3 tips when choosing bold colours for your Toronto home!

3 tips when choosing bold colours for your Toronto home!

So you’re thinking about bold colours for your Toronto home?  Bold colours can be tricky to paint with, so here’s our list of tips to make sure that it goes smoothly.bold colours, toronto house painter, interior painting

Coverage

Intense colours are notorious for bad coverage.  I’ve heard many stories about certain intense colours taking 7, 8 or more coats, and they still don’t look right.

First, let’s explore why this is so.  Paint comes in different bases starting with a white base, all the way to a clear base.  To these bases tint is added to achieve the desired colour.  For a very light colour, not much tint is needed and the the paint is able to get a lot if it’s coverage from what’s in the can of paint.

As we go to more intense colours, such as bright reds, bright blues, oranges, bright yellows a clear base is used.  If a white base was used, the colour would be muted and not bright at all.  When a clear base is used, the paint is getting all it’s hiding power from the tint alone.  Therefore, in most cases the paint looks almost translucent and requires many coats to cover.

There are some steps you can take to minimize the number of coats required and end up with a better finished product.

First, Use a grey primerprimer, bold colour, toronto house painter, interior painting

If you use a grey primer, you’ll be further ahead than just painting over the previous paint, or using a primer of any other colour.  The depth of grey should be matched to the depth of the topcoat colour – any reputable paint store should be able to advise on the particular depth of grey primer to use.

Second, Be careful when choosing level of sheen

Tint gives the paint more sheen, which doesn’t matter for most colours.  However when dealing with bold colours with a lot of tint, the effect can be that an eggshell looks closer to a semi gloss, or a flat looks closer to an eggshell.  So choose your sheen level wisely and perhaps choose a less glossy sheen than you would otherwise.primer, bold colour, toronto house painter, interior painting

Third, Be careful with your brushing and rolling technique

The extra tint can cause the paint to leave more texture, or stipple than normal.  Basically, you’ll want to be extra careful that you’re not leaving any unevenness in the paint when you roll it out.  I would also brush and roll one wall at a time, just to be on the safe side, rather than brush the entire room and then roll.

Expect that you might need an extra coat with bold colours

Even with all these steps, you still might need a 3rd or even a 4th coat.  So make sure you’ve given yourself enough time that you can come back the next day for another coat or two.

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Some product recommendations

When it comes to bold colours we find that Benjamin Moore Aura offers the best coverage.  However this paint can be a little difficult to work with, be sure to follow all the directions on the can and ask the paint store clerk if you have any questions.

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Finally

Bold colours can really transform a space!  If you’d rather leave the application to someone else why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!

A primer on priming!

A primer on priming!

Many paints advertise “paint and primer in one” and this can potentially be a time saver.  However, there are certain situations when priming will greatly help a paint job, either in terms of efficiency or durability and sometimes both.

Here is our definitive list of when to prime!primer, toronto house painter, interior painting

Primer is recommended for drastic colour changes

Certain primers are designed to have higher coverage than paint.  Therefore, these primers are handy in a few different situations:

  • When going from a dark colour to a light colour.  A white primer can hide the dark colour better than the finish coat can.  We recommend 1 coat of primer for most deep colours, and in some instances we’d recommend a 2nd coat for very dark colours.  After the surface is primed you can usually get the finish coat to cover in 2 coats
  • When going from a light colour to a dark colour.  The primer can be tinted close to the finish coat colour.  Usually 1 coat of primer will suffice, and then 2 coats of the finish paint and you’re done!
  • When using an especially vibrant colour.  Many bright reds, yellows, greens and blues can have coverage issues.  To ensure good coverage a grey primer is recommended.  A reputable paint store will be able to recommend the specific depth of grey that’s needed.  

Helpful tip:  If a paint store recommends a lighter version of a vibrant colour as a primer, don’t listen to them!  A grey primer is essential under any vibrant finish coat!

Our recommendation for this application is Sherwin Williams Multi-Purpose Water-Based Acrylic-Alkyd Primer.  This particular primer has great coverage so it’s perfect as an undercoat for colour changes.

primer, toronto huse painter, interior paintingPrimer is recommended when adhesion might be an issue

Paint has trouble adhering to certain surfaces, these include:

  • Glossy surfaces
  • Bare drywall patch
  • Bare metal
  • Bare wood

Glossy surfaces can be either sanded to de-gloss, primed, or both sanded and primed.  Sanding breaks open the surface and allows the paint to penetrate deeper and get a better bond with the surface.  

