Charlotte Painters Green Apple Painting
Decorative paint design- Vertical stripes
This week I painted a room that was ( in the paint design world) pretty simple.
Honestly at first I thought “this has been done sooo many times before!” I wasn’t really that excited to paint as I usually am. As I began painting the change became more and more dramatic. Once I started painting the colors for the stripes I got that old feeling again that “this is going to be awesome!” feeling.As soon as I began removing the tape from the freshly painted walls, I couldn’t wait for the homeowners to come see it. The project took a total of 6 hours. That’s a long time for this type of project, the issue I ran into was the paint color (the lighter pink). It just wouldn’t cover it wound up needing for coats of paint to cover. So four coats along with an added trip to the paint store for more paint added at least two hours to this job Here are some pics of the room.
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1. Give yourself time.
A professional painter can paint a 10×10 room in about 3 hours. However, if he were taking phone calls, changing diapers, or making lunches that 3 hour time would be just a pipe dream. So do what you can to eliminate distractions. Find a babysitter and screen your phone calls, because you are on a mission!
2. Clear the Area.
One reason you hate to paint is because you hate maneuvering around your furniture and usually something gets paint on it! Move everything you can out of the room. An empty room is easier to lay drop cloths in. It’s easier to tape off base, and it’s easier to paint! For around $10 you can buy furniture sliders. These nifty inventions make moving furniture a breeze.
3. Don’t Cheat on the Prep.
This is going to take some time on the front end of your project, but it will really save time once you actually start painting. So how much should you prep? A lot! First cover all of your floors this should be easy since you have removed most of the furniture. Then patch any unwanted holes with spackle or drywall compound.Take off outlet covers and vents, there is no skill needed to paint around switches and outlets when the covers are off. Tape off all trim make sure you get good adhesion to the surface use an old brush or a dry rag to remove any dust. Most pros don’t tape off door or window trim but I do and so should you! I haven’t meet a painter yet that can cut an edge by hand as straight as you can with tape and it’s faster too! Lastly sand and prime your patches.
4. Let’s get Ready to Rumble.
So you’ve done your prep and your ready for paint. If your room is going to take more than one gallon to finish the job, you need to “box the paint” that means combine you paint together. Why,..You ask? When colors are mixed there can be variances in the color so let’s say you’ve run out of paint in the middle of a wall. No problem, you open the next gallon and proceed to paint. Now isn’t usually when you notice there is a color difference, it is usually after everything is dry. After you’ve moved everything back into the room and cleaned up then someone says, “Hey, how come the wall looks like it has two different colors on it?” And that’s when you lose it! Well let’s avoid all of that. Box your paint, into a 3 or 5 gallon bucket. Give it a good stir and proceed worry free.
5. May I Cut In?
“Cutting in” is the term painters use for edging or using your brush. Just as someone might “cut a trail” in the jungle, woods, or snow that person is expected to go first and make a way for anyone who follows. If your like most homeowners this is the part you dread! And that’s why you’ll want to reach for that paint roller first… Don’t do it! Professionals cut first then roll. Why? Brush strokes are unsightly, rollers make walls look more uniform. If you have done the proper prep work, the doors and base will be easy. it’s that dreaded ceiling! You have three options. First you can tape off the ceiling, this is not easy and may be more frustrating than painting. Second you can use a cutting pad and believe it or not some of them work pretty good. Your third choice is to do what the pros do… Get your brush and start cutting. If you choose the third option here is a trick of the trade. Use a putty knife or a pencil, place it in the corner between the wall and ceiling and draw a light line, this will help as guide. I haven’t met a professional painter yet who didn’t use this trick when they first started and some of them never stopped. Be sure not to leave heavy edges of paint. Feather them out.
6. Let’s Roll!
Before you get your roller full of paint do what the pros do. Cover your roller in tape then remove the tape. Notice all of the lint stuck to the tape? There’s a good chance some of that lint would have made it’s way onto your wall,…well not this time! Most pros will cut a whole room and then roll it out. For the average homeowner it may be a better idea to roll each wall right after cutting it in. If you have an extension pole now is time to use it. If you don’t there is a good chance your broom handle may screw right into your paint handle. Your back will thank you. Contrary to what you see on television, professional painters do not paint in a “W” pattern. Simply start about 4″ or 5″ from a corner and start rolling (if you are right handed you will want to work to your right, and lefties to your left) work away from the paint about 18′ to 24″ then work back towards the corner get as close as you can. Check to make sure your paint is even. At this point you should probably need another dip. This time start about 4′ to 5′ inches from where you left off and repeat throughout the room.
