Proper Ventilation for Interior Painting Projects

During the winter, interior painting projects will seem more appealing, especially with the unpredictable New England weather. When taking on an indoor home improvement project, it is important to make sure your home is properly ventilated to keep the air clean and safe to breathe.

Check the humidity

When picking a day to start your project, check the weather report! Painting on dry days will allow you to leave the windows open, which helps with air flow. Depending on the type of paint you use, the humidity levels in the room may rise, which can affect how the paint dries.

Purify the air

Add an air purifier to the room before you begin painting in order to clean the air. An air purifier controls the moisture level in the room while removing toxins from the air. Keep the purifier going as you paint the room, and keep the windows open as the paint dries.

Safety First

Ventilation is important to interior painting, but if you cannot fully ventilate the room you are working in, make sure you wear the proper safety equipment. This includes coveralls to keep your skin covered and a mask to keep dust and paint fumes out of your nose and mouth. These particles can be dangerous if ingested, and keeping the air circulation to reduce the risk of exposure is critical to preventing unnecessary illness to members of your home.

Interior Painting Professionals in Merrimac, MA

If you are unsure how to go about properly ventilating a room before painting, contact the professionals at American Painting Company! We will perform any required repairs to dents, scratches, and holes in your walls before painting them in high-quality paint from the top manufacturers in the country, and perform any necessary touch-ups after the job is done. If you are interested in professional interior or exterior painting services, American Painting Company can be reached at 866-385-8888 or by filling out our online contact form.

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Does My Painting Project Require Primer?

Priming a wall before paintingBefore beginning to paint a room, most people are faced with one of the biggest questions in home improvement: does this project require a coat of primer? Some people may feel like priming is extra, unnecessary effort since it is the same process as going through and painting the room. However, the primer layer is vital to a clean, solid finish.

When to Prime Your Walls

There are certain situations when priming is vital to the painting process. New walls, especially bare wood or drywall, require primer in order to properly bond the paint. Wood and drywall are incredibly porous and require sealant for a thorough finish. If your walls previously had a glossy coat of paint, you will need primer to make your new color stick. A glossy base coat will not be able to hold the new coat without some sanding. If you are painting the walls a light color over older coats of dark paint, priming will save money in wasted paint. Two to three layers of white primer will do wonders when it comes to making your lighter paint show up on the dark walls, without wasting time painting coat after coat of the more expensive white paint.

Is Primer Ever Unnecessary?

There are a few instances when you may not need to prime the walls before painting. If you are simply applying a coat of the same color to enhance the shade or touch up any marks, priming is generally unnecessary. Some paints are manufactured with primer already mixed in, which can be used on walls in good condition. If your walls are completely clean, you may progress with painting without primer.

Professional Painting in Massachusetts

If you are unsure how to go about painting the interior or exterior of your home, leave it to the professionals and contact American Painting Company! We will fix any imperfections on your walls before proceeding with coats of primer and high-quality paint in the color of your choice. Give us a call today at 866-385-8888, or fill out our online contact form!

How Can I Paint Walls Covered in Wallpaper?

If you have recently moved, your new home may not share your aesthetic yet. For example, one of your bedrooms may have outdated wallpaper or nursery wallpaper. Before you start painting, you will need to safely remove the wallpaper and prepare the wall for a new surface.

Removing Wallpaper

First, you will need to prepare the room for your home improvement project. Remove all furniture, curtains, outlet covers, and hanging artwork to keep it safe from damage, and place a drop cloth down to protect the floor. Then you will need to see how the wallpaper is glued to your wall. If the wallpaper peels easily without damaging the drywall underneath, you could pull the wallpaper off the wall. If not, you will need to mix hot water, boiling water and fabric softener in a trigger sprayer and spray your walls down. This will cause the wallpaper to bubble, making it easier to remove. Use a putty knife to remove the wet paper, and repeat as needed. Wipe down your bare walls with hot water and TSP, and let it dry for several days.

Painting Your Walls

Before you repaint your walls, you will likely need to fix any blemishes or imperfections left over from the wallpaper removal. You will need to patch any cracks or holes left on your walls before sanding the walls until they are smooth. Before you apply paint, you need to apply at least one coat of primer with a roller, which allows the paint to bond to a smooth surface. After the primer has dried, you can get to painting!

Professional Painting Services in Massachusetts

If you are looking to leave the painting to the professionals, contact American Painting Company! We will repair any damage on your walls prior to painting them the color you desire. After we’re done, we will move any large furniture back to its original spot in your home. Call us today at 866-385-8888, or fill out our online contact form and we will respond shortly!

Choosing a Paint Color for Your Kitchen

American Painting Company kitchenAs it gets colder, you may decide that it is time to give some of the rooms in your home a new coat of paint. If you choose to paint your kitchen, there are some factors to consider: you’ll want to keep your color scheme consistent throughout the room, and the walls should match your cabinets and fixtures. If you are at a crossroads trying to pick a new color for your kitchen, consider these tips!

You have cabinets and countertops already, and these are more difficult to change than your walls. By painting your walls last, you’ll be able to narrow down your color palate based on the fixed colors around the room. You can use the shades and textures from your cabinets and counters to pick a dominant color that can be featured on your walls. For example, if there are gold tones throughout your countertops, you can find a shade of pale yellow to match. If you like the color of cabinets, you can go for a monochromatic color scheme, with shades of the same color throughout the room. If you are looking for a more neutral aesthetic, there are countless shades that will go with almost any color. Shades of white, grey and beige could easily complement your darker cabinets.

