Painting Tips And Guide For Commercial Properties

March 21, 2012

If you wish to hire contractors for painting your manufacturing factory, you have to ensure that you are choosing people who are professionals with proven track record, so that you are spared of sloppy, incomplete work. Here are steps on hiring a good commercial painting contractor for painting your manufacturing factory

1. Searching for painting contractors – Go through various listings online and in your phone directory so that you can find some good, professional painting contractors. Once you email them online through the directory listing, you may even get a call back from them asking about what kind of painting job you’d like to have done. You can enquire if they are good with painting constructions apart from home, like a manufacturing factory. They should not be having a problem with it, so if they are fine with it, you can proceed ahead or shortlist them. The others way of getting in touch with a professional painter cum contractor is by simply doing a Google or Yahoo search or checking with your friends, relatives, local television and print ads etc.

2. How to shortlist – You can solicit bids from at least three painting contractors. You may not get an accurate estimate from them without an onsite inspection. From your end, you can ask for things like proof of their contractor license, a couple of references from the bidders, proof of workman’s compensation and liability insurance. Ask if they can provide warranty on their work and if they can start the job on a given time and finish it in a particular slot of time.

3. The Contract – Just before hiring the painting contractor for your manufacturing factory, make a written contract that contains detailed information on every aspect of the job. The written contract should honor both the client and contractor’s interests. Verbal agreements are not taken as proof in the court of law, so stick to a written contract.

4. The payment – Some of us make the mistake of paying the entire money upfront as we are quite taken by the reputation of the contractor. It is always better to pay some money upfront as deposit or advance which should not be more than 50 percent of the total fee. The trust has to be binding and mutual between parties, you and the contractor. Since the manufacturing factory may be a larger assignment, you can arrange for a milestone payment plan, wherein you can pay for step-by-step payment according to the completion of certain milestones in the job.

5. Insurance and bonds – All paint contractors should have liability insurance that protects them against bodily harm during the job and also covers property damage. A proof of liability insurance is enough to assure you of the same. Look for bonding also, this is just like insurance but instead of providing immunity to property damage and bodily injury, the bonding cover covers costs that are related to inferior performance and substandard workmanship by the contractor in question. Hiring bonded contractors is actually required by law in many states and guarantees the quality and commitment of the contractor to the project that is being undertaken. State agencies control the bonded funds, and they may vary across various states in the US.

Prepping Your Home for a Fresh Coat of Paint

December 15, 2010

If you are lucky, the only thing your house may need before giving it a fresh coat of paint is a good wash down. Spray it off with a garden hose and remove stubborn dirt with a warm, soapy water and a scrub brush. If luck is not on your side, then you may be looking at spending a bit more time and effort in prepping your home for a fresh coat of paint.

Begin by inspecting the exterior of your house including the walls, under the eaves-troughs, around the doors and windows and near the ground. Look for peeling paint, blisters, stains and mildew. Once you have found the areas that need attention, take the time to make the repairs.

Use a scraper and a wire brush to remove the peeling or blistered paint. Be sure to hold the scraper so that the blade is perpendicular to the wood and drag it along the surface. Sand the rough, scraped areas with sandpaper to smooth them out. If there are large areas that need scraping, you can use an electric paint remover which uses heat to remove paint.

Now that the loose paint has been removed and the areas smoothed out, it is time to prime the house. If you are going to be painting your home with latex paint, then use a latex primer and use a solvent-based primer for solvent-thinned paint. The primer will provide a good foundation for the top coat of paint as well as added protection against sun and rain.

You also should take the time to repair leaks in gutters and replace loose caulking found around windows with fresh. If there are cracks in the siding, be sure to fill, sand and prime them. When putting a fresh coat of paint on metal surfaces such as window frames, eaves and downspouts, be sure to remove any rust and then prime the metal with a metal primer.

