To most, painting wood is just another regular task. Anyone can get it done in no time. Well, they couldn’t be more wrong. Wood painting is considered one of the most fragile and intricate tasks with regards to painting. This is because it requires a lot of attention to detail, selection of tools and application of primer/paint. Painting wood decks or siding for example, is a very fragile task and could go wrong very quickly if approached with a lackadaisical attitude. This task requires the right amount of attention in making the right kind of decisions, especially when you are not a professional painter and are just doing this as a way of saving cost. If this is you, consider following these steps to painting wood below.
Choose the right kind of paint: Any Jacksonville painter knows the paint is as important as the painter or the piece of wood. If you will be nonchalant about any aspect of painting your wood siding or any piece of wood, let it not be with choosing the kind of paint to apply. It is advisable to paint furniture with satin or semi-gloss finish when using either an oil-based paint or latex. This way, your finish matches your paint and you get brilliant results. There is no gainsaying the importance of this aspect. The choice of paint is as important as the expected results. Never forget this fact.
Cleaning the surface efficiently: The results you are bound to get after painting a wooden surface, furniture or ordinary piece of wood depend much on the way you clean the surface before applying the paint. For example, applying paint on a surface which is already stained or has lacquer or urethane on it could turn out to be very ghastly in terms of the application and visual appeal. It is therefore advisable to wash the surface with TSP or tri-sodium phosphate and/or prime before applying paint. TSP also comes in no-rinse varieties which might be a good fit for giving your painting that good physical and mechanical hold.
Sand the wood surface the right way: By the time the TSP application has dried off, then comes the phase for sanding your wooden surface. Sanding is done for two major reasons; (1) to remove the hard stuck on stains and (2) to smoothen the surface for painting. This means that when the sanding is not effectively done, there is bound to be problems in the final painting. To get your sanding right, first you need to get the right sander and then you need to know how to sand properly. For nonprofessionals, consider watching videos of professionals sanding to learn the rhythm and flow of the process.
Prime the wood: Priming your wood before commencing with painting isn’t just important for the look and feel of the painting job, it is also important in distinguishing the job of an amateur from that of a professional. Especially when painting wood cabinets. Once you have primed – remember to choose the right type of primer for the wood being coated – you can now sand again and commence painting.
With some basic instructions, a little patience and some trial and error; you'll will have your deck, dock or wood siding looking fresh and new. But even more important; you'll have long lasting protection!
Painting has always been part & parcel of human civilization and when it comes to wall painting, it has the most mesmerizing perks & advantages which are certain to elevate the aesthetic appeal of a space.
However, transforming conventional or standard wall painting style up a notch eludes many. Professional painters have discovered that painting with an unique, bold style has brought artistry to the entire industry of painting across the globe. Wall painting with that certain “flare” enables you to get most out of your efforts with its charm, elegance and texture.
A Unique Experience:
Whenever we consider the typical and mainstream methods of painting your interior walls, there comes a hectic and exhaustive feeling in the mind. However, the case is totally different if you paint “outside the box”. It lets you engage in a unique experience while applying methods & techniques. Find enchanting ways of utilizing you own unique flare. This will provide a magnificent and exuberant way for your interior to "rock" ever so amazingly.
After a certain span of time your existing walls might start appearing dull & unimpressive. So, this is where sponging, stripes or even a mural comes to rescue with its personal, vibrant and bold texture. Painting your interior walls with could be a mesmerizing idea which is certain to make take the charm of your place to another level. If you combine colors & style, it is certain to prove to be an ideal combination and hence offering even more enchanting interior space.
Refreshes Overall Ambiance:
If there is a need to update your interior or exterior, painting the walls could be a marvelous idea as it provides that X factor with sheer refreshing touch ever so swiftly.
Have you grown weary of that drab, scarred and marred, outdated swimming pool? Don't go through the huge expense of resurfacing your in-ground pool, paint it! Painting your swimming pool with give a luxurious, new pool effect.
Painting your swimming pool involves several unique steps and procedures for best results. You don't always have to pay the immense cost of marcite. We have successfully painted 100s of swimming pools in the Florida. Here are the important steps to take when you want to paint a swimming pool.
We all want a beautiful swimming pool to dip into on those hot Jacksonville, Florida summer days. Achieving that beautiful blue luster with pool painting is about half the cost of new marcite; and lasts just about as long! Follow the steps below and enjoy a fresh and new looking pool today!
