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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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High Quality Paint: Worth the Investment

December 16, 2016 at 8:47 am | No comment | Category: Blog

A good paint job is only as good as its materials.  If you’re tempted to save a few dollars and buy the inexpensive paint, don’t give in!  High quality paint will cover better, save you time, give you the results you’re dreaming of, and ultimately will likely cost less than if you grab the low grade paint.  

Here is the scoop on why it’s important to only use top quality 100% acrylic latex paint in your home:

  • Adhesion – Superior binding agents in high quality paints help them to better adhere to any surface.
  • Camouflage – High quality paints can hide the previous coatings underneath, often covering in fewer coats – or even a single coat.  They also cover flaws in the drywall, dents, filled nail holes, etc. better and more evenly.
  • Spatter resistance – Good quality paint is formulated in a way that creates less spatter while it’s being applied.
  • Seamless application – High quality paint goes on evenly, and brush marks or roller marks tend to even out as you go.
  • Stain resistance – Top quality paints form a stronger barrier against soils and grime, preventing them from sinking in to the coating.
  • Scrubbability – High quality paint can stand up to scrubbing, should you need to apply some “elbow grease” to go after a stain or heavily soiled area.  Heavy scrubbing won’t damage the surface of a good quality paint.
  • Mildew / mold resistance – If you’re seeking to keep mildew and mold at bay, there are paints that are formulated to do so, and high quality versions of such paints will be able to provide superior protection against such stains.
  • Fade resistance – High quality paint is better at resisting fading, and here in Florida, that’s a big issue to consider!  You’ll probably deliberate at length when choosing the perfect color for your home, so be sure that color will stay true, even in the blazing sun.
  • Touch-ups – Top quality paint makes touch-ups less noticeable.
  • Cost – The best quality paint typically covers in a single coat.  When you’re calculating the cost of your project, it’s tempting to reach for the less expensive paint, but be warned that low quality paint will require multiple coats to achieve the same results as a single coat of high quality paint.  Save yourself money and invest in top quality paint.
  • Time – High quality paint that covers in a single coat will save you money and will save you time.  After painting a room in a low grade paint, you’ll need to go back to your starting point and repeat the process several times to get the right coverage.  If you use a high quality paint instead, you’ll likely only paint the room once!

The best – and possibly only – way to ensure you home is protected against the elements, looking beautiful inside and out, and didn’t cost you extra time or money is to invest in high quality paint and high quality materials, and have the paint applied by a highly-rated professional painting company with skilled artisan painters.  That’s where we come in!  The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting service Jacksonville FL homeowners trust for their painting projects.  We are known for our quality, and that includes quality of work and the knowledge that high quality materials produce the results our clients want.  Homes throughout Riverside Avondale, San Marco, downtown Jacksonville, and all along the beaches have received quality paint jobs from our skilled painting technicians.  Call on us to make your painting project dream a reality!

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Protect Your Home With A Fresh Coat Of Paint

November 16, 2016 at 10:33 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Beyond transforming the appearance of your home, a fresh coat of paint offers vast protection against the elements, which is extremely important here in Florida. Here are some of the ways in which a high quality, professional paint application can protect your home:

 – UV rays: We all know the importance of applying sunscreen to protect our skin from the powerful sunlight and UV rays. Without the proper protection, your home will also suffer damage and drastically fade due to ultraviolet rays.

 – Mold and mildew: Mold and mildew are troublesome to many homes in the area, due to our warm, damp climate. Issues such as these can turn even the most beautiful home into an eyesore. If the paint on your home is not intact, a mold or mildew infestation can cause extensive damage by allowing moisture into the walls, encouraging dry rot and fungus growth, and causing structural damage to the house. Proper prep work is important in these cases, as paint alone cannot kill mold spores. You’ll need to thoroughly clean the surface, usually by pressure washing and including a chlorine based cleaning solution. After that, if further steps need to be taken, your exterior painting contractor will be able to recommend a great quality paint that is formulated with mildewcides to counteract future problems.