In order to make the painting chore easier, take down storm windows, screens, shutters and removable light fixtures. If you find it difficult to paint behind downspouts it is often easiest just to remove them and then reattach them once the paint has dried. Take the time to prune back any shrubbery branches that are touching the surface of your house and then cover the shrubs with drop clothes to protect them from dropping paint and spills.

Allow one full day for prepping your home for a fresh coat of paint. Although there may be quite a few things to do before painting, these tasks are all very much worth the effort as the painting job itself will be much easier and less time consuming in the long run.

Neutral Paint Colors vs Vibrant Colors

July 21, 2010

Neutral Paint Colors vs Vibrant Colors- How They Affect the Appearance of a Room

When deciding on the color of paint to use for a room in your home, you have many choices available. The color you choose for a room can be a reflection of your mood, preferences and feelings. In order to choose the right color to use, you do not need to be a painting expert but you should know that neutral paint colors and vibrant colors are very different and should be used in different ways.

Neutral colors are simple and offer a rustic and restful feeling. However, often times neutral colors can get a bit boring and homeowners today are more willing to go with vibrant reds, blues, greens and yellows to give rooms an entirely new image. Be warned though that going overboard and painting each room in your home a rich and vibrant color can end up making your house look like a fast food restaurant! Instead, choose one or two rooms in your home to accent with colors so that they stand out and bring the house to life. Simply put, having too many walls painted in vibrant colors may be distracting and rather jarring.

The idea behind using vibrant colors it to provide color while maintaining the harmony of the room and not to overwhelm the senses. Vibrant colors often do best in rooms that do not have a lot of natural light. On the other hand, a room with many windows often looks nice when painted in a neutral color as the natural light will change the appearance of the room at different times of the day. You can also mix and match neutral and vibrant colors. A dining room for example with two or three windows can be painted using both vibrant and neutral colors by painting three of the walls in a beige or tan for example and the fourth in something more colorful to offer an interesting contrast.

When deciding on a paint color to use, you need to look at the elements in the room that will remain such as carpeting, drapery and furniture. If you have colorful carpeting or furniture for example painting the walls in a vibrant color may not be the best idea as the entire room’s balance can be thrown off, making the room appear to be unsettled and far from relaxing. However, if you choose a neutral paint color that coordinates with the colorful elements in the room, the room will ‘come together’ so to speak in a calming and relaxed way.

Specialized Epoxy Floor Painting – Ideal for Garages

July 7, 2010

Specialized epoxy floor paint made just for garage floors is what should be used if you wish to have a long-lasting coat of paint on the floor of your garage. Most usually, one coat of epoxy paint will give you a beautiful semi-gloss finish that will last for years to come.

Concerning the type of epoxy paint to use, there are three basic types: One-hundred percent epoxy, solvent-based and water-based. The 100% epoxy paint is costly and hard to work with as it hardens quickly. The solvent-based epoxies are quite hazardous and requires that you wear a respirator to avoid breathing the fumes. The easiest and most convenient is the water-based specialized epoxy paint. You will have to mix up two separate components for this type of paint but there are no harmful fumes to worry about and you can quite easily find this type of paint at any home improvement or hardware store.

This specialized epoxy paint will do a great job of transforming the floor of your garage into something beautiful, clean and durable. A floor covered in epoxy paint can actually make the surface of your garage floor twice as strong as the concrete itself which lies beneath. Not only will you garage floor look nice, it will be protected against heat damage, gasoline, oil, scuffs and daily wear and tear.

Before painting your garage floor, you must be sure to take the time needed to thoroughly clean the floor. You can find heavy duty cleaner/primer solutions at most hardware and paint stores which will clean the concrete as well as cut through the grease and oil that normally accumulates on a garage floor. Most of these solutions are easy to use and require just one application and rinse. For heavily soiled garage floors, you may need to first use a pressure washer or a rented floor scrubber with heavy duty brushes to cut through the grime. If this is the case, be sure to purchase industrial strength cleaners that are normally sold at the rental companies renting out the floor cleaning machines.

