How Thicker Paint Reduces Costs in Professional Painting Reply

“It needs another coat. Don’t you think? Definitely needs another…”

Andrew’s voice trailed off.  He and his partner Edgar were reviewing an interior paint job they thought they had completed. They had painted dark walls with a primer and two coats of beige paint. Andrew trusted his eyes and they were telling him that even with the second coat, the previous color was coming through just enough that he couldn’t overlook it. Edgar knew they would be late for the next job, but his partner was right. They got back to work, added a third coat, and once the paint was dry, both they and their client were satisfied. But did it have to be this way? Was there another way that would have been less time consuming and would have kept them on track for the second job? As it turns out, there was.


Light It Up! Paint Light Booths and the Modern Professional Painter Reply

Everyone knows that different light sources produce different spectrums of color. Some LEDs produce a cold, white light that seems more appropriate for a factory floor or warehouse than a kitchen. Incandescent lightning often produces a softer, golden glow that may make dens and living rooms more comfortable to sit in. Sunlight looks different then artificial light, and some lights are bright and direct while others are muted but cover a large area. As such, it should come as no secret or surprise that different paint colors and glosses can look substantially different depending on the light source shining upon them.


Following the Painting Industry from Paint Production to Paint Application 1

Sometimes when considering the work of professional paint production and professional painting, it is easy to focus on just the job at hand without viewing the broader context in which we work.   Perhaps a chemist at a paint manufacturer spends each day thinking about viscosity without ever looking outside to see a building across the street being given a fresh coat of paint.  Maybe an automotive painter finishes a custom paint job without giving a thought to the hours and hours of experimentation it took to derive a paint that would adhere well to the metal of the car body.


To Serve and Protect: The Purpose of Protective Coatings in Professional Paintwork 3

My friend Rick just had all of the wood trim and moldings in his house repainted, as well as all of the kitchen cabinets. The home is 18 years old and he’s always been happy to entertain friends and family. After nearly two decades of use, he decided the inside needed to be refreshed.

Rick and the interior designer he was working with had picked out a gorgeous Ralph Lauren paint color that would liven up the baseboards and crown moldings, while also giving the cabinets a fresh new look after years of looking drab and dirty. He was smart enough to discuss the color decision with the painters he had hired before purchasing gallons and gallons of paint. While they all thought the color would look wonderful when they finished their work, they counseled Rick that the type of paint he was considering wasn’t the best choice.


Play it Safe with VOCs: How Paint Professionals Can Work for Safer Paint and Additives Reply

Every painter knows what VOCs are. Volatile Organic Compounds can be disastrous for the environment and despite continued progress in reducing VOC levels in many paint products, they still exist as a necessary aspect of commercial painting. VOCs are what give the paint its consistency in everything from adhesion to color. As the paint dries, VOCs evaporate and enter the atmosphere, combining with oxygen and sunlight to create ozone in a way that is harmful to the environment. While some ozone in the upper reaches of the atmosphere are good for the environment, ozone closer to where humans, plants, and animals live can produce catastrophic and unintended consequences.


Get Maximum Control and Substrate Protection With a Paint Curing Oven Reply

Silas painted safes that held everything from jewelry to family heirlooms to firearms.  His customers weren’t end clients, but rather stores that carried safes for resale to individuals. The store would drop off two or three safes at his workshop and return to pick them up later in the week.  His safes always had a great look and, just as importantly, could maintain their finish under all kinds of conditions. The stores that contracted with Silas to paint the safes always marveled at how his work stood out on the showroom floor compared to other safes.

His work commanded a higher price and he was developing a reputation in the area for being a skilled craftsman.   Customers wondered how safes painted by Silas held up their appearance so much better.  Some spoke of having had one of his painted safes sitting in their garage for over a decade without a single scratch or nick on it.  What was his secret to not only such great looking work, but also such strong coatings?


A “Primer” on Paint Adhesion: Problems With Paint Adhesion and Primers for Painters 3

From time to time we receive questions that involve problems professional painters are having on the job.  Most often these questions are complex and result in interesting solutions. Occasionally, however, we address an issue that we take for granted as common knowledge but, in fact, is not readily known. I recently received an email from a new home-painting business based in Connecticut.  The message read as follows:

“We recently were painting the inside of a 3 room bungalow and couldn’t get the primer to adhere to the walls.  We made sure the primer was properly stirred and checked moisture levels but still had issues. Is it possible there was something left on the walls that was causing the primer to not behave correctly?  Do we need to be looking for additional additives? ”


The Importance of a Dew Point Meter for Today’s Paint Professionals Reply

We’ve spent a lot of time discussing how to prepare for an upcoming paint job.  From making sure the color is correct to calculating the right quantity of paint needed, there are a number of important steps to perform before starting a paint job.   One thing we have not yet covered is the importance of making sure environmental conditions are optimal for proceeding with your work.  And though it might seem obvious that excess humidity might keep a paint from curing while an excessively dry environment might lead to paint cracking after drying too quickly, there are a staggering number of painters that don’t objectively measure all conditions and properly prepare all aspects of the upcoming job.


Mix It Up – Industrial Paint Mixers and the Modern Paint Professional 2

Jerry was anxious to get the job finished.  He had spent three days on a project that was originally supposed to only take two. Now he ran the risk of running late for the next client and creating scheduling conflicts that would last well into the next week.  Despite trying to stretch the last gallon of paint to finish the last wall, he had come up short and was going to need another gallon of paint.  Jerry raced to the industrial paint supply store across town and placed his order.  Already stressed over the predicament and anxious to get back to the job site and finish, Jerry asked the man behind the counter to please hurry with the paint.

“I’m sorry, Jerry,” he replied, “I’m doing the best I can but I can’t rush this process.  I have to do it right.”