– Deterioration: Paint helps to seal into the wood all natural resins and other oils that might otherwise be weathered out. As time goes by, a hairline crack can appear in the stucco of your home, or a gash in a wood panel can become a large crack, allowing moisture in, and opening up the siding of your house to numerous problems. Paint provides great protection against such issues.

– Moisture and leaks: A painted surface slows the penetration of exterior moisture into wood. Here in Florida, we have high humidity year round, and rain and thunderstorms can be daily occurrences. When your home has received a high quality topcoat by a great professional painting company, you can rest assured that the corners are sealed, gaps are caulked, and your home will remain safe and dry, whatever the weather.

To protect your home against these elements really takes a three-pronged approach:

–  First, the best paint must be selected. You can do your research, or you can call on a highly rated professional painting contractor to do the job, and take comfort in knowing that the professionals have already done the research for you. The best painting contractor will be an expert in any and all paints and finishes and will be able to recommend the best latex paint, stain, or other finish for your home.

–  Second, proper prep work is critically important in protecting your home. Even if you select the best possible paint for your home, if you simply apply it over the mildew without first eradicating the source of the problem, your efforts are in vain.

–  Third, you need to find the right team for the job. Some homeowners enjoy complex DIY projects in the hot sun. If you’re embarking on a house painting project, be sure to research the best paint for your home’s needs, the techniques that are right for your type of home, and set aside the time for the job. Note that certain exterior paint jobs require important but lesser known safety measures. For example, if you’ll be applying paint that contains mildewcides, you’ll need to wear a mask, safety gloves, and safety goggles. Alternately, many other homeowners prefer to find the best exterior house painting company in the area and trust the work to the professionals!

The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL residents trust with their homes, and we’re the right company for your painting project! Our technicians excel at prepping and painting wood paneling, cedar shake, stucco, and all other styles commonly found here in San Marco, Riverside, Mandarin, Nocatee, and throughout the Jacksonville area. Our teams of exterior painters are trained extensively and have the experience that a complex, taxing job like this requires. The best thing you can do for your home is protect it from the elements and premature deterioration. That just happens to be our specialty. Call today and let’s get your home on our schedule!

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The Perfect Neutral Paint Color For Your Home

September 28, 2016 at 11:17 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Neutral paint colors are timeless, flexible, and easy to use. If you’re wondering whether neutral tones are right for your home, our tips can help!

Here’s when to use neutral paint colors in your room and home:

You want to decorate with an accent wall. Crimson, magenta, turquoise, and cerulean are beautiful colors, but may create a bolder look than you’re going for when they cover every wall in the room. Instead, apply your bright, bold color of choice to an accent wall, and then cover the remaining walls in a soft gray or taupe.

You’re not “good with colors.” If you’re one of the countless homeowners who claims to have no “eye” for color, neutral paint colors will save the day. Instead of fretting over innumerable shades of mauve, marigold, and burnt sienna, find a simple cream or beige and relax.

Your home has a specific style. Is your San Marco home a Spanish Revival villa? Is your Mandarin home a classic Mid-Century Modern gem? Do you live in a historic Craftsman style bungalow in Riverside Avondale? Regardless of your home’s era and style, there is a historically-accurate neutral tone for every room in the house – and for the exterior of the house, as well.

Your home has NO specific style. Most of us live in homes that are a mix of styles, eras, and design elements — and neutral tones are just as easy to use in these situations.

You want clean and modern. Nothing says simple, streamlined, clean, and modern like a pale gray or an off-white with cool undertones.

You want warm and welcoming. On the other hand, nothing is as welcoming and cozy as a warm, medium beige or soft cream.

You want easy. Incorporating neutrals into your home is as easy as it gets. Your paint manufacturer of choice will have dozens of color choices. Simply grab a few paint swatches and start planning your painting projects! When you find a good painting contractor for the job, a great professional painter will be happy to help you pinpoint some specific tones and hues for your home.

