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The Perfect Exterior Colors for Your Jacksonville FL Home

January 31, 2018 at 4:13 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

Deciding on paint colors can be the hardest part of an exterior painting project.  The paint and materials are an investment, and then there is the pressure of choosing colors that will look great on your particular home and in your particular neighborhood, and that will stand the test of time.

Jacksonville FL is home to many diverse and beautiful neighborhoods.  Use our tips for planning the best possible color scheme for your own home!

  • Let the color contrast with the landscape.  If your yard is shaded with dense, deep green trees, try choosing a pale neutral or pastel for the house.  In contrast, if your property includes many flowering trees or tropical flowers, choose a gray or cream for the home in order to highlight the bright colors in the yard.
  • Vary shades of a single color.  For example, you can identify an accent piece on the home, such as shutters or trim, and paint the accent items either a darker or lighter shade than the color of the house’s siding.
  • Work with the color of existing materials.  For example, if a portion of your home is made of stone or brick, let the colors of these masonry materials dictate the colors you choose for the other areas of siding.  
  • Let the style of your home determine its palette.  Your Craftsman style home in Riverside Avondale would look best in the earth tones loved by the designers of that era.  Your stucco home in San Marco would look best in beige or other pale neutrals, perhaps with an accent color to add an extra measure of character.  Research your home’s era and borrow boldly from the time period.  
  • Take cues from the neighborhood. Look to the other homes in your neighborhood for inspiration, and specifically, from the homes on your very street.  Do you live in a beachfront home along Ponte Vedra Beach?  Use beach-inspired neutrals, or a palette that emulates the sea itself.  Do you live on a shady, tree-lined street in Mandarin?  In that case, you might incorporate deeper earth tones, in order to blend into the surrounding nature.  
  • Go with a “tried and true.”  When in doubt, rely on a classic scheme for your home, such as a beige or gray siding with white trim, or white siding with dark trim and a colorful front door.  

Your home deserves the best, and when it comes to interior and exterior painting projects, that means calling on a highly rated painting contractor like The Painting Craftsmen.  We believe in treating every home as if it were our own, from the prep work and primer coat all the way to the final topcoat.  It’s easy to see why homeowners in downtown Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and throughout the region choose us for their painting projects.  The Painting Craftsmen is the best Jacksonville FL painting company, and the evidence is in the quality of our work.  Let us get started on your house painting project!

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What is the Best Exterior Primer for My House?

January 11, 2018 at 3:54 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

It’s common knowledge that without the right prep work, a project is almost certainly doomed.  That goes for nearly any type of project, but is especially true of exterior house painting.  Proper prep work is critically important, and that includes selecting the right primer coating.  A good primer enables paint to adhere more strongly to the surface, smooths into cracks and soaks into pores in the substrate, and improves the paint’s ability to resist surface moisture.  In short, a good primer is key to the success of any paint job.  

So how do you find the best primer for your home?  The main idea is to find a primer that will adhere to the specific surface you’ll be painting.  Our tips can help!

  • Acrylic Primer: Acrylic primer, or latex primer, has become the standard and is used much more frequently than its oil-based alternative.  Acrylic primer is water-based, and is used to prime most wood siding and trim, galvanized metal, and T-111 and Hardie board siding.
  • Alkyd Primer: Alkyd primer, or oil-based primer, has become less common, but does still have its place.  For example, if you’re painting steel or wrought iron, you may want to find an alkyd primer that inhibits rust.  Also, if you plan to use an oil-based topcoat, you’ll want to use an oil-based primer, as well, in order for the topcoat to adhere best.
  • Primer Formulated for Masonry: For brick, concrete, stucco, and other masonry surfaces, it’s often best to find a primer specifically formulated for masonry.  Such primers are more permeable than others, which allows any moisture within the masonry to escape without damaging the paint.
  • Primer Formulated for Problem Areas: Many primers are specially formulated to combat specific issues.  For example, the surface you’re painting may be in the shade, and is susceptible to mildew.  In this case, you may want to find a primer with a mildewcide included.  Or, the surface you’re painting may be in constant sunlight, in which case you may look for a primer that is formulated to block UV rays and prevent fading.  If you’re painting bare, unpainted wood, you may want to find a primer that is formulated to block stains, as the tannins in the wood will try to bleed through the paint as time goes by.