1. Know the Right Pool Paint to Use
Find out the type of paint previously used, if the swimming pool has been painted before DO NOT use Epoxy pool paint to repaint a pool already painted with regular pool paint, and vice versa. Follow the steps below to know the type of paint used earlier:
a. Put some acetone on a rag and rub against the painted surface for 30 seconds
b. Take away the rag and touch the surface to see if it is sticky. If it is sticky, it is a Chlorinated Rubber coating; if not, it is an Epoxy coating.
2. Prepare the Surface of the Swimming Pool
Preparation is is the most crucial step in painting a pool because the final results largely depend on it. It will determine the finish and durability of the painting. Check out the following to prepare correctly:
a. Drain all the water and remove dirt, debris, and hydrostatic plugs from the pool
b. Repair any cracks with an Epoxy filler and leave to cure
c. Clean the pool with a soapy solution to remove all body oils and fats and rinse thoroughly
d. Acid etch the pool with a 50% muriatic acid and 50% water solution
e. Scrape the surface (the walls and floors) with a 40 grit disc but observe proper safety procedures
f. Neutralize the acid etch wash with a wash of Bicarbonate of Soda solution and rinse with fresh water
g. Remove any water left in the pool and make sure it is completely dry
3. Prepare to Paint
Painters must ensure that the pool is neither wet nor moist; it must be completely dry. Follow the steps before in preparation for painting:
a. Apply masking tape around the pool to prevent paint from getting on the tiles
b. Check for flakes of the previous painting and remove any flakes and dirt
c. Check the weather and choose a clear forecast of at least four consecutive days of good weather
4. Begin Painting
The right paints for a swimming pool are Epoxy or Chlorinated Rubber pool paints. You may acquire a industrial dryer or blower to dry the surface in the winter months. Here are the steps for painting a swimming pool.
a. Mix the paint for about 10 minutes and according to the application instructions
b. Apply the first coat in a smooth consistent flow
c. Allow the first coat to dry for at least 24 hours to cure
d. Apply the second coat after 24 hours; else, abrade the pool surface again before re-coating
e. Allow the pool to dry for seven days in the summer and 14 days in the winter. And do not add chemicals for five days after painting.
Keep in mind, a pool that is allowed to dry thoroughly before adding water, your finish will last for a lot longer time and keep the color looking bright for many years to come! Allowing the newly painted time to not only dry, but to cure as well will ensure longevity for years and years. To have us paint your pool, contact us.
Like concrete buildings, a metal building also can be painted for functional and aesthetic reasons, only that the approach for a metal building will be eons different than let’s say, painting a concrete or wood building.
One of the challenges of painting a metal roof or building is how paint coatings will stay on the surface of the metal panels. While the metal building can be painted to beautify it, it can as well be painted to protect it from rust corrosion and deterioration. Using lighter or reflective colors are energy savers as well.
From the primers to the preparation, it requires a different approach to paint a metal building to achieve the best results. Whether you want to restore a metal building’s initial luster, or you want to offer protection from the consequences of exposure to the elements, the methods given here will help to make the project a success. For best results to achieve a shiny and brilliant factory like finish, here are the steps to follow.
1. Surface Preparation
Just like when you are painting other structures, you want to ensure that the surface of the metal is clean. Pressure wash the surface on low flow and water to rid the metal panels of oil, dirt, rust, trapped moisture, mildew and peeling paint.
In addition, you may have to use a wire brush and sandpaper to scrape rust or loose paint before you power wash the panel with water. Also, it’s a good idea to add TSP to the water and spray the siding or panels. Add trisodium phosphate to your water and apply with a garden sprayer on a steel siding. Rinse clean and leave to dry for at least two days.
After the metal panels have dried, cover the doors, windows, and trim with painter’s tape or plastic sheeting to protect against overspray or drips.
2. Prime the Metal Panels
Apply a rust inhibiting or galvanizing primer over the scratches and other dents or flaws on the metal panel. For aluminum, apply primer using a roller or paint sprayer and start from the top, moving across and work downwards. Bonding primers are best. Leave the panel to dry for 24 hours. Make certain to use the right primer that works well with a metal building especially if the old paint is coming off.
3. Combating Rusted Metal
If your metal is laden with rust; whether surface or pitted, a rust converter is the way to go! The theory of a rust converter is to bring the rust back to metal. Over the years we have used OSPHO with success. Wire brush, scrape and sand troubled rust spots. Then apply the OSPHO product, wait 24 hours. The rust converter will turn blackish, then clean and apply an oil primer. Top coat as usual.
4. Painting Metal Panels
Use a paint sprayer to paint the metal building after the primer has dried. Use acrylic latex house paint to paint the metal building except the previous paint is oil-based paint, which requires oil-based primer and then latex paint. Allow the painted panels to dry thoroughly before applying the second coat. There are several color options for a metal building to accentuate the aesthetics of the building and protect from damages.