Once the floor is cleaned and dried completely, you can now concentrate on applying the epoxy paint. Using a long-handled roller, apply a thin, even coat first. Allow that coat to dry for twenty-four hours before deciding if you wish to apply a second coat. In many instances, one coat is sufficient but if you would like to put on a second, it is fine. It is not however, recommended to apply more than two coats. Avoid walking on the garage floor for at least twenty-four hours and wait several days before driving on it. You may need to do a bit of touching up on the heavy traffic areas every year or so, but for the most part, this paint job should last for years and years.

Paint Quality can Extend the Life of your Painting Project

May 20, 2010

Why is it that some interior paints still have a rich and deep color long after the rooms were repainted while others are scuffed, look worn and are ready for a new layer of paint not long after you applied them? The reason is quite simple – it’s the quality of the paint used.

It is very important that you use the best paint that you can afford when repainting the interior of your home. The best quality paints are designed to give the best, long-lasting results. Top quality paints go on smoother and offer a more uniform appearance and can actually last much longer than cheap paints – often more than twice as long, as a matter of fact. So, in the long haul, they are actually more cost-effective than purchasing and applying inexpensive paint.

A painting chore takes much less time when a high quality paint is used. This is because it goes on with less effort and hides marks better and flows more evenly. This equates to less brushing and rolling and far less re-touching. Also, you normally do not have to add coat after coat of paint in order for it to look good. Good paint spatters less too, which saves in clean-up time.

Applying a good quality paint to interior walls also ensures that less dirt and stains will affect it and the walls are easier to clean when food or other things are splattered on the surface. With cheap paint, you often remove part of the paint when you wipe away a splatter, which often makes the wall look worse than the food stain itself.

Good quality paint consists of a higher proportion of pigments and binders which are called solids. Paint which is made with a high solids content dries thicker which hides better and is much more durable. Latex paints normally have 25 to 40 percent solids by volume while alkyd and oil based paints can consist of more than 50 percent solids. A higher solid paint content is always best.

To put it simply, you should always purchase the best paint you can because good paints contain a higher percentage of better quality ingredients that are very important if you want your paint job to be very durable and long-lasting. The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ certainly applies when it comes to paint. High quality paints have more sheen and color uniformity which means that your paint job will continue to look great for years. When it comes to paint, it definitely pays to invest in the best.

Paint color helps make a personal statement

May 7, 2010

Choosing a paint color can be a very difficult task, and is equally important for interior or exterior painting projects. Often times, the tiny paint samples at the home improvement store are not the best way to pick a color. It is not an accurate view and it is often hard to visualize the tiny color swatch on an entire wall. It is important to know what your color preferences are, and what these colors say about you; different colors have different moods associated with them, so an interior color makes quite a statement.

One of the easiest ways to select a color is by looking at things you already love and cherish. What is your favorite article of clothing? Do you love a certain throw pillow? Do you gravitate towards certain color schemes in a store? By answering these questions, you will help identify what colors you naturally prefer. It’s not wise to use a random bold color that doesn’t compliment anything else in your life. Most likely, you will get tired of the color and the novelty of it will fade. Look at the things in your home that you love, and go from there. You are guaranteeing your satisfaction by sticking with a color that already makes you feel good.

Because certain colors evoke certain moods, you will want to determine the vibe of a room in advance. Do you want your bedroom to have a soothing, spa-like mood? Then a cool neutral like blue or green would be appropriate. Do you want your kitchen to have a spicy upbeat feeling? Then a warm red or yellow would be perfect. There are so many color combinations available that you can definitely achieve any mood that you desire. Also, you could always use neutral beige on walls and then accessorize with intense color. This is much less of a commitment when it comes to painting. You could ultimately change the mood of a room with each changing season. Regardless of your preference, it is important to think through your desires before the paint shopping begins. This will make the process more efficient and enjoyable.

