House Painters

Prepping Your House for Painting

While painting takes a good amount of work, often times more work goes into prepping a home for painting. You don’t want paint drips on furniture, nor does painting around your sofa work either. Plus, when preventing paint from crossing over onto other colors, there is a good amount of prep work that must be done before any brush stroke or roller can touch the wall. All of these steps are what the best house painters Phoenix has to offer will perform. It is also what helps ensure the highest quality finished paint job.

Furniture and Items in the Room

If at all possible, items are moved out of the room. Small items can be easily placed in other rooms not needing painting, but often times large furniture simply cannot be moved easily. When this is the case, the furniture should be moved towards the center of the room. This gives clear access to all walls to maximize the work space. With all the items that can’t be moved out of the room pushed towards the middle, drop cloths and plastic sheets are placed over everything to prevent any kinds of spills and drips from touching the furniture. Fabric drop cloths are desired as paint is absorbed and dries faster on the cloth. Paint drips on plastic may take much longer to dry.

Drop cloths can be placed on the floor as well, although professional painting contractors are experts in loading up their brushes and rollers to avoid over saturation, which avoids drips, so this generally is not necessary. However, for home owners not used to painting professionally, drop cloths around floors is recommended.

Taping Off Areas

Whether protecting trim, ceilings or other areas where two colors are to come in contact, taping off these other paint colors is important. Tape is one of the main reasons why one paint job looks professionally done and another looks amateurish. Painters tape takes time to install around trim. Many times measurements are needed to avoid crooked lines, so taping off areas and properly setting up for actually starting the painting process is the most time consuming element of all prep work. This is where many home owners become frustrated and try to skip ahead. With so many other tasks to complete around the house, it is not always possible to focus an entire day on taping and prep work (if not more). Ultimately this usually comes at a price and the finished product suffers from it.

Prepping the Walls

Now that the drop cloths are down and the areas are tapped off it is possible to start painting, right? No. The top Phoenix house painting contractors perform several wall prep steps before proceeding. First they dust and clean off the walls, scraping any cracked and flaking paint away. Sanding down these particular areas so it is smooth with the rest of the wall must occur as well, otherwise paint lays down in an uneven manner. If there are holes in the walls from picture frames or any other reason, these holes must be filled and then sanded until smooth. Once complete, the wall should be rubbed down with a wet rag one last time to remove any dust or sanding debris.

After all of this work, it is finally time to start painting. For the eager home owner, it is possible to do much of this themselves, but it takes time and patience. For those owners who would rather bring in the professionals, top house painters in Phoenix are able to come in and perform all of these prep steps before starting to paint.

HOA Painting guidelines

As a member of a home owners association, your home is held to a minimum standard of appearance and certain rules are in place to make sure this happens. Sometimes you might believe you are holding up your end of the HOA requirements, until you receive a letter in the mail because your exterior painting needs an update. Perhaps it is cracking, faded or simply the wrong color. After all, you don’t want to be kicked out of your beautiful home and you’d much rather avoid a potentially hefty fine. So what should you do? Well, outside of bringing in HOA painting contractors to perform the task for you, you could possibly complete the painting job on your own with little to no help.

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Painting Your Home in the Phoenix Climate

Painting in Phoenix climatesPhoenix easily is one of the hottest cities in the country during the summer. But when it comes to painting your home, what are you suppose to do? First, you can always bring in a professional painting contractor to do all of your painting. However, if you are set on painting your home DIY style, then there are a few ways you can go about stucco painting. Fall or Spring is the best time of year to paint your home because of the extreme heat in the Arizona summer. It is better for you and the paint. If you know how to deal with the temperatures and the surrounding problems, your home is going to look beautiful once you are done.

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How to Dispose of Your Old House Paint

paint cansNo matter how accurately you measure out the amount of paint you need for a project, you always seem to have leftovers. Of course, you don’t want to just pitch full cans of paint, so you put it into the garage or a storage room of some sort. After a few projects, that paint is just going to continue to pile up. So what in the world are you suppose to do with it? You can’t just pour it down the drain, and trashing it isn’t really an option because the you can actually find yourself in trouble with local waste management. Instead of doing something illegal with those cans of paint, here are a few ways you can dispose of them.

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Add a Unique Painting Touch with Venetian Plaster

Venetian plasterAdding decorative paint to a room is a great way to apply a unique style to any given room. This way, a room can stand out on its own and offer a different look than what the other rooms in the house or facility provide. Using venetian  plaster does take some skill and time, so for those property owners who don’t want to experiment with it on their own, bringing in residential painting contractors can often save time, energy and make sure the venetian plaster looks beautiful. However, for those who are interested in trying their hand at the plaster style, this is the way to go about it.

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Desert heat and exterior house painting in Phoenix

house exterior paintingPainting outside in the Arizona sun is not for the faint of heart. Phoenix is one of the hottest cities in the country. It is even hotter than Tucson and other cities to the south due to its location in the middle of flat terrain and several other construction factors. While painting a home during the cooler months is more desirable, sometimes the paint just can’t wait and it needs to be done in the middle of summer. Exterior painting in Phoenix during this time is not only dangerous due to extreme temperature exposure but it also is not the desirable painting temperature either. Due to this, some home and property owners may simply want to hire exterior painting contractors in the greater Phoenix area. For others who would rather tough it out, there are a few tips and suggestions for making sure the paint job is as good as it can be while also reducing possible heat stroke and negative health side effects.

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House painting Phoenix and monsoon rains

desert monsoon stormIt might only rain a handful of times in Phoenix throughout the year, but it always seems to downpour right when you are in the middle of something important, like painting your house. So, it has started to rain and you just put down a fresh coat, what in the world are you suppose to do? You sure don’t want to be forced to put down another coat in a few days and start over. All of the extra work and money you’d put in just isn’t desirable at all. So, whether it looks like it is going to rain and yet you need to get it done or it just started and you rushed inside, these are a few different professional house painting tips from professional contractors.

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The Benefits of Electrostatic Painting and Powder Coating

electrostatic paintingPainting is not just a one size fits all kind of job. Different kinds of paint and different tools are required to obtain the very best look possible. Due to this, it might be best to go with professional home and office painting contractors, especially for homeowners who don’t want to purchase and invest in electrostatic painting equipment. However, for those who are interested in using this particular technology, it can prove especially helpful in painting difficult and time consuming areas of a property, such as metal fencing, hand rails and other areas that are spread out and require 360 degrees of paint.

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Prep and Paint Your Garage Floor in Phoenix

paint garage floorThe garage floor often doesn’t receive the attention it should. Many people buy their home, see the cracked concrete and just leave it as it is. However, while it might be alright to park the car, it doesn’t do much in terms of looks, not to mention anything spilled or dripped in the garage and it is just going to stain the concrete. So that little oil leak from the car or coolant problem that has been acting up, there’s nothing that can be done. By preparing and coating a garage floor, it beautifies the garage, makes it look fantastic and improves the ability to maintain and clean it. Additionally, you can choose a color that looks nice with your home.

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Make Your Space Pop With a Paint Color

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Are you tired of the boring, traditional white paint used throughout offices? Perhaps you’d like to liven up a space but don’t really know how to do it without going over the top or the room just looking odd. Of course, if you’d like to not only have a great looking room that grabs the attention of clients and customers but doesn’t send them screaming into the next room because their eyes are burning, here are a few ways you can add some pop to your space. Now, if you do not feel comfortable painting on your own or simply do not have the time, commercial painting professionals can assist with this.

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