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The Different Types of Epoxy Flooring Coating

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Like your roof, your floors are integral to the structure of your home. They overlay the foundation of your home and provide a nice surface to walk upon. Choosing a flooring type is a big decision for a home or business. You want a floor that is durable, long-lasting, easy to maintain, safe to walk (or run) on, looks great, and won’t break the bank. Epoxy floors fit this bill to a tee. Painting Plus of Colorado, a local residential and commercial painting contractor that serves Fort Collins, Boulder, and Longmont, now offers epoxy flooring coating. Below, we’ll go over the three types of epoxy flooring coating to help you decide which is best for you. Contact us today for a free estimate!

DIFFERENT TYPES OF EPOXY FLOORING COATINGS

Epoxy is a combined resin and hardener, that when applied to a flooring surface, creates a hard, durable, smooth surface that can withstand heavy loads. Epoxy flooring coating has been popular for many years as a coating for concrete in commercial and industrial uses, such as warehouses, industrial sites, and commercial buildings. Epoxy flooring coating is easy to maintain and a great surface for workers and equipment. It is now gaining ground in the residential flooring industry as well due to its many advantages.

Epoxy flooring coating comes in three varieties: water-based, solvent-based epoxy, and 100 percent solid epoxy. All three types are installed in the same way where epoxy is laid out on the floor where it levels out and hardens in a process known as pot life (or curing). The main difference between the three types of epoxy flooring is the thickness, which impacts the durability of the epoxy floors.

  1. Solvent-based epoxy. Shinier than water-based, solvent-based epoxy flooring coating is popular with businesses because it’s more durable, offers more protection from chemical spills, and lasts longer. However, it does emit fumes throughout your interior space, making it ideal for garages where ventilation is good and less time is spent, as well as in industrial spaces. Solvent-based epoxy is governed by state and federal regulations since it does contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making it less popular today as more and more people are seeking environmentally-friendly alternatives.
  2. Water-based epoxy. Non-toxic and safe, water-based epoxy is gaining popularity because it is environmentally friendly and recent improvements have been made to improve its durability and stain resistance; however, it is still not quite up to par for commercial and industrial uses. It can be applied to concrete while it is curing (still wet).
  3. Solid epoxy flooring. Solid epoxy contains no water or solvent. This makes it extremely thick, eco-friendly, safe, and scratch and dent-resistant. Popular amongst business owners, solid epoxy flooring is stain-resistance with little maintenance. Its drawback is it’s more expensive than its counterparts, and solid epoxy flooring coating dries very quickly — in 30 to 40 minutes. However, since it can last up to 20 years, solid epoxy floor coating is a great investment for the long run.

Water and solvents make the epoxy easier to apply, assist with adhesion, and can help with levelling. Once the resin and the hardener are mixed together, the clock starts ticking on the pot life. The water and solvents extend the pot life from 30 minutes with a solid epoxy to up to two hours for a water or solvent-based epoxy. This is because the water and solvent evaporate as the epoxy dries.

Painting Plus of Colorado offers epoxy flooring coating for your residential, commercial, or industrial uses. We’ll help you decide which epoxy flooring coating will work for you. We use color chips, which results in unlimited colors, blends, and patterns, so you’ll have a custom epoxy flooring solution. Contact us today for our epoxy flooring coating specials!

Top 3 Accents for Epoxy Flooring

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Epoxy flooring is something most of us take for granted — unless your toddler spills milk all over the floor. Besides the weekly cleaning, epoxy flooring is what it is — a place to walk. However, by adding accent items throughout your home, you’ll highlight your epoxy floors and make it a place to be admired in your home and a place you and your toddler will want to play on together (and not spill!). Painting Plus of Colorado specializes in residential painting and commercial painting projects. But did you know we’ve recently added epoxy floor coating to our repertoire of services?

WHAT IS EPOXY FLOORS?

You can think of epoxy floors as a floor paint on steroids. It’s a superior floor coating made up of polymer resins and hardeners — very similar to epoxy glue. The epoxy resin and hardener, when applied to flooring, creates a strong chemical bond, forming a hard plastic material. Epoxy flooring bonds well to concrete. Prevalent in commercial and industrial uses, epoxy flooring is becoming popular in residences (especially garage floors) for its durability, appearance, longevity, and affordability.

