Most frequent questions and answers
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- Matte is a description used to characterize finishes that lack the mirror and shine properties of gloss. The various choices involved in selecting and finishing kitchen cabinets do offer several opportunities to choose matte. For example, painted finished can be matte which means they have no shine to them.
- A primer or undercoat is a preparatory Coating put on materials before painting. Priming ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability, and provides additional protection for the material being painted. walls, wood or metal. Primer improves adhesion of paint onto the surface and enhances paint durability.
- You’ll mostly need to prime before painting when you’re going from a very dark color to a very light color. You may also want to prime before painting if you’re switching between two very saturated colors.
- Enamels, primarily used on wooden and metallic surfaces can also provide easy to maintain surfaces on walls. But due to their very high gloss, even paint brush or roller marks become visible. It is hence advisable to use enamels, only on smaller areas on walls.
- There’s a basic rule of thumb to follow when choosing paint sheens: The higher the sheen, the higher the shine — and the higher the shine, the more durable it will be. Flat paint has no shine; high-gloss is all shine. In between are eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss, each with its own practical and decorative job to do.
- Popular cheap and best paint in the economy segment are Asian Paints Tractor Emulsion. One step above this on the price and property scale are Asian Paints Apcolite Premium Emulsion, Berger Easy Clean, Nerolac Beauty Gold, Nerolac Beauty Smooth.
- Whether on an interior or exterior paint job, we will normally start clients looking at standard color charts. A lot of colors there are stock and the stock color paints tend to perform better due to the process of their manufacture. The exterior paint color chart will also have a nice variety of harmonious color combinations to choose from. You may also want to drive around the neighborhood and find similar houses similar to yours to see what others have done with colors. We may be able to help you with color matching if you send us some digital photos.
- In the process of a paint job our painters will touch every square inch of the house and it can happen that they find dry rotted wood. If this is repairable with epoxy, we may be able to do it in-house. If not and something larger is found, we will refer you to one of the carpenters we work with. In any case, if we find any dry rot, we will point it out to you and recommend the best way to proceed.
- The process can take as little as 4-5 days from the time we connect with you. However, the actual timing will depend on the condition of your paint surfaces, the type of work required, our schedule and weather conditions if the project involves exterior work.
- During our consultation with you, we can evaluate your situation and let you know how long we think it will take to complete your painting project.
- Elastomeric Waterproofing System is normally used on exterior stucco and often when the surface has a lot of hairline cracks. Elastomerics are formulated to be applied in very thick coats. When applied correctly, due to their high elasticity, they have a special capacity to span hairline cracks permanently. Instead of these cracks reopening on your stucco, the Elastomeric would stretch and keep them sealed up. This then keeps water out and protects your home from damage. Elastomeric looks much like any other paint and it can be tinted to most colors.
- Latex paints are more environmentally friendly than oil based paints. With oil based paints there are paint fumes to contend with that can be particularly bothersome on interior painting jobs. There is also a by-product of dirty paint thinner that requires a trip to your local toxic waste site. (We always get rid of this waste as part of our work.)
- There are other factors as well: Latex primers and finishes have been improving tremendously over the years and are very durable. For instance a latex finish on an exterior painting job will stay elastic for years, where oil based paint dries to form a hard and more brittle film. Surfaces expand and contract with weather. While the latex paint will move with the surface, the oil will tend to crack sooner with this movement.
The advantage of using oil paints is that it will give a smoother look as it tends to layout better on the surface and so not show brush marks as much as latex. Also, as was already mentioned, oil dries hard so it tends to be more washable than latex.
Enamels refer to paints that produce hard, glossy finishes.Enamels are mostly oil based paints,and are available in semi-gloss (satin) to highly glossy finish, with heat resistant properties. They are widely used on metal and wooden surfaces. Since they offer easy maintenance and washability, they can also be applied on kitchen/bathroom walls.
- Emulsions are water based paint in which paint pigments and their binders are carried by solvent water. Emulsions also called acrylics or latex paints, they are easy to apply and dry up quickly. Emulsions come in different finishes and are more versatile and widely used.