Choosing paint colors can overwhelm many homeowners. If you have a plan and know what you like, this should not be an issue. Stick with your signature colors and know your desired mood. By following these steps, you will certainly find the perfect paint for your project.

Refreshing Your Home with a New Paint Job

April 29, 2010

If your home is not looking its best and could use a fresh coat of paint, the spring months are the ideal time to provide your house with a splash of color. But before grabbing that paintbrush and bucket, be sure that the preparation work is done correctly so that the new paint job will endure for years. Take the time to cover bushes, flowers, etc., with plastic and apply some masking tape to light fixtures, door knobs and other immovable objects. Although doing these things is time consuming, it is worth the effort as clean-up afterwords will be a breeze.

It is very important that you select a high quality exterior house paint to use. There are dozens of types of paints on the market which can make the selection process a bit confusing, but a general rule of thumb is to avoid the cheap, discounted paint because it contains fewer binders. When cheap paint dries it leaves a thin coat which makes it far less resilient and more prone to chipping and cracking. You may very well be faced with having to repaint your entire house again in just a couple of years if you go with the inexpensive paint. On the other hand, a high quality paint will give you much better results which will protect your home and keep it looking nice for many years to come.

Wood siding contracts and expands with changes in the temperature so the paint for this type of exterior must be high quality. Brick is very porous and therefore requires a top quality paint that will permeate the small holes and fissures of each brick to prevent chipping. Metal siding also requires that you use high quality paint that offers superior adhesion. It is best to speak to a paint professional before making your selection as they may suggest using a particular type of paint that is recommended for the environment you live in. Factors such as the degree of temperature extremes or UV exposure that your house is subjected to are taken into consideration when determining the type of paint to use.

Considering what color to use for the exterior of your home, the easiest approach would be to use the same color that your house currently is painted. Going with a lighter or darker color will require that you apply multiple coats in order to hide the original color. It is best too to paint your house a color that blends in with the neighborhood. For example, if most of the homes in your immediate area are painted subtle shades of blue, painting your house pink may not be the best idea.

Is it Best to Use a Roller or Sprayer for Interior Painting Projects?

April 26, 2010

Painting the interior of your house is one of the best ways to greatly improve the looks of your home. Not only will your rooms look fresh and clean, but if you choose a color that is trendy and in style, you will make the inside of your home look newer which could increase its value if you decide to sell.

When tackling an interior paint job, you can either roll the paint on or use a paint sprayer.  If you would like to use a sprayer,  you should be aware of the fact that only the highest quality sprayer should be used. Cheap sprayers do not do a good job applying an even layer of paint and they are also prone to spitting paint and clogging. Even if you use a high quality sprayer, it is very easy to miss areas because of the large amount of mist that becomes airborne. You also have to mask off larger areas when spraying, which can take a considerable amount of prep time. What you may save in time with the sprayer will probably be eaten up by having to go back and checking for missed spots as well as having to cover windows and lights with plastic, not to mention the masking  requirements.

If the room that is to be painted is very large, you could most certainly use a good quality sprayer when painting the walls and ceiling – just remember to cover any fireplaces, radiators, light switches etc., with large sheets of plastic. Also, take the time to secure the plastic with tape so that no gaps are visible because the paint mist can very easily get into these areas.

In medium to small sized rooms within your home, it is best to roll the paint on the walls and ceiling because you will achieve a consistent and uniform coating of paint.  Rolling does allow you to apply the paint rather quickly once you get the hang of it.  Be sure to start with the ceiling and roll the paint in the direction of the windows. This is done to make the roller lines less evident when the paint dries. Take care not to put too much paint on your roller because this will cause the paint to go on unevenly. Instead, dip your roller into the paint on just one side, then gently roll it back and forth in the roller pan a couple of times before lifting it up and rolling it on the walls.