Whatever primer you decide on, we recommend investing in a high-quality version.  A high-quality primer is the foundation for a high-quality paint job and a finished product that will stand the test of time!  

Of course, you can always call on a great painting contractor to give your home a beautiful, professional paint job!  Your home deserves the best, and when it comes to interior and exterior painting projects, that means calling on a highly rated painting contractor like The Painting Craftsmen.  We believe in treating every home as if it were our own, from the prep work and primer coat all the way to the final topcoat.  It’s easy to see why homeowners in downtown Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and throughout the region choose us for their painting projects.  The Painting Craftsmen is the best Jacksonville FL painting company, and the evidence is in the quality of our work.  Let us get started on your house painting project!

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How to Prep for Your Exterior House Painting Project

December 7, 2017 at 12:58 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

One of the biggest projects you can take on for your home is painting its exterior.  There are many steps to follow in order to give your home a high quality paint job, and prep work is no exception.  The good news is that proper preparation will pay off.  

Follow our tips and your home will be easier to paint, the job will go more quickly, and the finished product will look great.

  • Create a Workspace: Designate a part of the yard to set out your tools, saws, materials, replacement lumber, and anything else you’ll need for the project.  
  • Clear the Area: Remove everything you can from the area to be painted.  This includes shutters, light fixtures, your house number, your mailbox, and anything else that can be easily removed.  By clearing the surface, you’ll be able to move quickly when the time comes to apply the paint.
  • Clean the Surface: The surface you’ll be painting needs to be completely clean in order for paint to adhere.  Dirt and grime, mildew, mold, cobwebs, chalk, salt and sand, and other types of debris build up and need to be washed and rinsed away before the the first coat of primer can go on.  Wash the exterior surfaces by hand, vigorously scrubbing the entire surface with a rag or a sponge.  Then, thoroughly rinse the area so that all residue and soap is removed.
  • Repair the Surface: Make any necessary repairs, including replacing rotten siding with new panels, repairing damaged stucco, and replacing cedar shingles or window trim where needed.
  • Smooth the Surface: Make your surface as smooth as you can so that the paint can cover evenly and thoroughly.  Scrape off old and loose paint with a paint scraper.  Remove all old nails, staples, and foreign debris.  Fill in cracks, nicks, and imperfections with putty and fill gaps with caulk.  Where needed, peel off old sealant and recaulk.  Sand over all remaining imperfections, using a sanding block, a power sander, or both.  Spot prime problem areas such as glossy spots and any areas you repaired, replaced, or sanded.
  • Mask Off & Protect Nearby Areas: Put fabric drop cloths under the surfaces you will be painting in order to protect the areas from paint spatter.  Fabric drop cloths work best, and indeed should be the only type of drop cloth placed over flowers, shrubs, or other plants, since plastic drop cloths can intensify the sun’s effect on them.  Tape off windows, trim, and all remaining fixtures using painter’s tape or masking tape. This will not only protect these areas from paint, but also create a neater and cleaner end result.

You are now ready to begin painting!  Find the best primer and a high quality latex paint, and your house will be looking great in no time.  With all the right preparation work, you will surely be rewarded with a painting project that goes smoothly and looks good.  Some homeowners enjoy a large DIY project such as exterior house painting.  Many homeowners, however, prefer to trust the task to a professional exterior house painter, so if you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed with the project, find the best painting contractors and give them a call.

The Painting Craftsmen is the best Jacksonville FL painting company and the team to trust with your house painting project.  We have spent years perfecting the skills needed for exterior house painting, and we offer the highest level of professional painting services in Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, Atlantic Beach, and throughout Northeast Florida.  Our exterior painting service is the perfect solution for your home, whether it’s cedar shake or stucco, wood siding or aluminum.  We specialize in the complete exterior painting of your house, from the prep work on up to the final top coat of high quality paint.  We use the best materials available, and this includes the highest quality paint and the right tools for each job.  With this level of skill, craftsmanship, and commitment to quality and care, your new paint job will last for many years, even in the blazing sun and daily rain showers here in Riverside Avondale, Atlantic Beach, Jacksonville Beach, and the surrounding areas.  Hand your painting project over to the pros and take the worry out of it!