If you need a metal building or roof painted in the Jacksonville, Florida area, contact us for your free evaluation. 904-293-4600 We paint metal buildings and roofs of any size!
No one is talking about political parties or politicization here, but the types of different sets of rules set by different categories of painters concerning having a great result. In most cases, some set of rules inhibit creativity and can also be counter-productive. Painting is both an occupation and an art. It requires creativity and trying out new ideas, concepts, and innovations.
In the study of jazz music, having learned all the important rules and stuff, students are taught how to break the rules without undermining the purpose and beauty of the art. Also, when it comes to painting, politics is of little use. Do the politics with your paint brushes, rollers, and the right choice and mix of paint to achieve your intended results.
In most cases, going against the traditional belief about painting is necessary to create a modern technique and color scheme that is unique and usually appealing and make the project stand out.
While the early rules set are good and provide a guideline and bedrock for innovations, focusing on such regulations are nothing but a limitation to creativity. Forget the politics – just paint! Follow an unbeaten path; create a unique work that beats all expectations. Be free and let your imagination and creativity take over. Bring something new to the table and let us have a new direction.
When it comes to painting, there is no limitation or restriction of thoughts, ideas, and innovations – there are different routes to achieving excellent outcomes, forge a new path and cut the monotony. Ignore the politics – just paint!
The deck is a platform that gives you the opportunity to enjoy outdoor life. Nothing compares to staying under the starlit sky and enjoy the cool breeze with your family. Meanwhile, your outdoor experience is made possible by the deck, which is exposed to the elements such as the sun, water, and wind. To make your deck stand up to these elements, it is necessary to stain the deck to protect the wood.
Staining your deck offers protection to the wood and also guarantees an uninterrupted outdoor experience for you. Here are how staining your deck will protect your wood.
1. It Waterproofs the Wood
On many occasions, the wood of your deck will be exposed to water, and in fact, wooden deck and wood siding are usually exposed to a great deal of water in their lifetime. Meanwhile, staining your deck will form a barrier over the surface of the wood and make it resistant to water. Therefore, water will flow away without harming the wood.
2. It Protects from Rot
Wood usually is susceptible to rotting. Rot is a significant threat to wood because once the wood rots, the damage cannot be reversed, staining the wood of your deck will protect it from termites, mold, and mildew.
3. It Blocks Sunlight
Repeated exposure of deck to sunlight can damage the wood. The only way to protect your wood in your deck is by staining it to keep it from being discolored and damaged.
To make your deck last longer, have our staining professionals apply wood stain, and the durability and beauty of your deck will be extended for many years to come. 904-293-4600
It's exciting to get ready to paint your room or your house the dream color that you always wanted. But, you can't just dive into the project by throwing on a fresh coat of paint, thinking that it'll come out that beautiful color and finish you envisioned in your head.
Any good paint job always starts with the preparation. Having painted many exteriors and interiors of homes, we can tell you the exact order as for how to proceed. There may be some variation regarding how to proceed for each individual, but we have found these general procedures to be the best. Let's examine each.
Tie back any plants or shrubbery away from the house, so they won't get damaged by the painter's moving back and forth on their ladders. Cover any plants or flowers with a light canvas and make sure the plants have plenty of air circulation. The homeowner will be happy that you didn't get any paint on their plants, or at least that you tried.
Wash dirty surfaces, be it wood, brick, or stucco. You can power wash or hand wash. There are two schools of thought on this subject. One says Power Washing, it's faster and does a better job. The other school of thought is to lightly hand wash the loose dirt. They feel that power washing is too aggressive and that the wood will entrap the water and compromise the integrity of the paint job. I have found both ways to be satisfactory, if you give a couple of days for the exterior to dry from the sun.
Check for any damaged, loose or rotten wood. Now is the time to replace soffit, fascia, and wood trim around windows and doors. It's a lot easier to do it now, than after the painting contractor has finished painting.
Scrape and Sand
Scrape all loose surfaces and sand any rough areas. Slight imperfections will remain. Remember, the house is old and so is the wood. Sure, you could have all the wood sanded down to a bare surface, but that would cost a fortune, not counting the health hazards.
A good Painting Contractor should prime all bare surfaces with a good quality exterior primer. To make the paint job easier, your contractor may tint the primer to match the color you have chosen. If you follow these procedures, you'll see that preparation is the keynote to a great paint job.
The Physical Aspect
If you're planning to paint your whole house remember that it'll be a physically strenuous project. It might be wiser to consider hiring a professional painting company to do the work for you instead, as a large-scale project requires a large number of resources, time and energy.