Want some specifics in the meantime? Here are some of our favorite neutrals:

Grays: Dorian Gray (Sherwin-Williams), Silver Strand (Sherwin-Williams), Pike’s Peak Gray (Benjamin Moore), No. 275 (Farrow & Ball), Fossil Grey (Glidden)
Beiges: Cedar Key (Benjamin Moore), Featherstone (Benjamin Moore), Dhurrie Beige (Sherwin-Williams), Grassy Savannah (Behr)
Creams/Off-Whites: Olympus White (Sherwin-Williams), Palais White (Behr), Marshmallow (Sherwin-Williams) Mountain Peak White (Benjamin Moore) No. 239 (Farrow & Ball)

There is nothing you can’t do with neutral paint! Take the guesswork out of your painting project by opting for neutrals, and take the worry and hassle out of the job by finding the best painting company in your neighborhood to do the work!

At The Painting Craftsmen, we pride ourselves in our skill, our keen eye for detail, and the training and experience to make each room in your house even more beautiful than you dreamed. Ask any of our clients throughout northeast Florida and they’ll tell you that we’re the best professional painting contractors in town and the company to trust with your project.

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Pro Tips For Painting Kitchen Cabinets

September 21, 2016 at 3:17 pm | No comment | Category: Blog

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When your kitchen is in need of a facelift, the best thing you can do is to refinish the cabinets. Refinishing cabinets is the smart and cost-effective alternative to replacing them. When a change of this magnitude is in order, most homeowners choose to paint their cabinets. Here are our pro tips for making your cabinet painting project a success:

  • Set aside time. First and foremost, make sure you allot enough time for your project. Cabinet refinishing and painting is a huge job, and for most homeowners, it is not a simple weekend project. You’ll need to set up, prep, paint several coatings (letting each coating dry), and clean up, all of which takes time and work.
  • Make a plan. There’s a lot to do before you open the lid on your first can of paint. The first thing to do is make a plan for your project. For example, make a system for remembering which drawer pulls and knobs go to which drawers and cabinets faces, and for remembering the positioning of the cabinet faces themselves.
  • Set up a workspace. In the kitchen itself, clear out as much stuff as you can. All dishes and silverware will need to be removed. You’ll also want to remove any freestanding appliances, or anything else that can give you more room to work. Out in the garage, set up a work table (or two).
  • Remove hardware. Remove all knobs, pulls, etc., as well as their hinges. Put all hardware together and out of the way.
    Make the surface as smooth as possible. Before applying any coating, you want to make the cabinet faces – and anything else that is to be painted – as smooth as possible. This means filling any dents and gashes with a good wood filler or spackle and giving all surfaces a good cleaning. Use an abrasive sponge to scrub away greasy fingerprints, cooking oil, and food spills. The cleaner and smoother the surface is, the better the coatings will adhere!
  • Apply the proper coatings. You’ll want to start with a stain-blocking primer. Let the primer dry and lightly sand it after it dries. Follow with a coat of your paint of choice. If you select high quality paint, you’ll likely be able to cover the cabinet faces and boxes with only a couple of coats. If you opt for the inexpensive paint, you’ll probably need to do several more coats.
  • Use the right tools for the job. Instead of paint brushes, use rollers. Specifically, use the Whizz roller covers for application.
  • Give yourself plenty of ventilation. When working in the garage or outside at your worktable, this should be no problem. When working in the kitchen itself, however, be sure to have windows open, and keep children and pets in another end of the house.
  • Have fun! DIY projects should be fun, and cabinet painting is no exception. However, if the job turns out to be too much, call on the best professional painting service in your area and let the professional painting contractors take care of your project for you.

Think carefully before painting your kitchen cabinets. This is a huge undertaking, even for highly experienced DIY aficionados. Cabinet refinishing is one of those home improvement tasks that is really best left to a great professional painting company. Save yourself the sweat, hassle, and mess, and just call the pros!

