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How to Successfully Remove Paint

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

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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?


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.

E-Z Painting Inc.


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:


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.


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.

E-Z Painting Inc.

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!

Why Do Painters Wear White?

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2009 at 5:57 pm

Painters wear white every day because white paint is the most commonly used paint therefore, it will not show up their clothing.
Question is – when is it socially acceptable for everyone to wear white – do we still stick to the old ‘after labor day’ rule?

wow, what a little paint can do

In Painting Contractor, Uncategorized on April 9, 2009 at 4:29 am

door picA fresh coat of paint or stain on the siding and trim adds more than just curb appeal. It also provides an important layer of protection against moisture, mildew, and the effects of the sun. Yet if you’re among the roughly 85 percent of homeowners who use the same brand of house paint over and over again, you could be selling your home short.

Painter & Decorator: A History of the Trade

In Uncategorized on April 1, 2009 at 12:20 am

From Wikipedia:
A painter and decorator is a tradesman responsible for the painting and decorating of buildings such as houses, and is also known as a decorator or house painter[1][2]

1 History of the trade
2 Tools of the trade
3 Activities of the trade
4 See Also
5 References

History of the trade

In England, little is known of the trade and its structures before the late 1200s, at which point guilds began to form, amongst them the Painters Company and the Stainers Company. These two guilds eventually merged with the consent of the Lord Mayor of London in 1502, forming the Painter-Stainers Company. The guild standardised the craft and acted as a protector of the trade secrets, in 1599 asking Parliament for protection, which was eventually granted in a bill of 1606, which granted the trade protection from outside competition such as plasterers.

The Act legislated for a seven year apprenticeship, and also barred plasterers from painting, unless apprenticed to a painter, with the penalty for such painting being a fine of £5. The Act also enshrined a maximum daily fee of 16 old pence for their labour.

A painter decorating a room in a house
Enforcement of this Act by the Painter-Stainers Company was sought up until the early 1800s, with master painters gathering irregularly to decide the fees which a journeyman could charge, and also instigating an early version of a job centre in 1769, advertising in the London newspapers a “house of call” system which to advertise for journeymen and also for journeymen to advertise for work. The guild’s power in setting the fee a journeyman could charge was eventually overturned by law in 1827, and the period after this saw the guild’s power diminish, along with that of the other guilds; the guilds were superseded by trade unions, with the Operative United Painters’ Union formed sometime around 1831.

In 1894 a national association formed, recreating itself in 1918 as the National Federation of Master Painters and Decorators of England and Wales, changing its name once again to the British Decorators Association before merging, in 2002, with the Painting & Decorating Federation to form the Painting & Decorating Association. The Construction Industry Joint Council, a body formed of both unions and business organizations, today has responsibility for the

Tools of the trade

The brush and the roller are the tools most readily associated with the painter. Recent advances in manufacture have led to a standardization of brushes, with many older brushes falling from fashion.

The airless spray gun is the latest tool in the painter’s closet. It’s powered by an electric, pneumatic or fuel powered motor which pumps paint through a hose into a gun which atomizes the paint to a fine spray. Graco is the leading manufacturer of this type of spray gun and equipment for contractors.[citation needed] With the airless spray gun it’s possible to paint extremely large areas of surface in a short time.

The ground brush, also known as a pound brush, was a round or elliptical brush bound by wire, cord or metal. They were generally heavy to use, and required considerable usage to break them in. These brushes were predominantly used in the days before modern paint manufacture techniques; hand mixed paints requiring more working to create the finish. These brushes still have use in applying primer; the brushes are useful in working the primer into the grain of the wood. Pound brushes required an even breaking in to create even bevel on both sides of the brush minimising the formation of a point which would render the brush useless.

Sash tools were smaller brushes, similar to a ground brush, and used mainly for cutting in sash or glazing bars found on windows.

Sash tools and ground brushes generally required bridling before use, and a painter’s efficiency in this skill was generally used as a guide to their overall ability. Both these brushes have largely been superseded by the modern varnish brush.

