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Color Matching: Not an Exact Science

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2009 at 9:17 pm

It is hard to color match old paint especially if you don’t know the exact brand and color of the old paint.

The first thing you should do is peel or scrape off a piece of the wall and take it to a retailer like Sherwin-Williams. They usually do a good job at color matching.

If you succeed at getting a good color match, make sure you use a primer. Just have the primer tinted to the paint color for maximum coverage – apply one coat of the primer and one coat of the paint.

Not only will you now have the right color on the walls, you will also have a primer coat and a finish coat on the walls.

Good luck on your paint project!

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How to Choose Paint Colors-Wisely!

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

IA_colorsamples003_197x117The paint color you choose is paramount when it comes to creating a mood or making a first impression. Color has the power to change mood, the shape and size of furnishings, and the shape and size of the room itself. When selecting keep in mind the psychological value behind the color.

Yellow communicates happiness. It’s perfect for kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms when you want a color to energize and uplift. But yellow is not a good choice as the main color scheme of a room. People are more likely to lose their tempers in a yellow room, and babies tend to cry more in a room this color.
Green is considered the most restful color for the eye. Green is suited to almost any room in the house. In a kitchen, a sage or medium green cools down things; in a family room or living room it encourages unwinding, but has enough warmth to promote comfort and togetherness. Green also has a calming effect when used as a main color for decorating. It is believed to relieve stress by helping people relax.
Orange evokes excitement, enthusiasm and is an energetic color. While not a good idea for a living room or for bedrooms this color is great for an exercise room. It will bring all the emotions out that you need when jumping into your fitness routine.

For color wheels visit sherwin-williams.com or benjaminmoore.com. These sites will truly help you make smart color choices.

-Mike
E-Z Painting Inc.
http://www.ezpaintinginc.com

How to Successfully Remove Paint

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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Question:
Getting paint off of woodwork (lots of it)
I bought a ca. 1937 home and luckily no one painted the woodwork, but they sure didn’t like to tape it off when painting the walls! Now all the edges of my woodwork & top of my baseboards have 2-3 different colors of paint on them from sloppy jobs. Scraping won’t help–I tried. I don’t want to take off the original varnish and I can’t remove my sills/doorways, etc. to work on them. Any ideas?

Answer:
Hi,

It’s not a lost cause. Here’s what you can do:

1. Buy a gel stripper (you can get it from Sherwin-Williams) and apply it to the areas in question with a small brush.
2. Next, remove the stripper with a tool (such as a 5 in 1 scraper) – scrape very gently to get the paint off.
3. Wipe the areas down with a damp sponge and let it dry.
4. Sand the areas down with a light-grid sandpaper such as 220.
5. Apply stain to match the existing color (you may need two coats).
6. Make sure you let the stain fully dry (may take 2-4 hours) and then apply varnish on top of the stain – going from corner to corner.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Mike
E-Z Painting Inc.
http://www.ezpaintinginc.com

Paint first or install flooring and baseboards?

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 at 9:30 pm

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Another question submitted to us is answered:

Question:

I’m remodelling my home now and the remaining things to be done are:
1) paint ceiling/walls
2) paint interior doors and trims
3) install new carpets and new hardwood floor
4) install new baseboards
5) paint baseboards

what order should i do these? i for sure would paint the ceiling and walls before installing new floorings. not too sure about the baseboards…which obviously have to be installed after the new floorings are in. but should i paint them before installing them? my contractor says that i would have to touch up the spots where he nails onto the wall. touch ups are imperfections which shows clearly on glossy paints. but i am worried that it would be too difficult to paint installed baseboards and at the same time keep the new flooring clean.
suggestions?
thanks!
Answer:

Hi!

You should paint in this order:

1. Ceilings and walls
2. Interior doors and trim (all should be done before the flooring)
3. The baseboards should be primed and painted with one coat
4. Install new baseboards
5. Add another coat of paint to baseboards after floors are installed because it lessens the chances that something happens to your floors (since now you only have to do is spot-prime and add one coat)

****Make sure the floors are covered appropriately and keep a wet rag handy. Let me know if there are any other questions.

Mike
E-Z Painting Inc.
http://www.ezpaintinginc.com
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Painting a light color over a dark color

In Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 at 8:49 pm

light over dark: if you don’t do it right, you will see your old dark colored paint bleeding through your newly applied light color paint. Here’s what you need to do to ensure proper coverage:

First, buy a primer/sealer that serves as a stain blocker and apply it onto the wall(s) that are painted in the dark color. This ensures that the dark color does not bleed through.

Secondly, apply the the lighter color. Apply this using 2 coats and you will
be all set!