If you live in Northeast Florida, The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting service and the company to trust with your cabinet refinishing project. Cabinet refinishing is our passion, and we only hire experienced and highly skilled craftsmen for our team. Our craftsmen can create the factory finish of your choice and transform your kitchen into something you’ve only dreamed about! Homes throughout Ortega, Avondale, San Marco, Ponte Vedra Beach, and downtown Jacksonville FL know that for the best painting job, the only painting contractor to call is The Painting Craftsmen. Call today and let us get started on your project!

Epoxy Flooring: The Easiest Great Decision You’ll Make

July 27, 2016 at 10:12 am | No comment | Category: Blog

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Before any big home improvement project, you likely do quite a bit of research, weigh your options, and spend time considering the pros and cons. Home improvement projects are big decisions, and you want to make the best choices you can for your home and money. Epoxy garage flooring is the easiest good decision you can make for your home.

Here’s why:
It’s durable. Epoxy coating over your concrete garage floor 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. A finished epoxy garage floor is able to resist oils and other chemicals – even potent ones – that may spill. It’s easy to see why warehouses, factories, and auto shops of all kinds choose epoxy for their floors.
It’s low maintenance. Epoxy garage flooring requires minimal maintenance, and enables quick cleanup of spills. Once coated in epoxy, the cement is sealed and no longer porous, meaning spills won’t absorb and cause problems for you later. Spilled chemicals and oils won’t require specialized cleaning agents, either; they’ll stay on the surface of the epoxy. Just wipe them up and move on!
It’s safe. Epoxy coating resists slippage, extreme impact, and high temperatures, and is resistant to fire and water. It’s also shock resistant. There simply is no safer coating for your garage floor. Once sealed in epoxy coating, your floors are protected. 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.
It’s attractive. Epoxy flooring provides a professional and polished look to your garage flooring. When you apply epoxy flooring to your garage, you’re making it as elegant as a garage can get. The flecks of color that make up the the epoxy design are available in a vast selection of colors and pairings, so you can choose a combination of colored flecks to perfectly suit your garage, or match the style of your home.
It’s perfect for your home. Regardless of what you use your garage for, epoxy flooring will only enhance it. Choose epoxy flooring for your home, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Epoxy garage flooring is the perfect fit for your home, and an easy decision for making your garage a safe, sturdy, and easy-to-clean workspace. The installation is a notoriously taxing DIY project, but if you’re lucky enough to have a good professional epoxy floor installation company in your area, then the decision just got even easier. The Painting Craftsmen is the epoxy floor service Jacksonville FL homeowners call on. We are excited about epoxy flooring and it shows – we’ve invested in the best equipment in the industry, as well as in the training of our employees, making us the best choice for your epoxy installation needs. Our technicians are skilled artisans with an eye for detail, while still efficient and hardworking. Homes throughout Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra, Riverside Avondale, and all Jacksonville suburbs are making the change to epoxy garage flooring, and you can choose the same for your home. Call on us, and we’ll get started with your free in-home estimate!

10 Tips For Hiring An Interior Painter

June 29, 2016 at 8:35 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Planning your interior painting project is a big job. Most painting projects require some research, some budgeting, and a lot of decision making. You’ll need to decide on brand of paint, the types of sheen, and the particular hues for the walls in each room. The biggest decision, of course, is choosing the best interior painting contractor to do the job. Use our tips to find the best interior house painter for your home!

