The Importance Of Hiring Painters

Repairing Common Wallpaper Problems

Installing wallpaper adds an artistic and colorful edge to your house. However, you are likely to experience certain common problems, such as air bubbles and loose seams that interfere with the neat and aesthetic appearance of your wallpaper. You may end up replacing the wallpaper if you fail to fix these small problems on time. The beauty is that it is not difficult to undertake these repairs as long as you work carefully and slowly. Below are some important tips on how you can go about it. Repairing open, loose seams Wallpaper seams become loose due to various reasons. For the pre-pasted vinyl wallpaper, seams peel open when the factory adhesive fails to stick properly on the vinyl. Vertical seams are formed when strips are stuck together while fixing the wallpaper. They can become loose if too much glue is squeezed from the seams when they are flattened through rolling. No matter what has caused your wallpaper seams to become loose, the process of dealing with this problem is similar. All you need to do is to moisten a sponge until it is damp and gently pass it over the open seam to soften the old adhesive. Then spread an even layer of wallpaper adhesive on the exposed underside of the seam using a small artist brush. Make sure you do not apply excess adhesive to the point that it is oozing out of the seam to avoid messing the glossy appearance of the wallpaper. Flatten out the seam using a wooden roller to give it that neat outlook. Remember to clean off any excess adhesive on the surface of the wallpaper with a damp sponge immediately before it dries up. Getting rid of air bubbles It is not uncommon for air bubbles to get trapped in the wallpaper during installation. Also, a small bump that was overlooked during installation, or a speck of dirt prevents the paper from bonding completely with the wall and can turn into a bubble over time. Press you finger against the area and if you feel any bump or speck; cut an X through the wallpaper. Remove the speck or bump by cutting it with a razor knife or tweezers. Apply a small amount of adhesive on the wall through the slit and flatly roll back the paper. If the bubble was caused by air, fill a glue-injecting syringe with some readily mixed adhesive. […]

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The Proper Procedure To Prepare Your Home Office For Painting

If you have decided that this is the year that you are finally going to paint your home office, then it is important for you to use the right techniques to prepare the walls for paint. With proper preparation, your home office will look like it was professionally painted when you are done. Follow this procedure to prepare your home office for painting: Step 1: Since you will be continually walking around with paint while working on your office’s walls, you should start your project by removing everything you possibly can from the space. This simple step will keep you from tripping over things and spilling paint. Step 2: To keep the paint off of any windows or glass doors, spray them lightly with water and place sheets of newspaper on the glass. The moisture from the water will hold the paper in place against the glass. Once you are done with your painting project, then you can easily remove the newspaper by pulling it up on one corner and then pulling it off of the glass. Step 3: Walk around the room and remove all of the nails, outlet covers, and light switch plates that are on the walls. Step 4: Using a small, flexible putty knife and a tub of premixed drywall compound, put a small blob of drywall compound in each small imperfection in the wall. Use the putty knife to scrap away any excess material to make the sanding process easier once the drywall compound dries. Step 5: Using a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a small block of wood or a palm sander, sand each of the spots on the walls where you applied the drywall compound. Sand each area until they are flat and blend in with the rest of the wall’s surface. Step 6: Once you are done with all of the sanding, then you need to rub a tacky cloth over the surface of the wall. This will remove any dust or sawdust that could get stuck in your new office’s new paint. Vacuum the office floor to remove any drywall dust that has fallen down onto the floor while you were sanding. Step 7: Finally, cover the floor of your home office with a plastic drop cloth to protect the floors from paint damage. To keep the drop cloth from moving around as you walk, you can tape its edges in […]

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How To Paint Cleaner Lines On Textured Walls

