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. 
A thorough scrubbing is a must before painting any exterior surface. It removes the dirt and broken-down paint residues that keep fresh coats from adhering and gets rid of mildew that grows on paint in all but the most arid climates. Most contractors clean with pressure washers, but in the hands of someone unfamiliar with the equipment, these can gouge wood, shatter glass, and drive water behind siding and trim. Using a hose, a pump sprayer, and a scrub brush is slower but safer, and just as effective.
Beware of lead paint! Some houses that were built before 1978 have paint on them that may contain traces of lead. Exposure to lead paint can cause anaemia, learning disabilities in children and damage to the brain and nervous system. When working on the exterior of your historic home (older than 1960), be sure that you observe the proper safety measures including:
Follow the shade. When you are painting the exterior of your home, you would be wise to follow the shade from your house and avoid the sun. As the sun moves around your house, try to avoid the sun as much as possible because you may become overheated with the sun beating down on you, and painting in direct sunlight (depending on the heat of the day) is not good for the application process and can cause bubbling/adhesion issues. By moving with the shade, you minimize these potential problems.
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Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/06/2021 Number of Rooms: 3 - 4 What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall, Trim Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bathroom(s), Bedroom(s), Living Areas, Hallways Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 9 ft Request Stage: Ready to Hire Historical Work: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence Comment: total three rooms and tiny hall about 600 sq feet. only lv rm ceiling over 8 feet (slant up to 11 feet) no ceilings to be painted. all wall to be antique white, pure white trim.
Deciding which paint to use has gotten much easier now that acrylic latexes have pushed oil-based paints almost to extinction. The acrylics offer superior performance (they don't harden with age, the way oils do, so they move and breathe without blistering), they don't mildew as readily, and they emit fewer VOCs, so they comply with new air-quality regulations. They also work over both oil- and water-based primers.
Small random-orbit or pad sanders make this job go faster. (Wallis first covers these boundaries with Synkoloid patching compound so no edge is visible after sanding.) As shown, you want to make sure that there is a feathered, smooth transition from exposed wood to old paint. For areas that might get close scrutiny, you can follow up with a 100- or 120-grit rubdown to erase any scratches.
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Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/07/2021 Number of Rooms: 1 - 2 What is the occupancy of the house?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other / I don't know Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Other Which best describes the condition of your walls?: I'm not sure - We'll help you determine this later What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: I don't know What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft Request Stage: Ready to Hire Historical Work: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence Comment: I would like to get an estimate for handyman and plumber put in water heater and painting
Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/07/2021 Number of Rooms: 1 - 2 What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Ceiling, Wall What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Bedroom(s) Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Good - Has minor cosmetic defects that may require patching What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 12 ft Request Stage: Ready to Hire Historical Work: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Are you in the process of moving into or out of this home?: No What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence Comment: Master bedroom. Just needs painting

#1 You should pay attention to preparing the surfaces first making sure repairs take place prior to painting. It's not the fun part of the task, rather it's the most important part of painting. If you fail to prepare the surface, no matter how exclusive painting material you're using, it'll fail. Make sure there is no peeling paint left on wood and use the proper caulk for cracks along the trimwork and other small holes.


Sure, you could paint your house yourself but wouldn’t you rather spend your time off with your family and friends and let Southern Painting do the job? We’re the premier painting contractor for the Southern United States, having brightened the interior and exterior walls of over 100,000 homes! When you turn to us, we’ll do the job right – from preliminary prep work to a clean, beautiful finish that will make you sit back and smile.
First, if you need it, we have it — all the paint for you home — every color you can imagine, in the finish you need, for every surface. Second, we’ can help narrow down your wall paint color choice until you decide on the right paint for your project. Of course, our paint associates at your local store can help pick our paint for your home. Pick up some paint swatches or order paint samples online so you can picture what it will look like. 
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