The interior painting expert you find should do the following:

1. Experience – It goes without saying that you want to hire a painter who has experience in the type of project you are planning. A painter should be trained in the safe way to use ladders and in the safe handling of all the equipment needed. Your painter should have extensive experience in the typical painting skills, including sanding and prep work, using rollers and all types of brushes, applying different custom finishes, if the project calls for it, and working with any and all types of house paint.
2. Knowledge – The estimator or contractor you meet with should be able to make recommendations about the materials that will work best for your project. Likewise, he or she should be able to make recommendations about color and sheen type, should you have any questions about that.
3. Portfolio – It’s a good idea to see pictures from jobs the painters have completed. Ask to see several examples.
4. References – A good painting company will have many happy clients! Ask to speak with some of these happy customers and get the real scoop.
5. Brands of paint – Find the interior painter who uses high quality paint, such as Benjamin Moore or Sherwin-Williams. Lower quality paints will not provide the best coverage and will dull and chip before long.
6. Awards – Great interior painting contractors will have awards from such institutions as Angie’s List and the Better Business Bureau. When looking for good painting companies, research their websites or call the company and find out what awards the company has received throughout the years. A great painter will also have been recognized by local organizations.
7. Bonded and insured – The painting company you hire should have all the proper documentation for general liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance. After all, this protects the company and their employees, and protects you and your home, as well.
8. Formal estimate – The scope of the project should be outlined completely for you, including the materials that will be used, the colors of paint you have selected, along with a signed contract.
9. Knowledge of lead paint – Lead paint is a dangerous substance, and the protocols for dealing with lead paint are very strict. The best painting services obtain the training and certifications needed to handle and dispose of lead paint safely. If you live in an older home, particularly if it was built before 1978, you will want to have the home tested for lead and hire painters accordingly.
10. Customer service-oriented – A painting project can be a large ordeal. The planning, the color selection, the prep work, the finished product, and the cleanup can take anywhere from a few hours to several weeks. You want to be sure you hire and work with a painting service with excellent customer service.

There is a lot to think about and research when looking for the best painting company for your home. You need a company who you can firmly trust to give you the highest quality finished product, and outstanding customer service in every step of the project, from the initial quote all the way to the final cleanup. If you live in Jacksonville FL, The Painting Craftsmen is the trusted painting service and the company to hire for your own interior painting project. Our clients in Riverside Avondale, San Marco, Nocatee, Ponte Vedra Beach, and throughout Jacksonville know to call on us for a great service experience and a truly exceptional finished product. Trust The Painting Craftsmen with your home! You’ll love what we do!

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How To Paint Trim Like A Pro | The Painting Craftsmen Jacksonville FL

May 25, 2016 at 11:47 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Crisp, beautiful trim, with clean, straight edges is one of the hallmarks of a truly great paint job. Homeowners who choose to tackle house painting as a DIY project often fear the task of trim painting, but don’t be afraid — our tips will having you painting trim like a pro!

What you need:
– Sandpaper (most likely 100-120 grit)
– Spackle and spackling knife
– Painter’s tape
– Sponges and clean cloths
– Dropcloth
– Paint trays, paint sticks, and brushes
– Paint (a high quality interior primer and a high quality interior latex paint)

Step 1: Clean
The first step in nearly every painting project is to clean the surface, and trim is no exception. Wipe away dust and cobwebs with a clean cloth, and wipe grime and buildup using a damp sponge. If you skip this step, the primer and paint may not adhere well.

Pro tip: When cleaning and prepping, as well as when painting, work from the top down. This will help you control the dust during the cleaning and prep work, and will allow you to paint over any spatter or spills that occur during painting.

Step 2: Sand
Sand all trim surface. Even if the trim is new, you may want to use a 120-grit paper or block to lightly sand down the shine. After sanding, use a damp cloth to wipe away the dust.

Step 3: Repair
Use a spackling knife to fill all gouges, dents, and cracks with a lightweight spackling compound. When the compound has completely dried, sand the area and again wipe away the dust.

Step 4: Tape
Use painter’s tape to mask off the wall. Use long pieces of tape (e.g. 6–8”), and use the spackling knife to press the tape firmly. This will prevent the paint from bleeding through the tape.

Step 5: Primer
Apply your primer to the trim. Allow it to dry for a full 24 hours. Once dry, if you see spackle, bare wood, etc., apply a second coat of primer to those areas.

