Monthly Archives: August 2013

Learn About Color: Metamerism – Or Why Your Interior Paint Changes Colors

Are you ready for a quick science lesson from an interior painting company? Objects like the walls of your home affect light by reflecting or absorbing light of different wavelengths. That’s color in a nutshell. A wall that absorbs most red light and reflects most blue light look blue to us.

Now take two blue walls, one that absorbs most red light and one (still blue) that reflects some red light. Under certain lighting types (those with a bluish quality), these two blue walls may look almost identical, while under other forms of lighting (those with a reddish quality), the two blues will look quite different.

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You may have seen metamerism in action when you’ve had two items of clothing that you would swear were both black while indoors, but once you walked outside one turned out to be navy blue.

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting – to subscribe, contact us!

A Short History of Jerry Enos Painting of New England

Considering how successful Jerry Enos Painting is today, you may be surprised to learn that it started as something of a side project.

It’s sufficient to say 1987 was a year of big changes for company founder, Jerry, and like many of us, he was looking for a way to bring in some extra income. Painting seemed like a natural fit, considering that he grew up in a family where everyone pitched in around the house. It wasn’t unusual to find a young Jerry painting or hanging wallpaper at his father’s side, so he had the experience and the know-how to do a solid job from the very beginning.

Jerry didn’t switch careers right away, however. For a number of years he divided his time between his painting customers and the Essex County Jail in Middleton, where he worked as a correctional officer and then President of the Union. It’s also where he’d eventually meet his wife!

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During this period, Jerry spent much of his time in the painting sphere working in partnership with two other people. Eventually, though, Jerry realized that wasn’t how he wanted to do business, and branched out on his own. From the get go, he was able to keep a crew of six busy for ten months out of the year on word of mouth alone.

From there, Jerry was introduced to some of the big players in Cape Ann’s network of home improvement pros. It was then that he was given a piece of advice that would change his life. A contact told him “You can never truly succeed when you’re pulled in two different directions,” and Jerry realized he wanted to focus the entirety of his energy on his painting business, which was growing year by year.

According to Jerry, shifting gears to focus full time on Jerry Enos painting was the best thing that could have happened to him. He could finally focus all of his energy and attention on expanding the business and creating a customer service model that had people recommending the company right and left. He was also able to increase his workforce to 12 talented people, plus an experienced office manager. Jerry was setting new, loftier goals, and they were turning out to be entirely attainable.

Since then, Jerry Enos Painting has become the premier large-scale painting company on the North Shore, and Jerry and the company have started to create initiatives to give back to the communities that have helped the company become what it is today.

This story originally appeared in our monthly newsletter, Prime Time by Jerry Enos Painting – to subscribe, contact us!

What Happens When You Skip Painting Prep

For the DIY interior painter or exterior painter, the temptation to open a can and just start rolling away can be intense. We get it. The vast unpainted wall before you cries out for color! You want to strike while your enthusiasm for the project is still fresh. And that wall looks smooth and is basically clean, so what could go wrong? Frankly, a lot could go wrong. There’s a reason that the crews employed by professional painting companies in Massachusetts and elsewhere spend so much time cleaning, smoothing, repairing, and otherwise prepping the surfaces they will eventually paint.

Skipping the prep saves time in the short term, sure, but a quality paint job – one that will not only last, but look great for years – has to start with proper preparation. Here’s why:

Paint Needs Something to Stick To

You can paint over a dirty, glossy, chipping, and flaking surface, but don’t expect your handiwork to hold up over time. For new paint to stick, your interior or exterior surface needs to be clean and free of dust that could interfere with your paint’s ability to adhere to walls, trim, and ceilings. Depending on the condition of the existing paint or the kind of surface you’re painting (i.e., painted drywall, bare drywall, wood, or metal), you may need to lay down a few coats of primer. And scraping is an absolute must if the existing paint is chipping, peeling, or flaking because if you don’t remove damaged paint, it won’t be long before your new paint job looks just as rough.

Dirt Can Do a Number on New Paint

Clean walls are always going to take paint better than dirty ones, but giving surfaces a solid cleaning before painting is especially important when it comes to exterior painting. Even if your exterior walls don’t look dirty, you’ll be surprised what comes off with the help of a power washer. But keep in mind that power washing is no substitute for hand scraping – do the former without also doing the latter and what you end up with is very clean flaking paint that’s probably even worse for wear than it was before you started.

Repairs are More Than Just Cosmetic

Filling holes and cracks in the surface you want to paint may seem superficial, but larger imperfections in walls and ceilings can interfere with paint’s ability to stick so use an epoxy wood filler to create a smooth, ready-to-paint surface. While you make minor repairs stay on the lookout for rotting, split, or crumbling wood, and for rusty metal, because these issues absolutely must be addressed before you put brush to wall if you want to achieve durable, great looking results.

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Quality Primer Does More Than One Job

Primer’s main role is to give new paint something to stick to, as noted above. But that’s not all it does! Some primers are designed to really seal a surface – particularly in cases where knots in bare wood can cause discolored patches in lighter colors of paint or other imperfections might cause eventual darkening or discoloration. Stucco and bare, raw wood must absolutely be primed to protect them and protect your paint. And primer is also necessary when you’re making a dramatic change to the color of an interior or exterior wall. Tinted primers, in particular, make it easy to transition to bold, saturated colors like fresh red and deep blues.

Prep Work Protects Your Investment

On top of all of the surface prep required to achieve amazing results when you’re painting interior and exterior surfaces, there are steps you need to take to keep your work area clean. Paint is notoriously difficult to remove from upholstery, so step one of any interior painting project should be removing as much furniture as possible from the room. Use new drop cloths to cover anything that can’t be relocated. Outside you can cover shrubs and other landscaping with drop cloths designated for outdoor use and create pathways that make it easy to avoid trampling plants that can’t be moved.

If you’re committed to DIYing your next paint job instead of calling an A-rated Massachusetts painting company, don’t get lazy. As excited as you get when you think about remodeling your home, rushing the job will mean you’ll be repainting again before the year is out. That’s a lot less exciting.

At Jerry Enos Painting, we know the right products for the job. Every exterior painting project is different, and unlike other exterior painting companies, we will always treat your house or building as one-of-a-kind. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.