Our guide to painting the trim in your Toronto home

Our guide to painting the trim in your Toronto home

Here is the official CAM Painters guide to trim painting!  Do you want your trim looking silky smooth and nice?  Read on…

Determine if you need to prime your trim

There are a couple of situations where a primer is recommended.  

  • First, if you’re painting over bare wood, a primer seals the wood and provides a sandable surface before painting.
  • If you’re painting over varnished wood, a primer will help the paint adhere to the surface.
  • If you’re painting over an oil paint, a primer will help with adhesion.  To test if your trim is currently painted in oil, put some acetone (nail polish remover) on a rag and rub it on the surface.  If the paint comes off on the rag you have latex paint, if not, you likely have oil paint.

Lightly sand your trim

Your existing trim likely has a somewhat glossy finish, so it’s a good practice to lightly sand your trim.  The purpose of this is twofold:

  • It smooths out any rough spots, drips, ridges that are currently in the trim, so that the surface is nice and smooth for all subsequent steps.
  • It de-glosses the surface, so that primer and/or paint can penetrate deeper and bond better with the surface.

trim, Toronto house paintersPrime your trim – if necessary

If you have determined that you need to prime (refer to first step) here is the procedure:

  • We recommend a primer with good adhesion, our favorite is Multi-Purpose Water-Based Acrylic-Alkyd Primer from Sherwin Williams
  • Apply it with brush or wizz roller (for flat doors or other wide, flat areas)
  • Apply it in thin coats – the goal is giving the finish coat something to grab into, not coverage
  • Allow enough cure time before topcoating (usually an hour or two)

Fill any holes and gaps

After priming, it’s an ideal time to inspect the surface for any nail holes or gaps.  These can easily be caulked, just be sure to smooth out the caulking after so that there are no lumps in the surface.

Give the primer a very light sandtrim, Toronto house painter, interior painting

Using 200 or higher grit sandpaper give the primer a light sand.  Sometimes bare wood fibers can be raised after its primed, so smooth out these areas with your sandpaper.  Also, inspect and make sure there are no rough areas that were missed on the first sanding.  You just want to smooth out the surface, not penetrate down to the bare wood, so just use a light touch.

Paint your trim

Our favorite paints for trim are Sherwin Williams ProClassic or Benjamin Moore Advance.  These dry very smooth and hard, which make them ideal.  Here are some tips to get a great finish:

Use long brush strokes – This minimizes brush marks in the final product and gives the smoothest appearance

It’s better to do two thin coats than one thick coat – If the paint is too thick it will drip and sag before it dries

Check on your work before moving on – If you look back on what you’ve done before moving on to the next section you can smooth out any drips and sags before they have a chance to dry.

Final Thoughts

We hope you have enjoyed our short little guide to DIY trim painting.  If you’d rather have CAM Painters take care of your painting project why don’t you book a quote online?  We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!

How is painting your Toronto home like buying a pair of shoes?

How is painting your Toronto home like buying a pair of shoes?

So you’re thinking about painting your Toronto home?  Selecting a painter can be very similar to selecting a pair of shoes!  How so, you ask?  Well, it’s all about shoes that are a good fit, that are appropriate for the situation you’re facing and within your budget.

 

Are your shoes a good fit?Toronto house painting, buying shoes

Everyone’s feet are different.  A shoe that feels comfortable on one person might be uncomfortable on another.  

Similarly, you might feel comfortable with a particular painting contractor.  Maybe they relate to you better than another.  It’s important to have a painting contractor that you feel comfortable communicating with, and who communicates with you in a timely manner.

 

Are your shoes appropriate for the situation?

You wouldn’t wear running shoes to a business meeting, nor would you go for a jog wearing dress shoes!  It’s the same with painting!  

Some painting projects require “dress shoes”; You want the project to look great with a flawless finish.

Some painting projects require “running shoes”;  You need the project to be finished in the most efficient time frame possible.