TOP 3 ACCENTS FOR EPOXY FLOORING

  1. Add color to the epoxy flooring itself. One of the reasons epoxy flooring is booming in popularity is because of the variety of epoxy flooring options and colors you can create. Painting Plus of Colorado uses color chips (also known as flakes or flecks) to create gorgeous patterns, colors, and blends. You can create, unique epoxy flooring with any color combination and size of chips to make your epoxy the focal point of your chosen room.
  2. Lighting. Light has been shown to affect mood, and the right light can either make a room bright and inviting or dull and dreary. When you have a professionally installed epoxy floor coating applied to your floors by a company such as Painting Plus of Colorado, you can choose lighting to accent your floors. Floor lamps are great for generating mood, such as relaxing and cozy to nostalgic and romantic. Overhead lighting can be a great accent as well, such as a chandelier, to accent your flooring. Consider your flooring during the day and the night, as a cute, dinosaur night light may be just the final touch you need for your new epoxy flooring coating.
  3. Rugs. Rugs are powerful accents when used correctly. Plus, many people love a warm floor on a cold night in the middle of winter. Depending on the color you chose for your color chips in your epoxy floors, you’ll want to choose a rug that is not too big to overwhelm the room and one whose colors complement your flooring and not clash or overwhelm as well. You may want a solid rug instead of a pattern rug, depending on the intricacy of your color chips. Consulting an interior designer can help or your mother-in-law who loves Pinterest and knows the best complementary colors. Furthermore, consider the room your rug will be placed in. If it’s a room with a lot of foot traffic, odds are you don’t want a shag rug that will collect dirt and pet hair rather easily.

If you’re looking to add a flawless, smooth, and elegant shine to your flooring, than an epoxy floor coating is the solution. Painting Plus of Colorado is proud to serve the Front Range with interior and exterior residential painting services as well as interior and exterior commercial painting services. We are excited to be adding epoxy floor coatings to our service line and are eager to begin making your floors as beautiful as your walls. Upgrade your plain concrete floors and improve the ambiance of a home or office by calling Painting Plus of Colorado and installing epoxy flooring coating today!

Four Ways to Build Your Home’s Value Through Painting

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When you’re preparing your home to sell, it’s critical you think about what your home looks like from a buyer’s perspective. While we may be biased as a Fort Collins painting company, we think a fresh paint job to your home’s interior and exterior can set you up for success.

One of the best things about paint is that your return on investment is relatively high. It’s won’t cost you as much as a new roof or an expensive bathroom remodel. This is especially true if your painting contractor has reasonable rates and does the job right the first time — which is exactly what you’ll find at Painting Plus.

What Can I Paint to Increase the Value of My Home? 

Here are some painting projects that can help raise the value of your home, so you can get the price you deserve when you try to sell. It can also help increase the appeal to renters as well.

Front Door

The front door is the way people enter their home. This is an extremely important focal point and having an attractively painted front door can do loads for raising the value of your home.

Zillow, the online real estate giant, did research in 2018 that showed you can boost the sale price of your home by 2.9 percent by painting it black. This is quite a large boost — it covers a lot of the sale price you’d lose to the real estate agent’s commission. Of course, keep in mind the rest of your color scheme as well.

Bathroom

An attractive bathroom is a huge selling point for home buyers. A bathroom is the one room in your home where you get the most privacy — usually.

If your bathroom has cool colors and a relaxing atmosphere, that’s sure to be a hit at the open house.

Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchens are a big selling point when it comes to homes. If your kitchen cabinets are looking a little worse for the wear, this can be an especially attractive option if you don’t have the money to replace them.

Cabinets that compliment the paint job of your kitchen can give an immense boost to its aesthetic value — and more importantly, its sale price.

Exterior

There are few things that do more to adding value to your home than increasing the curb appeal. Curb appeal is simply how attractive your home looks when viewed from the street. When you have potential buyers walk up to your home, you want to hook them from the start.

Painting Plus Can Make Your Home More Marketable

We hope you’ve found these home painting tips valuable. As your Fort Collins painting company of choice, Painting Plus’ residential painters are constantly looking for ways to provide greater value for our clients.

When you schedule a free estimate with us to get your home ready for sale, we’ll go over the best options and color combinations that is sure to increase value. Call us at 970-797-3366 to give your home the fresh new look you’re hoping for.

