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Painting Brick: Pros & Cons

February 17, 2016 at 11:33 am | No comment | Category: Blog

To paint over the brick or not to paint over the brick – that is the question. This question has divided homeowners, professional painters, and designers for many years. After all, painting over brick is a big decision, and once you do it, there’s almost no going back. If you’re wondering whether you should break out the rollers and dropcloths, check out our pros and cons list to help you make your decision.


  • Appearance – Something about the current state of the brick around your home made you daydream about painting it. The entire facade of your home may be brick, or you may just have a brick feature, such as a fireplace. In any case, if you are tired of the way the brick looks, a coat of paint will do wonders for transforming its appearance! A coat of neutral-colored paint can turn a dated brick home into a modern one, and a coat of white paint over a dark brick fireplace can lighten up the entire room.
  • Protection – Though brick is solid, it is still at the mercy of the weather, and can fade, corrode, and become damaged. Here in Jacksonville, harsh sunlight can fade bricks, excessive moisture can get trapped in their pores, and sand and salt can corrode them. A coat of paint can give a layer of protection to the brick, as long as you remember that once you paint the brick, it will need to be repainted every few years to maintain an effective level of protection.
  • Maintenance – A painted surface is almost always easier to maintain than an unpainted surface, and brick is no exception. Brick is porous, and the pores can hold dirt, debris, and moisture. Therefore, brick that has been properly cleaned, prepped, sealed, and painted is easier to clean and in most cases, easier to maintain.


  • Maintenance – In the case of painted brick, maintenance can be both a benefit of painting brick, and a drawback. Though a coat of paint will seal the pores of the brick and make the surface easy to clean, there are a few other things to consider. For example, once the brick is painted, it will need to be repainted approximately every 3-5 years. There is also the risk of moisture buildup. Certain types of coating can reduce the ability of the brick to expel moisture, thus trapping the moisture in the bricks. Moisture must be allowed to escape, otherwise cracks will appear in the bricks, and they will become damaged, sometimes irreparably.
  • Brick quality – The quality of the brick may determine whether or not you can paint it. For example, brick that is chipping, deteriorating, overrun with mold or mildew, or otherwise in poor condition will not make a good surface for painting. Paint will not properly adhere in the first place, and as the bricks continue to deteriorate, so will the paint.
  • Prep work – Painting over brick is touted as a simple DIY project, and this is true, provided you are a seasoned DIYer, and well-versed in complex painting projects that require much prep work. First, you’ll need to thoroughly clean the surface, most likely using pressure washing, along with high quality cleaning solutions, targeted toward your home’s unique needs. For example, if mildew is a problem around your home, it won’t be enough to pressure wash; you’ll also need to use the right mixture of chlorinated cleaning solution to combat the mildew. Be aware also that there are many different kinds of brick, each requiring a chemically compatible approach. Then, the brick must be allowed to thoroughly dry, which can take up to several days. Otherwise, moisture will become trapped inside the brick and cause the subsequent paint to bubble or peel. All cracks and mortar issues must then be addressed, and any crumbling bricks will likely need to be replaced in order to ensure that the final coat of paint is appealing and effective.
  • Specialty skills – Prepping and painting brick requires specific and finely tuned skills. Paint drips along the crevices in the mortar, and you’ll need to have a keen eye to watch for these drips and correct them. Different types of rollers and brushes and paint formulations are required of different brick painting projects, and for this reason, most homeowners choose to find a good professional painting contractor to do the job.
  • Permanence – Once a brick surface is painted, there is almost no going back. It would be incredibly expensive and time consuming to attempt to remove paint from brick, and the results would most likely be undesirable. Brick absorbs paint into its pores, and it is impossible to remove it completely once it has been applied.

The Best Painting Service Jacksonville FL
There are many good painters in Jacksonville FL, but The Painting Craftsmen takes pride in being the best professional painting service in the region. We specialize in applying high quality topcoats to exterior surfaces, including wood, vinyl, aluminum, cedar shake, stucco, and yes – brick, too! Painting brick is a headache for most homeowners, but not for us. We take care of everything, from the pressure washing and caulking, to the paint application itself. The Painting Craftsmen is known for our friendly and highly skilled technicians, our high quality paint and materials, and our passion for creating beautiful surfaces with long-lasting results. Find out for yourself why The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners love and rely on!

Choose The Right Exterior Paint Colors To Bump Up Curb Appeal

January 12, 2016 at 8:53 am | No comment | Category: Blog

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Spring is the best time to put your house on the market, and homeowners everywhere are thinking about how to get their homes ready to rent or sell. Your home’s curb appeal is an important consideration as you prepare your property for the market, and a fresh coat of exterior paint is one of the quickest and most cost ­effective ways to greatly enhance your curb appeal.