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Epoxy Flooring Makes Life Easy

November 9, 2017 at 9:11 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Epoxy flooring is a creative way to coat your floors and make a safe, durable, appealing work space.  Epoxy floors are growing in popularity, and it’s easy to see why!  Here are some of the benefits to installing epoxy flooring in your garage:

  • Easy to Clean – Perhaps the best feature of epoxy flooring is how easy it is to maintain.  Sweep up debris effortlessly and quickly, and mop or wipe it down with a cloth to get rid of any spills.  It doesn’t get much easier than that!  Even oil and automotive fluids are no problem to clean up quickly and completely.
  • Durable – Epoxy flooring is also known for its durability, and will protect your floors from all types of impact.  You can drive on it, park on it, store heavy equipment on it, or lay out your tools and work on a major project, causing no damage to the floor.  It takes a pretty sharp or heavy projectile to damage this sturdy and long-lasting material.
  • Safe – Epoxy is a very safe coating for your hard floors.  It’s slip resistant, shock resistant, and less abrasive than concrete and other types of industrial flooring.  It’s also water resistant, and will protect your floor from any spills, including harsh chemicals that would harm other types of floor.  It can also withstand heat of up to 200 degrees, making it a better choice than most other types of flooring when it comes to fire resistance.
  • Polished & Clean Look – Epoxy floors are virtually seamless, creating a smooth and uniform look.  Beyond that, the glossy finish makes a professional and clean appearance.  It can turn a garage or warehouse into a showroom, and can turn any type of space into an extension of your home.  Some homeowners even choose to have epoxy flooring in their mudrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, or really anywhere.  The finish creates a modern look, and the other benefits are still there.  As a bonus, epoxy is available in a wide array of colors or color combinations.  Create a clean look with a simple beige or gray, or find a wild color combination to spice up the look of the garage!

There’s really no reason not to have a state-of-the-art epoxy coating applied to your garage floor.  Life is easy when you have epoxy coated flooring, and the overall look is clean and stunning.  The only downside to epoxy floor finish is that it is notoriously difficult to install.  It’s a messy, time-consuming, and complicated DIY project, and even seasoned DIYers often skip this as a personal project and simply hire a great epoxy floor company to install it.  That’s where we come in!  

At The Painting Craftsmen, we are experts at installing epoxy flooring in your garage, laundry room, mudroom, storage space, and more.  There are many great Jacksonville FL painting companies, but only one to trust with your home and property – The Painting Craftsmen.  We use a state-of-the-art, commercial-grade epoxy formula, and the best installation methods to ensure your epoxy floors look great and last.  We do intensive prep work, including thoroughly cleaning the surface and prepping it by grinding and etching so that the epoxy bonds perfectly and smoothly.  We install layer upon layer of tinted epoxy base coat, and colored texture flakes and chips, followed by a glossy finish coating, ensuring the floor is solid and long lasting.  Homeowners throughout Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra, Mandarin, San Marco, and Jacksonville love their epoxy flooring and call on us for all their painting and epoxy coating needs.  Call on us for your home too!

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Should I Replace My Cabinets or Refinish Them?

September 7, 2017 at 4:21 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

Changing your cabinets is one of the quickest ways to completely transform a room.  You can paint the walls in your kitchen and replace the appliances, but if the cabinets are dated or drab, your hard work is in vain.  Updating the cabinets in your kitchen, bathroom, or other rooms of the house will add character and design to any room, and will of course also add value to your home.  The question many homeowners wrestle with is whether to buy new cabinetry or have the cabinets refinished by a great cabinet refinishing company.  

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What you need to know about replacing cabinets:

  • Replacing cabinets is exactly what it sounds like – tearing out the boxes, doors, drawers, hardware, and all, and buying and installing all new cabinetry.
  • Cabinet replacement is a great option if you have an unlimited budget.  Between cabinet replacement and refinishing, replacing cabinets is by far the more expensive option.  
  • Replacing cabinetry is also a good choice if you are planning to remodel, renovate, or completely gut the room.  Tearing out the cabinet boxes and putting in new ones is a costly, invasive, and time-consuming endeavor.  However, if you’re redoing the kitchen or bathroom, the layout of the countertops and cabinetry is likely changing, so replacing the cabinets would make sense.

