Posts by Category : Fine Finish Work

Twin Cities Based Painting Company completes large interior painting/staining job in North Oaks MN

Complete Custom Painting is a Twin Cities based painting company that does interior and exterior painting and staining. On this job we mixed two types of stains, one for the pine and one for the oak and we painted all the ceilings and walls.  Excellent service and care of the homeowners property was needed as the floors were just finished.  The products that were used were water-based stain, Zero VOC Wall and ceiling paint and water based polyurethane.  Complete Custom Painting offers interior and exterior residential and commercial painting in the Twin Cities, Metro Area.  This job was in North Oaks.

Contact Complete Custom Painting 651-336-0561 for a free estimate.

Twin Cities Based Painting Company completes window enameling in Edina, MN

Complete Custom Painting is a Twin Cities based Painting Company that does interior and exterior painting and staining.

On this job 2 painters were tasked with matching an existing deep based Cherry stain and matching an enameled fireplace mantle to several new windows.  The process involved enameling with Benjamin Moore Satin Impervo and staining with General Finishes Staining Products.  All products were water-based because we are conscience of homeowners health needs.  In addition, we did a through walk through in order to make sure the customer was extremely happy with the end result.  Quality is the most imporatant aspect of our job, and service is extremley important to make sure all of the customers needs are met.

Call Complete Custom Painting (Located in White Bear Lake, MN) a Twin Cities based Interior and Exterior Painting Company for any Painting Needs.

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Door Refinishing in Woodbury

Wood doors that face the sun are improperly cared for in large part.  My advice has always been to treat them like a wood boat.  One or two coats of Spar Varnish every other year (or sometimes every year will protect it.  If you wait too long the door will need to be fully re-finished.  In the event you don’t want to have the door fully stripped and sanded then sometimes (rarely) the door can be blended.  This will not achieve a perfect look but costs less than fully stripping the door.  Here is a door that we re-finished in Woodubry where we fully stripped all the raised panels and then sanded and applied a glaze to the interior routed edges.  Then we top coated with 4 coats of spar urethane.  It cost less than fully stripping it and probably less than a 1/4 of replacing it.  It looks great

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Enameling Cabinets in White Bear Lake

Here is job we enameled for a cabinet maker.  The homeowner of these new cabinets was adamant she wanted a non-oil product because of concerns about the environment, vocs, etc etc.  After we showed them some samples, the homeowner really wanted the look of oil (which has a different luster than water-based products) however.  There are several products that spray nicely and “lay down” beautifully that are called Alkyd Hybrids.  They achieve the look of oil but have much lower voc’s than oil.  They also, seal wood surfaces better than a water-based product.

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Dark Stain Colors on Maple

To achieve the darkest stain color on Maple you need to do one of the following.  1.  Add dye to the stain (use two coats and wipe each coat) or wet rag off the 2nd coat (this should only be done by someone who has done it before and should not be attempted by a first timer or even a paint store employee who has “heard of that” or “seen that once or twice”) or 2.  Shade lacquer.   Shading lacquer to get a very deep color on maple is normally a 4 coat process (perhaps more) and requires a lot of work.  It makes sense to find the correct painting contractor or cabinet finisher to do this work as opposed to trying to talk your painter, handyman, carpenter or novice how to do it for you.  It won’t work.  On this job in particular I was asked to do finish some doors for a contractor.  The previous painter was using an oil based stain but did not have a dye compatible stain.  We were hired to finish the job and are using a dye stain and 3 clean coats (one of the clear coats will be shaded a tad)  Cabinet staining in Stillwater, MN

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Durable Kitchen in White Bear Lake

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.

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Brushed enamel work in Minneapolis

Brushing enamel can turn out great.  In high traffic areas there is no substitute for a gloss, oil finish.  There are no products on the market that are water based that are as durable as the oil finish.  It is also easier to brush than the water based products because they stay open longer (dry slower).  Generally speaking, the longer a product stays open, the fewer brush marks you will see.  To achieve a professional  finish there are a few additives that we use to reduce brush marks.  It is also a requirement that the applicator have experience.  We did this Trolley care in downtown Minneapolis for The Old Spaghetti Factory.  Hundreds of people go there daily to eat their delicious food and bang into, sit on, accidentally kick and spill on the booths in this trolley car.  I received a durable finish with a professional look.

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Perfect enamel work in Minneapolis

Often times I’ll hear from homeowners who want to change maple or oak (previously stained and sealed) to an enameled finish.   The correct process can produce fantastic, durable results that last for a very long time.  Every once and awhile I’ll see a site where a previous paint or homeowner tried to use a product that claimed to be “pro primer/pro prep.”  Those products are fine so certain scenarios (extremely rare) but painting previously stained woodwork is not one of them.  The correct process for achieving a completely quality finish is to 1.  Sand all woodwork to create a profile.  2.  Vacuum and De-Gloss the coating with a solvent (the correct solvent is important because if the previous coating was an oil you need to use the correct de-glosser like wil-bond but if the previous coating was water-based then you need to use something else) 3.  Use the correct adhesion primer for the first coat.  4.  Use the correct putty and caulk for all seems.  Believe it or not the top coat you use after this is over-rated.  Of course if you take the time to do it correctly then you won’t want to use the worst top coat and you’ll want to use an oil enamel or a alkyd hybrid enamel (I don’t love water-based enamel but the hybrid products are pretty good)

Attached are pictures of a job in Minneapolis where they went from Stained Maple to Enamel.  The results were great.

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Pine or Maple can look like Cherry

To stain Pine or Maple to look like Cherry, you can use 2 coats of Conditioner and use a heavier bodied stain (some water based stains or a stain like Zar) can dry brush it until the color is uniform.  There will be almost no unevenness (as opposed to when you wipe off the stain) and the brush marks will disappear eventually.  Here is some trim we stained for a window job in White Bear Township.  It is actually pine but looks very similar to Cherry.

Professional Trim Painting

Q: How do I paint trim professionally?

A: Generally speaking, you shouldn’t try, but depending on the scenario here are some tips.

If you are going to paint previously stained woodwork you should really consider hiring a professional.  There are a lot of steps to take to ensure the primer and top coat adhere.  It is time consuming and smells bad.  I’ve written previously about it but generally speaking, it should be done by someone who has done it many times before.  If done well, you can make stained oak look great.  If rushed, you will regret it.

With that said if you have previously painted trim work and just want to brighten up, you can use a product by the name of “Advanced” by Ben Moore.  I like it because the luster of the finish is like an oil and it lays down much nicer than a lot of the latex enamels.

Prior to the top coat however, you should take these minimum steps.

1.  Scuff the surface.  Use a medium purple sanding sponge.  It should chalk the surface.

2.  Vacuum the surface.  Use a brush on the end of the hose.

3.  tac cloth the surface right before brushing on the paint.