Prime. Dark colors, stains (once sealed), and previously unpainted surfaces (drywall, spackle, etc.) will need a primer coat, usually white. NOTE: most paint stores & home improvement centers will now tint primer (at no charge) to match fairly close to the color of the finished coat, that way two coats of primer need not be applied. Although not all surfaces need a prime coat, skip this step at your peril! Dark colors will likely show through the first -- or even the first couple-- topcoats of paint. Sealants and unpainted surfaces like spackle patches will absorb or repel moisture in a topcoat at a different level than the areas surrounding them. Applying a good primer coat will help even out these differences. Primer equalizes a wall to a uniform surface. It's like erasing a canvas before drawing a new picture. Although some will argue the point, you generally don't need to spend a great deal on primer or buy special primer. A cheap, 5 gallon (18.9 L) bucket of plain, flat white paint will usually do the trick and cover a large area. Give your primer at least 24 hours to dry (follow its instructions) before applying a topcoat. House Painting
When painting a carpeted room, keep in mind that paint will soak through drop cloths. This is especially true of the cheaper, lightweight cloths. It helps to tape masking paper to all of the base boards before laying the drop cloths. Tuck the edges of the cloth under the paper--this will help keep it clean. You might want to invest in a hand-held masking machine--they make the job go much faster. Even after taking these precautions make sure to clean big drops or spills before they soak through and before you step on them! House Painting
Interior designer and color expert Moll Anderson, believes in the power of green. She says the color gives us a sense of balance that is both calming and relaxing. One paint color that is found to be particularly therapeutic is Card Room Green (No. 79) by Farrow & Ball. This dark green color harmonizes perfectly with tones of gray, mustard, and pebble.
Eli’s Painting & Renovations is passionate about the craftsmanship it brings to every home or commercial property it services with painting and renovation services. In residential/commercial painting and renovation business since 2006, we have the experience you want for that next residential or commercial painting or home improvement project. Serving New York City, Westchester and Nassau, we specialize in residential and commercial custom painting as well as flooring, kitchen and bathroom renovations.
At Eli’s Painting & Renovations, we pride ourselves on the number of repeat customers year after year. Providing our clients with the highest quality artistry and meticulous attention to detail, we strive for perfection in all our painting and renovation projects. Our strong work ethic and goal of perfection has earned us a reputation of excellence among our clients. In fact, many of our jobs are booked as a result of referrals and recommendations from previous clients. And, whether you need a home improvement project-painting, flooring or a new kitchen and bathroom, or a commercial painting project accomplished, we have the skill and experience to assist you with everything from paint color selection to the makeover of your kitchen or bathroom.
A thorough scrubbing is a must before painting any exterior surface. It removes the dirt and broken-down paint residues that keep fresh coats from adhering and gets rid of mildew that grows on paint in all but the most arid climates. Most contractors clean with pressure washers, but in the hands of someone unfamiliar with the equipment, these can gouge wood, shatter glass, and drive water behind siding and trim. Using a hose, a pump sprayer, and a scrub brush is slower but safer, and just as effective.