 

What you need to know about refinishing cabinets:

  • Cabinet refinishing allows you to keep your full cabinetry, but change the color, design or style to whatever you want.  The doors and drawer fronts on your cabinets will be removed, and a good professional painting company will refinish them in the finish your select.  You may already have the perfect finish or color in mind.  Or, you may prefer to consult with the cabinet refinishing professionals you have hired, and together find the perfect design for your home.  Either way, once you have chosen your finish and style, the cabinet refinishing team will go to work to create the custom results you want.  
  • The best painting companies will first remove all doors and drawer fronts from your cabinets and take them offsite to be refinished.  Then, they’ll come to your home to prep and refinish the cabinet boxes.  Finally, they’ll attach your newly perfected cabinet doors and drawer fronts onto the freshly finished cabinet boxes, and the process is complete!  If you like the layout of your kitchen but want to update the cabinets or change the look of the room, refinishing is the best option for you.  
  • Cabinet refinishing is the the least invasive and most convenient option for changing your cabinets.  It’s also almost always the most economical option.  The best cabinet refinishing companies know how to apply all types of stains, lacquers, varnishes, and design techniques so that you can have the cabinets of your dreams.  That means that if you want to match the new cabinet color to your favorite dish pattern, or have a custom two-tone finish, or a stained wood finish with an accent glaze, you can!  If you choose to have your cabinets replaced, then you are limited to what the stores and manufacturers have to offer, but if you have them refinished by a highly-rated professional painting company, you can have whatever look you want.

 

At The Painting Craftsmen, we offer an unsurpassed level of quality in cabinet refinishing.  Our highly skilled refinishers will transform your cabinets with a tinted lacquer in the perfect color for your kitchen, a hand-detailed rub through finish, or an antique glaze to coincide with your home’s era.  We hand sand each door and drawer front, then hand spray each piece in our state-of-the-art spray booth, so that each door will have a smooth, even, high quality coating.  Many homeowners ask us to create a factory finish for their cabinets, which is no problem for us.  We stock the same catalyzed lacquer and conversion varnish that the manufacturer’s use, meaning your cabinets will have the same integrity and look as a brand new cabinet from the factory.  It’s easy to see why homeowners in downtown Jacksonville, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, and throughout the region choose us for their painting and cabinet refinishing projects!  The Painting Craftsmen is the best Jacksonville FL cabinet refinishing company, and the evidence is in the quality of our work.  Cabinet refinishing is our specialty, and to us, it is an art.  We’d love the opportunity to give your cabinets a fresh and luxurious finish.

Tips for Painting Your Deck Vs. Staining It

August 24, 2017 at 9:08 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Here in Northeast Florida, the elements can really take a toll on the wood surfaces around your home. Your deck, dock, and fence are exposed to intense sunlight and UV rays that will fade wood and weaken the natural substance that holds together wood fibers. Humidity and heavy rains overwhelm wood with moisture, causing it to warp and crack as it then expands and contracts with changing temperatures. Wood that is unprotected or neglected is highly susceptible to these dangers, and will turn gray and eventually rot. The best thing you can do is protect the wood with a fresh application of stain or paint. Our tips can help you choose what is right for your fence, deck, trellis, or other wood surface.

Staining Tips:
A good quality stain will soak into the wood and fill the tiny gaps that would otherwise become filled with moisture from rain or humidity. The stain will penetrate the wood grain and seal it, making a barrier against moisture.
If the stain is tinted, it will shield the wood from UV rays, and the more pigment a stain has, the more protection it will provide.
Stain also does not chip or peel, so though it will fade as time goes by, your deck won’t become riddled with pesky peeling paint.
Stain is available in clear, semi-transparent, semi-solid, and solid color, so you can find the perfect look for your property.

Painting Tips:
The high solids content in paint helps to form a thick, opaque film on the wood’s surface that shields it from UV rays, resists moisture, and hides imperfections.
If you choose to paint your deck, we recommend a high quality water-based latex porch and floor paint, which will do a better job than oil-based paint in flexing with the wood as it expands and contracts with the elements.
Remember that even the highest quality paint jobs will eventually begin to peel. Even the best paint jobs will not last too long in the intense Florida climate of high heat and humidity and heavy rainfall.

