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.
After a while, painted houses start to reveal wear and tear, so once in a while, doing a refreshing exterior house-painting project can bring back your home’s vibrancy. There is a lot of preparation work required for repainting a house but it's important to not skip this part because it makes the painting work much easier and ensures that the paintwork endures and stays in great condition.

O'Neil patches shallow holes and divots with Ready Patch because it dries fast, sands smooth, and stays flexible. Deep cracks and rotten spots are best repaired with two-step epoxies, such as those made by Advanced Repair Technology. (For a step-by-step instructions, see Repairing Rot with Epoxy.) The days of using polyester auto-body fillers on wood are over. "They cure too hard," says Portland, Oregon–based painting contractor Kathleen George. "They look good at first, but then they peel away."
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.
During each residential or commercial project, Guy The Painter & Co. takes pride in being respectful and conscientious while caring for the property. Whether our crews are painting the interior of your residence, repairing the exterior of your house, renovating a bathroom or kitchen, or completely restoring your entire home, customers appreciate our attention to details and well-maintained project sites. At Guy The Painter & Co., our top priority is providing outstanding workmanship and pleasing our valued customers.

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?: Brick How many stories is your home?: One story 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: Planning & Budgeting Desired Completion Date: More than 2 weeks


With Harrington Home Painting, you know what to expect every step of the way. Gather as much information as possible for your first Harrington Home Painting consultation. We have a professional team that can create a plan to fit your project needs, style and budget. We aim to make the painting experience as comfortable as possible, with no unexpected costs or delays.

During each residential or commercial project, Guy The Painter & Co. takes pride in being respectful and conscientious while caring for the property. Whether our crews are painting the interior of your residence, repairing the exterior of your house, renovating a bathroom or kitchen, or completely restoring your entire home, customers appreciate our attention to details and well-maintained project sites. At Guy The Painter & Co., our top priority is providing outstanding workmanship and pleasing our valued customers.

Any change to the scope of your project is properly handled with a written change order, which is normally e-mailed to you. In some cases, you may authorize small additions at the time and material rate verbally with the team leader or the office. Changes are considered addendums to our painting agreement and could affect the project completion date.


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.
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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