If you want your paint job to look professional, you need to make sure the edges and corners are straight and clean. In reality, most of the painting can be done with ease, since most of your wall will be covered with a large roller. However, when it comes time to paint the textured edges with a brush, you need to use a little more patience and skill. In the end, you might spend just as much time painting your edges as you will painting the rest of your walls. However, taking your time when painting the lines is important, and you shouldn’t rush it. You can talk with a professional, like APC Services, for more tips. Read on to learn the best techniques and supplies for getting cleaner lines on textured walls. Taping Off For edges to look the best, you need to apply the tape as straight as possible. Of course, you can do this very well by just eyeing it or trying to follow the corner of the wall. For the best results, you need a long level (at least 6′). Simply hold the level where you want the line to be and trace it with a pencil. Then, you can follow this pencil line as you apply the tape. You want to push the tape down as hard as possible. You will rub your finger raw if don’t wear gloves or use the edge of a rag to push down the tape. Use Lightweight Spackle to Get Even Cleaner Lines No matter how well you push down the tape, there is a good chance that paint will seep underneath if you paint right over it. You can fix this problem quite easily with some lightweight spackle. With your finger, spread the spackle along the tape line. Rub it very thinly onto the edge. You don’t want the spackle to alter the texture of the wall. You just want it to cover any gaps between the tape and the wall. These gaps are nearly invisible. Since spackle is thicker than paint, it will not seep under the tape. Instead, it will block the gaps and create and stronger line. When you paint over the tape, you don’t need to worry about seeping. When you pull the tape off after everything is painted, you be impressed by how clean your lines look. This step will add a few hours […]

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Borders And Stencils To Hide Ceiling Imperfections

If your ceiling has imperfections, you can camouflage them with nothing more than a little creativity, some stencils and paint. Painting a border and finishing it with stencil work can hide all of the imperfections and draw the eye to the beautiful design you have created. Clean the Ceiling Before the ceiling can be painted, it must be cleaned. Use a broom to knock down all of the cobwebs and dust. Wrap the end of your broom with a damp cloth and wipe the ceiling. This can also be done with a flat-mop and soapy water. If the ceiling is textured, dip the tip of your broom bristles into a bucket of soapy water and do your best to remove dirt built up on the ceiling. Let the ceiling dry. Prep the Ceiling Properly prepping the ceiling will ensure that the finished product looks as beautiful as you hope. Use painter’s tape to tape all of the edges to prevent paint from getting on the adjoining walls and trim. Tape around light fixtures. Remove ceiling fan blades or cover them with trash bags to protect them from paint splatters. Cover the floor with drop cloths. If you are using multiple cloths, tape them together to keep them from separating as you move the ladder around the room. Plastic cling carpet runners can also be used to cover the flooring. Apply the Base Coat Applying a fresh base coat will help to ensure the finish is even. Choose a light shade – typically white or off-white is used on ceilings, but if you are feeling courageous, go with a light shade that you enjoy and that coordinates nicely with your décor. Choosing the type of paint should be relatively easy. Latex paint is much easier to work with than oil based as it is much easier to clean up when you are done. Semi-gloss paint will help to brighten the space because it will reflect the light in the room without showing every flaw on the ceiling. If the ceiling has many, many imperfections, choose a flat or egg-shell finish paint. These finishes won’t reflect as much light, but they will work well to conceal the imperfections. Wait for the paint to dry fully before continuing. Create the Border How broad of a border do you want in your room? For best results, smaller rooms should have smaller borders – a […]

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Commercial Painting In Brick Buildings: Three Approaches You Can Take To Add Color To Cinder Block Walls

If your business is conducted within a building that is constructed of cinder blocks and mortar, it may be very bland, gray and boring. If you want to add color to these walls so that they are not quite so depressing in appearance, there are three approaches you can request of your commercial painter. Each of these has its own features that you will find helpful in creating a brighter, cheerier work environment. Concrete Paint When a commercial painter has been asked to paint cinder blocks, the first thing you should know is that he or she has to use a special kind of paint for this job. Cinder blocks are made from concrete, and most commercial paint generally does not adhere well to concrete without looking like graffiti. Therefore, your commercial painter has to find, purchase and use a special kind of concrete paint, which not only adheres to concrete but refrains from looking like some kids took spray cans to your walls. In fact, this special kind of concrete paint ends up looking very nice, and the range of colors provides you with a nice selection of cheerier tones than the drab gray of plain cinder blocks. Colored Plaster If you want a less rough texture, you can ask your commercial painter about colored plaster. This plaster is mixed with paint and then splattered over the gray, cinder block walls using a plaster application gun and a pressurized tank. The nice thing about this type of wall painting is that it applies quickly and the color can be as dark or as light as you want it. While it does lend a very bumpy texture to the surface of the walls, it is definitely not as sandpaper-y as bare, concrete cinder blocks. Modern Frescoes Modern frescoes involve the application of wet plaster to the walls in your building, followed by some very quick paint applications by artful and creative painters. This specialty of commercial painting is not offered by every commercial painter, and you may even have to hire both a commercial painter and an artist or two to produce a collaborative work on all of the walls to which you want to add some color. However, the end results of these modern frescoes is that the cinder block walls inside your building are completely transformed in such a way that they no longer look like cinder blocks, […]