7. Are we done yet?
if you’ve checked your room for consistency and your happy with your result, it’s time pull all of your tape. It’s best to pull tape when the paint is still wet. This a great time to keep your eyes open for any misses you might have. Also keep a damp rag on you in case any paint bled through onto spots you didn’t want painted. A damp rag is a painters best friend! Make sure to clean all of your tools, also allow the room some time to dry. After that, place everything back where it was and you are DONE! BEHOLD THE POWER OF PAINT!
Painting can be a real pain and can sometimes get overwhelming, but if you follow these steps it will speed up your time and prevent quite a few mistakes. Best of luck!
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Go Green? What Paint is right for You? What is a good quality Paint? Here is a quick guide to choosing the right paint like a pro!
Before you can choose a paint, you need to ask yourself what do I expect out of this paint? If you are painting your house for the purpose of selling it your paint will not be the same as someone who has three children a messy pet and no intention of moving. There are many questions a paint retailer may ask you when you are buying paint. They may use words you are not familiar with so let’s give you a quick education on some terms and definitions.
Oil and Waterbourne Paints
Well without getting to technical, oil based paints dry harder and need mineral spirits to clean up with for the average homeowner it is a real nightmare. Waterbourne paints do not dry as hard (which in many cases is a plus), they clean up with water and are much easier to work with. Oil paints should be regulated for covering unwanted stains.
Let’s talk about Paint Sheen
The easiest way for me to explain sheen is to simply substitute the word sheen with shine or gloss. In most cases the more sheen the more durability/washability the paint has. The scale of sheen usually goes as follows Flat, Matte, Low Sheen/Luster, Eggshell, Satin/Pearl, Semi-gloss, Gloss. Paints with very low sheen tend to hide imperfections in walls; whereas glossier paints tend to reveal imperfections. That is why mostly ceilings are painted flat. Since the ceiling surface rarely gets touched, washability is not a concern and flat paint can help to hide drywall seams. Conversely doors and trim and baseboards get handled regularly so semi-gloss and gloss paints are the norm. What about your walls? Well look at your walls now are they subject to a lot of wear and tear? If you live alone or just don’t have any children or pets, you may enjoy the softness of flat or matte paint. However if you or your kids are “hands on” when it comes to your walls low sheen or eggshell will probably make the most sense. Satins are usually relegated to kitchens and bathrooms. That too is a judgment call.
Green Eco Friendly Paints
What is the big deal with “green paints”? Well as a painter for over 15 years I couldn’t wait to switch to “green paints”! Here is the quick rundown. Non eco-friendly paints contain volatile organic compounds or VOC’s these are emitted from the paint as it dries. According to the EPA’s website, some health concerns are as follows “Eye, nose, and throat irritation; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.” Now you know why I couldn’t wait to make the switch! So even if your not into saving the planet think of yourself and others who may be in the house your painting. The best thing about these “green paints ” is there are lots to choose from, some have No VOCs and some are Low VOCs. Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore have products at many different price points I commonly use their contractor grade products Pro Green by Sherwin Williams, and Eco Spec by Benjamin Moore and the performance of these paint surpassed their non eco-friendly predecessors.
How Much Should I spend on Paint?
Should I shell out for the best? In my years of experience for interior painting a mid-level paint works just fine. I always plan on doing two coats. Even the best paints despite their claims do not cover in one coat, unless the color is the same or very close. I’ve heard of claims of one coat coverage and I always ask the person selling me the paint, “Do you guarantee one coat coverage?” The answer is always, “No.” So my advice to you is if money is no object go ahead and by the top of the line, however if your on a budget you can achieve great results with a mid-level paint and keep that extra money in your pocket.
What about Paint Primers?
