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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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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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The Dangers of Lead Paint: How to Protect Your Family  0

Wall with dangerous, cracking lead-based paint

Lead was once a common ingredient in house paint in the vast majority of homes before the dangers were fully known. It was mainly used due to the pigment it provided and the increase in durability it afforded.

Although it was officially banned in U.S. paint in 1978, millions of homes and establishments still have remnants of lead-based paint both inside and out. With exposure still possible, what are the dangers of lead paint in your home?

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Painting Exteriors with Deep Base Colors in Woodbury

Exterior paint will fade in the sun.  In order to keep it from fading quickly, you need to do the following:  Always remove any debris, chalking or efflorescence.  This can be done by detergent washing the house with the correct cleaner.  Always use the correct primer.  On concrete composite hard board, you need to use concrete specific primer.  Finally fully back roll/back-brush the top coat and use a satin sheen.  An experienced painter should be able to get the 2nd coat of paint to level out (even with higher sheens)

Here is a house we painted in the Lake Elmo Woodbury Area.

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Complete Custom Painting LLC

Complete Custom Painting offers interior and exterior residential and commercial painting in the Twin Cities and Seven Country Metro Area.

Founded in 2005 by Nick Dettinger, Complete Custom Painting has maintained a focus on quality workmanship.  As a result of our quality workmanship, Complete Custom Painting has consistently grown our repeat customer base and added new customers each year.

After more than 10 years in business our companies primary goal is to do a quality job for each customer.  Complete Custom Painting has experience working for some of the most particular homeowners and remodelers in the Twin Cities Metro Area and also has experience in new construction painting, commercial painting and light industrial painting for some of the largest property management companies in the Twin Cities Metro Area.  Complete Custom Painting maintains relationships with its customers by doing quality work and providing excellent service.  Each job is reviewed by the owner of the company and each estimate gives a detailed description of the prep work and products we plan to use on your job.  All jobs are scheduled through a company employee and we give a complimentary 24 hour call the day before we arrive to paint your project.  Complete Custom Painting has several employees that specialize in staining and smaller painting jobs and we source several sub-contractors for larger jobs.   All of the painters for Complete Custom Painting get etiquette training, a back-ground check and have a minimum of three years of painting experience.   Each job requires detailed, thoughtful service and a quality finish.

We specialize in:

  • Exterior Painting and Staining for Homeowners and Residential Property Managers.
  • Interior Painting, Staining and Texture Repair for Homeowners.
  • Interior Staining and Enameling for Contractors.
  • Commercial Painting for Property Managers.

For a Free Estimate call Nick Dettinger at 651-336-0561

What is a safe way to remove Graffiti without damaging the undercoat?

When one of our fellow citizens runs around at night and decides to paint all over your business, home, commercial building, parking ramp, retaining wall etc etc it causes you a headache.  Their is a new product that we used recently that can remove the graffiti coating and leave the under coat safe from marring, scraping or the  cumbersome task of having to fully paint everything to match.

There are 2 types of products available (both are lemon based out of Australia).  One is for graffiti done on softer surfaces like a previously painted wall and one is for graffiti done on hard surfaces like block, retaining wall, ferrous steel.

On this job a large building in St. Paul was “tagged” and the property manager called us.  We were able to fully remove the graffiti without damaging the pre-finished aluminum siding.  There was no marring and no scraping.  Also, we were not required to prime and paint the surface (which could have voided any manufacturer warranty).  For safe, effective graffiti removal call Complete Custom Painting