Some painting projects require “hiking shoes”;  You need the project to be durable in adverse conditions.

Toronto house painting, buying shoesSome painting projects might require a combination of stipulations, or maybe something different altogether.  It’s important to be clear on your needs from the beginning so that you can select a painting contractor that is skilled and experienced in delivering what you require.

Budget

Just as the price of shoes vary, so does the price of painting projects. In general, if you spend more money on a pair of shoes, you can expect a greater degree of durability, technology or style. It’s similar with painting projects, the more you spend, in general, the higher the quality of paint, and the level of craftsmanship.

In painting, there is a truism:  Toronto house painters, buying shoes

  • Efficiency
  • Quality
  • Low Price

A consumer must make a decision as to their priorities, because a customer can only choose two.  If a client wants efficiency and low price, they automatically choose to not have quality.  If a client wants efficiency and quality, they can’t choose low price.

In conclusion

As with selecting shoes, selecting a painting contractor needs care to ensure that there is a right fit, appropriateness and budget.  If you’d like to see if CAM Painters is the right “pair of shoes” for you why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!

Selling your Toronto home?  These painting projects give the best bang for the buck!

Selling your Toronto home? These painting projects give the best bang for the buck!

So you’re thinking of selling your Toronto home, here are some painting projects that can pay big dividends in resale value!  Obviously, if you can paint the place from top to bottom that would be the best for commanding top dollar in the real estate market, but that’s not always feasible.  So here are our top picks for bang-for-buck projects when selling your Toronto home

Paint any area that is looking old or deterioratedselling toronto home

You want people’s first impressions to be that your home is clean and well kept, so if things are looking a little old and tired, freshen those up first.  If the house is clean and fresh prospective buyers will assume that you’ve taken care of the place and be more willing to put in an offer.  If you have some leftover paint that’s less than a year old feel free to use it to freshen things up.  If it’s over a year old, it’s best to get some new paint.

Paint your wood panelling

If you have an older home, it might have dark wood panelling.  If the panelling is painted a light colour it can really make the space look bigger and more open.  This is especially helpful in basements which typically have very small windows and limited natural light.

Here’s a blog post on the how-tos of panelling painting:

What can I do with the wall panelling in the basement of my Toronto home?

Paint your kitchen cabinetsselling toronto home

There’s no quicker way to update the look of your kitchen than painting the kitchen cabinets.  This is way more economical than cabinet replacement in most cases.  At the same time you can update the hardware (door handles and drawer pulls) too.  With painting your kitchen cabinets the colour options are limitless.

Here’s a blog post on how we paint kitchen cabinets:

Paint or Renovate? What’s Best for the Kitchen in Your Toronto Home?

Paint your railings

selling toronto home, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installationMany people have dated stair railings in their Toronto home, these can updated with some paint!  If you still have varnished railings in a dated lighter finish, you can transform them with a sophisticated 2-tone colour scheme as you can see in the blog listed below:

Toronto Home Stair Railing Transformation Project Guide

Painting can make the difference in selling your Toronto home

Many real estate agents will tell you that painting is one of the best things that you can do so that your house will sell quickly and for the best price.  If you’d rather let us do the painting for you why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!

Help! There are nicotine/cooking stains in my Toronto home!

Help! There are nicotine/cooking stains in my Toronto home!

Let’s say you’re looking at buying a house, but it’s got nicotine stains on the walls and ceilings.  Or perhaps there are lot’s of cooking stains in the kitchen.  Will paint cover over this?  Will paint eliminate the smell?

Well, the answer to these questions is, it depends…

How extensive are the stains?

Nicotine smell gets everywhere!  We can eliminate the smell coming from the ceiling, walls and trim. toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation However, the nicotine smell can get into the carpet and other flooring, and throughout the HVAC system, so be sure to address these areas as well.  So in addition to painting, it would be wise to budget for having the ducts cleaned as well as replacing the flooring.  In extreme cases, we can put a stain sealer on the sub floor before new flooring goes in.