Remember, not only is your home your most valuable investment, but everyone on the block will see your house day in and day out. So it’s very important not to cut corners and do it right the first time. Doing the job right the first time saves headaches and additional costs in the end; especially when painting homes in Jacksonville Florida *** Call for your free quote 904-293-4600 ***
Painting your home can come with multiple challenges, some as simple as choosing the right color for your space. Color plays a huge role in our emotions, and the mood a room evokes. This idea is also known as color psychology, and can be used to help you determine the perfect shade for any room in your home. Below we have gone into more detail about an array of colors, and which rooms they fit in best to help you find that perfect shade.
Red is an eye catching color that symbolizes power, passion, friendship, and joy. Even though it is often associated with warning signals, red can make a space feel cozy and warm depending on the shade you bring into your space. Red works great in living rooms, or other entertaining spaces in the home. Use accent furnishings, curtains, rugs, and other small decor pieces to subtly tie in light or darker shades, and use neutral toned walls and larger furnishings to balance its powerful qualities. Red also promotes high energy, so make sure to keep it away from relaxing areas of the home (bedroom, office, bathroom/spa).
Yellow’s brightness mimics that of the sun, so bring this energetic, happy color into small, ill lit spaces, or even a kitchen or dining area. Similar to red, yellow can be overwhelming and distasteful if used excessively, so use it sparingly as an accent color against other naturally derived colors like browns or dark greens. If bringing it into the dining room, use yellow tablecloths, table settings, or centerpieces on a versatile, natural toned dining set. Or, use it in pendant lights, small appliances, and kitchen accessories when introducing it into your kitchen space.
Blue is a calming, peaceful, and creatively inspiring color, which makes it perfect for a bedroom or office space. Lighter blues have the ability to positively influence sleep patterns, so use lighter tones on walls, or through bedding accessories, curtains, and wall decor pieces. Darker hues also promote tranquil and calming emotions, mimicking the qualities of the ocean. Darker shades like denim compliment other natural colors like dark greens, or dark stained furnishings. Blue can also help to promote mind clarity and inspire creative thinking, so bring it into an office or artistic space. When it comes to dining or kitchen areas, use blue sparingly because it has the ability to decrease appetite.
Green is a color most associated with nature, and has similar effects on the mind as the outdoors. It’s vibrant, fresh, harmonious qualities make it the perfect color for almost any space in the home. Shades of green are very versatile, with darker shades being the most widely used in paint colors. Dark green accent walls, paired with white and light stained furnishings brings the outdoors in, and promotes a fresh and calming atmosphere. Use fresh greenery that have the added benefit of purifying the air, and explore sites like Etsy for some unique nature themed wall decor to bring the nature inspired theme full circle.
Black comes in many shades, with lighter hues being the most often used in modern design trends. Concrete and silver can add to an industrial themed kitchen or bathroom through silver appliances, concrete flooring, or concrete countertops. Add fresh greenery, reclaimed wood, and white walls for a farmhouse aesthetic. Use pure black for a mysterious, elegant, classically bold look in your office or living room. Darker shades can feel consuming, so make sure to balance with white, bright accent colors or even metals (chrome, brushed gold, rose gold, copper). Black can create a the perfect vintage inspired aesthetic, so don’t count it out as an option for your home.
Brown is an easy color to bring into several different rooms in your home. Brown’s warm, safe, and balanced attributes can be brought into a space through stained wood furnishings, or through lighter painted walls. Brown can become bland and stark if used excessively in a space, so be sure to tie in the vibrancy of greens, or lighter hues of other natural tones, to act as bold accents. Brown works great in a dining area, with stained dining furnishings or a display hutch to create a balanced and welcoming space to share a meal with loved ones.
Purples are often associated with floral, elegant, symbols of vitality, making it the perfect hue for an outdoor patio space. Tie in chairs with cushions in any purple shade, and build a garden full of lilac, lavender and other fresh purple toned florals. Find a reclaimed wood outdoor table set, and purple wind chimes to create a relaxing atmosphere to read a book or enjoy some iced tea on a warm summer day. Use lighter colored planters and other garden decor as well to create an inviting and elegant outdoor space for entertaining guests during the warm summer months. Be sure to invest in weatherproof furnishings to ensure they can withstand wear and tear from the natural elements.
When you feel like changing paint colors and need a professional; be sure to call Pro Color Jax; the top-rated Jacksonville Painters for all your painting services!
Every painter relishes the convenience of working with a paintbrush that is flexible and easy to handle. This offers the painter the ability to paint straight lines consistently. This uncommon feature is what stands Picasso Paint brush (by ProForm) out from countless other brushes out there. It is an innovative product that is crafted to lead and offer user much more convenience than other paint brushes. A paint tool to be reckoned with!
