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6 Must-Have Tools Every DIY Painter Needs

September 13, 2018 at 11:10 am | No comment | Category: Blog

DIY PainterThere are several tools that you need to have on hand in order for your painting project to go smoothly. Whether you’re touching up scuff marks or repainting an entire room, these supplies will make a huge difference in how easily your project comes together, and how great the results look.

Painter’s Tape – For painting projects, masking tape simply won’t work as well as painter’s tape. Painter’s tape is just as easy to apply as masking tape, but painter’s tape is formulated to keep even small amounts of paint from seeping through the seal. The adhesive in painter’s tape is also less likely to damage the surface or pull up dried paint once the job is done and you’re cleaning up.

Canvas Drop Cloth – You need to protect the floor in your work area, and canvas drop cloths are really the only good way to do this. Avoid using the alternative plastic sheathing, as this can cause slip hazards, and are frustrating to open and spread out.

Putty Knife – You’ll use a putty knife for many things throughout your project: gently scraping away grime, pressing down painter’s tape, and more, as well as smoothing over putty if the project calls for such a repair.

Quality Brushes – High-quality brushes may seem costly, but they are well worth the investment. With brushes – perhaps more than any other painting supply – you get what you pay for. A good quality brush allows you to cut in with straighter edges, hold more paint in your brush, apply even coats, and generally create great results.

Quality Rollers – Don’t skimp on the roller covers and frames. Cheap roller covers hold very little paint, causing you to have to reload frequently, and making it unlikely that you’ll get the room painted in a single coat. They’re also more likely to leave bits of lint, streaks, etc. on your walls as you paint. Buy several good quality roller covers in the best depth of nap for your specific project, and you’ll be able to coat the walls thoroughly and efficiently.

Extension Poles – Unless your painting project is small and simple, like a flat panel door, you’ll want to purchase a good extension pole for your roller. This extension provides you with reach and leverage, and allows you to paint ceilings and full walls almost effortlessly. The extension speeds up the rolling process and also saves your wrists from becoming sore and tired before the job is done.

Invest in high-quality tools (and of course in high-quality paint!) and you’ll enjoy the results and the process better than if you skimp on supplies. Or, just call on a great painting company and have professional painters check that painting project off of your to-do list for you.

The Painting Craftsmen is the best Jacksonville FL painting company and the right choice for your painting project. Our highly trained and experienced painters are skilled in applying coatings efficiently, smoothly, and with great precision. It’s easy to see why our customers in San Marco, Mandarin, Ponte Vedra Beach, and throughout Jacksonville call on us every time they have a painting project in mind for their homes. Call on us for high-quality exterior painting, interior painting, and cabinet refinishing – you’ll love the results!

What is the Difference Between Paint and Stain?

June 29, 2018 at 3:31 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

Paint and StainWhen planning an exterior house painting project, there is a lot to consider.  One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is what type of application to use: paint or stain.  Our pros and cons can help you make the right choice for your project!

Acrylic Latex Paint:

  • Summary – Acrylic latex paint is water-based, available in numerous sheens and every conceivable color, and the favorite of professional painters and DIYers alike.
  • Pros – Acrylic latex paint is flexible, even once it dries, enabling it to “breathe” and accommodate changes in temperature without cracking.  Acrylic latex paint is easy to apply and easy to clean up; brushes can simply be cleaned with water. Acrylic paint covers its surface thoroughly, and a high quality paint job last for years.  
  • Cons – It’s hard to think of a downside of using acrylic latex paint!  Acrylic paint dries more quickly than oil-based paint, so as you work, you’ll need to be sure you don’t leave laplines or brush strokes.

Oil-Based Paint:

  • Summary – Oil-based paint used less frequently than acrylic latex paint, but there are still certain surfaces for which oil-base paint is good to use due to its hardness.
  • Pros – Oil-based paint is extremely durable.  It hardens when it dries, and becomes even harder with time, making it ideal for exterior surfaces that get a lot of use, such wooden stairs, or the floor of a covered porch.
  • Cons – In addition to hardening over time, oil-based paint also gets brittle and cracks over time.  Brushes and tools that have been used to apply oil-based paint must be cleaned with harsh (and toxic) solvents.  The fumes emitted by oil-based paints are strong, and require adequate ventilation during application.

Stain:

  • Summary – Stain seals and protects wood siding, and allows the wood to show through the coating (unlike paint, which thoroughly coats the natural features of wood).  It comes in three finishes: clear, semi-transparent, and opaque.
  • Pros – Stain often does not require the same amount of rigorous surface prep work that paint requires, and does not require primer.
  • Cons – Stain is not as protective as paint.  Sunlight can still penetrate the stain and cause the wood to discolor.  As such, stain generally needs to be reapplied more frequently than paint would require.

Important Tip: Regardless of whether you choose paint or stain, and which particular finish you choose, it’s important that you choose a high quality product.  With both paint and stain, many homeowners and subpar painting companies think that by purchasing the cheapest paint, they’ll save money. In reality, the opposite is true: If you invest in high quality paint, you’ll generally need fewer coats to get the coverage you want, and the coating will last longer and look better.

