These antiqued cabinet doors required a 9-step process, including base coat, gel stain and 3 coats of waterborne polyurethane, with several sanding, distressing, and cleaning steps in between.
This exterior paint job was a lot of work, but it came out really nice - it's always rewarding to see such a big transformation! Here are some in-progress and after photos (it should be obvious which are which!).
As of August 1st, 2014, I am back in the Bryan/College Station area where I learned and spent over a decade working in the painting and drywall business working for my father's company, A Coat of Many Colors. My experiences in Colorado over the last several years have been educational, and I have learned some new and better methods. Now I'm bringing it all together for you back home in Texas. I'm looking forward to serving you again!
You can spend $6 for a gallon of paint or $60. So how do you decide when to pay more or less? There are a number of important aspects to examine:
2) Performance requirements
4) Color (yes, this makes a difference)
5) Labor savings
The first is self-explanatory; sometimes you don't have the money to pay more, so it simply isn't an option. If you do have the means, however, then it's time to take a look at the other factors.
How long do you want the paint job to last? If you want your new coating to look good and perform generally well, then you will need to move into the middle-of-the-road option or higher. The very cheapest paints have little or no titanium dioxide and won't last long, even on the interior of your home. The most expensive paints have the best color retention (interior and exterior), washability, adhesion, and final appearance.
Where is the paint going? While you get what you pay for with both interior and exterior paints, it is better to put the extra money on the outside of your home. Here in Colorado, our harsh sun and temperature extremes, along with the winter snow are extremely hard on any coating. If you can afford it, get the best. If you're not so picky, you can save a bit on interior paint, especially in low-use areas.
Deep colors don't cover as well, so if you plan on putting red in your kitchen or yellow in the kid's room, you may want to think about springing for Benjamin Moore's Waterborne products. Prices range from fairly to very high, but you'll need fewer coats. Combine the savings in material cost with labor, and you may very well come out ahead.
There are other products which can save you a lot in labor. They are diverse and too many to cover here, but a good paint contractor can help you with selection.
As always, you can always contact me if you have any questions!
Did you know that most deck coatings are not meant to be re-coated? That beautiful semi-transparent stain you just put on your deck will probably not last very long in this harsh climate. In a few years, whatever you put on it will have to be completely removed and a new coating applied! Most people don't realize that they can't simply put a fresh coat of stain on top. These stains are designed to be waterproof when cured, and a new coat will not adhere to the old, cured coating.
Many contractors will give you what looks like a great price, but will pressure-wash, scuff-sand, and recoat (if that). This is a recipe not only for failure, but also for an unsightly, uneven appearance. The old coating must be completely removed!
I like to do deck staining by the book, ensuring a job that will last longer and look better. Also look at our seasonal discounts page for more info on how to save money when you need your deck refinished! If you have questions about deck staining (even if you plan to tackle the project yourself), give me a call! 303-807-1029
A lot of painters will try to underbid the next guy by selling you on a one-coat paint job. While this may be appropriate at times, it usually isn't. Let me explain why...
If it's the outside of your home, you're probably having it painted because the existing coating is starting to break down. This means that it cannot be relied on to protect your home any longer. At this point, you can only depend on the new coating to do that job. Every coat of paint has very tiny pores in it, often so small they cannot be seen. With one coat, it will not take too long for moisture to find its way through that coat, and once it does, it will contact the old layer, which is already breaking down. A second coat creates a much more effective barrier because very, very few of the pores will be in the same place. The added build of a second coat can add years to the life of your paint job for pennies on the dollar when compared to having it repainted after a few years. If we're already there, with everything set up and covered, it doesn't take nearly as much time to put that second coat on!
If it's the inside of your home, it may be a matter of form rather than function (though both play a role). Occasionally, I see a one-coat paint job that looks good, but it's rare. Coverage, uniformity and full development of sheen, and wear durability are often slightly lacking without two coats of the new color product. The untrained eye may not always notice at first; sometimes the light has to be just right, and by the time you see it, the painter has already been to the bank! Sometimes, it's just a ploy to get the job. You like the price for a one-coat job, and that's what you get - at first. But then your painter comes to you looking for more money to do what they should've known needed to be done in the first place - apply a second coat. At this point, you have to ante up or live with it!
I typically bid jobs for two coats (or primer plus two for new substrates) because experience has taught me that the one-coat paint job is rarely the way to go. A bad paint job would follow me around for a lot longer than a great one...
I've just got my site going and want to thank everyone for supporting me by visiting and sharing my website! I'm excited to have my painting business up and running here in the Longmont/Boulder area. With a little help from my friends, I may soon have my first drywall and painting job....