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3 Reasons to Hire a Painting Contractor

One of the most time-consuming and stressful home-improvement projects that you can undertake is painting the exterior or interior of your home, mostly because of all the things that can possibly go wrong with the process. Listed below are three reasons to hire a painting contractor instead so you don’t have to worry: 1. Speed One of the biggest reasons to hire a painting contractor is to ensure that your entire house is painted in a reasonable period of time. When you try to paint the home yourself, it can often take weeks or months to finish the entire home, mostly because you will not be able to dedicate yourself to the project entirely due to having to work and care for your family or not having the right tools. However, a painting contractor can help you avoid the inconvenience and stress that can come from constantly living in a home that is still being worked on by utilizing industrial-grade painting equipment and an entire dedicated crew of painters to finish the job as quickly as possible. 2. Safety Another reason to hire a painting contractor is in order to avoid exposing yourself to many of the dangers that can come about from trying to paint an entire house. For example, when painting a multi-level house, you could easily injure yourself by falling from scaffolding or a ladder while trying to paint the upper portions of the home. In addition, there are a lot of chemicals and solvents that are used in the painting process that can be harmful if they come into contact with your skin or if you breathe in the fumes. 3. Details Finally, you will want to hire a painting contractor because he or she will be able to handle all of the little details that you may not think to do yourself. For example, a painting contractor will often contact the city officials or your homeowner’s association in order to ensure that the paint that you have selected is approved for your neighborhood. This will save you wasting money on the wrong paint or having to paint again. In addition, when painting the interior of your home, the contractor will handle the minor details that are necessary in order to avoid a mess or damage, such as removing all of the handles from drawers or cabinets and taping off. Contact a painting contractor today from […]

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How To Prep And Paint Wooden Trim

If you’re looking for a cheap way to remodel the exterior of your house, you should consider a paint job. Repainting your walls does more than just change the color. It helps seal your sidewalls and protects them from the elements. However, a full-scale exterior paint job might still be beyond your personal budget. As an alternative, you can paint just the trim around your roof line, windows and door frames. This will obviously take much less time and money, but it will still change the style of your exterior. By changing the trim color, you can add new life to the main wall color by creating a new contrast. This article explains how to repair and paint exterior wooden trim. Prepping the Trim Before you begin painting, you will probably need to do a fair amount of preparation work. Of course, you can just paint over the existing paint, but there are likely holes, dings and areas where the wood is warped. If you recaulk the holes and the edges of the trim, you can secure them and ultimately make them last longer and look better. The only way to get this job done is to simply get outside, get up on the ladder and visually inspect your trim. Wherever you see a small hole or damaged area, fill it with exterior wood putty. Larger holes will need to be filled and then sanded down so the putty blends in with the existing wood grains. Caulking along the edges of your window and door trim will take a little more time. But it will ultimately allow you to get straighter lines when you paint your trim. The key to caulking is to shoot it into the corner of the trim with a gun. Then, wearing a latex glove, use your finger to swipe on the caulk line. This pushes the caulk into the gap and makes the line more even and waterproof. Painting the Trim When it comes time to actually paint your trim, the next step is to tape it up. If you wait at least a day for the caulk to completely dry, you can apply the tape directly onto it. Caulk creates a very effective surface for painter’s tape to stick to. This means when you paint over it, the paint will not seep underneath the tape. All in all, you will spend much more time […]

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