Cooking stains generally are easier to deal with.  Kitchens usually have hard surface flooring that is easy to clean, so cooking smells and stains can be eliminated with a thorough cleaning.

How do we deal with stains on painted surfaces?

If there is heavy staining we wash the ceilings, walls and trim with TSP, which is a bleaching agent, or Simply Green, which is a mildewcide.  After we wash the stained areas we allow them to dry and then we apply a stain-sealing primer, which we’ll talk about next.

If the stains aren’t too heavy, we’ll go directly over with a stain-sealing primer, and we’ll skip the washing step.

stains, toronto house painter, interior paintingWhich stain-sealing primer do you use?  Generally shellac-based primers work the best on stains, and we prefer Zinsser BIN.  There are oil-based and latex-based stain-sealing primers, but we have found that they don’t work as well as shellac-based.

After we have completely sealed the affected areas with primer, then we can topcoat with whatever paint we choose.

What if I choose just to paint directly over the stains?

If you choose to just paint directly over the stains with either oil or latex-based paint, the stain will bleed through the topcoat.  This basically means that the stain will show through whatever you paint it with, which is why we need to properly clean the surface and/or prime the surface to seal it.

In conclusion

Painting a house with either nicotine or cooking stains can be done, just be aware of the extra work involved and budget accordingly.

If you’d rather have CAM Painters remedy this situation for you why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!

3 Tips to get the best value when painting your Toronto home

3 Tips to get the best value when painting your Toronto home

The cost of painting a Toronto home can vary widely, however, there are some ways to get the best value from your painting contractor, and here’s how….

Most of these suggestions come down to proper planning.  If you can make your painting contractor’s job more easy, so that they can get it done in less time, then there should be a savings for you.Toronto house painters, best value, CAM Painters

Plan ahead

Just as I was writing this blog post I got a call for wallpaper installation, which would take the better part of a week, based on what he told me.  The person wanted me to come and do an estimate today (Sat Aug 12th).  I proceeded to ask when he was hoping for the work to start and he said he needed it to start on Monday Aug 14th, 2 days later!  This is a recipe for frustration!  The chances of finding a reputable wallpaper installer who happens to have a week-long opening 2 days after looking at a job is very low, to say the least!

If you call a painting contractor and expect him to do the job on short notice, chances are that to accommodate you they have to move other jobs around and inconvenience some of their other clients.  This creates extra work for the painting contractor and they usually charge a premium for last minute work.

In order to be on the safe side it’s wise to start gathering quotes at least a month before you actually want the work done, that way you can have a good chance of getting the time that you want.

If you can be flexible with timing you’ll get the best value

If you are able to be patient, it can pay dividends!  Painting in Toronto tends to be busy in the summer and slower in the winter.  If you have interior painting to do and can wait until the slower winter months, you can generally get the best value.  

Here at CAM Painters if you book work for the slower months of December through March we’ll throw in some items for free to reward you for your patience.  Say, for example we’re painting your entire room (ceiling, walls and all the trim), we’ll give you the baseboard in that room for free.  best value, moving furniture, toronto house painter

Ensure that we have good access to the areas we’re painting

Another way to make sure you get the best value for your painting dollar is to ensure that we have clear access to the areas that we’re painting.  Painting before moving in is always ideal, feel free to read about all the advantages here.  

Empty rooms are the most ideal, however, not always practical if you’re residing in the home.  However, the better cleared out the room is, the more efficient and less time it takes to paint.  In terms of a furnished room, all the furniture should be moved to the centre of the room, so that there is at least 5 or 6 feet around the walls, and all pictures, etc. taken off the walls.  If you, the client, does this work, you save the cost of having us do it, if we have to do all the work of moving your belongings then we have to charge for it.

In conclusion

As you can see, with some proper planning and a little bit of effort on your part, it’s possible to keep the cost of your painting project low, without compromising at all on workmanship or durability.

Why don’t you have CAM Painters over for a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!