Painting

Video: Helpful Hints for Painting Your Front Door

Posted on April 03, 2018 by James Florence

MILLBRAE — Host, Sarah Rutan: Painting your front door may seem like a simple task, but the security risks involved can complicate matters. Today we’re in Millbrae with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Dean Knecht of Dean Knecht Painting to learn some helpful tips.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Dean Knecht: Here is my tip of the day for a homeowner when painting the front door on your house. Back in the ’50s and ’60s, they had metal interlocking weather systems, and they’ve come a long way over the years with the vinyl weather stripping now. But either case, this system still works.

When you paint your front door, Read more

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How to Avoid Security Concerns When Painting Your Front Door

Posted on March 16, 2018 by James Florence

MILLBRAE — Painting your front door may seem like a simple task, but it can get surprisingly complicated. One complicating factor is the fact that you have to remain at home until the paint is completely dry, as you won’t have a functioning door to ensure security in your absence. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to work around this issue.

Before painting your front door, you’ll typically remove the doorknob. You don’t have to do this—you could just brush around it, but you’ll have a difficult time achieving the appearance of a consistent, vertical brush stroke. The problem is that removing your doorknob brings a security concern, particularly if you need to leave your home at any point before the paint is dry. Read more

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A Coating for Worn Exterior Siding

Posted on March 05, 2018 by James Florence

CASTRO VALLEY — When preparing for an exterior painting project, it’s important to inspect the condition of your siding. Particularly on the southern and western exposed elevations, standard plywood siding commonly sustains splits and cracks (known as “face-checking”), which is caused by expansion and contraction over time. Since plywood siding is composed of several layers glued together, if these splits and cracks go deeper than the outermost layer, they’ll pose an increased risk of moisture intrusion. Merely painting over them won’t resolve the issue—the splits and cracks will return soon after, and along with them, the risk of dry rot from moisture intrusion.

Fortunately, there’s a product that can prolong the life of worn siding boards: elastomeric polymer waterproof coating. Read more

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Video: Causes of Bubbling Paint

Posted on March 05, 2018 by James Florence

Host, Sarah Rutan: If you see bubbles forming on areas of your house paint, you might not know what’s causing this. To get an explanation, we’re in Castro Valley with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Greg Severs of S & S Painting and Coatings.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Greg Severs: Sometimes underneath the paint film you have non-breathing membrane, oil-based coatings, and you can get moisture underneath or you could get trapped gases. Trapped gases are old coatings like linseed oil, varnish, log oil. And what happens is on the south and the southwestern exposed elevations, the film heats up, and it causes this to turn into a gas, and it gets trapped underneath and causes a bubble. Read more

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Video: The Impact of Painting Preparation

Posted on November 30, 2017 by James Florence

ANTIOCH — Host, Sarah Rutan: When it comes to house painting, thorough preparation can result in a better final product. Today we’re in Antioch with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jared Cuevas of Bay-Valley Painting to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jared Cuevas: So, the pro tip I’d like to talk about today is proper prep work before you prime and paint a house. Now, it’s going to vary from the interior and exterior. But just for example, on the exterior, when we look at the exterior of a house, we’re going to take a look at the siding and stucco, and also the wood trim. And what we’re going to look at is to see if there’s any paint flaking, Read more

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The Importance of Paint Preparation

Posted on November 30, 2017 by Mari Patrick

ANTIOCH — When having your house painted, don’t overlook the importance of proper preparation. That fact is, there are some things a new coat of paint can’t hide. Worse still, there are things that, even if they can be hidden by paint, will only get progressively worse beneath the surface. By taking the time to perform thorough preparation, your painter can eliminate such problems before they intensify. At the same time, proper preparation will also maximize the lifespan of your new paint job.

While preparation is important when painting any surface, it’s especially critical for the home exterior, due to the effects of weather. Prior to applying any paint or primer, your painter should inspect the entire exterior, Read more

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How To Paint Over Oil-Based Paint

Posted on October 02, 2017 by James Florence

OAKLAND − Repainting your home interior may seem like a simple task, but it can get complicated fast if you aren’t careful. For example, since many older homes still have oil-based paint on the walls and trim, attempting to paint over these with newer, water-based paint can result in a literal “oil and water” situation. To avoid this, you’ll need to employ the right techniques.

First, sand the oil-based surface with a 200-grit sandpaper, which will remove the top layer of gloss and provide a better surface for the new paint to adhere to. Keep in mind that in homes built before 1978, lead-based paint may be a concern. To be safe, use an EPA-certified Festool sander, Read more

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