For me primers are used in limited situations if you are painting over new drywall use a drywall primer (or if you are spot priming over spackle or patches). If you are covering an unwanted stain use an oil primer. Surfaces that may have been stained before, like paneling, use an oil primer. In some cases certain colors will require a gray primer to help reduce the number of coats. The reason for that is because the tints/colorants used give paints their color actually thin the paint hence the more colorants needed the more transparent and thinner the paint becomes. If you a just painting to change the color of your room and none of these circumstances pertain to you, you do not need a primer! Two coats of regular paint is all you need. Trust me.
Simple Advice for Exterior Paints:
If you are painting the exterior of your house ALWAYS buy the top of the line paint! The walls of your bedroom in 20 years will never be exposed to the conditions the exterior painted surfaces of your house will in three weeks. I recommend using a satin for added durability. When it comes to exterior paint you get what you pay for.
When it comes time to actually walk into a store and buy paint don’t be afraid to ask questions. What do pros do when they aren’t sure what paint to use. They ask paint retailers and other painters. if you have a special problem area or a specialized look you want and don’t know how to get it, ask a paint retailer. Be as specific as you can and give them as much info as possible. Also you may want to do a specific search on the web.
You can now walk into any paint retailer with a sense of confidence! You may need to ask questions about their particular products, but you won’t be wearing that “deer in the headlights” look and nodding your head to anything the salesperson says.
Painting Contractor in the Charlotte area and has over 15 years experience.
I had a heated Facebook conversation over the past week. What started out as a conversation about the governments role in limting the consumption of sugar to a growing population of more and more obese children, quickly spiraled to personal responsibility vs the responsibility businesses to their customers debate. I personally think both are needed, and not used enough, however my friend thought otherwise. He stated simply, businesses have no responsibility to their customers, only to their stockholders. It was buyer beware. In his eyes.
Before I go any further let me say I don’t view this as a Republican ideal vs Democrat. This is humans treating other humans as they want to be treated.
To him, if a company is deceitful about the harm their product can cause you, it’s your fault. To him a company can spend millions on advertising to mislead you and misinform you. They can mis-label their products in all sorts of ways and if they succeed in their lies, thats your fault. The most amazing part of this is, that my friend is someone I met because he was one of my customers.
I explained to him that he wouldn’t feel so great if I was selling him on a new paint that would never need to be repainted only to find out 6 months later that the paint I convinced him to buy had cracked peeled and would need to be stripped and repainted. His own line of business, the real estate business has laws in place, that insure sellers disclose all information in regards to issues that could compromise structure of the property and overall protect the safety of the new buyers. All of this to no avail. He simply touted the virtues of capitalism and held on to his view that personal responsibility was the only thing lacking in this great country.
I love capitalism. I am after all a business owner. To me that doesn’t mean I can lie and deceive my customers and laugh all the way to the bank. I kept thinking about the words he used personal responsibility. Aren’t businesses run by people? Aren’t the decisions made by people? Do those persons have a personal responsibility to be honest?
Long before I started painting, I was taught to treat others the way you would want them to treat you. If you wanted to trust your friends, you need should be trustworthy. You can’t expect honesty, if you’re not honest.
I have always tried to be as honest as possible in my business. Sometimes it costs me money. Countless times when asked if I honestly thought something needed to painted, I told them honestly. Many times that answer was no. I could have told them yes, they would have trusted my opinion, and I would have made some extra money. I wouldn’t feel right doing that. I don’t add money to the cost of my paint, what I pay is what you pay.
I started my own business to have more freedom (although I work more hours now than I ever did working for someone else) and the opportunity to make money, but if I could only do that by deceiving my customers, and knowingly harming them in some way, I’d close up shop tomorrow.
Hey everyone this is my first blog. Frankly, I never thought I’d ever write a blog, the seem pretty lame. Well Let see if I can make this a little easier to stomach my blog will be about painting, how to paint, and what it’s like to be a painting contractor here in Charlotte. I’ll do my best to be honest and give you as much info as possible. I’ll try to cover all areas of painting like interior and exterior painting, as well as murals and faux finishes. If you reading this you probably found this by mistake or your one of my relatives. Well that’s it for this week. Next week I’ll actually get into a real topic.