Painters often tint primer close to the color of the top coat, but Wallis thinks that's a recipe for "holidays," or missed spots. Instead, he tints his primer a contrasting color. "If I can see the color coming through, I know I need to apply more paint," he says. On the cottage shown in this story, he chose a gray-blue primer to go under a peach top coat.
Glossy finish paints also may be a logical choice where an exterior will need to be washed frequently, such as in a climate where wind-blown dust is a problem, or in a home where active kids may soil the siding. But the reflective shininess will also spotlight every bump and imperfection, so for most people, they are not a good choice for large areas of the siding. 

Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/07/2021 What is the approximate living square footage of your home?: 1500-3000 sqft What is the primary exterior surface material of your home?: Wood How many stories is your home?: Two stories What size is your attached garage?: 2-Car Garage Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching Request Stage: Ready to Hire Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Comment: I need a painter to go around the exterior and sand to smooth out surfaces in the wood siding. There is an area on the east side of the house where some of the siding boards need to be replaced. Otherwise go around the house smoothing and caulking the wood surface and then painting to blend. DO NOT CALL ME I WILL AROUND


Location: ARLINGTON, TX Date: 04/06/2021 Number of Rooms: 5 - 6 What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: 1500-2500 sqft Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen, Bathroom(s), Living Areas, Dining Room, Hallways, Stairways What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 12 ft What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling, Wall, Trim What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence
Exterior paint also needs a dry surface for an even coat and proper adherence. Unfortunately, moisture isn’t a problem in Texas right now. If a fluke rain storm does occur, it’s best to wait at least one full day before painting. Your professional painting company can discuss your exterior paint job to help you understand when is the optimal time for repainting.
Walls should be wet down before getting scrubbed, then washed with a gallon of water mixed with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Working in sections, from the bottom to the top, will avoid streaks. Be sure to rinse walls well before the solution dries. Wood siding and trim should be ready to paint after a day or two of dry weather.

#2 Many time, homeowners complain about the paint quality as they often see stains come through the new paint and show up on the wall again. Again, it is important to prep the surface, ust the proper primer. If you have tough stains on the exterior walls prior to painting, then make sure you use a quality stain block to prevent the stain from bleeding through.
For a more skilled do-it-yourselfer, either flat or satin paint is suitable. If you are hiring a professional painter, choose the paint finish based only on results, not ease of application. Professional painters are proficient at applying all types of paints and paint finishes. If they make an error, they are accountable and can be expected to fix the issue. 
Paint sheen is determined by the ratio of resins and binders to pigment levels in the paint. Paints with a high level of resins/binders create a high-sheen, shiny surface, while those where the pigment levels are high, create a less reflective surface. Generally speaking, glossier paints are more durable, while flatter paints are less resilient but cover better. 

The Southern Painting Family includes a carefully chosen group of qualified trade contractors, all of whom are bonded and insured. These discriminating and dependable professionals are cautious and neat, with the skills and expertise necessary to meet all your requirements, whether interior or exterior. Our professionals are also experts in custom painting, faux finishes, staining, drywall, and repair services.
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