To the touch, they still have the chalky feel of flat finishes, but with a slight waxy smoothness. The same paint color will appear slightly richer in a satin sheen than it does in a flat sheen. Satin/eggshell finishes can be wiped down or even hosed with water. Because of the hint of shine, satin paints have a somewhat more luxurious appearance than flat paints. 

The frequency of your exterior repainting depends on several factors, including where you live, what your house is made out of, and what it was painted with. In North Texas, we’re protected from the salt sprays our coastal friends down south must consider. Even still, strong sunshine and excessive heat during the summer can take a serious toll on the life of your paint. Dark, oil-based paints may fade especially quickly. The paint may blister, too, or form bubbles on the surface. So there’s no concrete answer for how often to repaint your home — but if you start to see chips, cracks, bleaching, blistering, or any other issue that takes away from the appearance of your home, it’s time to consider repainting.
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.
When your project nears completion, the team leader conducts a walk-through with you to identify any outstanding items. Once all items have been completed, it is reviewed again and the team leader presents the bill. At that time you provide payment to the team leader made payable to Harrington's. Each team is operated as a micro-business unit by the team leader.
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.
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.

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: 04/07/2021 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

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. 

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.
To the touch, they still have the chalky feel of flat finishes, but with a slight waxy smoothness. The same paint color will appear slightly richer in a satin sheen than it does in a flat sheen. Satin/eggshell finishes can be wiped down or even hosed with water. Because of the hint of shine, satin paints have a somewhat more luxurious appearance than flat paints. 
Location: Arlington, TX Date: 04/06/2021 Number of Rooms: 3 - 4 What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Kitchen, Living Areas, Hallways What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall What is the occupancy of the house?: Furnished and occupied Which best describes the condition of your walls?: Very Good - Looks new and requires no repairs Request Stage: Ready to Hire 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 Historical Work: No Comment: These are NOT large projects Small kitchen wall Living room standard size Hallway standard size
When choosing the right painting contractor for your home, we know that you want reliable, friendly, and efficient painting contractors who will treat your home as if it’s their own. When you choose Southern Painting for your painting projects, we guarantee a commitment to quality and service. Our experienced painters are courteous and will respect your property. We arrive on time and finish the job, on schedule, and on budget. In addition, Our expert painters are efficient, from thorough prep work to the final cleanup of a site.
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