Now that summer is here, you want to enjoy your deck, dock, and patio even more than ever. Do-it-yourself painting and staining projects are time-consuming chores, and hard, hot work that most homeowners do not want to take on. Instead, find a great painting company and trust the work to the skilled painting technicians.

The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners rely on for all their painting and staining needs. Painting is our passion, and it shows – just ask our hundreds of clients throughout Jacksonville, San Marco, Ortega, Avondale, along the Beaches and beyond. We specialize in getting your deck ready for you to enjoy, so if you have rotten boards that need to be replaced, or if the surfaces need intense pressure washing and sanding, we are the professional deck refinishers for you. Call on the best deck refinishing company in town!

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Which Paint Sheen is Right for Your Painting Project?

August 3, 2017 at 8:19 am | No comment | Category: Blog

When planning your painting project, one of the biggest task can be selecting the right color.  This task becomes even bigger when you realize you also need to pick the right sheen for the surface you’ll be painting!  

What Is Sheen?

A paint’s sheen refers to its reflectivity which is plotted on a type of spectrum with flat finish and very little reflectivity on one end, and high gloss and a lot of reflectivity at the opposite end.  Sheen not only affects the way a painted surface looks, but also affects how the paint performs, so you to apply it where it will look the best and do the most good.

Here are tips for deciding which finish to paint where:

  • Flat finish: Flat finish reflects no light, and is perfect for hiding surface imperfections and providing an extremely smooth and even texture.  The downside to flat paint is that it has a porous texture that is highly susceptible to moisture and stains.  Flat paint is perfect for ceilings, in fact, flat and matte paint are the only sheens that should be used on ceilings.  Flat finish is also good for many types of interior walls, including bedrooms and guest rooms.  Flat paint does not do as well in bathrooms, kitchens, and kids rooms, where the susceptibility to moisture and stains can cause problems.
  • Eggshell finish:  This finish reflects very little light, and is also good at hiding imperfections on surfaces.  There is a slight amount of gloss in this finish, which makes it easier to clean than flat paint.  We recommend using eggshell finish on almost any kind of interior wall.  
  • Satin finish: This finish has more gloss than eggshell, and therefore is easier to clean and better at guarding against moisture.  As such, satin finish is perfect for trim and doors.  Nearly any exterior surface looks good in satin finish, including doors and windows, trim and accents, and the siding itself.  As you can imagine, satin finish is among the most popular finishes, due to its flexibility and aesthetic alike.
  • Semi-gloss: This finish is more durable than flat, eggshell, or satin finishes, and is significantly higher in gloss.  This means that while smooth to the touch, it does not provide as smooth of an appearance, and does not hide imperfections as well, but is better at resisting dirt and moisture and is a highly durable finish.  It’s also easy to wipe spills off of semi-gloss paint, allowing it to do well in kitchens and bathrooms and on trim and doors.
  • High gloss: This finish is rich in resin, meaning it is highly durable, resilient, and easy to clean.  It’s highly reflective and can highlight any imperfection on a surface.  High gloss paint can occasionally be used for interior trim and doors, particularly if you find that you need to clean or wipe the surfaces frequently.  High gloss paint also can be used on exterior doors, windows, trim, and accents, but is not recommended for siding.

Knowing which type of finish looks best on which type of surface is a big part of planning your interior or exterior painting job.  Many homeowners enjoy the process of researching and selecting the best sheens and finishes to use on each particular surface.  If you are not among these people, call on us to help you determine the best sheen for the surface that is to be painted.

The Best Jacksonville FL Painting Contractors

The Painting Craftsmen is the best professional painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their interior or exterior house painting projects.  Our technicians are highly trained experts, excited to tackle any painting project with skill and an artist’s eye.  We do high quality work from the prep all the way through to the final coatings of paint or stain.  Clients throughout Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Avondale, Ortega, downtown Jacksonville and beyond trust us as their expert painting company of choice.  Call on us for your home’s painting needs as well!

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3 Tips To Help Small Spaces Feel Bigger

April 14, 2017 at 2:49 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

With the right paint, you can create any type of space you want.  This goes for small spaces, too.  If you’re wondering what to do with the small or narrow room in your home, use our tips to choose paints that will open the space up and make it inviting and deceptively spacious.

