Sunday, January 30, 2011

Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformations


We wrote an article bout the contents of the box here:

Learn more about this product from Rust-Oleum here:

This looks like a really sound product. The application steps look too easy...
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How To Cut (or Paint) a Straight Line Like A Pro

You don't need to know how to paint a portrait to paint a straight line. If you know how to draw a straight line then here is a great tip to paint a straight line.

We get asked a lot about painting techniques to get lazer like painting lines. Practice makes perfect of course. But what if you are not a seasoned painting pro? Well don't worry here is one method that has seemed to help painting straight lines.

Take out a pencil and sharpen it to a fine point. Then gentle lay the pencil into the corner and pull the pencil along the trim work, or corner, drawing a line. Now to achieve a professionally straight line simply trace the pencil line with you paint brush.

One of the reasons why some may have trouble painting a straight line is because the corner is not obvious. We here things like this all the time: "I cant stop getting paint on the ceiling when I'm trying to paint the wall." Most can easily trace a line with paint.

If you want to practice this method before trying to paint a straight line or "cutting" you can draw a line on the walls. Then cut a straight line until you feel comfortable enough to plunge into the trim work. You can also try putting a piece of tape on the wall and paint along side of it. The tape can be used as a straight edge. Don't paint the tape to achieve a straight line. The paint will bleed under the tape.

If you are concerned about the dark graphite color showing you can draw a line with colored pencils. Simply choose a colored pencil that is dark enough to see and close to the wall color. That way even if you miss the line a tiny bit the colored pencil ine will not be noticeable.

Now that's a great Khaki Pant Painting Tip!

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Bloc-It Tape

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Friday, January 21, 2011

Minwax Express Color Wiping Stain

"Sure , lets try Minwax Express Color out on some oak drawer fronts. What could go wrong..."




Set Up Used:

The Final Verdict... Never Again!!  No need to even write a product review about this product. Why even waste the time. Difficult to apply, gooey, sticky, wipe on? are you kidding!? The directions on the back say that you may need a prestain conditioner and a coat of polyurethane... thought it was one step?? Dries so fast you cant spread it?? Awful! Why does Minwax say "one effortless step" when it took me an agonizing hour and a half to get a uniform coat on 6 drawer fronts??
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sherwin Williams Harmony Paint

Interior Eggshell Latex
Lifetime Warranty!

  • Withstands frequent washings and resists mildew on the paint film with anti-microbial properties
  • Formulated without silica or VOCs – meeting stringent regulatory requirements
  • Available in a primer and topcoat with flat, eg-Shell and semi-gloss sheens
  • Ideal for residential, commercial and institutional spaces
Although you pay more for "green" products I like the idea of a paint that does not have any Volitile Organic Compounds, or VOCs. VOCs refer to the amount of off gassed chemicals that could adversely affect human health. Although the effects of breathing in VOCs is not an immediate threat it could be toxic over a significant amount of time. The best place to use VOC free paints could be any occupied spaces, a retirement homes,  a baby nursery, or any other area where health could be an issue.
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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Proform Technologies Picasso 2.5 Angular Oval Brush

The first thing I said when I saw this brush was, "That is a sexy brush". It just feels good to hold it... I've got warm fuzzies! I can not wait to try this thing out!

Im going to go into a lot more detail about this soon.

Thank You Proform Technologies for sending me this to try out.

This brush is very well balanced. I could load this brush up with paint and balance it on the rim of the can. Very impressive!!

I've played with this brush for a while now and I absolutely love this thing. It has chemically tipped bristles that make it lay paint down like a melted butter. It feels like an extension of your body while you use it. There is also a cut out on the handle for your thumb.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Say NO to Silicone Caulking!

Paint will not stick to silicone caulking. Period. End of discussion.

(the original cut line was straight until the oils in the silicone separated the paint bond)

Here are a few solutions if you encounter this problem:
  1. Completely remove the silicone caulking. Dig, cut, scrape, or use a chemical remover to eradicate all traces of silicone. After complete removal wipe down the area with denatured alcohol and re-caulk with a paintable caulking.
  2. The quick and dirty way is to wipe it down with denatured alcohol, prime over the top of it with some aresoled primer, and paint over it. These method is temporary because the paint is floating ontop of the silicone and has not bonded to the substrate.
  3. Caulking over the top of the silicone with a paintable caulking yields sub-par results. This method works better than priming. Your chances of success will greatly improve if you use a paintable siliconized adhesive caulking.
The best method is to avoid silicone all together. It doesn’t have a place in the painting world. There are a few places silicone could be used around the house i.e. around tub spouts, sealing a sink on a countertop. If paint will ever come into contact with the caulking use a paintable caulking and avoid the mess of cleaning up silicone.
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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Sherwin Williams Duration Home Review


Duration Home™ Interior Latex SemiGloss provides:
• Long lasting beauty
• Washability
• Resistant to:
- stains, scuffs, & burnishing
• Very low VOC
• Very low odor
• Very easy application
• Anti-Microbial

Sounds good right! Sounds like it is the end all be all of paint. It's considered to be a top shelf paint. It's expensive at well over $45 a gallon so you would expect it to apply itself. It's in a really cool can with a twist top lid and a handle for easier use. It even has a shiny label.

Here is the reality. There is absolutely no need for a lifetime warranty on interior paint. Based on color trends and consumer preference changing constantly the typical home owner will change the color of their walls every ten years. Even if this paint is bullet proof it is likely to be covered up by an inferior product at some point in its life.

