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How To Clean Walls AND Preserve Your Paint Job

Got a stain or crayon marks on the wall? You want to clean it ASAP, but you’re probably worried about damaging your paint job. Cleaning it is easier than you think, as long as you keep in mind the type of paint on your walls. Here are some general wall cleaning tips: Continue reading

Refinishing, a Cost Effective Alternative

How can you tell when it’s time to refinish your deck? Perhaps you look at it during the summer and always promise yourself that next year when it’s not in peak deck season, you’ll call someone to come and take a look. Maybe you don’t want to invest in a refinish because you think that it won’t last. Some people mistake a tired looking deck for a deck that needs to be replaced. Refinishing your deck is much more cost efficient option, and can leave your deck looking good as new.

We recommend thinking about the possibility of refinishing your deck now so that you can get an official estimate and project in place. Nobody wants to give up precious outdoor deck time once the weather is nice, so go ahead and request a quote today. Our professionals can help with choosing the correct stain to match your exterior, pressure washing the existing deck and preparing the deck for the refinish from top to bottom.

Interior vs. Exterior Painting in Winter

A great way to spruce up your home interior or exterior is with a fresh coat of paint. Sometimes all it takes is a new pop of color to make a formerly tired home feel updated. If you are looking at a total repaint, the timeframe can seem overwhelming. We suggest breaking up your painting into exterior and interior jobs so that you can focus on tackling one space at a time. The next question to tackle is where to start. During the winter months in the mountains temperatures can vary from 60 to below freezing in a matter of hours. Water-based exterior paint requires certain conditions for it to cure properly. If the paint is not applied in the correct conditions, the paint will not last as long and can lead to a necessary repainting job sooner than anticipated. There are times when a painter is forced to hold off on finishing a job due to inclement weather conditions.

We would suggest to our customers that if you are deciding between embarking on an exterior or interior job this time of year, to choose interior. At Burlett Painting before the painting process begins, our customer will meet with one of our highly skilled Dave Burlett Painting project managers. This Manager can work either with you or an interior designer to talk about your vision for the room. Perhaps you’re looking for an accent wall, a painted ceiling or even have intricate molding that requires painting, no matter what your project manager is ready to tackle the task! Once we’re ready to paint you can trust that your items will be protected. We securely cover all furniture and floors so that we leave your home better than we found it.

So why box the paints?

Paint color may vary slightly from one can to the next. If you have to open a new can in the middle of a wall, the difference may be noticeable. Mixing the paints together eliminates the problem. It’s best to estimate the amount of paint you’ll need and mix it in a 5-gallon bucket (a process called “boxing”).

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9 Important Tips to Remember for Exterior House Painting Projects

Painting the exterior of a home is a job that requires sufficient time and preparation. It also helps if you know a few “tricks of the trade,” which is what we’re going to reveal here.

1. When buying paint, buy quality:
There are a lot of bargain-brand paints out there, and you shouldn’t use any of them. Like with many other purchases, it pays to buy quality.

2. Clean the surfaces:
No professional painter would paint over unwashed walls with chipping and peeling paint, and you shouldn’t either. Put in the extra time on the front end for preparation for a smoother job and a longer-lasting result.

3. Something rotten?
If you have areas of rot on your exterior walls, either replace with new material or use a wood hardener and match with a filler designed for exterior surfaces. You might want to consult a professional for this one.

4. Don’t forget the primer:
You have two options: 1 – apply a quality primer, sand and then apply the paint; 2 – purchase a brand of paint that has primer included in it. The latter option will cost you more out the gate, but that cost may be recouped by not having to buy a separate primer and not having to apply so many coats. Talk with a paint expert before deciding.

5. Cover the surroundings:
Unless you want your shrubbery, flowers and tree limbs to be color-coordinated with your home, cover them before you start painting. This goes for anything else outside that you don’t want to get paint on – because, trust us, you’re going to get paint on it if it’s not protected.

6. Paint-combining for consistency:
Rather than use paint can by can, mix same-color paints five gallons at a time in a large bucket. Professional painters always do this to ensure a more consistent and uniform color. But remember to mix only the exact same shade from the exact same manufacturer, because what one maker calls “ivory” may not be the same as another brand’s “ivory.”