Varnish brushes are the common flat brushes available today, used for painting as well as varnishing. Brushes intended for varnishing typically have a bevelled edge.

Distemper brushes, used for applying distemper, were best made of pure bristle and bound by copper bands to prevent rust damage. Styles differed across the world, with flat nailed brushes popular in the North of England, a two knot brush (a brush with two ovular heads) popular in the South of England, and three knot brushes or flat head brushes preferred elsewhere. In the United States distemper brushes were known as calcimine, kalsomine or calsomine brushes, each term being the U.S. variant of distemper.

Fitches are smaller brushes, either ovular or flat and 1 inch wide, used in fine work such as to pick out the detail on a painted moulding.

Stipplers come in various shapes and sizes and are used to apply paint with a stippled effect.

A duster or jamb brush was used to dust the area to be painted before work commenced.

Limewash brushes were large brushes with a triangular head used to apply limewash.

Stencil brushes, similar in style to a shaving brush and used for the purpose of stencilling walls or in the creation of hand-made wallpapers.

Brushes are best stored in a purpose made brush keeper, a box on which a wire could be suspended: the wire would be threaded through the hole in a brushes handle so as to suspend the brush in a cleaning solution without allowing the brush to sit on the bottom of the container and thus cause spreading of the bristles. The solution would also prevent hardening of the brushes and oxidization. These were generally rectangular and stored several brushes. A lid would enclose the brushes and keep them free from dust.

Surface Protection Dustsheets or self-adhesive protection film (Packexe Ltd the leading manufactures) are required to protect surface areas where decorating is being done.

Activities of the trade

Historically, the painter and decorator was responsible for the mixing of the paint; keeping a ready supply of pigments, oils, thinners, driers and sundries. The painter would use his experience to determine a suitable mixture dependent upon the nature of the job. This role has reduced almost to zero as modern paint manufacturing techniques and architect specifications have created a reliance on brand label products.

Larger firms operating within the trade were generally capable of performing many painting or decoration services, from signwriting, to the gilding of objects or even the finishing or re-finishing of furniture.

More recently, professional painters are responsible for all preparation prior to painting. All scraping, sanding, wallpaper removal, caulking, wall or wood repair, patching, stain removal, compound, filling (of nail holes or any others with patch or putty), cleaning, taping, preparation and priming are considered to be done by the professional contracted painter.

Professional painters need to have keen knowledge of the tools including sanders, scrapers, sprayers, brushes, rollers, ladders, scaffolding, in addition to just the paint in order to correctly complete work. Much preparation needs to be considered before simply applying paint. For instance, taping and dropcloth techniques, sizes of brushes or rollers, material types or dimensions of rollers or brushes (there are different sizes or types of brushes and rollers for different paints), amount of paint, number of paint coats, amount of primer, types of primers and paints, certain grits and cuts of sandpaper, trim cutting (the act of painting with a brush on the outline of baseboard, moldings and other trim work), wallpaper removal, and nail hole filling techniques just to name a few.

Today many painters are attempting to break into the field of faux painting, allowing them more creativity and access to a higher end customer base.

See Also

Adhesion Tester


^ Alf Fulcher (2005). Painting and Decorating. Blackwell Publishing. ISBN 1405112549.
^ The Modern Painter and Decorator volume 1 1921 Caxton
Categories: Painters | Interior design | Construction trades workers

Painting “Green” – Green FAQ

In Painting Contractor, Uncategorized on March 5, 2009 at 12:33 am
Q: What is GREEN Painting?
GREEN Painting is a painting specialty that uses eco-friendly paints that have very little negative impact on our environment. Green Painting refers not to the color, but to the paint that contains little or no harmful chemicals that are found in all conventional paints, stains, and wood finishing coats like enamels and varnishes. We are dedicated to learning, understanding, and implementing new products and techniques that will be safer for the environment and your family. 