How do I Clean My Painted Walls?

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As a painting company in Longmont, we get a lot of questions about how to keep a paint job looking good for the long haul. One of our most common responses is to keep it clean.

While this may seem like a pretty obvious thing to do, it’s amazing how often this important chore is ignored. We have to admit, even we get lazy about it, and we know how important it is!

Below we offer some helpful guidelines to help you clean your painted walls without damaging them.

Before You Even Start 

Before you begin cleaning your walls, ask yourself what type of paint finish you have. Semi-gloss and enamel paints will hold up to harder cleaning, while eggshell and flat finishes aren’t as sturdy. Next, make sure you remove the dust from the surface. You can use a duster or a vacuum’s brush attachment.

What Should I Use?

When it comes to your interior walls, you’ll want to start off with the lightest cleaning solution possible: water. If you find yourself in need of something stronger, you can always go to the store and buy a cleaner. Or you can use a mixture of ammonia (one cup), baking soda (a fourth cup), and vinegar (½ cup).

Start at the top of your wall and work your way down. If you’re using a cleaner, make sure you rinse the wall off after you’re done and wipe it to avoid streaking. You don’t need to soak your sponge in the solution; a damp sponge will do nicely.

When it comes to the exterior walls of your home or business, a garden hose is usually sufficient. However, if you need to reach for a pressure washer choose a nozzle that is between 40-25 degrees. You’ll want to be careful with how you use a pressure washer. Stronger pressure (the lower the degree, the stronger) risks damaging your paint; it can also crack windows and even cut skin.

When it comes to pressure washing it’s important to test a small spot at first to ensure you have the proper pressure. If you spray a small area and see damage, it’s clear you need a lower pressure hose. Don’t spray one spot for too long. Use side-to-side sweeping motions as you make your way from top to bottom.

Sometimes Your Wall Needs More Than a Wash

When it comes to getting your painted walls clean, the most important thing you can actually do is just to do it.

However, sometimes thinking about washing your walls leads you to the point where you realize you need a brand new paint job. So whether your paint is a little worse for the wear, or you simply want to go in a different direction with your paint, call the professional painting contractors at Painting Plus.

We are residential and commercial painters who have been servicing Colorado for over 30 years. As a Top Rated® Local business, we take our painting services seriously and will go above and beyond to provide excellent service and a high-quality job.

Your Paint Job and Branding Need to Work Together

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When you have a physical location for your business, you have yet another opportunity for branding. As a premier painting company in Boulder, CO, we understand just how important a paint job can be to your business. The way your business looks sends a message about your brand and how your carry yourselves.

A professional commercial painter will work with you to help determine the branding message you are trying to convey. In order to create a lasting positive impression on your customers, a new paint job may be exactly what your brick and mortar store needs.

How Painting Ties into Branding

When you drive by a commercial building have you ever had the sense you know exactly what the business is all about just by looking at it? The color — and shape — of the building play a huge part in painting a picture for potential customers.

You don’t have to be part of a large franchise to choose a color scheme that works for your business. Small and medium-sized businesses can benefit from this shift in mindset. If you’re thinking of updating the color scheme for your business, understanding the reactions people have to color can finish up this bad boy.

Choosing a Color

The color you choose for your business says a lot about who you are. Colors make a strong emotional impact on human beings, and they create a lasting impression. Think about what colors may be saying about your business. Creating a color scheme for your business is more than just what looks good to you or is in perfect accord with color theory. It’s about sending a clear message about what you do.

Here’s what the colors you choose may be saying about your business:

  • Red. Red is a color that breathes energy. It also increases heart rate and activates the pituitary gland. Use this to stimulate a strong response. This color is popular for restaurants and technological businesses.
  • Blue. Blue is a very popular color that sets people at ease. If you want to give your customers a sense of security and build trust, blue is the color to use. Healthcare businesses can benefit from the use of blue.
  • Green. The color green causes people’s minds to drift towards thoughts of nature and health. It delivers a feeling of serenity. It’s also tied to wealth, so a financial business may benefit from this color scheme.
  • Purple. Purple is a regal color that speaks of sophistication and even a sense of mystery. If you own a business that’s dedicated to pampering your clients, this could be the color for you.
  • Yellow. Yellow is warm and inviting. It can stimulate creativity and gives people a sense of optimism. Day care centers and primary schools are primary targets for this color

Also, if you’re thinking about a logo update, this can be a good time to do it. It’s important not to go to overboard when it comes to logo color. 95 percent of businesses use only one to two colors in their logo. Sometimes simple is more effective. McDonalds is a prime example.

