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Exterior Painting Mistakes to Avoid

Everyone makes mistakes now and then, but to really make a huge mess, paint must be involved! Every summer, we get calls from harried homeowners who valiantly attempted to DIY by painting the exterior of their home. Usually, those calls are to fix mistakes or redo sections that did not come out aesthetically pleasing as hoped. Sometimes, the mistakes take a little repair and rehab. If you think that DIY is the way to go for your home’s exterior paint job, then avoid these common exterior painting mistakes.

 

  • Enlisting the Help of Novices – While it may seem like a fun activity to invite friends, family, and children to help paint the house, we do not suggest it! Sure, it would be great to have an extra set of hands or two but avoid asking for help from someone who has no investment in your home, and certainly someone who has never prepped and painted before.
  • Skipping the Cleaning and Prepping Step – Many homeowners find that, after they painted, the paint seems to be coming off quickly or not covering well. It is possible, if you did not clean and prep the wood, that the paint is having a hard time adhering to the dirty surface. Always clean the surface and scrape the wood to be sure all peeling, bubbles, and cracks are dealt with before you even pick up a paint brush. This includes caulking windows, sanding and filling holes, and repairing any wood that is damaged.
  • Using the Ladder Properly – For your safety, always place and use a ladder properly. This includes having pets and children away from the area in case they bump into the ladder, and always have an assistant at the bottom holding the ladder by the base. Another safety guideline is to not reach when painting, as that can easily lead to tipping and falling.
  • Forgetting to Check the Weather – Many homeowners jump at the chance to paint on a weekend, but be sure to check the weather for the next coming days as well. Avoid painting when rain or high humidity is in the forecast for the next 72 hours or longer. It may mean waiting, but it can save you the hassle of having to repaint an area.

 

Are you looking to avoid all the typical mistakes that can come with painting the exterior of your home? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more about our attention to detail, cleaning, prepping, and professional painting when it comes to your most valuable asset – your home.

 

Spring Touch up Tips

As the calendar gets closer and closer to spring, many homeowners get into spring cleaning mode. For some this means cleaning out closets, while for others it means a full basement overhaul. While for still others it means touching up paint chips, scrapes, bubbles, and spots!  If you are like me, and are one of these people who notices these little flaws around your house, then spring is a great time to do some much needed touch ups.

Spring allows for warmer weather, which means that paint can adhere and cure better and windows can be left open so that any residual smell can be erased by a good spring breeze. No matter if you are touching up in hallways, bedrooms, main living areas, or all of the trim throughout the house, here are a few spring cleaning touch up tips.

 

  • Clean any area that you plan to touch up. It is no fun painting only to find a spider web or dirt and grime that has built up on the surface that you want to paint. Wipe down the area with a wet towel that is free of lint.
  • Confirm that you have the right paint colors. Hopefully you have extra paint in your garage or basement that is properly labelled. Make sure to mix it well and test the color first! Discard old paint and try to get a color match.
  • Make any necessary repairs that are needed to the surfaces you will be painting. Fill nail holes, smooth out surfaces, and sand raised portions of the walls. Do not paint over blemishes hoping the paint will hide a crack, bubble or peeling paint. This will just lead to a lack of adhesion and paint problems down the line.
  • Don’t forget to prime the area that you will be touching up. Primer is used to gain optimal paint adhesion and color blending.
  • After painting and allowing for proper drying time, check the wall to see if the touch up looks natural.

 

Do you need help with spring touch ups? Call Jerry Enos at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

DIY Painting – Top 5 Things That Go Wrong

Need to update or refresh a room in your home? Considering paint as an option? Are you thinking about “Doing-it-Yourself?” You may want to reconsider doing the “Weekend Warrior” thing as mistakes are fairly common and costly when in comes to painting interior rooms. According to the paint experts at Benjamin Moore and our paint professionals here at Jerry Enos Painting, these are the top 5 things that could go wrong if you DIY.

 

  1. Improper Prep – Many homeowners and novice painters tend to want to jump right into painting without the proper prep of the room and surfaces. Without the needed cleaning, scraping, and filling of holes or sanding of uneven surfaces, paint could bubble, chip, or peel, leaving a room that is unsightly. Improper prep can also lead to accidents on floors, carpets, or furniture that has not been moved or covered. See our blog from last week on the Importance of Prep for Painting.
  2. Skipping Primer – Some inexperienced painters may have the misconception that primer is an unneeded step in the process. Primer covers flaws in the surface and gives you a smooth, long-lasting finish.
  3. Using the Wrong Sheen – High traffic areas need paint that is durable and easy-to-clean. Using a flat paint in these areas could mean that wiping the surfaces could fade the color or wipe it away completely. Use a semi-gloss or higher sheen on these areas.
  4. Using Sloppy Techniques – There are a million ways to paint sloppily. Some newbies dip the paint brush too deep, use the wrong level of nap on rollers, apply the painters tape inappropriately, or even use unsafe scaffolding on stairwells and high-ceiling areas. Professionals know how to paint each difficult area and apply the right amount the first time.
  5. Lack of Clean Up – Sure, after painting all day it would be easy to pack up shop without cleaning the brushes, covering the paint cans or checking for drips before they dry. Professionals have a tried-and-true method after painting that protects the paint, equipment, and the room that is being painted.

 

If you decide that doing it on your own is not going to happen, call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843, or visit our website to find out more.

 

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.

 

Does all of this sound a little overwhelming? Call Jerry Enos Painting at 978-546-6843 or visit our website, Jerry Enos Painting, to find out more.

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.

 

If you are looking for a professional paint job call Jerry Enos Painting 978-546-6843 for a job done right the first time.

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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