The question is: how do you find the right paint for your home in order to get it ready to sell? Here are 4 things to consider:

1. Location: Find inspiration throughout our part of the country. We live in the sunny South, so don’t be afraid to incorporate warm and inviting colors, whether throughout the interior and exterior of your home, or just in the details. If you choose beige or tan for the face of the house, and cream for the trim, then find a cheerful coral or turquoise tone for the front door. You’ll be welcoming prospective buyers through that front door in no time!

2. Neighborhood: Take cues from your neighborhood, 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, your neighbors and you might incorporate deeper earth tones, in order to blend into the surrounding nature.

3. Architectural design: The style of your house will also help determine which paint colors you should use. For example, large Victorian­ era homes can easily incorporate 5 or more colors in bold and bright hues. Your Craftsman style home in Riverside Avondale would look best in the earth tones most loved by the architects and 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 to its allure. Research your home’s era and borrow boldly from the time period.

4. Potential buyer: Put yourself in the shoes of your potential buyer. A prospective buyer might be turned off by overly zealous color choices, but a different buyer might adore those same colors. That being said, it’s hard to appeal to all types of buyers, but when in doubt, keep to grays, beiges, cream, and other neutrals and let the prospective buyers use the neutral palette as their blank canvas to imagine themselves at home on your street.

After considering those 4 concepts, choosing the right color combination will be easy and will lead to great results. Stop in to your favorite local painting supply store and collect several paint swatch books. All of the most popular paint manufacturers publish brochures and books each season with classic color pairings, as well as the hottest trends and new shades and hues. Many good painting companies also employ color experts who can help you find the perfect palette for your home, and then once the technicians apply your chosen colors to the house, it’s ready to sell!

Expert House Painting In Jacksonville FL

Getting your home ready to put on the market is a huge job, and painting the house is one of the most daunting parts of the process. Even savvy DIYers and often choose to find good house painting contractors and leave the interior and exterior painting to the professionals. At The Painting Craftsmen, we have spent years perfecting our skills for both interior and 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 painting service is the perfect solution for your home, whether it’s cedar shake or stucco, wood siding or aluminum. We specialize in transforming your home, from the siding and shutters, trim, and gutters, to the inside ceiling and walls. Each of our painters has been specifically trained for the job, and will provide expert craftsmanship from the prep work all the way to the final coat of 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 home will stand out in the housing market. Call today for your free estimate, and let our team of professional exterior house painters get to work on your home.

Should I Use A 2­-in-1 Paint Primer On My Home?

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Painting projects take a lot of work, and the idea of simplifying the process by using two materials in one is very tempting. This is where 2­-in­-1 paint and primer combination comes in. Nearly all paint manufacturers have come out with their versions of this combination, but to mixed reviews. So, how do you know if it’s right for you to use a paint primer combination on your own home?

Understanding Paint And Primer
To begin, it’s important to understand the difference between primer and paint. Primer is a specially­ formulated application meant to adhere to the substrate and create a smooth and uniform surface that is ready to be coated with paint. The substrate may be anything, including metal or raw wood, or a surface that has already been painted, whether the paint is fresh or beginning to peel. The substrate may also have issues with rust, mildew, or any number of other issues, and the primer may be formulated to alleviate any such problem. In short, the primer prepares the surface so that the paint will look and perform as well as possible.

Paint, of course, is the topcoat that you’ve selected in the perfect color for your home. The higher the quality of the paint, the richer its pigment, and the better it will look and perform. When the proper prep work has been done, and a good quality primer has been applied, a high quality paint will make the job complete, and will look great and last for a long time.

Paint and primer are unique, and they are formulated to do entirely different things. If you were to try to create your own paint and primer combination, you could not simply pour a can of primer and a can of paint into a bucket and begin applying the mixture with good results. Chemically, this is just not possible. Paint manufacturers, therefore, formulate their own 2­in­1 paint primer combinations, which usually consist of a thicker than usual coating, designed to cover the substrate in a single coat.

When should I use 2­-in-­1 paint primer?
● Similar paint types ­- If you are painting a surface that has already been painted, you can use a paint primer combination product and expect good results. There are several caveats to this situation. First, the existing paint must be in good shape. It can’t be chipped or peeling, and there certainly cannot be any issues such as rust or mildew present. Second, the existing paint must be the same type as your 2­-in-­1 product. For example, if the existing paint is latex­ based, and the paint primer combination is latex based, then the product should work. You cannot, however, coat oil ­based paint with a latex­ based product.

