moisture can stay trapped under the wood, and in the warmer temps find it’s way out, which means bubbling paint!  So, if your house painter adhere’s to these guidelines,  you can have a fantastic paint job in the fall months! Sometimes you can get a little better value if you wait until the fall, a house painter is very busy in the warmer months and may be looking to fill a few gaps in the fall schedule and you can get a better deal!  We are house painters / painting contractors in Guilford Ct and we also serve the Madison Ct, Old Saybrook Ct, Westbrook Ct, Branford Ct areas and are happy to visit your home for a free professional evaluation or if you are not near us, please feel free to call us with any questions, we are so happy to help you! I hope this blog Best Time to Paint Your Home, Madison Ct is helpful!  Also please feel free to contact us with any questions! Dave & Kathy Moffitt

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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.

Painter Branford Ct, 3 Tips to Find One

Here are some tips to finding a painter in Branford Ct, I also have a link below to a video titled “Painter Branford Ct, 3 Tips to Find One”.  When looking for an exterior painter or interior painter in Branford Ct here are the tips:

The first step is to go on Google and plug in “Painter, Branford Ct” or if you’re from Guilford “Painter, Guilford Ct’ and you will see local painters for the town you chose populate.

When you contact a painting contractor make sure they have a current license, you can check with the Dept.of Consumer Protection in Ct.  Make sure they are fully licensed with Liability and Workers Compensation insurances.

Next, make sure they have been in business for awhile, it doesn’t have to be 37 years like us, but it needs to be at lease five years or so.  A good indicator of how you will be treated  is how fast they return your call, how fast they come out to give the estimate and how fast they give to you a detailed written estimate with description of work, pricing and how long the job will take.  Finding house painters for exterior or interior work in Branford Ct doesn’t have to be difficult, just watch the signs!

I hope this blog “Painter Branford Ct, 3 tips to find one” is helpful! Remember, when you are looking for an exterior painter in Branford you can call us for tips or advice!

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How To Paint Vinly Siding, Madison Ct

Many people don’t realize that you can paint vinly siding. That’s why we created this blog “How To Paint Vinly Siding, Madison Ct ” to inform you.

Vinyl siding is great, but the color can fade over time and sometimes people would like to change the color.  Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams have high quality paint that is perfect for this.

I have been painting for over 35 years, I have painted houses in Guilford Ct, Branford Ct, Madison Ct and I have painted houses all the way up the shoreline in Ct.  I have painted many vinyl homes.

You need to make sure the house is clean and chalk free.  Then it’s important to pick a high quality paint and of course a great painting contractor!

If you have any questions or need advice, please call us!

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Rings End Paint Store In Branford Ct

Rings End paint store in Branford Ct is the best paint store that I have dealt with yet.   One of the first things I noticed is their outstanding customer service!  They have great sales clerks!

Rings End also carries the Benjamin  Moore line which is a very high quality line of paints and stains.  They have a table you can sit at and go through colors, if you need help, they have a decorator that can sit with you and help you pick out a color scheme or give other advice. Here is a youtube video we filmed at the store: http://youtu.be/Y5r60CJdRQI?list=UUPqhZXm3tlefzuw_-YJCAPw

I highly recommend you visit Rings End Paint store in Branford Ct you won’t be disappointed!  They also have a large lumber department, fence, kitchen design area and much more!

Please feel free to call me if you need any help or professional advice, it doesn’t matter if you hire us or not, we are happy to be a resource to you!dave's photo

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How A Great Painting Job Gets Done Part 1, Madison Ct

It’s one thing to sort through estimates and find the price that fits your budget, but an important factor to getting a great painting job is in the prep work! This is why I created this article “How Great Painting Gets Done, Madison Ct. I  understand that price is important but what good is it to go by price alone if you don’t get a high quality paint job?  It’s like that old saying “Buy for price, buy twice”!  But, you don’t have to worry about that!

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Here are a few things to look for in an estimate:

-Make sure they are licensed with the state of Ct

-Make sure they have a lead license

In the estimate, make sure that they detail all the prep work that will get done, like, replace rotted wood.  Scrape and sand. Use a high quality primer, make sure a high quality paint product like Benjamin Moore is used.  Proper putty and caulking should be done.

There should be a clean looking crew that shows up on time and is neat and conscientious.

Without good prep work nothing else matters, it won’t look like a high quality job.

Please feel free to call us at Coastline Painters LLC at 203-458-2073 with any questions, we are happy to talk with you.  I can also come out and give you a free professional home evaluation!

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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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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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Anyone Can Be A Painter, But Not A Professional Painter, Branford Ct

Everyone tries their hand at painting at some point in their life.  The difference between a homeowner painting a room and a professional painter is experience.  This is why I created this article Anyone Can Be A Painter, But Not A Professional Painter, Branford Ct.  Experience is the difference between an “ok” job and a fantastic job!

Your home is one of the biggest, if not biggest financial investment you make in your lifetime. It’s important that you take good care of it.  It takes years to perfect a professional painting job!  One of the biggest concerns is lead.  Homes built before 1978 most likely have lead.  You need to go to lead classes to learn the safest way to remove and dispose of lead in a home to prevent people from getting sick and hurting our enviroment.

It takes years to learn the most efficient and proper way to prep walls, trim, doors to make sure you get the best outcome.  The way you cut in a room matters, the kind of products you use.

All of this takes time and education.  You truly get what you pay for!

For some guidelines on how to hire the right house painting professional and what to look for, give us a call, we are happy to help you!  There are lots of house painters out there, but they are not all the same!

I hope this article Anyone Can Be A Painter But Not A Pro Painter, Branford Ct was helpful!

Please feel free to call us for any professional advice or a estimate for your home!

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