If you are having difficulty choosing one color, try painting swatches on an empty wall before starting the job. You will be able to see the paint dry and in the specific light your kitchen provides. If you are still at a loss, contact a local painting company! A company like American Painting Company will come to your home and thoroughly prepare your walls to allow for the best effect after the job is completed.

Are you looking to have your kitchen professionally painted this fall? Call American Painting Company! We will provide a free, no-commitment quote to paint your kitchen and help you achieve your dream home, leaving your room even more beautiful than when we arrived. Call us today at 866-385-8888, or fill out our online contact form and we will respond shortly!

Fall Exterior Painting Tips

Paint roller on postHave you been putting off painting the outside of your home all summer? Summer is a busy time, juggling work and travel plans, and making improvements to your home, however necessary, tends to be swept under the rug in exchange for fun outdoor activities. However, it’s not too late to paint the exterior of your home!
Fall tends to be one the best times to tackle outdoor painting projects. In order for paint to dry properly, the best conditions are dry, consistent temperatures, with some cloud cover to block the sun’s harsher rays. Spring tends to be damp, with the winter snow still melting and the ever-present April showers either looming or just in the rearview mirror. The summer can be too hot to paint outside, with direct sunlight hitting the surfaces you are looking to paint. The surface of your home doesn’t reach a temperature cool enough for paint to stick until late in the evening, after the sun has gone down. Fall provides a happy medium: not too cold, not too hot, and with relatively stable weather. Many paint companies now offer more advanced formulas that cure well in colder weather, further extending the painting season. However, fall can seem like it happens in the blip of an eye with New England weather patterns, so it’s easier to get started on your painting sooner rather than later, before the snow hits.
If you are interested in having your home’s exterior painted this fall, contact American Painting Company! We will be proud to assist you with your home improvement project and leave your exterior even better looking than it was when we arrived. Call us today at 866-385-8888, or complete our convenient estimate request and we will be in contact with you shortly.

Tips for Painting Your Bathroom

Painting your bathroom is a project that leads to several benefits to your home. Improvements to your bathroom boost potential resale and aesthetic value, and hold some of the highest return on investment of any home improvement project. However, if it’s going to be done, it should be done right, and American Painting Company has some tips for completing the job correctly.

Bathrooms are often filled with steam after showers, particularly smaller ones. When it comes time to choose materials for your project, you should choose a paint that is both mold and mildew resistant. This will protect your walls and keep you from breathing in potentially harmful particles. You also need to consider the level of sheen you are looking for in the paint. Higher sheen paints are not forgiving of surface imperfections, so be sure to prepare your walls properly by cleaning and applying the appropriate amount of primer. An eggshell or semi-glass paint will be the most durable in the varying levels of moisture.

Drying is a critical part of the painting process. Make sure your walls are completely dry before applying the first coat of primer. Leave the door and any windows open and the fan running to completely dry the walls of the room. Make sure you take your time painting the room, allowing each coat to fully dry to keep the integrity of the paint intact. If you’re messy with your brushstrokes, that will appear on the dried wall and harm the appearance of your work. Allow the walls to fully dry before using the bathroom. This process can take up to two days, in order to allow the paint to cure.

If you’re concerned about painting your bathroom, reach out to a professional! American Painting Company will be proud to help you with your home improvement project, leaving your home even more beautiful than when we arrive. Call us today at 866-385-8888, or complete our convenient estimate request and we will be in contact with you shortly.

How Do I Know What Primer to Use for My Painting Project?

different colored paint cans
 
Did you know that there are various types of primer intended for different applications? The key is to become familiar with the different types of primers available and what their intended uses are. Let’s take a look at the various primer types available, and how you can choose the best one:
 
Multi-Purpose Primer
These types of primers are popular because they have a wide variety of applications. The thing about these primers is that manufacturers will oversell them for applications that they are not necessarily good for. Make sure the package states that it can be used for the application you intend to use it for.
 
All-In-One Paint & Primer
This primer is a great idea since it will save you time on your painting project. However, it might not hold up well over time on certain applications. Always use a trusted, high-quality manufacturer, and check the label to make sure it can be used for your project.
 
Drywall Primer
When painting on drywall, it is always a good idea to first use a primer. Drywall that is new or bare will soak up paint like a sponge. By using a primer first, you will achieve a more consistent appearance, and you will not have to use as many coats of paint. Drywall primer is usually much less expensive per gallon than using multiple coats of high quality paint.
 
Wood Primer
One of the most difficult surfaces for paint to stick to, wood should be coated with a primer before painting. The best choice is to use an old-fashioned oil wood primer for the best results. Before, it would take at least 24 hours for the primer to dry, but with today’s advancements, paint manufacturers have developed a much faster drying primer.
 
Masonry Primer
Some masonry surfaces such as brick, limestone, or concrete, can have a high pH level, causing adhesion problems when painting directly on them. A high-quality masonry primer will allow you to paint over a wide range of pH levels without having to worry about the paint not sticking. Another problem faced with some masonry surfaces, is efflorescence which are crystal deposits that form on the surface. Masonry primers are available as efflorescent-resistant to avoid the problem.
 
Bonding Primer
This type of primer is meant for sleek surfaces such as those with a high gloss finish, glazed block, ceramic tile, or certain plastic or vinyl surfaces. Normal primers will have difficulty sticking to this surface, but bonding primer will ensure a great finished product.