When should I use traditional primer and paint?
● Dissimilar paint types -­ If you are covering a previously painted surface, and will be using the opposite type of paint, you’ll need to use traditional paint and primer. Using the example above, if you are covering latex paint will oil­ based paint, only a high quality primer formulated for oil­ based paint, followed by oil­ based paint will do. Dissimilar paint may also refer to color. If your walls are white, but you’d like to paint them a deep shade of blue, only traditional primer and traditional paint ­ and perhaps several coats of each ­ will give you the results you want.

● Raw substrate ­- If you are painting bare metal, raw wood, concrete, or any other substrate that has never been painted, you will need to stick to the traditional painting process and avoid 2­-in-­1 combination products. Only a
true, high quality primer will prepare such a substrate to accept and hold paint.

● Substrate with surface issues -­ If your substrate suffers from mold, mildew, rust, or any other problem, a 2­-in­-1 paint primer will not be able to properly coat it. You’ll need to find a high quality primer that is specially formulated to protect against the issue. Then, after properly ridding the substrate of the buildup, apply your primer, using more than one coat, if necessary, followed by the topcoat.

● Cost matters -­ If you are painting your home on a budget, you will most likely want to avoid using combination products. Contrary to what we want to believe, investing in high quality primer, and especially in high quality paint will save money in the long run. With quality products, you will apply fewer coats, and they will provide a finish that lasts longer and performs better.

● Quality and appearance matter ­- The traditional method of prep work, high quality primer, and high quality topcoat will always provide the most beautiful results.

After all the steps that go into proper prep work, it does sound nice to simplify the subsequent steps by using a paint primer combination. However, for the best results, stick to the traditional process of painting ­ including all prep work, 1-­2 coats of high quality primer, and then 1­-2 coats of the highest quality paint. Beautiful and long lasting paint jobs not only require the right materials, but also the right process!

The Best Jacksonville FL House Painters
At The Painting Craftsmen, we believe that painting is a process and an art form. We believe that in order to give our clients the best possible paint job, we need to complete each step of prep work, primer application, and topcoat application, using the eye of an artist, and the steady hand of a skilled technician with years of experience. We pride ourselves in offering only the highest quality coatings and products, and using the best equipment in the industry to paint your home. We specialize in providing durable coatings, in a high quality luxury finish that your neighbors will envy.

Homes throughout Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra Beach, Sawgrass, Ortega, Mandarin, and beyond are looking beautiful, thanks to our award­ winning teams of expert painters. Let us do the same for your home!

The Pros And Cons Of Epoxy Flooring

November 11, 2015 at 11:25 am | No comment | Category: Flooring

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:  There are many benefits to installing epoxy flooring in your home, and really only one con.

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Preparing Metal Surfaces For Painting

October 21, 2015 at 11:03 am | No comment | Category: Exterior Painting Services

Metal surfaces are a common part of many interior and exterior painting projects. Outdoor metal fixtures, aluminum gutters, copper pipes, galvanized steel siding, wroughtprepare metal for painting iron gates, window frames, boilers, and more, are all commonly found in households, and all require a fresh coat of paint from time to time. When you need to paint metal, adequate surface preparation will make all the difference in the quality of your paint job and in how long it lasts. In fact, without the proper preparation, even the highest quality paints and custom metal coatings will not last, and your hard work will be in vain. Our checklist will help make sure your painting project is successful, with long lasting results!

Step 1: Clean the surface.

Every type of surface should be cleaned before being painted, and metal surfaces are no exception. In exterior painting projects, metal surfaces are exposed to the elements, and likely in need of a thorough cleaning. It’s often best and most efficient to pressure wash these surfaces, giving special attention to areas of mildew, mold, or excessive grime buildup. Indoor metal surfaces may also require attention, but in many cases, can just be wiped clean with a cloth, or damp rag. If there is grime buildup, grease, or oils present, make a mixture of warm water and mild dish detergent and lightly scrub the affected area.

Step 2: Sand and scrape the surface.

Sanding and scraping the metal surface will make it smooth, uniform, and easier to paint. Any buildup or residue that was not removed during cleaning should be sanded away. Rust, likewise, needs to be sanded off of the surface. Begin by lightly sanding, and work your way to more intense measures. Scraping will remove excessive residue and rust, as well as any loose or peeling paint from the previous paint job. Avoid using power tools for this stage, since they can actually polish the surface, leading to problems with adhesion when it comes time to paint. If you must use a power tool to sand or scrape, be prepared to give the area an extra coat or two of primer before painting.