A Commercial Painting Contractor That Understands Your Needs as a Business

As a local business ourselves we understand the importance that even those “little things” like a proper paint job can do for your business. Of course, as a painting business ourselves we’re a little biased. However, that doesn’t change the facts: your storefront is a huge branding point for your business.

If you need a new look for your business Painting Plus is here for you. Our experience painting contractors will give you the service you deserve at a price that works for you. Contact us today for a free estimate of your commercial painting needs.

What Colors Go Together

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As a painting company in Fort Collins, it would be a large understatement to say we’re concerned with color. Color is one of the main reason we do everything we do — paint also provides protection for the surfaces it covers.

In order to understand what colors go well together, color theory is a helpful guide, especially if you don’t have the instinct. If you do have good instincts, then color theory can help sharpen those instincts and provide confirmation.

So whether you consider yourself a natural color expert, or you’re like a lot of guys who have to ask their wives what matches with what, we trust you’ll benefit from this little tutorial on color theory.

Color Wheel 

Color wheels are a helpful visual way to understand color theory. We know you probably learned this in grade school, but bear with us. There are 3 primary colors: red, blue, yellow. Primary colors are so named because these colors cannot be created by mixing other colors. All other hues are derived from these three. The three secondary colors are green (mix blue and yellow), orange (mix red and yellow), and purple (mix blue and red). Tertiary colors are made by combining a primary and a secondary color.

Additionally, if you mix a color with white what you have is a tint. If you mix a color with black, what you get is a shade.

How to Know What Colors Work Well Together

Now that we have a basic idea of how the color wheel works, we can start to answer the question of what colors go together. In color theory, the goal is to create what many professionals call color harmony. The goal with color harmony is to create a balanced, appealing look.

If you fail to achieve color balance you will either have something that’s bland on one hard, or chaotic on the other. Our brains will reject both under and over stimulation.

Here are some ways you can match colors together in order to achieve the harmony you are looking for.

Complementary Colors

Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel. These are red/green (they’re Christmas colors for a reason), blue/orange, and purple/yellow. These color combinations allow for maximum contrast as well as maximum stability. Using one color as a background and another one as accents can be a great way to use these color combinations to their fullest.

Analogous Colors

These are colors that are right next to each other on the color wheel (i.e. blue, blue-green, and green). When using analogous colors it’s best to not use a pure hue. Instead, focus on different tints of the color to get the look you’re going for.

Split-complementary

This scheme matches one color with the two colors next to its complement. Green, red-orange, and red-purple is one example.

Triadic

Three colors which are evenly spaced on the color wheel.

Tetradic

This is using two complementary color pairs. Whenever you add more color balance is more difficult to achieve. However, pulling off balance with this color scheme will have some very eye catching results.

Monochromatic

While technically not found on the color wheel, monochromatic matching is created using different shades or tints of the same color. This is not so much about bold contrasts as it is about subtle transitions.

Another important thing to keep in mind when working with color is the idea of “warm” and “cool” colors. In a nutshell, warm colors are bright and remind people of sunlight and can be used to create a cozy feel. Cool colors remind us of water or the sky and create a calm and soothing feel. It’s important to keep this in mind when creating a color theme for your room or building. Creating the right atmosphere is a vital part of any paint job. Knowing whether to use a warm or cool color theme will go a long way in creating the look you’re hoping to convey.

Applying Color Theory to Painting

We hope this guide to the world of color was both fun and educational. Choosing the right colors for your home or commercial space is an incredibly important part of the both decorating

At Painting Plus our professional painters are well trained — most even have an intuitive sense — in what colors go together. Our exterior and interior painters can work with you to help determine the best color theme for your next paint job.

However, choosing a color scheme is only half the battle. Our painting contractors are also skilled in paint application. If you have a shoddy looking job with poor prepping and an uneven coating, even the best color combination in the world.

So if you’re looking for a painting contractor with the color knowledge and painting application skills to get your residential or commercial painting job done right, contact Painting Plus today for a free estimate.