Step 6: Topcoat
Apply topcoat, including a second coat, as needed. Pull up the painter’s tape before the paint has fully dried, in order to avoid pulling up flecks or chips of paint.

Pro tip: In order for your trim paint to stand out against the wall paint, choose a slightly glossier finish than the wall paint finish. For example, if your walls are satin, choose a semi-gloss for the trim, and if your walls are semi-gloss, choose a higher gloss paint for the trim.

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At The Painting Craftsmen, we specialize in interior painting, from the crown moulding to the baseboards, and everything in between! There is an art to painting, including trim painting, and our technicians are expertly trained in the techniques needed to achieve the best possible results, time and time again. Homeowners throughout the First Coast – from Fernandina Beach to Jacksonville to St. Augustine – know that The Painting Craftsmen is the best professional painting company and the team to trust with their homes.

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Plan Your Home’s Exterior Painting Project

April 27, 2016 at 10:19 am | No comment | Category: Blog

Summer is a great time to paint your home’s exterior, giving it a boost in its aesthetic, and an important measure of protection against the elements. Whether your home needs to be painted from top to bottom or simply needs some refreshing, planning is required. Use our tips to plan a painting project that runs smoothly and leaves your home looking great!

  1. Set aside the time – Painting the exterior of your house is no small feat, so set aside time accordingly. For example, if you live in a large home and will be doing the painting all by yourself, don’t expect to complete the project in a single weekend.
  2. Check the weather – Check the weather report and plan accordingly. A rainy week will not work for painting your home’s exterior. Here in Northeast Florida, the heat and humidity can be intense, so try to hold off for a pleasant week in order to make the job go as comfortably as possible.
  3. Surface preparation – Make any necessary repairs to your house before opening the first can of paint. Replace rotted wood and rusted metal, reapply caulk, and scrape the old and chipped paint. You’ll also need to properly clean the surface before painting, typically by pressure washing, to make sure that any mold, mildew, insect infestations, etc. are gone before you begin painting.
  4. Paint selection – Exterior paint is specially formulated to resist mildew, retain color, and be flexible in order to withstand the expanding and contracting that comes with the weather. Paint comes in all colors of the spectrum, and it also comes in an array of finishes and coverages, so take the time to choose the perfect paint for your specific project. Paint also comes in all kinds of prices, and when it comes to paint, you really get what you pay for, so don’t reach for the least expensive paint you see. Often, the less expensive the paint is, the less pigment it has in it. If you opt for the cheaper paint, you might have to buy more of it and spend more time applying additional coats than if you buy a more expensive paint with high pigmentation that can cover in a single coat.
  5. Tool selection – Will a paint roller and a 4” brush be enough for your project, or will you need a paint sprayer for the job? You’ll need a ladder that is sturdy and safe, and will also likely need an extension to reach those especially high areas. Don’t forget the drop cloth, too, even though it’s an outdoor project. Paint will drip and spatter no matter what type of applicators you use, so protect all pavers, decking, and landscaping accordingly.
  6. Clean up – Clean up is the final stage of the project, but it still requires proper planning. Any paint chips that are scraped off will need to be vacuumed up with a shop vac, and any paint drips that miss the drop cloth will need to be wiped away or scraped off with a razor.

With the right planning, your exterior house painting job will be a great DIY project and a fun way to invest in your home in a hands-on way. However, if this type of project is beginning to sound daunting, messy, or like something you don’t want to get started on, you can find the best painting contractor in your area and trust the job to the pros.

The best Jacksonville FL painting company is The Painting Craftsmen, and we pride ourselves in our exterior painting service. Our technicians are highly trained and experienced and would love to get to work on your home. We specialize in giving smooth, even, beautiful coatings on wood, cedar shake, stucco, vinyl, and aluminum siding. Whether you live in downtown Jacksonville, the surrounding suburbs, or at the beaches, we are the best painting contractors in town, and the ones to trust with your home.

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