Step 3: Make repairs to the surface.

Small holes, dents, and gashes can all befall your metal surface. You’ll likely discover these damages during cleaning, sanding, or scraping. Most dents can be filled using an epoxy-based composite or epoxy filler. Larger holes and gashes will require heavier duty epoxy filler, possibly along with a mesh liner. After applying any epoxy or filler, sand the edges of the repair after they have dried so that the subsequent coatings will be smooth.

Step 4: Prime the surface.

The last step before applying paint is to apply the proper primer to the metal. Consider the substrate itself, and how you want the final topcoat to look and feel. Also consider the environment your metal surface is in, and what elements it may be exposed to. All bare metal will need to be primed with at least one coat, and the better you can specify the type of primer you need, the better results you’ll have in a finished product.
For example:

  • If your surface will be exposed to moisture, avoid using latex or water-based primers. Moisture will easily soak through these primers and your paint job will need to be redone within a matter of weeks or months.
  • If your surface is susceptible to rust, use a rust-inhibitive primer or rust converter or rust reformer.
  • Even if you have not had issues with rust, if your surface is made of ferrous metal (metal that contains iron), we still recommend using rust-inhibitive primers or rust converters for metal surfaces that are exposed to the elements, as a way to safeguard against rust.
  • For non-ferrous metals, and for surfaces that are not exposed to the elements, we recommend a galvanized metal primer, which will enable the paint coatings to better adhere to metal surfaces.

The Painting Craftsman Way

Metal surfaces can be tricky to paint, even when you take the necessary precautions and do the right prep work. If you’d rather not embark on a DIY project like this, find a good professional painting service and let a specialized team take care of your painting project! There are many good house painting companies in Jacksonville, but The Painting Craftsmen is the company to choose for the luxury coatings and paint job your home deserves. Our exterior and interior house painting teams specialize in preparing your metal surface for painting, and then applying smooth and even top coats, giving all surfaces the look and feel of true craftsmanship.

The Painting Craftsmen Is A Benjamin Moore & Angie’s List Certified Painting Company

September 14, 2015 at 11:35 am | No comment | Category: Painting Services

Angie’s List has announced its first exclusive paint manufacturer relationship, selecting Benjamin Moore for this landmark alliance.  Angie’s List is the venerable source that homeowners turn to in order to find the best service providers for their homes, and this relationship identifies Benjamin Moore as its paint manufacturer of choice.

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Cabinet Refinishing vs. Cabinet Refacing vs. Cabinet Replacing – What’s Best For Me?

August 25, 2015 at 10:15 am | No comment | Category: Cabinet Refinishing, Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinet_RefinishingChanging your cabinets is an effective way to transform an entire 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.  Changing your cabinets adds character or warmth to your home, and adds value and curb appeal as well, if you plan to sell.  Depending on your budget, your timeline, and your aesthetic vision for your kitchen, you can choose to completely replace the cabinets, reface them, or refinish them.  The question is, which cabinet transformation method is best for you?

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Is Wallpaper Making A Comeback?

August 25, 2015 at 9:49 am | No comment | Category: Wallpaper

WallpaperWallpaper enjoyed many decades of popularity before being eclipsed by paint as the wall covering favorite.  Wallpaper popularity peaked in the ‘70s, and continued into the ‘90s, before falling out of fashion.  It was then relegated to powder rooms, synonymous with outdated homes, and all but forgotten, perchance on purpose.  Now, wallpaper is slowly making a comeback, but with a fresh approach.

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Vote For THE PAINTING CRAFTSMEN In Jacksonville’s 2015 “Bold City Best” Contest!

July 28, 2015 at 8:54 am | No comment | Category: Bold City Best

Bold_City_BestThe 2015 “Bold City Best” competition is gaining steam!  The Florida Times-Union designed and launched this contest to give Jacksonville residents the chance to vote for their favorite restaurants, doctors, museums, hangouts, and more.  This is the time to vote for all your Jacksonville, Florida favorites!  One of the most popular categories is the “Home & Professional Services” category, where you can vote for the best painting service in town – The Painting Craftsmen!

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Damaged Drywall – How To Patch It Yourself

July 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm | No comment | Category: Interior Painting Services, Painting Services

DIY_DryWallThe drywall in your home is subjected to damages of all kinds. Our walls get bashed by doorknobs, scraped and gouged by furniture, and riddled with dents and gashes, especially if there are kids or pets in the house. The good news is that repairing damaged drywall is easier than you might think. Take a look at our tips, head to the hardware store, and your walls will be looking great in almost no time!

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