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Fresh Paint, Added Value

June 3, 2020 at 5:42 pm | No comment | Category: Blog, Exterior Painting Services, Painting Services

One of the simplest yet most effective way to add value to your home is to apply a fresh coat of exterior paint.  When preparing to put a house on the market, many homeowners choose to call on a great professional painting company because they know this will increase their chances of selling quickly!  Here are several ways that a coating of fresh paint will benefit your home and add value to it:

  • Curb Appeal – Nothing boosts curb appeal like new coating of paint! Whether you repaint your house in the same hue or make a dramatic color change, fresh paint will enhance the way your house looks every time.
  • Checkup – While planning for your house to be painted, it’s also a great time to give your home’s exterior a “checkup.” Your painting contractor may point out rotting wood panels that should be replaced, cracks in stucco, rusted nail heads, brittle caulk, mold infestations, or any other issue that should be resolved in order to be sure your home stays in great shape.
  • Repairs – A quality exterior house painting project includes a significant amount of prep work. Problems that are identified during the “checkup” can be fixed and checked off your list at this time!  While prepping your house for painting, a great local painting contractor will caulk gaps, fill holes, repair drywall, replace rotten wood, and make other repairs that may be needed to be sure your home looks exactly as you want it to after the project is completed.
  • Protection – Fresh paint helps protect your Florida home from the elements, including rain and high humidity. Siding is less likely to splinter or crack when it’s sealed with a good coat of paint.

This summer give your home a facelift as well as an increased level of protection with a fresh coat of paint.  Set aside the time, grab your tools and supplies, and find the right colors for your home’s exterior and get going.  Better yet, if the though of a massive DIY painting project in the summer heat has you feeling overwhelmed, call on the best professional painting contractor in your area to take on the job.

The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners call on for interior and exterior house painting, cabinet refinishing, and more.  Our teams of highly trained professionals work skillfully and efficiently to help create the home you’ve been dreaming of!  Houses throughout Mandarin, Riverside, Nocatee, Atlantic Beach, and Jacksonville are looking sharp with a fresh coat of paint from The Painting Craftsmen.  Trust your house painting job to the painting pros

Can I Paint My House in Cold Weather?

January 7, 2020 at 12:18 pm | No comment | Category: Blog, Exterior Painting Services

Here in Northeast Florida, though the temperatures rarely fall below freezing, many customers ask how to know if it gets to cold to paint outdoors.  Here’s what you need to know about painting your home’s exterior in cold weather.  Paint goes on best in warm weather, and the weather in Mandarin, San Marco, Jacksonville, and on the beach seldom dips low enough to cancel your house painting project.

If you do need to paint your house in winter, here’s what you can do to make sure your painting project is a success:

  • Check your product labels. Read the labels on all types of coating to be sure they are formulated to be applied during low temperatures.  Many common house paints and stains are applied best when the temps are 50 or above, but the label on the material will indicate whether it can be applied successfully in colder weather.
  • Use the right applicators.When you purchase the paint for your house, check with the paint experts to find out which brushes, roller covers, and other applicators they recommend for applying the specific paint.  Though it’s a good idea to do this whenever purchasing house paint, you’ll especially want to do it when there’s a risk of cold weather.
  • Work in the warmth. Plan your project so that you’re painting from midmorning to midafternoon, when the day is typically at its warmest, and follow the sun as you work.
  • Call the professionals. Avoid all hassle whatsoever and call on a great professional painting company to do the project instead!

There are many great Jacksonville FL painting contractors, but The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Riverside, Sawgrass, and Southside homeowners call on for their painting projects.  Our teams specialize in interior painting, exterior painting, cabinet refinishing, and more, and our technicians are trained and coached to be the best in the field.  We believe you and your home deserve the BEST—the best in customer service, quality work, and an end result you’ll love.

4 Reasons to Leave Exterior House Painting to the Pros

August 1, 2019 at 4:26 pm | No comment | Category: Blog, Exterior Painting Services, Painting Services

A new coat of paint or stain adds tremendous appeal to your home and goes a long way in helping you create the home of your dreams, boost the curb appeal, or simply provide protection against the elements.  Many homeowners don’t fully realize the size and intensity of an outdoor painting project until it’s already underway.  Here are a few reasons you should leave your exterior house painting project to a great Jacksonville FL painting company:

  1. Prep– Exterior painting projects require extensive prep work. The house must be pressure washed with a chlorinated mixture in order to kill bacteria and mold, remove debris and insect infestations, and create the cleanest surface possible for sanding and scraping.  Even houses that are well maintained need to be sanded and scraped in areas, caulked, repaired, and more.  Areas must be taped off, dropcloths must be arranged, and all surrounding landscape must be properly protected.  The prep work alone could take an unexperienced homeowner multiple days of labor before the first can of paint is even opened!  It’s best to leave the prep work to experienced and trusted painting contractors who specialize in exterior painting.
  2. Skill– It’s easy enough to hold a brush or roller, but only trained and experienced painters know how to hold the tools in order to achieve maximum efficiency and coverage with minimal drips and spatter.Even a homeowner who is relatively “handy” does not have the skill to move through a large exterior house painting project with the efficiency that a skilled painting contractor has.  If you want the house painted fast and well, you’ll need to hire the best Jacksonville FL painting company.
  3. Dangers– Certain dangers befall nearly any type of exterior home painting job. The job may require you to climb extension ladders, walk along a hot rooftop, work in and around thick vegetation, insect infestations, and worse.  Surfaces can become slick and dangers, fumes can be noxious, and there is a host of other dangers, risks, and general annoyances that come standard with exterior painting.
  4. Weather– Jacksonville FL is beautiful, but it is hot, humid, prone to thunderstorms, muggy and unbearable in the middle of summer, and oddly chilly in winter months. It’s easy to see why countless homeowners choose to call on a highly rated painting company rather than do the work themselves!