 

Five Reasons You Should Hire a Painting Professional

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While painting is something many people opt to do for themselves, there are many benefits to hiring a professional as well. As a painting company in Longmont, we’ve seen a lot of people try to do it themselves and it’s a rousing success. However, we’ve also seen many cases where people attempt to do the work themselves and not only does it not turn out how they expected, but it also became a major hassle and headache just to get the job done.

Before you take on your next commercial or residential paint job, it might be helpful to take the following things into consideration before you decide to do it yourself.

1. The Sheer Amount of Time a Painting Job Can Take

When you’re tackling a painting job, it can take a lot of time to get the job itself done, especially if you don’t have the experience. Not only that, but the painting itself is just part of the process. That’s not even taking into account the amount of time it will take to set up, clean up, and buy materials.

Professional painting companies will usually send a crew to do the job, which exponentially decreases the amount of time a project will take.

2. The Amount of Money You’ll Save

Painting contractors often have access to higher quality materials at a lower cost, especially since they’re buying in bulk. And because they already have all the tools at their disposal, they won’t have to pay for those either.

When you decide to take a painting job on yourself, you’re on the hook to purchase all of these things yourself.

3. The Level of Expertise that a Professional Brings

Professional painting services will offer a look that simply cannot be matched. They know how to prime their surfaces and apply a uniform coat of paint. Professionals will also have an intimate familiarity with paints themselves and be able to select the one that’s just right for the job among the many options.

Like anything else in life, there’s no substitute for experience. A professional painting contractor not only knows what looks good, but they also know exactly what to do to achieve that result.

4. It’s Much Safer to Have Someone Else do it for You

While you’re not likely to hurt yourself painting from the ground, almost every paint job will require you to get on a ladder or stepping stool of some sort. If you have a multi-story home or business, as many people do, then your risk only increases due to the fact you need a taller ladder to reach all the spots which need painting. If you fall off a ladder and hurt your back or break some other bone, you’re looking at even more time and money lost.

A painting contractor will already have the proper licensing and insurance in case of these accidents. They will also be well aware of all the safety risks and will be aware of the latest safety rules and have the correct equipment to lower the risk of accidents.

5. Errors are Less Costly

When you make a mistake with a DIY job, the person who’s ultimately responsible is you. Professional painters not only have the resources and experience to make fewer mistakes (i.e. they know how to properly cover surrounding items in case of splatter) they are also held accountable for the job they do.

After all, a good professional painter has a reputation to uphold. They will not only do their best to cut down on the number of errors, but they will also take it upon themselves to fix them in the rare instances they do occur.

Consider a Local Professional Painter for Your Next Painting Job

While we know there’s an artist in you that’s bursting to come out, when it comes to residential and commercial painting jobs, here are just a few reasons you would benefit from leaving it to the professionals.

If you’re looking for help with your next painting job, please contact us for a free estimate. Painting Plus is an interior and exterior painter with over 30 years of experience serving Coloradans. We’re an A+ rated Better Business Bureau painter that’s never had a single BBB complaint filed against us.

Painting Your Walls White? Consider These Things

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White walls have made a comeback in home interior paint color schemes — find out the ins and outs of painting them white and what professional painters have to say about it!

 

We’ve (finally) moved from the days of painting each room of your home a different color, to transitioning into an era of elegance that is lasting, which is why white walls are coveted in home design and decor.  

 

White is white, right?! Unfortunately, finding the right shade of white isn’t so simple. At Painting Plus of Colorado, we know the color white! Connect with us and share in our experience of white walls in today’s post.

Behind White Walls

 

If you’re looking to add a coat of white to your home’s interior walls, gather these tips and partner with painting professionals for your desired look.

 

Consider the undertones.

 

Colors, even white, have undertones. Before painting your space white, consider what it will be used for and what tone fits into its ambiance. 

 

  • Cool, white tones – Cool whites have undertones of gray and blue and emerge as stark and clean.

 

  • Warm, white tones – Warm whites have undertones of yellow and red and appear warm and soft.

 

Between the two, which tone is better for your home? Are you painting a kitchen where you do a lot of tasks, or are you painting a living area where people come to kick back and relax?

 

It always comes down to your personal preference and style, but tone is a feature to consider when choosing between your whites.