This product was incredible challenging to keep a wet edge while using this paint. So expect this paint to flash. We are currently still playing around with application methods to keep it from flashing. We even went as far as reducing the temperature in the room to keep the paint from forming a film too quickly. When using the paint it feels gritty and thats even after straining the paint with a nylon strainer.

Overall Duration paint is not as impressive as the marketing behind it. We have tested this product on multiple occations to try to elimante lot differences and yet come up with the same conclusion. Duration may be a durable paint but the effort to apply it outweighs the advantage of durability.
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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hot New Color for 2011

Happy New Year

According to the fashion word and an article in The Wall Street Journal titled, "The New Hue For 2011", written by Christina Brinkley the hottest color of 2011 will be...

 Honeysuckle Pink. 

SW color name: My Little Pony JK 


The article can be viewed at this address:
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Hanging Around

An example of the best way to hang your brushes to let them dry. When you hang a brush to dry all paint residue is pulled to the tips of the brush rather than drying inside of the ferrel. This will help to prolong the life of your brush.

There are multiple hanging options: hook two pail hooks together and hang them from a shower curtain rod or something similar, or you can take a single hook and clip it onto the ladder, or you can put the hook all the wall through the hole in the handle and hang it from your tool bucket. You can really hang out any where. Just be careful, if you hang out too long you'll be arrested for loitering.

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Shout it OUT!

        Triple Acting Formula:
    1. Clings
    2. Penetrates
    3. Lifts away stains... and paint!

Having good brushes makes the world of difference for both production rates and quality of work. But the best brush in the world is useless if not cleaned up properly from one job to the next. There are a barage of cleaning chemicals out there that claim to be the best. This post will shed light on the chemical I use for the final and critical last cleaning step. 

To better understand why shout works for brush cleaning here is a brief explanation of the key chemical composition in Shout. below is the MSDS sheet from Johnson and Johnson. As you can see from the msds sheet the majority of the Shout is water. This really should not be a surprise because water is abundant and cheap. Ethoxyalted Alcohol is the main cleaning chemical found in shout. Ethoxylation is an industrial process in which ethylene oxide is added to alcohols and phenols to give surfactants. Surfactants are compounds that lower the surface tension of a liquid, allowing easier spreading, and lowering of the interfacial tension between two liquids, or between a liquid and a solid. Sufactants may act as detergents, wetting agents, emulsifiers, foaming agents, and dispersants. 

That may be slightly confusing. This is how I have come to understand it. The Shout makes the water "wetter" reducing surface tension allowing the water to penetrate deeply into the bristles, and the detergent's help to remove any oils and residues leaving your brush clean and conditioned for the next use. 

After following the usual brush cleaning regiment for latex paint I usually soak the brush in a small amount of water and eight to ten sprays of shout for one to five minutes. Then take the brush out of the shout mix, spin it with a brush spinner, and hang the brush to dry. The brush will dry in a matter of minutes because the Shout has reduced the tension of the water and you have spun 99% of the water out of the brush. Also the small amount of Shout left in the bristles will prevent any left over paint residue from gluing your bristles together and leave the brush as soft as the day you bought it. 

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Fits-All Paint Can Spout or "Paint Can Visor"

I was asked to try out the Fits-All Paint Can Spout from Form Pro. I generally dont like these kinds of gimicks partly because its another thing to clean and to cary in the tool bucket. But after using this thing I feel that it would be worth it to leave it in the bottom of the tool bucket.
This pour spout does an excellent job of keeping paint off the side of the can and also out of the rim. This makes it easier to read the label of the can for future reference and put the lid back on the can. Generally when I complete a job i prepare a touch up kit for the customer. But sometimes it makes more sence to leave the gallon container.
From this point forward i an going to make a more concious effort to use this pour spout. I am a clean freak and you can see that the can is very clean after pouring paint.
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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Into the Bucket

If this tool bucket could talk. Here is a list of tools that are in this picture:
2 five gallon buckets
Bucket Boss 35
Roll of 1.5" SW Premium Tape
Wooster Brush Comb
Warner Nylon Stripper Brush
6 in 1 Husky Screw Driver
Spring Nail Set
Sharpie Marker Extra Fine
Sharpie Marker Fine Point
Pens and Pencils
Dry Dex Spackling w/ Dry Time Indicator
Four Rags
Two Pail Hooks
Two Dust Brushes (large and small)
3M 180 Fine Sanding Block
Graco Spray Tip
Ten Straight Edge Razor Blades
Snap Knife
Two Mixing Cups
Empty Quart Can (For Spray Tips)
One Half of A Large Sponge
Sloted and Philips screw driver
10" and 12" Cresent Wrench
1.5" Putty Knife
5 in 1 Husky Painters Tool
Brush Spinner
Two one Gallon Paint Can Grids
Artist Brushes of Various Sizes
Wooster Sherlock 2-4' Extension Pole
Purdy 9" Roller Cage
SW 4" Roller Cage
Purdy 1/2" and 3/4" Nap 9" Colossus Roller Covers
SW 4" Nap Poly Roller Cover
1.5" Purdy Angle Clear Cut
2.5" Benjamin Moore Angle Sash 651-25
3" Proform Angle "Stiff" C3.0AVS
3.5" Proform Wall Brush "Stiff" CM3.5VS
3.5" Proform Wall Brush Contractor C3.5VS
Dripless CH200 Chaulking Gun
Tube of SW 950 Chaulking
3M Taping Machine
Spare Glasses

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