Bare surfaces, such as bare patches, bare wood or metal should be primed as well.  Priming acts as an intermediary step, it bonds to the surface and then gives a porous surface for the finish coat to bond to.

primer, toronto house painter, interior paintingPriming is recommended where there are potential problems with stain bleeding

These areas include the following:

  • Mould-prone areas such as bathrooms
  • Wood where sap from knots are staining the surface
  • Greasy areas such as kitchens

First off, what is stain bleeding?  Paint has trouble covering certain substances, such as grease, sap and mould.  Consequently when these are painted over, the stain discolours the paint and “bleeds” through the surface.

Greasy and stained areas should be washed first with TSP to clean the grease off the surface.  However, even after cleaning there can still be a little bit of residue remaining, especially if there’s extensive staining.  To completely eliminate the potential of the stain bleeding through one can use an alcohol-based primer.

Finally

If you’d prefer CAM Painters to take care of your painting needs why don’t you book a quote?  We’d love to Transform your home with lasting beauty!

What do I need to do to prepare for interior painting in my Toronto Home?

What do I need to do to prepare for interior painting in my Toronto Home?

If you take a few simple steps to prepare your Toronto home you can have a great painting experience! The painting experience can run very efficiently and be done with minimal inconvenience, however, there are things that you should do to make this a reality.  In this post, I’ll give you a checklist of the things that should be done to prior to painting.

Ensure that your colours are chosen well in advance

Colours are tricky, they can look different on your walls than on the paint chips.  Also, they can look different on various surfaces and at varying times of day.  prepare for painting, colour selection, toronto house painter, wallpaper installation

What we recommend at CAM Painters is to have a colour consultation from an interior designer.  We can even recommend interior designers based on your budget and location.  A good interior designer will save a lot of time and frustration in the colour selection process, so it’s definitely a good investment!

READ MORE:  3 Reasons to have a colour consultation prior to painting your Toronto home

If you’re wanting to do colour selection yourself, at least buy some tester pots of the colours you’re thinking about so that you can test them on the walls.  A rundown of the procedure is here: 

Colour Selection 101 for your Toronto Home

We usually like to pick up colours a few days before the job starts.  If you can prepare your final colour selections a week before the job starts, that would be best.prepare for painting, Toronto house painter

Arrange access to your home with us

Our hours of work are generally 8:30 to 4:30.  We don’t need someone on site with us in order for us to do our work, but we do need access into your house.  If you are not available, we have lock boxes that you can leave a house key in.  If you’d prefer to meet us in the morning to let us in, that’s fine too.

Make arrangements for your pets

prepare for painting, toronto house painter, interior paintingWe are pet-friendly at CAM Painters, so if your dog or cat wants to say hello, that’s fine with us.  However, once we start working it’s best if pets are not in our workspace for their own safety.  It’s best if they can be shut off in another area of the house, so they don’t get into our tools or wet paint.  Yes, we have had cats get wet paint on their paws and track it all over the floor!

Prepare your rooms for painting

This is not as daunting as it sounds.  All we are asking is that you remove any small, fragile objects from the room and remove pictures from the walls.  If you are planning on putting the picture back in the same place please leave the picture hook in the wall.  If you are planning on repositioning or leaving off the wall altogether, please remove the picture hook and we’ll be sure to fill in the nail holes.

We don’t mind moving a couple of pieces of furniture per room, which we cover with plastic to make sure it’s protected.

There are a couple of items that we prefer not to move, which you should make arrangements for before the painting begins:

  • Wall-mounted TVs
  • Fridges – these can damage floors if the wheels don’t move freely, and fragile water lines can break too
  • Washers & Dryers – brittle hoses and vent ducts can be damaged during moving

So if you can arrange for these items to be moved that would be great!prepare for painting, toronto house painter, interior painting

Finally,

We at CAM Painters want to give you a great painting experience and if you follow these guidelines you can ensure that is what you get!  Feel free to book a quote!  We’d love to Transform your home with lasting beauty!

What goals do you have for your Toronto home in 2018?

What goals do you have for your Toronto home in 2018?

It’s that time of year!  The time that everyone reflects on the past year and sets goals for the next.

How about setting some goals for taking care of your home in 2018?  If you proactively take care of your home it will pay dividends down the road in terms of money savings and comfort.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started!

Don’t put off small maintenance items.

Changing your furnace filter is just one example.  By changing your furnace filter on a regular basis you increase your overall comfort and lessen the chance of expensive furnace repairs in the future.