 

Consider the upkeep.

 

White walls show it all — so be ready for that! They’ll expose every smudge, dent, and smear that happens. Because their imperfections will tend to surface loud and proud, you can always keep a little extra paint around to touch up small areas or ask your painting contractor for a stain-fighting primer or paint coat finish.

 

Bring all the accents together.

 

If you’re planning on painting a majority of your home white, ensure all the accents match or complement the space. Match your doors, the wood trim, and fixtures to the white — or contrast it. Just be mindful of all the different color variations that could crop up — features you may not always be able to change.

 

When you find your white, stick with it!

 

Finding your shade of white is like winning the lottery or finding a needle in a haystack — when you discover it, cherish it and hang on to it! You can rely and lean on this white for not only upkeep but for future painting projects.

 

Consider an accent wall.

 

If you like the idea of white but are still are not ready to commit fully to an all-white home, dip your small toe in and add an accent wall. Gray walls are trending, especially a dark charcoal gray accent wall mixed with neutral browns and creams — tie it all together with white walls and your home is an aesthetic masterpiece.

 

Create depth with layers.

 

When you choose white, it can easily become stark and institutional-like. Warm things up and add depth through layers. Forego boring and add in exciting and colorful textiles, pillows, rugs, furnishings, plants, and accents to brighten up and breathe life to your space.

 

Keep it light.

 

With different lighting, white walls can appear differently throughout, so ensure you test out your shade of white and observe it in natural daylight and in the evening when artificial light is used. If you have an area of low natural light, brighten a room cooler shades that will reflect warm, ambient light from various types of lighting layers such as lamps and task lighting.

 

White is easy to cover.

 

If you go ahead and try white paint throughout most of your home and decide it’s not for you, white is a color that is easy to paint over! Going from light to dark is ideal because going dark to light can take more sweat equity and additional coats of paint to completely cover it.

 

We do white walls!

 

We’ve seen the color trends throughout our 30 years in the painting industry — partner with us, the premier interior painting company in Boulder. Schedule an estimate today!   

 

 

 

Paint Touch Up Artistry — It’s a Skill!

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Hiring a residential painting contractor is an investment — protect your walls and learn the mastery of the paint touch up!

 

Walls and the paint that adorns them plays a crucial role in the aesthetic of your home — protect your walls by not only storing a spare can of paint around but learn the techniques in a touch-up!

 

Because most people don’t have a residential painting contractor on speed dial to touch up little paint imperfections here and there, Painting Plus of Colorado wants to help you protect your investment by giving you the best tips and techniques to touching up paint when the unforeseen happens. Join us in today’s post and become a touch-up artist!

Touch Up Your Interior Paint

 

There are so many scenarios that call for a paint touch-up, and knowing how to make it look good is crucial — whether you are renting or own your home.

 

When you need a paint touch-up…

 

  • Your kids have drawn on the walls
  • You were moving furniture and nick a corner of the wall
  • Your spaghetti sauce exploded
  • High foot traffic

 

How to Artfully Touch-Up Your Walls

 

When you get a stain, scratch, smudge, or ding, you’ll first want to decide if you want to touch it up. If it’s in a place of low visibility, sometimes it just doesn’t matter or is worth the effort. However, if you’re renting and every little imperfection is a dollar subtracted from your deposit — the devil is in the details. 

 

If you have a stain, first try simply cleaning it. Employ a soapy sponge or make a paste with water and baking soda to try and remove it. If you have no such luck, you’ll probably need to remedy it with paint. Follow the steps below for a flawless and beautiful touch up every time!

 

  • Prepare the surface – Clean the surface with soap and water, followed by a rinse with a clean sponge and water. Dry with a towel.  

 

  • Crack a window – Paint contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) so better prepare your home and health when you crack a window.

 

  • Match your paint color – Hopefully, you’ve kept a spare can of paint or paint sample for these situations! If you don’t have spare paint, talk with your local painting contractor or stop into a home improvement store and take advantage of their color matching services.

 

  • Stir the paint – If your spare paint has been sitting for a while, it’s important to give it a good stir to ensure you mix all the colors and it goes on your wall and matches the current paint.

 

  • Replicate the texture –  If you can, try and figure out what tools were used — whether it was brush or roller — this way you can match the texture and keep the lines the same.