Painting Tips for Your Home’s Exterior

April 22, 2010

Painting the exterior of your home is one of the most important home maintenance projects that can be done simply due to the fact that the paint and caulking on your home is all that stands between your house and the weather.

If you are planning on painting your home’s exterior, be warned that it is probably the most difficult and physically demanding home maintenance project you can do. It takes a lot of time, patience and good old fashioned hard work, but if done correctly, you will get the best value for your money because hiring a professional painter is quite expensive.

Following some good exterior house painting tips and using the best quality materials can add years of life to the outside of your home before needing to be done again. Also, using good quality painting products will result in lower maintenance and fewer repair bills in the future.

An exterior paint job requires that you evaluate the condition of your home’s surfaces to see what is needed to produce the best results. A key aspect of this evaluation process is to choose the best primer to use because the primer is just as important as the paint.

Once the preparation is completed, you need to select the best paint. What paint you use depends upon the type of surface is on your home’s exterior, so it is a good idea to speak to the professionals in the paint store you choose to purchase your paint from. You will be told which type of paint to use and then given some choices. Avoid buying the cheapest paint because frankly, it will not do a good job of adequately protecting your home from inclement weather.

You can either brush, roll or spray the paint on your house. If you have a single level home, brushing and rolling are often the best choice. A paint sprayer is well suited to multi-storied homes but you will be required to have a bit of skill and experience to spray the paint on your home. The method you choose will also depend upon the type of paint chosen. Regardless of what method you choose to use, be sure to use professional grade tools so that you achieve the best results.

The most rewarding aspect of exterior painting is putting the finishing touches on the trim as this is what pulls the whole house together and makes it look finished and new. Most typically, brushing the paint on the trim is the best method although you can use a roller on the bigger areas as a way to speed up the process.

If you are considering painting the exterior of your home as a DIY project, them make sure you follow some good saftey advice. One of the key items will be the use of a good ladder. Keep in mind the fact that you will have to be on a ladder a lot, so be sure to use a high quality extension ladder that is certified to be safe. If you have any doubts about any of the steps involved then it may be best that you hire a professional house painter to do the job for you.

Choosing Paint Colors For Home Redecorating

April 19, 2010

Selecting a paint color can be a really tough decision to make when decorating your home. There are so many color choices that you may end up feeling that you will never be able to decide, leaving you frustrated and confused.

When deciding on what color of paint to use for a particular room in your home, start at the beginning. Consider the features or existing finishes in the room such as the cabinets, whether the room consists of tile or brick, etc. For example, If your kitchen cabinets have a red undertone, be sure that you choose a paint color that matches that hue.

You can also choose a color that emphasizes particular architectural features in your home, such as unusual moldings or windows that are arched. Using a contrasting color or painting the surrounding areas with a glossy finish is a good way to bring out these special features. Using a common color palette in each room can create very distinctive spaces by altering the shade and hue with the palette. Considering the color of your carpeting, rugs and furniture when selecting a color for the walls should give you a good idea of what would look great.

Long and narrow rooms will appear to be wider if you use a darker color on the short walls and a lighter color on those that are longer. If you want a ceiling to look higher, apply a light color. To make a large room feel more intimate, consider painting the walls in shades of red, gold, orange or brown. Small rooms appear larger when the walls are painted in shades of blue, green or violet. Keep in mind the fact that some colors look different at various times of the day.

If the room(s) to be painted will also be re-decorated, a good way to choose a paint color is to collect samples of all fabrics, furnishings and flooring that will be in that area. Put these items on a white background to see their true colors. Next use a paint manufacturer’s fan deck and rule out those groups of colors that will not match your samples. Select a few of your favorites and then further narrow it down by choosing the perfect shade.

These tips should give you a very good idea of what to consider when selecting paint colors to use inside your home. Many paint stores will allow you to take small amounts of paint home to use as samples. By painting a small area of the room with this sample paint, you can get a general idea of how the room would look in that particular color.