  • White with accents – A room always looks largest when it’s painted white.  Plus, white rooms are extremely versatile.  They allow you to use nearly any item in decorating, and create a sort of “blank canvas” for incorporating any type of furniture, art, and other decor.  Start with an entirely white room and add a colorful accent wall.  Your accent wall could be a solid color, perhaps in a jewel tone or other bold color, or have high contrast stripes, or a faux finish technique.  As long as three of the four walls are white, the space will feel open.   
  • Light tones with intriguing contrast – Even if you don’t like the concept of white walls, you can still use the same concept of the white room with an accent wall.  Instead of white, however, choose a pale pastel or neutral, and then choose a clever contrast for the accent wall.  For example, you could paint three walls in a pale beige, and then choose a navy blue, emerald green, or warm brown for the accent wall.  Since the lighter the color is the larger the room will feel, when using this technique you’ll want your neutral or pastel walls to be quite pale.
  • Grays and blues  – Blues, grays, aquas, and other sea tones can fool the eye into thinking a room is more expansive than it actually is.  With the right sea tone – such as “Stone Lion” by Sherwin-Williams, “Coastal Fog” by Benjamin Moore, or “Skylight” by Farrow & Ball – you can paint both the walls and the trim the same color (or stick with standard white trim) and create a seemingly vast space.

It’s amazing what you can do with the right paint colors or combinations.  Take one of our tips and get creative with your tiny room — chances are it’ll feel more spacious and inviting than you knew it could!  If you’re still on the fence about which interior paint colors to use in your small space – or in any room of the house – call on the best professional painting company in your area and let the professional color consultants help you find your way!

The Best Painting Contractors in Jacksonville, FL

The Painting Craftsmen is the best professional painting service Jacksonville FL homeowners call on for their interior and exterior painting needs.  Our teams of painters specialize in delivering outstanding customer service along with the best painting job you can imagine for your home.  Let us transform your Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, or Atlantic Beach home with freshly painted walls in the colors you’ve been dreaming about.  Painting is our passion and it shows — we’re the best painting company in Northeast Florida and the best choice for your home!

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Three Important Features Your Interior Paint Must Have

February 9, 2017 at 9:44 am | No comment | Category: Blog

High quality paint is important for any painting project.  As you know, higher quality paint adheres better, is easier to apply and work with, covers better in fewer coats, lasts longer, and the list goes on and on.  When it comes to interior painting projects in particular, there are a few features you want to be absolutely sure your paint has.

  1. Low or No VOCs – VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are the gasses that are released by the solvents in paint.  Simply put, VOCs are what you might smell when applying paint to the wall.  These fumes can cause headaches and irritate your eyes and lungs, as well as those of any pets, kids, or other family members that are around while you do the painting.  These fumes can linger long after the project is completed – even up to years – as the paint cures.  When you’re hiring the best painters for your interior painting job, make sure they only use low- or no-VOC paint to keep you and your family away from all noxious fumes.  A good paint manufacturer will be able to reduce or eliminate these harmful VOCs without compromising quality or bumping up the cost.
  2. Cleanability – Do you have kids?  Pets?  Like to entertain?  You’ll want to be sure your interior paint scores high in cleanability, scrubbability, and/or washability.  These are all terms for the ability of the paint to withstand the cleaning chemicals and agitation that come with maintaining it and ridding it of spills and stains when needed.  If your paint scores low on these factors, that means that when you go to wipe away the spatter from spilled spaghetti, you’ll leave a mark on the painted surface.  Even if you clean away all spaghetti sauce, the residue from the cleaning solution you used, or even from plain water, would likely have discolored the paint permanently.  If your interior house paint scores high on washability, on the other hand, this means you’ll be able to blot and wipe up such spills as they happen, at no or very little change to the appearance of the painted wall.
  3. 100% Acrylic Binder – The binder, as the name suggests, is the ingredient that holds the rest of the material in the paint together.  A high quality binder provides better adhesion, better durability, and better coverage.  You want great coverage in your exterior painting project, too, but with interior paint, you’ll be looking at the walls a lot more closely, and spending a lot more time within the walls of each room than you likely will the outside of your house.  Therefore, find the paint that covers evenly.  Any paint that has less than 100% acrylic binder is lower quality than you want for your home’s walls.  Binders to avoid include vinyl acrylic and vinyl copolymer.

