Paint is largely and esthetic product that requires maintenance. Of course certain products and application methods are superior to others, but certain areas or items don’t need the same level of prep/attention (although every item always needs the correct prep/attention). An obvious example is an concrete floor vs a drywall ceiling. For the concrete floor to receive a coating and perform it needs extensive prep and 4 coats of a 100 percent solids, 2 part epoxy. For the drywall ceiling to perform it needs one coat of primer and one coat of flat paint. The drywall ceiling should last for 50 years (depending on the conditions) after that process. Even though the concrete floor receives far more prep, a more durable coating, more coats and is cleaned/washed more often, the drywall ceiling will likely last longer. The answer to this is obvious… the floor gets far more wear. To the point WEAR is an important thing to consider when considering your painting contractor. If you are putting any amount of money into your woodwork, walls, cabinets or you have an active family, or you put a lot of use into your kitchen, or you have grandkids that visit. It is worth it to talk to a professional, explain what you are trying to achieve and explain the amount of WEAR your particular project is going to receive. A professional will take it from there. Here is a Kitchen in White Bear Lake we did with the following process: 1 coat of oil based high build primer on the cabinets after sanding. 2 top coats of Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo Oil Finish. We thin down one coat and use a flow additive in one of the coats to achieve a better finish. We also painted the walls with Sherwin Williams Duration which is a durable, washable paint. Finally we used a Sherwin Williams BAC wiping stain, 1 coat of sealer and 2 top coats of varnish on the alder cabinets. The results were outstanding. This homeowner uses her kitchen a lot (cooking a minimum of 2 meals a day) and has 3 kids (often times running through the kitchen, using the sink, opening the fridge. She need a durable, professionally enameled kitchen.
Call Nick with Complete Custom Painting LLC for a free estimate: 651-336-0561