This product is manufactured in the USA by Proform. It is braced with a unique feature with special filament blend that makes it easy to apply and in helps with cleaning. It has become the preferred choice of most professional painters and project owners because of its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. With Picasso Paint Brushes, you do not need the usual time-consuming prep-work that is common with other brushes. All you need to do is to load and roll. That makes your work a whole lot easier, saving time and money.
Picasso also came out with the first in the world angular oval brush. ProForm, a company based out of Wyoming has developed a paint brush so far advanced that we are still holding our jaws open in disbelief. Again, the product has hard line no drip interior construction design that permanently clips to the handle to the ferrule. The product is reputed professional painters preferred choice all over the globe for its ability to load and hold.
Theses brushes come in different shapes and sizes, all crafted with special synthetic bristles and hardwood handles. The synthetic filaments are firmer and serve the needs of the professional painter to lay the paint on. It’s good for all kinds of paints, whether it is water-based or oil-based paint.
Using Picasso brushes, certainly has the ability to increase profits for painting contractors, as it reduces labor costs, waste and increases efficiency. All the painters who have tried Picasso brushes for have had no reason to look elsewhere for another brand that can deliver in efficiency as Picasso brushes.
Another unique feature of this unique product is that it executes sharp cut lines faster and allows a longer paint stroke than any other brush in the market. The Picasso brushes allow painters to flexibly make a long flowing cutting edge and strokes. With a fully loaded brush, it is easy to paint full arms-length without having to re-dip several times.
Picasso Brushes Unique Features:
* It is patented core locks that are well secured. They do not creep off when being used.
* Its thermal fused core is both solvent and water resistant
* Picasso Brushes absorb and deliver paint superbly.
* The brush resists matting and cleans well
* It has a durable chrome plated steel frame which holds up to heavy loads
Why Do Painters Embrace Picasso brushes:
* The tip edge of the brush is strongly braced with flagged style silken-soft tipping.
* With Picasso Brushes, you can cover 7 feet painting space in 7 seconds with just 1 load of paint.
* The silken-soft flagged style tipping prevents a sharp rigid line from occurring.
* The ferrule does not slack with time.
Picasso Brushes deliver when efficiency is desired. The only problem we have had with these paint brushes is; they just do not last like a Purdy or Wooster. Our craftsman have had Purdy brushes for well over 7-10 years and still use them on a daily basis. The Picasso brushes seem to last only 6 months of heavy professional painting.
That being mentioned, we still like the Picasso brushes, they have a unique flow that NO other paint brush can boast! We you can run a brush along a wall for 7 feet with out dipping; we remain impressed!
Painting maintenance is the act of keeping your painting or painted surfaces in good condition. Due to exposure to the elements and the human factor like touching and scarring, painting can start to lose its shine and aesthetics properties. To protect the painting from total damage, painting maintenance is essential. Both the interior and exterior painting needs to be maintained to prevent early damage and restore their allure.
Just like washing your car and covering up light scratches with suitable paint to prevent defacing of the car; also there is a need to maintain the paint finishes on your structure. Painting maintenance can serve both preventive and restoration purposes. It is believed that a well-maintained paint job span can be extended by at least six years.
Painting maintenance is very crucial to the durability and perfect state of the painting and painted structure. As a result, it should be a part of the maintenance routine of any home or commercial building. Here are the advantages of painting maintenance.
1. Property Maintenance
As part of the processes of maintaining your property either a commercial or residential building, painting maintenance can be a short-term and long-term procedure to protect the painting from fading and chalking. “A stitch in time saves nine.” Leaving the damaged part of the painted surface unattended could cause the entire painting to be damaged. Painting maintenance helps to restore the painting before it fails altogether.
Painting makes a building or facility beautiful. So, painting maintenance helps to make a building or facility retain its aesthetics. Areas that are fading or chalking can be treated and retouched to restore their aesthetics. Such areas may require just one coat of paint to restore them and look beautiful again.
3. Cost Savings
Allowing the painting on a building or facility to deteriorate completely can also expose the building or facility to further damage, especially corrosion. The financial implication of restoring or repairing the property to a functional state and re-painting is enormous when compared to the cost of maintaining the paint on such facility or building.
4. Protection of the Painted Structure
Besides aesthetics, painting is also used to protect a structure or facility. Being exposed to the elements all the time, the integrity of the wall may be affected, but when it is painted, the painting will serve as a protection for the structure. So, maintaining the painting is equivalent to protecting the painted surface, and the surface can last longer.