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Painting Woes – Peeling, Cracking and Bubbling

Paint can be an amazingly cost-effective way to totally refresh the look of the interior or exterior of your home. For homeowners who choose to paint their interior rooms, a mere change in color, an addition of texture, or painting an accent wall can entirely transform the mood of a room. Exterior painting can also have major benefits such as greatly increasing the home’s curb appeal or resale value. Unfortunately, unless the painting is done properly there can be underlying problems that will surface days, weeks, or even months down the road. These problems are painting woes known as peeling, cracking, and bubbling paint. Why does this happen and how can you prevent it from happening in your home? Let’s take a closer look.

 

  • Surface Prep – Most problems of peeling, cracking, and bubbling start with improper preparation of the surfaces that will be painted. For example, interior walls and exterior surfaces should be cleaned and dried before the first coat of primer is applied. In some cases walls and surfaces should be sanded so the paint has a better shot at sticking properly. In addition, some homeowners do not know whether the original paint was latex or oil based paint. If oil based paint is put on top of latex paint, there will most definitely be bubbling or peeling.
  • Quality of Paint – The old saying that, “You get what pay for,” is true for the quality of paint you choose to apply. Investing in quality paint could save you from dealing with hairline cracks, peeling paint, or finding a bubble or two.
  • Environmental Conditions – Painting while it is too hot (above 90 degrees) or too cold (below 50 degrees) or when the dew point and humidity are high are considered unfavorable painting conditions. Paint that doesn’t have the right environmental conditions does not adhere well nor dry correctly, and then will bubble or peel later.
  • Application – When painting any surface it is important not to apply the paint too thickly or too thinly. Thick paint can dry and later crack. Thin paint may peel or bubble. In addition to the amount of paint, it is important to use the correct tools to scrape, sand, and repair surfaces before painting.

 

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Biggest Painting Blunders

Painting is one of the fastest ways to transform a room and the process looks pretty straightforward. But you know what they say, “To err is human” right? Well put a paint brush and a roller in the hands of someone who is not experienced and you will definitely have some hilarious and sometimes costly blunders. Many a “Weekend Warrior” has spent precious hours redoing or fixing painting mistakes that can be costly and time consuming. Here are some of the most common painting blunders.

 

  • Unprotected Surroundings – Painting a room means that it should be pretty much empty and coverings should be laid down to protect the floors. Many a paint can has been tipped or paint trays have been stepped in by painters who forgot where it was or just got sloppy. Always protect the surroundings with tarps and tape when necessary.

 

  • Skipping a Step – One of the biggest blunders novices make is dashing headlong into a painting project without preparing the area. Wash the walls, dust the ceiling and get rid of all dirt and grime. Fill all nail holes and cracks carefully using spackle and putty. You really don’t want to redo a section because you painted over a nail hole or found a spider web in a corner.

 

  • Forgoing Primer – Primer sets the stage for a smooth final coat. The paint sticks better and allows the true final color to show. Professionals never skip this important step.

 

  • Rushing – While it may seem simple to roll on some paint and cut in around corners – do not rush. Cutting in is an art form that can be tricky and can become messy if you try to move too fast. Painting too fast also means you are not taking care of the details that make the difference between a professional job and a DIY mess.

 

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Five House Painting Rules Not to Break

Jerry Enos Painting has been around for decades and we have seen it all. Sometimes we are called in to a home or business to fix what a well-meaning “Do-It-Yourselfer” has messed up. Painting may look easy but to have it look crisp, clean and professional, sometimes it is best left to the pros! Here are just a sampling of rules that should not be broken when painting your home.

  1. Don’t Skimp on Materials – From brushes to paint, choose high quality. There is nothing worse that having bristles of brushes come off on the wall, paint clumps muck up the smooth walls or waste time doing several coats because a paint has low coverage.
  2. Don’t Skip the Prep Work – Cleaning the walls, dusting the heat registers, covering the floors and moving the furniture should not be optional. If you rush through the prep work you may find that you have spider webs in a corner where you are painting, a paint splatter on your hard wood floors or furniture that is in the way of the work.
  3. Wait for the Right Temperature – Painting when it is too hot, humid or even too cold can be disastrous. Be sure you are painting in the right climate and when your hard work will not be ruined by Mother Nature.
  4. Use the Right Techniques and Tools – Be sure you have done your homework about how to paint certain areas of your home using specialized tools. It would be a shame to work so hard only to have to redo an area or find that it doesn’t look quite right.
  5. Clean Up – Many a DIY job has been ruined when paint and brushes were not stored and cleaned properly. Be sure you wash and clean brushes and rollers as well as tidy the painting area each night.

Painting a Ceiling? You Need These Tips!

When tackling interior painting projects, it can help to think of the ceiling as the fifth wall. A fresh coat of white – or even a favorite color – can do wonders for a room. Depending on what hue you choose the ceiling can make a space feel cozier or grand and expansive. A colored or patterned ceiling can add visual interest. And a newly painted ceiling just looks fresher because after ten years or so, ceiling paint gets just as faded and stained as wall paint.

