Wall and Ceiling Imperfections
Q. We have cracks and peeling paint on our living room ceiling. Is there anything we can do about it without having to replace the whole thing with a new one.
A. Yes, there is. By isolating the cracks and peeling paint, treating and eliminating them, we can get rid of the imperfections and restore your ceiling, at a fraction of the replacement cost.
Preparing Your Home For Sale or Rent
Q. We're planning to put our condo on the market in the spring. What areas should we repaint before we do? Do you think we have to repaint the whole thing?
A. As long as the paint is generally in good condition and not more than several years old, it entirely possible to address certain trouble spots without having to paint your entire living area.
We can make arrangements to review the area with you. Let us look for areas where the paint is worn or chipped, high traffic areas and any areas where discoloration is caused by extenuating circumstances. From there we can devise a plan to eliminate the trouble areas along with a list of what has to be done and one that you may choose to do or not. This should set you well on your way for your spring sale.
Environmentally Friendly Painting Products
Q. We want to have a few rooms painted this winter. We are a little concerned about strong paint fumes. We'll be living there while the work is being done? Are there any products that you would recommend which are safe environmentally?
A. Yes, there are. First, take a look at the Benjamin Moore paints which are rated very high on the safety scale. Couple that with proper ventilation and you shouldn't have to worry about any fumes. If you want to take it a step further and for those who experience environmental allergies, Benjamin Moore produces a green, environmentally friendly product called Eco Spec.
This product is said to contain no toxins. You definitely have some good options and there should be no worries about either choice you make.
Wall Cracks and Other Imperfections
Q. I want to have an entry hallway painted. The problem is that there are ugly cracks in the walls. Is there anything I can do to get rid of them without having to replace them with new ones?
A. Yes, there is. The cracks need to be treated and repaired. If this is done properly, you will not be able to detect them and they shouldn't return. Once the surfaces have been stabilized, we can proceed with being able to paint your hallway.
Q. I want to paint our downstairs living area and I want to change the colors. I find the choice of colors overwhelming. Is there anything you could suggest to make my choices easier?
A. There is no question that the color palettes which are available can be overwhelming. Let's sit down and try to determine what ideas you have. Perhaps you have a color swatch that you have selected or a photo that you are drawn to. From there, we can share with you a number of different color schemes that we have used successfully. We can show you specific lines of color which work well. This will simplify your selection and show you a way to make color choices with confidence. We can now go ahead and prepare a game plan for the color scheme of the project.
Distinctive Faux Finishes
Q. I have an alcove in our living room that gets great light. The room is a soft earth tone with white trim. I want the alcove to stand out. What would you suggest?
A. Let's take a look to see if a faux finish using Venetian Plaster might be a great solution. The color should be one that compliments the wall color. The Venetian Plaster will provide a three dimensional quality, reflecting light and providing subtle wall texture without changing the overall feel of the room. I would suggest leaving the contrasting, bright white trim. This may provide just the accent your alcove needs.
Lead Paint Treatment
Q. We have a few areas on doors and windows in our living room/parlor which have tested for lead paint exposure. Replacing them or removing them for treatment is very expensive. Is there any alternative treatment that you can recommend?
A. Yes, there is. There is a product which we use which encapsulates the lead by carefully applying multiple coats. With proper application the lead exposure is eliminated because it is enclosed and cannot become airborne. Lead exposure is possible only if lead can pass through the air. Once encapsulation is achieved, lead paint exposure is eliminated. Once eliminated, the surface may now be treated as any normal surface, with the application of conventional topcoats.
Outdoor Painted Areas
Q. Our front entrance area including the window and door trim and steps needs attention. It's only been a few years but the paint is peeling and cracking. What can we do?
A. You can always expect some wear and tear due to harsh conditions. After all, these are outdoor areas which are exposed to constant weather. If there is surface peeling and cracking, it is important to remove as much of it as possible. Scraping off any and all residue is critical. To prepare the surface properly for exposure to the elements, priming these surfaces is critical to preservation. Priming these surfaces allows for the painted topcoats to adhere to the wood. It also helps to preserve the wood, allowing for a longer life.
Outdoor Wooden Decks and Patios
Q. We have two outside decks and a set of stairs that need to be treated and stained. There are areas that have faded and others where the stain has worn through. Is there any way to return the wood back to it's original color and to have the water bead up again on the surface?
A. Yes, there is. The key to bringing back the wood's color and saturation ability is the proper preparation of the surfaces. We would recommend power washing the surfaces. By cleaning the dirt and removing all of the residue, the surface areas will allow for maximum saturation and absorption. This can only be achieved by power washing. The color will begin to return once the residue is removed. These areas are now ready for treatment and staining.
Because of proper surface preparation, the staining treatment has the opportunity to saturate and penetrate to maximize protection for the wood and protect the wood finish.
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