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September 30, 2016

The homeowner seen me working down the street, in the neighborhood of Centennial Village, working on another exterior repaint of wood trim and vinyl shutters so he stopped and asked me to provide an estimate.

The home received full sun in the front of the home from noon to sundown so it was bombarded by UV rays and badly faded.  The paint oxidation process was well underway.  Here is an example of what paint oxidation is:

You must first clean an oxidized surface before you paint it.  There are several ways to do this...

September 23, 2016

In October of 2015 I had the opportunity to try the sample of Hard Coat that the folks at Latex Agent so generously provided me with.  It was a fairly new product so they were getting the word out and in the hands of professionals to experience the benefits of latex paint additives.  At the time of using Hard Coat, I already had used 2 of their other products (Oil Bond & Dirt Repel) and knew these products were not a gimmick, they really worked as advertised.

On this project at K9 Heeling in Eden MD, I was using a h...

September 16, 2016

When I think about choosing a paint sheen for an interior paint project, I look at the same way Goldilocks chose her porridge, chair and bed.

So let's imagine Goldilocks walks into a house and see's a kitchen is being prepared for painting.  In this kitchen there are 3 different paint cans, 1 has a flat sheen, 1 has a satin sheen, and 1 has a semi-gloss sheen.

Goldilocks starts to paint with the flat sheen but it was too dull and porous.  The porosity allowed dirt and stains to grab onto the surface and didn't allow...

September 9, 2016

This question was asked to me during a recent estimate for the renovation of a Church House that sheltered the Pastor.  The siding was a faded white with the finish showing obvious signs of wear and breakdown.  The estimate request was to repaint the siding white again.

After about 20 years or so, aluminum siding will start to lose its shine and the finish will breakdown and become chalky.  This will give dirt and mildew a perfect place to call home.  The obvious solution for this is to apply a fresh coat of paint to rev...

September 2, 2016

Yes, yes, and yes....but let me start with the light switch and outlet covers because this one irritates me the most when I don't see it done.

It takes, literally, 5 seconds to take an outlet cover off and 10 seconds for a switch plate.  We're not fishing our fingers around inside of the box so there really isn't a good reason for not taking them off before you paint.  Water based paint dries very quickly so putting the plates back on soon after the walls are painted will not be an issue, just let the paint dry for at least a...

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May 27, 2016

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