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If you’re thinking about painting a ceiling yourself, know that it’s a doable project. You’ll get great results if you use the tips we’ve outlined below.

  • Neatness counts, but this isn’t the time to see how neat you can be. Prep the room by covering all furniture and the floor with canvas or plastic tarp. If you don’t want to have to work around furniture, take the time to remove it from the space you’ll be painting. The hour you spend schlepping furniture may mean you can finish your painting project more quickly since you’re not trying to contort yourself around tables and armchairs.
  • Have your materials ready. Lay out everything you need. While good ventilation is a must and probably means leaving the door open, treat your project like a lock-in. Make sure you have your tools at hand so you don’t actually have to leave the room until it’s break time.
  • Make it a point to protect yourself from paint. While paint in your hair won’t be the end of the world, a simple ball cap will keep you from having to do heavy duty shampooing later. And goggles are a good idea because paint in your eyes – a very real possibility when you’re painting a ceiling – can be harmful.

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  • Cut in first. After taping off the wall, work around the perimeter of the room, painting the first four inches of ceiling using a paint brush. Feather the edges of your line so you don’t end up with a noticeable edge between where you used the brush and where you’ll use a roller.
  • Once you’ve finished cutting in, you’re ready to roll. Use a fresh, brand-name roller with a 1/2″ nap every time. It’s slightly more expensive but worth it. Start rolling in one corner and then move the roller in random directions to avoid visible lines. Try also to avoid rolling over sections that have started to dry because the drying paint will be sticky and stick back to the roller.
  • To get a professional looking finish, apply at least two coats. The caveat is that you need to wait until the first coat is completely dry before starting the next coat to get smooth, even coverage.
  • Finally, consider hiring a Massachusetts interior painting professional. Painting a ceiling can be much more disruptive than painting interior walls because of the potential for mess. You may also need more specialized equipment just to reach the ceiling. If you’re excited to paint then give it a go. But if the whole thing sounds like a hassle, paying a pro can take a lot of stress off your shoulders.

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Happy painting!

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. Need help choosing paint colors? We can do that with an expert eye. Call us for a free estimate at 978-546-6843.

When to Paint (and When NOT to Paint)

There are lots of things that can inspire you to paint. Maybe you’re getting a little bored with your current interior or exterior décor. Or could be that your siding and your walls are starting to show their age. Whatever your reasons for painting your home, there’s no right or wrong colors to use or styles to try! Have fun with it, and you’ll love the results.

It is worth mentioning, however, that there are definitely right and wrong TIMES to paint – especially where weather is concerned.

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Here are some must-know dos and don’ts for painting interiors and exteriors:

DO read paint can labels. Paint manufacturers include temperature guidelines on their product and the recommended min and max temps have been set for a reason. Stay within the suggested range to get the best and longest lasting results.

DON’T rush interior paint drying times when it’s humid or wet outside. Always make sure that the coat you applied last is totally dry before starting your next coat.

DO open a window when you’re painting inside, even if it’s cold outside. Besides the fact that even the scent of low-VOC or no-VOC paints can make some people feel lightheaded, paint will dry much more slowly in a totally enclosed room.

DON’T even thinking about painting exteriors when it’s raining. Even if there is a slight chance of rain in the forecast, reschedule. A downpour will not only ruin your paint job, but may also splatter wet paint onto other surfaces.

DO start on the side of your house that’s in the shade and then follow the path of the sun so you’re applying paint in the shade as much as possible. Too much direct sunlight can cause lap marks and blistering.

DON’T paint when it’s too hot – if you’re using an airless paint sprayer, your paint can actually dry in the air before it ever hits the wall!

DO wait until the relative humidity is 40% to 70% to paint to get the best results. If humidity is high it can cause condensation to form on new paint when the temp drops, leading to streaks, fading, or poor adhesion.

DON’T paint when the wind is howling. When the wind is really blowing, leaves and other debris can blow onto wet paint and stick there. A strong wind can also cause paint to dry too quickly.

DO crank the heat and open a window when you’re painting indoors because heat plus air flow can help paint dry. Turning on a fan is almost never a bad idea.

Of course, if you’re working with a New England painting company that is concerned with quality, the team handling your painting project will be following these guidelines by default. Experienced painters know that drawing out a project because of weather is better than having to go back and fix the issues that extreme heat, cold, wind, fog, humidity, and rain can cause.

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.

Painting Outdoors in Fall and Winter: Must Know Info

Temperature is critical when it comes to painting – especially when you’re painting exteriors. Paint relies on air temperature for proper drying and curing. Even if the high will be 60, that still means that the temperature will be lower for the rest of the day. The good news is that some paint manufacturers have come out with lines that extend the painting season. These new paints can be applied at much lower temperatures (down to 35F) without running, bubbling, peeling, flaking, or fading.

That said, painting exteriors in fall and winter can be a dicey proposition. You need to be sure that temperatures will remain within the acceptable manufacturer application recommendations for at least three hours, if not more. And even if the paint will dry and cure, there’s a chance that other necessary materials like caulk, fillers, and primers won’t work quite right. Keep in mind, too, that temperatures can change quickly in the fall and winter months. If you have to paint outdoors try to work between 10am and 2pm on a day that there’s no possibility of rain. Stopping early in the afternoon gives paint time to begin developing a moisture-resistant film.

