How Do I Tell If The Paint On My Walls Is Latex Or Alkyd (oil) Based?
Sep20

How Do I Tell If The Paint On My Walls Is Latex Or Alkyd (oil) Based?

You can take some denatured alcohol or fingernail polish on a cloth and lightly rub it on an inconspicuous test area. If the paint softens and is easily removed, then it is a latex paint. If the paint does not really seem to be affected by the test, it is typically an alkyd (oil based) coating. If you are still not sure, look for an inconspicuous area and with a small tweezer-type tool remove a small chip or sample of the pain. Bring...

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Really Easy Bathroom Upgrade
Aug18

Really Easy Bathroom Upgrade

So, the holidays are here and you’ve got family coming in…and that bathroom has really been on your last nerve. If you’re feeling pinched on time and money, here’s a great way to update without much of either. Paint the cabinets! You’ll get rid of the flaking varnish, water damage, and smears of paint from poorly executed wall paint jobs in a few hours. Steps: Remove Hardware Clean Sand Use Denatured Alcohol Prime & Seal...

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Tape Off the Carpet
Aug18

Tape Off the Carpet

Many professional painters will carefully slip their painting masking tape under the baseboards when painting them so as to not get paint on the carpet or other floor covering. This is a good way to be able to trim baseboards excellently and at an efficient speed, but the actual masking is time-consuming and sometimes doesn’t create a seep-proof seal between the baseboard and the carpet or other floor covering. Another method...

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Painting Tip About Masking
Oct09

Painting Tip About Masking

Why does the paint on my freshly painted wall peel off when I remove the masking tape from the trimmed areas? Masking tape or even “Painter’s tape” may tend to stick to fresh coatings if not removed shortly after painting or pulled improperly from the surface. When the paint is applied to the walls, it will inevitably cover over the tape as well. As the paint starts to dry, it will start to adhere to the wall as well as the...

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Paint and Primer in one product… Is That Real?
Oct09

Paint and Primer in one product… Is That Real?

Do paint products that are considered a “Paint and Primer” in one product actually have primer mixed in? No. These types of products do not actually have primer mixed into them. The “Paint and Primer” products use quality resins that allow for good adhesion. This helps to eliminate the use of primers in most circumstances. Please note that primers may be needed in special cases. Contact us about specific painting situations as there...

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