Most people think that painting is a simple job that can be done on their own or with a low quality paint. However, people often forget that a paint job is 90% of what you see, from walls to ceilings to trim and doors, built ins etc.

Most people do not pay attention and budget for paint because it is usually the last renovation to do and that is when the money starts to run out. This could be a catastrophic mistake. You can spend a great deal of money on custom carpentry but if the paint job is not professional it might as well have been a DIY. Mistakes as simple as choosing the correct primer could be the difference between a professional paint job and a paint job that could and most likely will start peeling and cracking within the first couple of months.

With government and industry pushing environmental and green products paint formulas are changing almost every year, paints that were used 10 years ago are NOT compatible with the paints used today therefore if your home has not been painted in the last 10 years you are most likely required to use special bonding primers. (hybrids, shellacs or traditional oil based)

Knowledge of products is crucial to the paint adhesion, performance, durability and longevity. Proper knowledge of paint products contributes to at least 50% of how the job will turn out.

Let us now discuss some of the products in detail. When painting trim it is absolutely essential to know whether you currently have oil or water based paint on your trim. If water based (to test apply a small amount of nail polish remover on a rag and rub the trim, if the paint comes off it is water based/Acrylic), a simple scuff/sand followed by a complete wipe down. Once dry any primer for wood will work.

If your trim is oil based then sanding is required (wipe away any dust) and followed by a oil based/Alkyd or Shellac/Alcohol based Primer. Once the primer is dry then you use a Acrylic or Enamel Top coat (Water based). (F.Y.I Lots of big box stores, even some paint stores will advise that a hybrid type primer is fine for conversion, this is NOT true the hybrid or known as Acrylic/Alkyd primers are only good if the previous coat was water based.

When it comes to walls long gone are the days of Shiny paints for durability, most designers use flat finish paints, as they absorb light  instead of reflecting it and bouncing it off the walls, hiding minor imperfections in the drywall.

When choosing a wall paint same principal applies, most of the work will be the prep then the choice of products. Choosing a flat finish can give you a smooth silky finish or a chalk like industrial look. The difference is in the choice of product, sheen, under coat etc.

We at Kenneth Homes Design offer full consultation on all types of products and applications as well as professional application. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, are in need of an onsite consultation, or want an no obligation quote to have a great paint job by our in house pro painters.

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