Monthly Archives: September 2014

Oil vs. Water-Based Paint: What’s The Difference?

For a DIY paint job, we’d wager that most homeowners will reach for latex simply because it is the most common paint found at home improvement stores. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only kind of paint there is! Walk down the paint aisle and while water-based options will dominate, there will still be plenty of oil-based paints to choose from.

The abundance of latex options is telling. It gets the job done and is safe for the painting novice, which does make it the better option for those painting at home with amateur equipment. Oil paint still has plenty of uses, though, so we thought we’d talk about what makes latex paint so good and where oil paint really shines.

The Pros and Cons of Water-Based Paints

Water is the carrier for water-based paint – it “carries” the pigment and acrylic or vinyl binders. The advantages of this carrier are manifold. You can have healthy low- or even no-VOC options. It dries quickly so you can get in two coats in a day. Cleanup is done with soap and water. And the finished paint job resists both yellowing and cracking. The downside is that it is generally less durable than oil paint, and it can be more difficult to apply uniformly.

The Pros and Cons of Oil-Based Paints

Admittedly, this is not the eco-friendly option, and cleanup requires mineral spirits or turpentine. But for a hard-wearing, smooth finish, oil can’t be beat.

Thanks to the petroleum that serves as carrier for oil-base paints and the natural oil or synthetic resin that acts as the binder, this paint dries more slowly resulting in a much smoother appearance and a gorgeous gloss. Some companies have completely phased out their oil-based lines but it’s still a favorite for painting woodwork, doors, and furniture, and surfaces that need to take a beating like floors.

Choosing the right paint means letting your project, lifestyle, and the needs of your family be your guide. Want the hardiness of oil without the fumes? Some paint companies have introduced what they are calling “waterborne enamels” or “waterborne alkyds” – these are paints that go on like oil-based paint but are safer and more environmentally friendly. Though relatively new, they may add a whole new layer of complexity to the great paint debate!

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

The Top 2015 Color and Painting Trends

Want a glimpse of what you’ll be seeing in next year’s magazine spreads? We want to give you a taste of the color trends and décor palettes that are just warming up not but will be hot as of this coming year. Why should you read on? According to Sherwin-Williams’ National Home Design and Color Survey, 70% of homeowners plan to tackle a home-improvement project next month. Of those, almost half plan to improve their home by painting and possibly also redecorating. While being fashion forward isn’t necessarily your goal since timelessness trumps trendy every time when it comes to paint, it’s fun to see what’s out there – and you may just find yourself inspired to take your interior painting project to the next level.

Just remember, it’s all about balance. Saturating your whole home with the trendiest shades will mean it won’t be long before your house looks dated. Use trendy colors sparingly, using them alongside plenty of whites and neutrals to turn trends into long-lasting beauty. Here’s what’s hot for next year to get your creative juices flowing:

Greek Blue aka Mediterranean Blue

Whether you’re looking at the traditional blue accents found in Greek interiors and exteriors to the blue dome top churches of Santorini, this is a color that stands out in a big way. It’s rich and eye-catching, plus it’s a true all seasons color. It’s the best of all worlds: peaceful and vibrant, just as beautiful paired with pure white as with neutral grays or even pinks. Putting it on interior walls is a bold move – one you might not be ready for. Choose white walls instead and start shopping for Mediterranean blue accent pieces and furniture.

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1960s Shades

Retro is back. Not that it ever left. But devotees kept to the classics whereas the modish hues for 2015 are modern adaptations of 1960s favorites. We’re seeing them on the runway, all those olives and oranges. Pale gold. Poodle pink aka rosette. It’s a very exciting time to love all things vintage, whether you’re an antiques collector or you just love the revival accessories.

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1960s colors

Pastel Palettes

It’s the late 1980s all over again – if there are old LA Gears in the back of your closet it’s time to haul them out. Today’s pastels are not quite so innocent. Think vivid, like flamingo pink and aqua. It’s a soft and relaxing palette but never boring – especially if you can muster up the courage to pair pastels with bright neons!

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modern pastels 2015 trends

Gray as a Neutral

This hot neutral is the perfect backdrop in the form of interior paint because it lets accent pieces stand out without sacrificing its own personality. If soft grays aren’t dynamic enough for you try accentuating lighter gray walls with dark charcoal windowsills and pale gray in your décor.

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gray as neutral - 2015 color trends

Classic Olive Green

Everything from kitchen cabinets to bedroom walls are going green thanks to gorgeous new shades of olive paint that are anything but stodgy. Tip: keep it warm and saturated, not cool and ethereal. Olive’s impact as an interior paint color comes from its richness. Right now our eyes are reading it as organic, which makes it just as much of a neutral as the up-to-date grays. What do you pair it with? Anything!

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olive neutral 2015 color trends

Bold Color Mixing

Go big or go home might be the motto for 2015 interior painting projects. Maybe you’re not ready for something bright and flashy on your living room walls, but how about playing with a vivid, saturated color palette in an entryway or powder room? Think gorgeous royal purples, candy pinks, vivid greens and turquoise and mints – all together! Anything goes right now as long as you’re keeping things fresh with a palette-cleansing (pun intended) dose of clean simple white.

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

Peeling Paint in the Bathroom: What Do You Do?

The most common places you might see peeling paint are on bathroom walls and kitchen walls. That’s because these are the areas of the home with the most moisture in the air, and moisture is more often than not the culprit behind peeling paint. While fans that vent outside and adequate ventilation can go a long way toward preventing peeling paint, paint can still peel. Once it does it becomes a prime breeding ground for mildew and bacteria. Worse, it can trap even more moisture doing further damage.

Can you repair peeling paint in the bathroom? The easy answer is yes.

First chipped paint has to be removed completely using a scraper. Nothing but firmly adhered paint should be left behind. Next, it’s time to patch the uneven surface using thing layers of a quick-setting patching compound. Once it’s dry, a layer of all-purpose drywall compound is the finishing touch. This will need to be sanded smooth – preferably with a shop vacuum outfitted with a dust collection bag and a sanding attachment.

Finally, it’s time to prime and paint. Paints specifically marked for use in bathroom is a good choice because it will stand up to the humidity.

As to whether you should repair peeling paint on your own – whether in the bathroom or anywhere else – the answer depends on your comfort level with the project. Are you handy with tools and paint? Then it will likely be a simple project.

But if you’re new to home maintenance or you suspect your home may have lead paint then repairing peeling paint is a job best left to the pros.

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