Keep an eye on the humidity in your home

Homes can get extremely dry in the winter months, so be sure to monitor the humidity in your home.  I know of someone who’s place was so dry that all the glue in her wooden furniture dried out and it started falling apart!goals, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

Dryness can also affect your paint and wallpaper.  Oh yes, if there’s not enough humidity the paste that holds wallpaper to walls can dry out and the seams in the wallpaper can open up.  Also, if there’s not enough humidity in the home wooden trim can shift and open up cracks and gaps in the paint work.

A related tip..

Check the tops of your doors, door frames and window frames.  Oftentimes these are missed or skipped by painters, however, it’s helpful to have them painted even though they’re generally not seen.  If all sides of the wood are not painted as the more humid weather comes moisture can enter through the exposed surface and it can swell.  This is the reason why when you shut a door it can feel tight at one time of year and loose at another.

How about some exterior paint-related tips?

Keep snow off your deck, front steps, window sills, basement window wells.  Basically, if snow is sitting on a painted surface, it’s wise to clear it off.  By removing the snow you not only protect the paint job, you also protect the wood underneath.  Ice and snow build up can really take a toll on wood – even more so than a summer rain shower.  When a rain shower comes, it generally passes in an hour or two.  When snow comes, it stays for weeks on end.  goals, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

This moisture issue is compounded by the wood expanding during the spring thaw too.  As the wood expands the grain opens up, it can crack the paint and allow the melting snow to penetrate into the wood.  The more moisture that gets into wood, the greater chance of wood rot and degradation.

In summary…

Setting a goal for taking care of your home in 2018 can pay for itself in comfort and cost savings.  It can also pay for a new paint job too!!!  So why don’t you book a quote?  CAM Painters would love to Transform your home with lasting beauty!

My @#$#&*! painter never showed up!!!! How do I find a reliable painter?

My @#$#&*! painter never showed up!!!! How do I find a reliable painter?

Unfortunately this is a more common experience in Toronto than it should be.  Here’s how you can avoid this occurrence and find a reliable painter…

Here’s the backstory,

You found someone either through a recommendation of a friend, or perhaps on Facebook, or a lawn sign.  

He seemed like a nice fellow when he met with you for the quote.

He gave you a price, you accepted it and booked in a start date.

The start date rolled around and no painter!  No phone call, no text, no email – Nothing!!

Why would this happen in the first place?

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First off, it’s very easy to call yourself a painting contractor.  

Barriers to entry are very low, a vehicle, some brushes, rollers, roller trays and you can call yourself a painter.  However, with such a low startup cost some people treat their “painting business” as a part-time hobby.

Many of these “painting contractors” will do cash only, so that they can avoid taxes and proper insurances, which places a lot of risk on the homeowner that hires them.

To sum it up, they don’t have much invested in the process, so it’s easy for them to quit on their customers and leave them high and dry.

How can you find a reliable painting contractor?

You can minimize the chance of this happening to you by doing your due diligence.  How so?

Ask your painting contractor how many years they’ve been in business?  

As a general rule of thumb, the more years someone has been in business, the more they are invested in the success of their business.  

At CAM Painters, we’ve been in business for 16 years.  We’ve invested thousands of dollars in equipment, so that we can provide a great customer experience.Toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

READ MORE:  Which painting contractor offers the best value for my Toronto home?

Look for reviews and testimonials

People will always say good things about themselves, sometimes they can even get a couple of other people to say good things about them.  

Look for reliable contractors with lots of social proof:

They’ve got lots of Google reviews – not just one review from their mother!  At CAM Painters we currently have over 20 5 star reviews and counting!

They’ve got video testimonials – and not just written testimonials because those can be fabricated.  We’ve got a number of video testimonials both on our YouTube channel and our websitereliable painter, toronto house painter, interior painting, exterior painting, wallpaper installation

A reputable contractor will give a written proposal and back up their work with a written warranty  

You want an agreement in writing, so that there is no gray area of “he said, she said”.  At CAM Painters we have a written proposal that goes over every aspect of the job from start to finish.

A reliable contractor will offer a written warranty on their work.  At CAM Painters we offer a 5 year written warranty on both interior and exterior projects, as well as one hour of free touch ups each year, so that your house always looks it’s best!

To sum it up…

If you do your due diligence when you select a painting contractor you can minimize surprises during the painting process, such as someone not showing up when they say they will, or any other myriad of missed promises.

At CAM Painters we strive to give an excellent painting experience from start to finish, so why don’t you book a quote?  We’d be happy to Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!