When it comes to interior painting, high quality paint is critically important.  However, even the best quality paint on the market won’t ensure a perfect paint job.  For a truly high quality paint job, hire the best painting company in your area and leave the prep work, the cutting in, the trim, the rolling, and everything else to the pros.  Interior painting is pitched as being an easy DIY project, but most homeowners find they can’t produce the results they want for their homes.  That’s where great house painters come in.  The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting service Jacksonville FL homeowners rely on for their painting needs.  Whether you want the fireplace painted, an accent wall, high quality cabinet refinishing, or a total overhaul of your home’s interior, we’re the best painting contractors and the ones to trust with your painting project.  

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The 7 Best Painting Tools Make the Job Easier

January 26, 2017 at 10:28 am | No comment | Category: Blog

The painting project you’re planning will be easier, more satisfying, and will yield better results if you invest in the right painting tools for the job. Here are the top 7 painting tools to make your project a success!

  • High-Quality Brushes: Brushes are available in a wide range of prices, and believe us– you want to invest in high-quality brushes, even if they’re priced higher than you’d expect. If you buy cheaper brushes, you’ll find they leave bristle hairs in the paint, drip paint as you go, and leave streaks in your paint strokes. A high-quality brush holds more paint without dripping, allows you to cut in straighter edges, and won’t leave bristles behind in the paint. They’re also more comfortable to hold. Buy several angled and straight-cut brushes with tapered edges in a highly rated brand, and your project is already off to a great start.
  • High-Quality Roller Covers: The right size and type of paint roller is critical to the success of your painting project. Roller covers are made from three main types of material: lamb’s wool, synthetic fabric, and foam, all in varying levels of pile thickness, and ranging from 4” to 18” in length. Rollers allow you to cover vast amounts of wall space efficiently and evenly, so it’s important to buy high-quality roller covers in the right material, pile length, and size for your project.
  • Ladders: For most painting projects, you’ll use a ladder for at least part of the job. Don’t be tempted to stand on chairs or stools or make choices that just aren’t safe. If you’re just painting your bathroom, you might only need a step ladder, and if you’re painting your home’s exterior, you’ll likely need a 20’ or 40’ foot extension ladder, etc. The newer the ladder, the safer it likely is, and the lighter and easier to carry around it most certainly is.
  • Extensions: For some painting projects, you might not even need a ladder, especially if you have an extension pole on hand. With your brush or roller attached to an extension pole, you’ll be able to reach high corners, paint the ceiling, and, when paired with a ladder, coat vaulted entryways, tall peaks, and generally any area of your house you need to paint.
  • Putty Knife: Prep work is key in any painting project, and nothing prepares a wall better than a good putty knife. You’ll use a putty knife to spackle gashes, fill holes, help you patch plaster, scrape away old paint, and more. Depending on the type of project you have planned, you have two types of putty knife to choose from. A flexible blade is great for applying and smoothing over various compounds, and the hard, stiff blade is best for scraping paint and smoothing over wall coverings.
  • Painters Tape: Tape allows you to seal off areas that you don’t want to be painted, such as trim that you’ve already painted, or light fixtures, etc. Simple masking tape is not sufficient for this, and will allow paint to seep under its edges. Instead, invest in highly-rated painter’s tape, which creates a stronger seal around edges and allows you to do more detailed, careful work.
  • Drop Cloth: The best way to protect your flooring, a piece of furniture, or another item is to cover it with a drop cloth. If you use an old towel or other fabric you have lying around, it may allow paint to seep through. Good quality drop cloths are designed to protect the item beneath it from paint spatter, make cleanup go faster, and in general, ensure paint is only left on the surfaces you want it to go on.

The best painting tools and supplies will help your project go well. However, even the best supplies on the market won’t ensure a great painting job, and without the right experience, preparation, and training or research, it could end in disaster. Make it easy on yourself and trust your project to a great painting contractor! The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners call on for their painting projects big and small, interior and exterior. Let our highly trained teams of specialists give your home the paint job you’re dreaming of. We’re known throughout Riverside Avondale, Mandarin, San Marco, Atlantic Beach, and Jacksonville for our high-quality work and attention to detail. We’d love to provide the same to you!

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