Q: What makes E-Z Painting more desirable than other painting contractors?
No other painting company is more dedicated to the sustainability of our state’s environment and the safety of our health. Other painting companies may claim they are a “green” painting company because they use low-voc paint, but that’s it. E-Z Painting takes the concept of “going green” and truly emphasizes it.

Q: What’s wrong with traditional paint?
Paints and finishes release low level toxic emissions into the air for years after application. The source of these toxins is a variety of solvents or VOC’s which, until recently, were essential to the performance of the paint. Some of these VOC’s are benzene, toluene, naphthalene, and formaldehyde which serve as “spreadability” enhancers, biocides, and fungicides. During and after painting, these VOC’s outgas and can cause adverse health effects such as headache, nausea, dizziness and eye, throat, and lung irritation. Exposure to airborne formaldehyde, for example can cause eyes to water and burning sensations in the eyes, nose, and throat. It can cause chest tightness and wheezing. The EPA has classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen. 

Q: What are the benefits to using more eco-friendly paints?
There are many benefits to using eco-friendly paints and stains such as: coating flexibility, better gloss retention, better face resistance, reduced health risks, little to no VOC’s, less pollution, low odor, easier clean-up, safer environment, reduced waste, and improved durability. 

Q: What are exactly are VOC’s?
VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are harmful gases that are emitted by paint as it dries. When you apply wet paint to a wall or any other surface, that paint usually dries within a few hours. As the paint dries like glue to the wall it releases gases from its liquid form, and continues to for years thereafter. In unventilated areas, those gases over time can be harmful to human lungs. Most higher quality level paints now dry with very low gases that enter the air. So, with E-Z Painting using “green” paint, you can be assured that the air you breathe before and after applying paint is safe. Paints with low or no VOCs also allow families to quickly enjoy their freshly painted homes without having to wait for strong odors to fade away.

Q: Are eco-friendly paints more expensive?
No. Due to ever increasing demand within the paint industry for healthier alternatives, the price difference which was once significant has now substantially dropped and is usually a match for the traditional paints. 

Q: Will I be sacrificing quality by choosing eco-friendly paint?
No. In March, Consumer Reports released an assessment of 57 interior paints currently on the market, including low-V.O.C. ones, that evaluated their “hiding performance, surface smoothness, and resistance to staining and scrubbing, their gloss change, sticking, mildew and fading.” Benjamin Moore’s Aura was ranked third among 21 paints in the low-luster category, which included conventional latex and oil-based paints.

Q: How do I know I’m getting quality painting service?
E-Z Painting provides an industry standard 2-year warranty with every painting service that we perform. This covers the paint, labor, and materials for 2 years after the completion of the project. We also require a signature by the homeowner after completion to confirm they were 100% completely satisfied with the service provided. On top of that, the owner of the company frequently stops by the job site to ensure proper safety techniques are being executed. 

Q: How do I choose the perfect color?
E-Z Painting can provide a complimentary color wheel. Once you have selected a color for each section we are painting we will order a sample of the paint and paint a portion of your house. If you like it we will put in the order, if not you can select a different color until we get the perfect color.

Q: Are you licensed and insured?
Yes. We are licensed and insured and we hold liability insurance coverage up to $2,000,000. Contractor’s license # 039539.

Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept cash, check, debit cards, credit cards, and bank transfers.

Q: Where do I sign up?
Call 1-800-935-9520
or click here http://e-z-painting-inc.genbook.com to schedule an online appointment and we will be more than happy to provide you with a free no-obligation estimate on your project. 

The Key to a Great Paint Job….

In Painting Contractor, Uncategorized on March 4, 2009 at 11:11 pm

The key to a great paint job is prep! Make sure sand in between each coat of paint so you can get that great, smooth finish you are looking for.

Contact E-Z Painting Inc. at 1-800-935-9520 x 102 if you are looking to have a professional paint your home. If you mention where you found us, we’ll give you 20% off our already discounted prices!

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In Uncategorized on March 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm

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