 

  • Use paint thinner – Dilute your paint with paint thinner because fresh paint is viscous, and at full strength, will create an uneven patch of paint.

 

  • Employ the feathering technique – To create an even layer of paint, touch up the area in question and then lightly, with a paintbrush, feather out some paint beyond the touch-up spot.

 

Wait it out – If your patch looks quite different than the dry paint already on the wall, that is okay, in fact it’s great! Wet paint will appear darker, but as it dries, it should match the paint perfectly (or almost).  

 

What to Avoid in a Touch Up (Don’t Be a Novice)

 

Using a finish. Perhaps you have a semi-gloss or gloss finish — don’t forget to swipe a coat on to complete your masterful touch-up!

 

Use too much paint. We get it, you want to get this project over and done with quickly. When you load up your roller or brush with too much paint, you may end up with an uneven blob that looks out of place and unnatural. Begin with a small amount and use more if you need.

 

Don’t store your spare paint properly. Paint needs to be kept in a dry, cool environment like a basement or hallway closet. Make sure you close your paint canister tightly and clean the rim for easier access when you have to open it back up.

 

Paint your imperfection like a professional when you adopt the above into your painting arsenal!

 

For the leading interior painting services in Fort Collins, reach and connect with us today!

 

    

 

How to Avoid an Exterior Paint Eye Sore

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Because you don’t want to be “that house” in your neighborhood, so instead, partner with our home painting services in Longmont!

 

You probably have “that home” in your community — the home whose exterior is outrageously painted an unnatural color that gets scoff and visible eye rolls. Maybe they like it and maybe it’s their style, but if you want to keep your exterior paint choice a little more calm and collected, you’ll need to steer clear of a couple choices.

 

From crazy exterior paint choices to more neutral colors, at Painting Plus of Colorado, we are here to cater to all of your painting needs. We’ve seen a lot of interesting houses in our 30 years in the painting industry, so to avoid a neighborhood eyesore, heed our these painting exterior painting faux pas!

Choose an Exterior Paint Color By Avoiding These Mistakes!

 

Embrace and improve your curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint — but keep your neighbors happy and don’t frighten the wildlife with the wrong color choice!

 

The color scheme was overlooked.

 

Just like with your interior paint, you’ll want to pick a color scheme. Without a color scheme, your exterior paint project could turn into a visual nightmare. When you choose a color scheme, put together colors that can be used on the exterior including:

 

  • The main body of your home
  • Trim
  • Window trim
  • Front door
  • Front porch

 

If you’re looking to add some excitement with a pop of color, both the window trim and front porch areas are great mirco-accent spaces that can brighten and enliven your home’s exterior.

 

The exterior landscaping wasn’t considered.

 

If you’ve invested in beautiful landscaping, don’t jeopardize your home’s exterior by choosing a paint color that blends into the background or colors so crazy that you’re on the verge of a seizure. Instead, get a full picture of how your landscaping looks in every season, and choose a color that complements your botanics well.

 

Home color sampling was skipped.

 

Maybe you are ready to make things happen and you skipped painting and sampling little color swatches on your home. Sampling is crucial because not only can it help you avoid a costly color mistake but it gives you real-time feedback of what the color will look like. Believe or not, all white and beige colors are not the same — they all have various undertones that make them different. Do yourself a favor and test the colors on your home before you commit.    

 

The HOA wasn’t considered.

 

HOA’s are serious, you don’t want to paint your home without consulting it beforehand. Typically there are specific colors you have to stick to, to better blend in within the community. Consult your HOA and check on the approved colors before you make a very costly mistake.

 

The neighborhood aesthetic was overlooked.

 

Even if you don’t live in an HOA community, it’s still important to be mindful of the neighbors you do have. So, take a quick inventory of what’s going on — is it a funky, creative neighborhood you can be free in or is it on the more conservative side with beige and neutral colors? It may even be beneficial to have a conversation with your neighbors to discuss what you’re thinking and see what they have to say.

 

Connect with Painting Plus of Colorado for your next exterior painting project!

 

With painting services spanning three decades, we have a host of awards coupled with experience, under our belts. We skillfully complete each project and pay attention to the small painting details to provide you with the leading home painting services in the Longmont area.  

 

Partner with us today and refresh your curb appeal today!

 

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