The Painting Craftsmen is the best house painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their homes!  We’ve 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, Mandarin, San Marco, and throughout the region.  Each of our painters has been specifically trained for the job and will provide expert craftsmanship from the prep work all the way through to the final coat of paint. Call today for your free estimate and let our team of professional exterior house painters give your home a fresh coat of paint.

What’s the Best Sheen for Each Room in the House?

Part of each painting project planning involves selecting the right sheen level for the room.  You wouldn’t want a high gloss paint on the walls of your bedroom, or would you?  Is matte paint alright for the bathroom?  These are questions that most homeowners struggle to answer, so we’ve put together a quick list of the ideal sheen levels for each room in your home.

The best sheens for interior rooms:

  • Kitchen: Eggshell, Low Lustre, Satin, Pearl, or Semi-gloss
  • Bathrooms: Eggshell, Low Lustre, Satin, Pearl, or Semi-gloss
  • Bedrooms: Flat, Matte, Eggshell, Low Lustre, Satin, or Pearl (TIP: Avoid painting Flat paint in young kids’ rooms – you won’t be able to successfully scrub away crayon marks or other toddler “wall art.”)
  • Living Room / Dining Room: Flat, Matte, Eggshell, Low Lustre, or Satin
  • Ceilings: Flat or Matte
  • Trim: Satin, Semi-gloss, Gloss, or High-gloss
  • Doors: Satin, Semi-gloss, Gloss, or High-gloss

The best sheens for your home’s exterior:

  • Doors & Windows: Low Lustre, Satin, Pearl, Semi-gloss, Medium Lustre, Gloss, or High-gloss
  • Trim & Accents: Low Lustre, Satin, Pearl, Semi-gloss, Medium Lustre, Gloss, or High-gloss
  • Siding: Flat, Low Lustre, or Satin

Once you’ve decided on the best choices of paint sheen for your painting project, invest in high quality paint, do the required prep work, schedule the time on your calendar, and let the painting project begin!  Or, of course, you can trust your painting project to the best painting contractor in your area instead!

The Painting Craftsmen is the best painting company Jacksonville FL homeowners trust with their house painting projects. We specialize in high quality paint jobs done right.  Our technicians are highly trained and have extensive experience painting all types of homes.  Our expert Project Coordinator will even help you decide on the perfect sheen, color, and material for your specific project. If your Mandarin, Riverside, Avondale, San Marco, or Atlantic Beach home needs a fresh coat of paint, The Painting Craftsmen is the best local painting company and the best company for the job!

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!

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.

Make A Statement With The Paint Color Of Your Front Door

July 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm | No comment | Category: Exterior Painting Services

Door_Paint_ColorMore and more homeowners are choosing to make their front doors pop with bright and unexpected colors.  With this simple project you can transform the feel of your home, express your own creative side, and give an otherwise understated landscape a burst of personality.  If you’re thinking of selling your home, a bright, freshly painted front door will massively bump up your curb appeal.  Best of all, the entire project can usually be done using just one can of paint and a single weekend or less.  It’s a simple, affordable, and fun way to perk up your home – no wonder so many people are doing it!

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When Is It Okay To Let My Painting Contractor Use A Paint Sprayer?

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For every surface to be painted, there is a method that suits it best. The traditional paint brush and roller are still the best option for many painting projects, but there are some areas of the home for which a paint sprayer will do the best work. In most cases, a combination of methods will be used for your project to create the best possible final product. Great painting contractors know how to make each part of your house look its best, and will know when to brush, when to roll, and when to spray. As a homeowner, it can be intimidating to think of paint being sprayed onto any area of your home, but there are actually many cases in which the paint spray gun is safe and effective and will give the best results.

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Choosing The Right Caulk For Your Home’s Paint Job

May 11, 2015 at 12:53 pm | No comment | Category: Exterior Painting Services, Interior Painting Services

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Caulk is an important element in nearly every painting project, and indeed, in countless home improvement jobs in general. Caulking is a great way to seal your home from moisture, close drafty cracks or joints, and block dust, debris, and even insects from entering your house. A neat bead of caulk is also the perfect solution for closing unsightly gaps between pieces of trim, around baseboards or door frames, and many other areas around your home. Caulk is the solution to many problems, but before your grab your caulk gun and buy the first tube of sealant you find, do some research to make sure you are making the best decisions for your caulking project.

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Tips For Choosing The Best Exterior House Paint Color

April 10, 2015 at 9:48 am | No comment | Category: Exterior Painting Services, Uncategorized

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A fresh coat of paint is a great way to protect your home’s exterior from harsh weather and keep it sealed from moisture, but beyond that it’s a fun way to express yourself with color. Do you want your house to make a statement? There’s a bold color palette for that. Would you rather your home blended inconspicuously into the scenery? There’s a color palette to perfectly match the surrounding nature. Are you getting ready to put your house on the market? The right color scheme can create a stunning first impression and boost your home’s the curb appeal. The colors of your home’s exterior set the tone for your entire property, and color selection is a big decision. However, instead of getting overwhelmed by the color selection process, use our tips and let it be fun!

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