Painting

Video: Lead-Safe Painting Protocol

Posted on October 12, 2018 by James Florence

OAKLAND — Host, Sarah Rutan: When repainting a home built prior to 1978, proper lead-safe protocol is a must. Today we’re in Oakland with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Soumil Amin of CertaPro Painters of Berkeley to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Soumil Amin: Today, we are going to be talking about lead-safe sanding and preparation procedures. Any home that’s built before 1978 has a potential for lead-based paint. It’s a big deal. There’s been a lot of research and developments on the effects of lead-based paint if it gets into your blood stream or if it gets into your environment. So, proper procedures is important to do when you’re preparing your home. Read more

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Extending the Lifespan of Exterior Paint

Posted on August 29, 2018 by James Florence

SAN RAFAEL — Many homeowners think they’re getting “the most for their money” by waiting until their house paint has completely failed before repainting. However, in reality, this tactic doesn’t save money—it actually wastes it. A far more cost-effective strategy is to invest in frequent paint touch-up services. This will extend the lifespan of your original paint job and give you a better overall value for your investment.

Consider the example of exterior door paint. It takes a lot of work to repaint a door after the paint has failed—all the existing paint has to be removed and the door must be fully sanded down, which is expensive. A more cost-effective option is to service the door before the paint fails. Read more

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Video: Getting the Most Value for Your Painting Project

Posted on July 31, 2018 by James Florence

MOUNTAIN VIEW — Host, Sarah Rutan: When looking at bids for a house painting project, it’s important to weigh upfront cost against long-term value. Today we’re in Mountain View with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Jay Furlong of Stanford Painting to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Jay Furlong: When choosing a painting contractor to paint your house, something that’s very important to consider is the long-term value versus the upfront cost. You may get a much more attractive upfront price from a contractor. And if that job’s not done properly, it will only last a couple of years. So, a $5,000 price tag that lasts 2 years is a much different proposition than a $10,000 job that’s done properly that will last you 10 to 14 years. Read more

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House Painting: Upfront Cost vs. Long-Term Value

Posted on July 13, 2018 by James Florence

MOUNTAIN VIEW — When choosing a contractor to paint your house, it’s important to weigh upfront cost against long-term value. As you look at different bids, you’ll likely see a wide range of cost estimates and naturally be attracted to the lower ones. However, in terms of long-term value, you may actually save money by choosing a higher-priced contractor.

In many cases, low bids are low for a reason. To undercut competing bids, a painter needs to cut costs, and the simplest way to do that is to take shortcuts on the job. This may consist of using inferior paint products, neglecting proper prep work and/or only applying one coat of paint (a quality job should have two). Read more

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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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