Posts by Category : Interior Painting

Light check AFTER the primer coat

Prior to painting walls or flat ceilings you should check for any large damage and repair it.  However, there is always damage that appears (be it because of other tradesmen banging up the walls or because the light changes the surface after the prime coat goes on).  The process we use is to do major repairs  (large broken tape joints, larger holes, eye level damage) the put the 1st coat on.  After the first coat we pole sand the entire surface and light check it for smaller damage.  Basically every surface gets a double check.  Heres a ceiling in Woodbury where we scraped down the popcorn texture and repaired some major damage (a total of 6 broken tape joints).  Then we skim coated the entire ceiling and primed with a flat ceiling primer.  After the prime process we light checked the entire surface for smaller prep.  After the smaller prep was repaired we put two coats of flat ceiling paint.  Turned out great.

Here is Jason after the primer doing the additional light check and ceiling repair.

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Yogo Studio above a Horse Barn…… A homeowner with 2 enthusiasms put both in the same place…  0

Complete Custom Painting performed an interior staining and enameling project in Stillwater, MN for a homeowner who was building a unique barn.  The barn included 2×6 fur walls, a pine ceiling, maple trim, oak doors and oak cabinetry.

The finishes were diverse and included the following:

Oak doors and custom vanity included 2 coats of stain followed by 3 coats of sealer and vanirsh (oil)

Maple trim got 1 coat of pro-block primer followed by 2 top coats of Sheriwn Williams Emerald Enamel

Fur Boards got 1 coat of bleaching oil followed by 1 clear coat of a water-based sealer and 1 top coat of a tinted water-based sealer

Pine Boards got 1 coat of bleaching oil followed by 2 coats of a water-based sealer (clear)

Walls were primed and painted with Sherwin Williams Cashmere.

 

This job took a few months given the complexities of the carpentry work but it was worth it.  The most elaborate barn I’ve ever seen!

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Make Maple or Pine look like Cherry  0

If you are having new wood work stained (windows, doors, cabinets, trim etc etc) you should consider doing a lot of stain matching before starting.

In the case of windows (which is a common item homeowners have replaced in their homes) consider most wood windows are made of pine/fur.  Their are window companies that install oak/maple windows also but the primary window wood is pine/fur.

The portions of the windows that are pine/fur are normally the sash and the jamb.  The sash on the window is the part that moves (goes up and down in the case of a double hung window/side to side in the case of a glider window/or in and out in the case of a casement window……).  The sash could also be described as the part that is direct contact with the glass.

The jamb on the window is the part that sits in the framing pocket.  Normally the jamb is between 2 and 6 inches wide and conects to the casing.

The casing is normally the part of the window that shares the same species of woood as the rest of the house.

Sooooo-  A typical house will have Oak baseboard, doors, door frames cabinetry etc etc but the jamb and sash on the same houses windows will most likely be pine/fur.  2 differnt woods.

 

As such-  a good painter/stainer should be able to make the pine/fur match the other species of wood in the house.  Pine normally has slightly yellow raw wood state (Oak normally pink, clear or grey.  Maple normally grey or clear.  Cherry normally light pink changing to dark red over time.  Poplar clear or green.)

To make sure you get a quality match, before you stain, get multiple matches done on multiple pieces of the wood that will be installed.  Compare the maple to the pine (or whichever species you are matching the new windows to)

 

Here is a job where we matched some custom bathroom windows to the cherry casing in the house.  The windows had a maple hardwood/pine hardwood and maple veneer and needed to match the casing in the rest of the house.

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Changing from popcorn to knock down (or smooth) texture  0

When homeowners update their homes, they often consider going from a popcorn texture to a smooth or knocked down texture.  A simple step to determine how much work is involved is to test how the existing texture will come down (easily or hard).  To test the ceiling surface you need to protect all surfaces in danger of spillage.  Wet the ceiling, let the water dwell on the surface and then scrape down the existing texture.  At that point you will be able to tell how easily the existing texture will come down.  In some cases, the popcorn texture will come down easily and in some cases it will be very difficult.  In cases where it comes down easily, the homeowner may have the option to go to a flat/smooth ceiling for the same price as a knock down.  In cases where it does not come down easily (generally this happens if the popcorn has been painted several times or was primed with oil or shellac) the ceiling will likely need a lot of skim coating.

The reason its important to test the existing texture is to ensure the company that intends to do the work (as well as the homeowners who are paying for the work) know what to expect with regard to the project:  days to complete the project, what to expect as far as staging, cleaning requirements, texture options and also the correct price for the job.

Complete Custom Painting did the pictured popcorn texture removal job in 2018 in Mahtomedi, MN  The homeowner went from a popcorn texture to smooth ceiling.  Since we were also painting the walls, we taped to protect the windows and floor and simply cleaned the walls prior to painting (which we would have done anyway).  The prep work was clean as we set out painters plastic angled to drop all wet texture on top of another piece of plastic.  The homeowners wood floor was clean of all dust and we texture.

It turned out great and was completed in 3 visits.  Day 1:  Wet and Scrape down the popcorn texture.  Day 2 prime the ceiling and skim tape joints where needed at end of the day.  Day 3  Sand mud, spot prime mud, fully paint the ceiling (2 coats), clean up.

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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.

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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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Wallpaper removal in Coon Rapids, MN

It is important to sample the removal of wallpaper for any jobs that involve it prior to submitting a price to a customer.

Depending on the time it was installed, brand that was used, surface it was put over etc, wallpaper will pull off more easily or difficult.  This is consistent with 54 inch vinyl paper (commercial wall covering) or with the stuff you see in homes (wallpaper).  We did a job about 4 or 5 years back that required a lot of wallpaper removal and commercial painting and I had a wall paper installer with over 30 years experience look it over and he would not commit to a price for rem,oval without doing a lot of removing (sampling) all over the job.  When you do the sample, you shouldn’t pull a small piece on a corner you should do the same process that you plan to do if awarded the job on an entire section to be sure of the effort it will take for the removal.  This is the fairest way to submit a bid to your customer and be confident it has value (both for you and the customer).

In this picture I sampled 4 areas for a large home on the Mississippi River in Coon Rapids and found that 3 out of the 4 areas pulled easily with relatively no scoring or fabric softener application (that’s what we use instead of the harsh chemicals that are over priced), but one of the areas required a lot of scoring, a much longer dwell time for the water and revealed that a little more attention will need to be showed to the wall after the wallpaper is removed.  After seeing how the different wall paper pulled in the different areas, I can plan for a full skim coat in the one area and plan for a light sanding in the other 3 areas.  Now, my bid will have accuracy, the customer will get a perfect job at the correct price.

 

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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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