Painting and staining projects are complex and require skill to get the desired results.  Most homeowners choose to call on a great professional painting company for the job! The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting service Jacksonville FL homeowners trust for their painting projects.  We’re passionate about our craft and take great pride in providing homeowners throughout Mandarin, Riverside Avondale, Ponte Vedra, Ortega, and downtown Jacksonville with the highest quality paint application on the market.  Our technicians are highly trained and skilled professionals who our clients call on time and again for their painting projects. When you plan your next painting, staining, or cabinet refinishing project, call on us!

Epoxy Garage Flooring: A Luxury You Can Justify

May 3, 2018 at 10:01 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Epoxy Garage FlooringSplurging on luxury items can make us feel guilty, but epoxy garage flooring is truly an exception.  A smooth, clean epoxy finish on your garage floor in the color of your choice may seem like the ultimate luxury for your home, but it’s completely justified!  Here’s why:

  • Low Maintenance – A high quality epoxy coating requires only minimal maintenance.  Once your garage floor is coated in epoxy, it becomes sealed and no longer porous.  This means spills won’t absorb and cause problems for you later, and leaked oil or spilled chemicals won’t require specialized cleaning solutions to be removed.  Just wipe up the spill and you’re done!
  • Durable – Epoxy-coated concrete creates one of the most durable finishes available.  Epoxy finish is long lasting and resists considerable wear. After the epoxy is applied, it converts to a solid polymer, cures, and becomes incredibly strong.  You can drop sharp tools on it, stack heavy boxes on it, and of course drive on it, and it will look just as good as the day it was installed.
  • Safe – Epoxy coating resists slippage, extreme impact, and high temperatures, and is resistant to fire, water, and shock.  There simply is no safer coating for your garage floor.

Epoxy flooring provides a professional and polished look to your garage, makes your life easier, and enhances your home’s aesthetic.  Treat your home and yourself to this luxury without a second thought!

The Painting Craftsmen is the Jacksonville FL epoxy flooring experts!  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 pieces and chips, followed by a glossy finish coating, ensuring the floor is solid and long lasting.  It only takes a day or two, and then the floor dries and cures for another day or two, and it’ ready to use.

It’s easy to see why homeowners in Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Atlantic Beach, and Ponte Vedra Beach call on us to install their high quality epoxy flooring, as well as for painting projects, cabinet refinishing, and more.  When it comes to protecting your home and making it look great inside and out, The Painting Craftsmen is the company to call!

4 Kitchen Cabinet Trends for the New Season

March 22, 2018 at 12:11 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

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Your kitchen cabinets are more than just storage… they are the key element in your kitchen’s design and overall feel.  When your kitchen is in need of a facelift, you can redo the floors or install different countertops or paint the walls in a fresh coat of paint, but nothing has the power to transform your kitchen like refinishing the cabinets.  

Our clients often ask us about popular cabinet refinishing trends.  Here are four trends we’ve been noticing in our kitchen cabinet refinishing jobs:

  1. Custom Finishes – Cookie-cutter design schemes are a thing of the past.  Now, clients want the kitchen to be tailor made for their personality and tastes.  Clients want cutting edge finishes and colors that stand out. Cabinet manufacturers have been producing more and more color and finish options, but no manufacturer can compete with the array of colors and finishes a great cabinet refinishing company can offer.  A good painting contractor has the tools, materials, and skills to transform your cabinets into whatever you dream up!
  2. Clean Lines – Clean lines, minimalism, and a modern aesthetic are popular trends throughout design and decor, and kitchen cabinets are no exception.  With this modern trend, the ornate design work found in more traditional styles is gone in favor of smooth edges, minimal hardware, and low profile designs.  
  3. Open Shelving – A growing trend in kitchen design is toward open shelving.  In magazines, open shelving is perfectly curated to show straight stacks of dishes and no clutter.  For organized homeowners who can maintain this clutter-free look, open shelving can create a sophisticated and contemporary feel.  Open shelving also lets the wall color show through. If you opt for open shelving, have a great painting company first cover the walls in the color of your choice.
  4. Multiple Finishes – Cabinet manufacturers offer a vast array of finishes, and a good custom cabinet refinishing company offers still a wider array!  Homeowners take advantage of these offerings by mixing several finishes in the same kitchen. For example, upper cabinets may be painted a dark tone while lower cabinets are left a warm, natural maple.  Or the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen island may be painted pale gray, while all other cabinetry is finished with a deeper gray glaze.

Your home should be an expression of your personal style and taste.  For many homeowners, the kitchen is the most important room in the house, and a natural place for congregating and spending time.  Dream up the perfect look for your kitchen and call on the highly rated cabinet refinishing company in your area to make the dream a reality!  

The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville homeowners love and trust.  We are the expert cabinet refinishing company and the service to trust with your kitchen cabinetry.  Cabinet refinishing is our passion, and we only hire experienced and highly skilled craftsmen for our team.  We’re the painting company of choice throughout Avondale, San Marco, Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville, and we’d love to create the kitchen of your dreams, too.   

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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