7. Always work from top to bottom:
This is an easy way to get a superior finished product. Painting from the top of surfaces to the bottom results in less streaking and other accidental imperfections such as drips and runs. You’ll never see a pro going bottom-to-top.

8. Paint and rain don’t mix:
When planning an exterior painting project, get all your “ducks in a row” and then pay attention to weather forecasts for an upcoming dry period.

9. Storing unused paint:
Proper Storage for PaintLids on cans and other paint containers must be tightly sealed. Go easy when removing lids so they’ll fit correctly when putting them back on. Tap lids shut with a rubber hammer. Make a better seal by placing plastic wrap over the mouth of the can before putting on the lid.

Professional painters have spent years learning these and many other “tricks of the trade” for exterior house painting projects. Dave Burlett Painting is always available to help with any interior or exterior paint job, guaranteeing you fantastic results. Call us at (828)974-4385

Faux Finish: The 5 Most Common Forms

Over the past decade or so, faux finish has made a serious comeback in interior home painting. When done carefully, faux finishes can create the amazing effect of much more expensive materials. Here are some of the most common forms of this type of interior painting:

  • Marbleizing – to give the effect of real marble
  • Strié – (French for “stripe”) using glaze to give the effect of thin stripes
  • Color Wash – free -form painting that blends differing hues of the same color
  • Graining – to give the effect of wood textures
  • Venetian Plaster – traditional form that gives a textured look to a surface that is actually smooth to the touch

Need help deciding which faux finish style best suits a particular room? Just give us a call!

5 Tips for Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

While choosing a new paint color for the living room and kitchen is hard enough, choosing a new home exterior paint color can almost feel like a marriage proposal––a long-term commitment. So take some of the weight off your shoulders, here are 5 crucial tips:

  1. Before you go crazy with the palette samples, forget about your own house for a second. Take a moment to consider the houses that neighbor you so that your colors don’t stick out like a sore thumb.
  2. Unless you’re completely redoing your entire property, consider what won’t be changed (roof shingles, driveway, sidewalk) and how that meshes with your color of choice. In that same vein, consider how to accent the unique architecture of your home, especially the windows.
  3. Seasonal change will affect the look of your exterior paint, so consider the trees on your property and what colors appear throughout the year, like blossoms in the spring and changing leaves in the fall.
  4. Choose specific spots on the exterior, then use those spots to compare color samples at different times throughout a single day. This will give you a better feel of how daylight and weather fluctuation will influence the feel of your exterior paint.
  5. White and light colors are always safe. But why not live a little for once . . .

Keep in mind, nobody’s got a better eye than a professional, so feel free to contact us with any of your exterior painting questions!

How Long Will My Exterior Paint Job Last?

Whether your latest exterior paint job was yesterday, or 10 years ago, it’s good to know that job’s average life expectancy. A host of factors determine when it will be time again to bust the paintbrushes out:

  • type and quality of paint
  • weather impact and local climate
  • your house’s building materials
  • pre-paint preparation like pressure washing, caulking, sanding, patching, and, if needed, paint priming

Not interested in hours and hours of online searches for painting tips and advice? Let some professionals handle it. Give us a call.

Should I Use Oil or Latex Paint?

When choosing between oil or latex paint, ask yourself (1) is convenience or durability most important to me, and (2) what surface am I painting. Check out the chart below to see which paint suits your project best.

 Oil  Latex
 Pros
  • more durable
  • smoother application
  • one coat goes a long way
  • ideal for trim, since trim takes more abuse than walls or ceilings
  • dries more quickly
  • ideal for walls and ceilings
  • cleans away easily with soap and water
 Cons
  • dries slower
  • heavy fumes
  • clean with turpentine or paint thinner
  • more likely to crack over time
  • less durable
 Surfaces to use on
  • windows
  • doors
  • trim
  • metal
  • plaster & drywall
  • siding (wood, fiber cement, aluminum)
  • stucco
  • porch floors

There are also many other factors that can determine which paint is best for a project. If that’s not a can of worms you want to untangle, give us a call!