Dew is another issue – especially in fall when nighttime and daytime temperatures are very different. When dew settles on paint that hasn’t had sufficient time to dry, it becomes patchy or blotchy because moisture is trapped under the paint film.

A second coat? May trap moisture in the first so allow plenty of extra drying time between coats if you have to paint in colder weather.

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Interior Paint vs. Exterior Paint: What’s the Diff?

All paint is made of the same basic ingredients: solvent, resin, additives, and pigments. Solvents are typically water for latex paint and mineral spirits for oil paint – but in both cases, the solvent is what evaporates as the paint dries, leaving behind the resin, pigment, and additives. Like interior paints, exterior paints come in different finishes from gloss to matte.

Interior and exterior paints have similar solvents and pigments, though some pigments fade faster than others and so are more commonly used in interior formulations. Exterior paint may also contain more pigment. But the real difference between them can be found in the additives and the resin.

Exterior paints need to be able to stand up to all kinds of weather conditions, from changing temperatures to UV rays to salty sea breezes and more. To compensate for the variable temperature conditions that paint on exterior walls will experience, exterior paint contains flexible resins that keep paint looking good when the surface underneath expands and contracts. Exterior paint also contains additives that help prevent fading, stop mildew, and resist tannin staining.

Interior paint doesn’t get rained on and will likely never be subject to a big freeze, so it is made with more rigid resins.

These resins make interior paint less prone to damage from scuffing and also easier to clean.

Some people assume that because exterior paint has to stand up to more abuse that it will perform better indoors, too. But that’s actually not true! Exterior paint is, surprisingly, more prone to scuffing and scratches. It’s also typically going to release more VOCs (volatile organic compounds) as it cures and even after it’s done curing – making it less healthy for indoor use. Mildewcides and fungicides in exterior paint can also have an odor on humid days and may even trigger allergies!

The number one piece of advice we can offer homeowners is to use the right paint for the project like the pros do. Different paint formulations are recommended for different applications for a reason – it’s what will give you the best results!

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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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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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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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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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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.

Lead Paint: Removal, Safety and the Real Deal

Thanks to awareness campaigns going back more than three decades, most people know that lead paint is dangerous.

What many don’t know is exactly why. And even fewer know what they ought to do should it turn out they’re living in a home with lead paint on walls or trim. If you think that your house or apartment couldn’t possibly have lead paint, you might be surprised.

It’s more common than you think! Lead paint wasn’t banned in the US until 1978 and it was widely used before then, so if you live in a home constructed before then the chances that lead is lurking somewhere in your home are pretty good.

Updated 2013 regulations that outline work and clean up procedures for contractors may be keeping professionals and their clients safer, but instances of lead paint poisoning often involve kids under 6, DIYers, and handymen working without training or certifications.

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If you suspect there’s lead paint in your home or you’ve tested for lead and confirmed it, here are some steps you can take to keep yourself and your family safe:

  • Remodeling? Make sure you’re working with an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator. They’ll have the tools and know-how to work safely around lead paint, which adults often ingest inadvertently in the form of paint dust during unsafe renovations. Find an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Renovator at http://www.leadfreekids.org.
  • Exposed lead paint can be covered with heavy-duty materials like tile or sheetrock. Painting over lead paint is only a temporary fix – if new paint peels, it will expose the lead all over again.
  • Families with children in homes with known lead paint should have kids tested for lead exposure and poisoning. Lead paint can taste sweet so babies and young children will sometimes eat it on purpose, but even a few lead paint dust particles consumed accidentally can harm a child.

The real deal is this: When handled safely, lead paint poses hardly any health risks. Be smart and protect yourself and your family.

 

 

 

 

Contrasting… Complementary… Colors, Oh My!

Choosing paint doesn’t always mean one and done – as in pick a color, any color, and you’re good to go. Sometimes you need an accent color. Or two or more accent colors! That’s why we wrote up a quick primer on how to combine colors with harmonious results.

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Did you know that complementary and contrasting colors are the same thing? They’re colors directly opposite from each other on the color wheel, and according to color psychology, using them together tends to make spaces feel lively and cheerful. It’s an exciting and striking combo, but also a familiar and comforting one. For best results, choose a primary color you’ll use at least 60% of the time and use its complementary color or colors as the accent.

Then there are analogous colors. These are hues that are next to each other on the color wheel, i.e., green, blue-green, and blue. This combo comes in handy when you want to paint two walls two different colors or you have a favorite color you want to decorate around.

Triadic colors are any three colors that are equidistant from each other on the color wheel. Most people who find themselves attracted to triad color schemes have a preference for multiple bright, vivid colors – it’s a very contemporary combo and one that is often used on a backdrop of white.

Not ready to try your hand at color combinations? If you’re leaning toward the one and done method of choosing paint colors, you can take comfort in the fact that a monochromatic color scheme (one hue, different shades) can still be complex!

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.