Proper preparation for your Toronto home

Proper preparation for your Toronto home

If you want the paint work in your Toronto home to look the best it can, the preparation work that goes on before a can of paint is opened is critical to the finished product.

First thing, let’s define levels of preparation and what type of customer each is geared towards:

  • Level 1 “Good” – this is geared towards someone wanting just the basic level of preparation, maybe someone needing a quick turnaround, or perhaps the space that is being painted is one that isn’t of prime concern, or perhaps they just need the paint freshened up in order to put their house on the market
  • Level 2 “Better” – this is for a typical customer that wants decent workmanship, they want to have a great painting experience, they want their painted surfaces to look smoother than they do currently, but they don’t expect or necessarily need perfection.
  • Level 3 “Best” – this is for someone who demands the best and realizes that it takes time to achieve this level of finish.  These customers are typically interior designers and people that like to keep their homes immaculate.

So let’s go through the steps we use to properly prepare a typical interior paint job for painting:

Organization is key, we ensure that we have all the tools to properly tackle each job.  Proper tools ensure that things get done with maximum efficiency, and minimal disruption for the customer.

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Flooring and furniture is covered and protected.  We use either dropsheets or rolls 

 

of paper for flooring protection, depending on which is most appropriate for the situation.  Furniture is covered with clean plastic sheeting.

If we are painting things to a “good” level, then all that’s usually needed is a pole sand of the walls, and then a filling of all the visible holes and cracks.

If we are painting things to a “better” level, then we will pole sand the walls and ceiling, fill all the visible holes and cracks, but then in addition to that we will sand out sags and drips on the ceiling, walls and trim and we will fill in any noticeable divots or dents as well.preparation, Toronto house painting

If we are painting things to the “best” level, then things get a little crazy!  We like to put an LED light on an angle at every area that is to be painted, that way, we can see all the imperfections that are in the ceilings, walls and trim.  The angled light causes shadows to be cast by every little dent or bump, which we can then sand or fill.  

One consideration that we deal with in achieving a level 3 finish is that many of the walls in older Toronto homes have been at some time painted poorly – either by a do it yourselfer or a less than skilled painter.  These walls typically have a lot of drips, sags and excessive roller texture.  To make these walls smooth it takes a lot of work, which has to be accounted for in our timelines and our pricing.

When we sand the walls we use a power sander attached to a vacuum, to eliminate dust at the source.  No one likes dust and it’s best to eliminate it before it gets into the ventilation system and spreads throughout the house.

After we have done all this patching and filling and sanding, we still aren’t done the preparation work, we still have to prime certain areas, and do a little more filling and sanding, just to make sure that the surface is ready to paint.  However, when we do the preparation work right, then the painting goes relatively quick in comparison and the end result looks fantastic!

The difference in price from the good paint job to the best paint job can be more than double.  So when getting paint quotes be sure to compare apples to apples.  If someone has been quoted a level 1 paint job, but then expects a level 3 – frustration will result, both for them and their contractor!

In conclusion, as you can see, a lot goes into a paint job, even before a can of paint is opened.  In some situations more time goes in than other times.  I like to make sure that this is communicated to my potential clients as clearly as possible, so they know the value that they are getting when they use my services.  Why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to Transform your home with lasting beauty!

When is it too cold to paint the exterior of my Toronto home?

When is it too cold to paint the exterior of my Toronto home?

As I write this at the end of September we are having warmer weather than we’ve had all summer in Toronto.  But eventually this heat wave will end, which begs the question, when is it too cold to paint the exterior of my Toronto home?

The simple answer is, it depends on the paint and the outside temperature.  Usually the paint can lists the temperature range that it works best in.  So, what happens when you paint in the outer limits of the range – either too hot or too cold?

What happens when you paint in weather that is too hot?

The hotter it is outside, the faster paint will dry.  Keeping this in mind is key, because if the paint dries to quickly it won’t dry all the way through.  Instead, the top layer of the paint will dry and leave wet paint underneath, which will eventually blister as the solvent separates from the paint.  This is only a problem when the temperature is in the high twenties and above.exterior painting, toronto house painting, too cold

How do you avoid this?

The best thing to do is to avoid painting in the direct sun when it’s in the high twenties and above.  Another thing to keep in mind is to apply thin coats, which have a better chance of drying all the way through.  

Keeping these tips in mind can keep you painting throughout the warm summer months

What happens when you paint in weather that is too cold?

The colder it gets, the longer it takes for paint to dry.  In fact, it can take twice as long for paint to dry at 2 degrees vs 7 degrees.  So if the forecast says that there is an overnight frost warning, the paint might not have a chance to dry before the frost hits, which means it will not fully cure until the following day.

So what is our general rule-of-thumb?

Just to give an extra margin of error, we like to make sure that the weather isn’t predicted to get below 5 degrees overnight.exterior painting, toronto house painter, too cold

Most years it stays above this threshold until mid to late October.  

Do you still have some exterior painting to do?

Act fast and book a quote, we might be able to fit your project in this year.  If not, you can book your project for the spring of 2018 at this year’s pricing, so it always pays to plan ahead!  CAM Painters would love to Transform the exterior of your home with lasting beauty!

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!