At CAM Painters we love transforming the exterior of Toronto homes with lasting beauty. Here are 3 exterior ideas for your Toronto home that you might not have considered. Among them are simple ideas that will enhance the look of your home!
Exterior Idea 1: Scripted House Numbers
We’ve had requests for scripted house numbers. Rather than hire a sign painting artist we decided to print the scripted address in vinyl, similar to what you’d see on the side of a commercial vehicle. The installation process is very similar to wallpaper installation, so it was right up our alley! Here’s the process from start to finish!
Centering and leveling vinyl graphic
Vinyl graphic backing is removed and smoothed out
top layer of film is removed and we are done!
Exterior Idea 2: Paint your Front Door a Bold Colour!
A front door is a great place to introduce a hit of colour. When there is a bold colour on the front door people’s eyes are attracted to it, and where their eyes are attracted they will go. So by painting your front door a bold colour you will attract people to the place you want them to go! Here are a couple of great examples of a bold front door colour:
Exterior Idea 3: Paint your vinyl or aluminum window frames
Today’s paint and primers are very advanced and they will adhere on surfaces you might not have thought of. So, if your aluminum or vinyl windows are looking a little faded and tired, why don’t you have us paint them? Or, if you just want a colour change and don’t want to replace the windows, why don’t we paint them?
READ MORE: 3 reasons to paint my maintenance-free windows
Any more ideas?
These are just a few exterior ideas of the many possible things to paint and enhance your home, I’m sure you can come up with more. If you want CAM Painters to do the legwork to implement one of these ideas why don’t you book a quote? We’d be happy to transform the exterior of your Toronto home with lasting beauty!
Exterior painting is around the corner, so what can you do to prepare your Toronto home for painting?
First, look around to see if your home needs painting
As the warmer weather comes have a look around at the exterior of your home and see what maintenance needs to be done. It’s a good idea to do this as early as possible so that you have enough time to get estimates and book the work before contractor’s schedules get filled up.
In terms of exterior painting look at:
- window sills – these typically start peeling before the rest of the window
- any wood that sits close to the ground – these areas typically have snow sitting against them during the winter, which makes them peel sooner than other areas
- south facing side of the house – the sun draws moisture out of the wood, which can cause paint to peel
Select a painting contractor and book the work
READ: How Many Estimates Should I Get For My Toronto Repaint?
READ: A Great Toronto Painting Experience Part 1: The Estimate
Get prepared for exterior painting
There are a few things to keep in mind to make the painting process as smooth as possible:
- We are going to need a space to store our tools at the end of the day – we can use a shed, garage etc.
- We also need an area of the yard to store our ladders
- Any doors that we paint will have to be left open a few hours to dry. So please plan to either leave us a key or for someone to be home when we paint the doors.
- Depending on the type of windows we might need access into the house to open and close them so that they don’t get painted shut.
- Please make arrangements to keep pets out of the work area.
- Please trim back bushes from around the house so that we can have good access, or have a landscaper do the work for you.
Please be aware that unforeseen delays can happen when dealing with exterior painting. Moisture content in the wood must be below 20%, and if it’s above we have to wait for the wood to dry out. So be flexible with your painting schedule to ensure best results.
CAM Painters would love to Transform the exterior of your Toronto Home with Lasting Beauty, so book an estimate now!
Most people value quick and efficient service. Their oil is changed in 15 minutes, their pizza is at their door within 30 minutes. Can the same thing be applied to painting services? Let’s find out…
What can be accomplished in a day of painting?
There are many new products coming out with shorter dry times, which allow us to complete more of your project in a shorter time. I’ll give a few examples:
Quick dry caulking: This particular product can be painted within a half hour versus over an hour with most other types of caulk.
READ: How-To: Get a Straight Line of Caulking
Sheetrock 5 or EasySand 5: These are powder based patching compounds which are designed to be fast drying. In fact, as long as a patch is fairly shallow it can be sanded within an hour. This allows us to do multiple skim coats on a patch in one day. Previously the quickest drying powder was Sheetrock 20, where a skim coat would generally take a half day to dry.
Quick dry primers: Many times we’ll use quick dry primers that can be top coated within 30 min to an hour. This gives us the ability to prime and paint in the same day.
However, we transform your home with lasting beauty, and sometimes it takes a little more time to achieve a lasting result. So, what are the circumstances that would prevent painting from being done in one day?
High level of prep needed before painting.
We work on many older homes in the city and it’s very common to see cracks in plaster walls, deep holes, and other damage.
Some painters looking to quickly finish the job will just skim over cracks in plaster, however, this is only a temporary cosmetic solution. The crack is still lurking underneath the quick fix and it generally shows through the surface again, not long after the work has been completed.
In order to properly correct these fault lines in your walls, they must be dug out and widened before a thick layer of plaster compound is put in to stabilize the crack.
Whenever a thick layer of plaster compound is applied it generally needs to be left until the next day before it is dry enough to sand.
Likewise, when dealing with deep holes or other damage we have to wait for the plaster compound to dry, which generally means leaving it to the next day.
Also, when dealing with drywall walls, damaged seams generally take over a day to fix when the dry time is factored in.
Painting in humid areas and other factors that affect drying time.
In the summer, if there is a lot of humidity in the air the paint won’t dry as quick and extra time will have to be factored in. This additional time can be reduced by running the air conditioning or a dehumidifier.
In the winter some exterior walls can be very cold, especially in older Toronto homes with poor insulation. These cold walls can greatly slow down the drying of both plaster compound and paint.
What can be done to speed drying times when painting?
Many times if plaster or paint is taking a long time to dry a painter will use a fan, heater, hair dryer or even a heat gun to speed the drying process. These are fine, and we use some of these methods from time to time, but with caution. If dry time is accelerated too much what happens is that the top layer of either patch or paint dries, but underneath is still wet. The wet patch or paint will actually cause cracking and blistering in the future because the surface underneath is unstable.
READ: How I Ensure That You Have A Great Painting Experience
So, in conclusion, CAM Painters can get a lot of painting done in a day, but there are many situations where we will need to give patching compound, primer or paint adequate time to dry so that it provides a sound, durable paint system for you, our valued client. In these situations, we prefer to do things right, rather than do things quickly.
So why don’t you book a quote? CAM Painters will Transform your home with lasting beauty!
Factory-finished windows, whether they are vinyl, aluminum or any other type of metal or plastic are marketed as “maintenance-free” windows.
Why would you want to paint something that is “maintenance-free”?
Here are 3 reasons why you might be considering painting your “maintenance-free” windows:
- They have faded or discoloured over time
- The metal has become pitted
- You’re wanting to change the colour
How do we go about painting these type of windows at CAM Painters?
First of all, this customer wanted the actual window frame to be left white and
Marked up photo of what gets painted
the window casing to be painted, to create a pleasant 2 tone effect. She also wanted the vinyl shutters to be painted as well. So, in order for her wishes to be clearly communicated with the team, I used an app called Skitch to mark up a photo. Now the team knows exactly what goes where, so there’s no confusion!
Next, the windows and shutters were dirty, so we used a cleaner/degreaser to get rid of all the dirt so the surface would be nice and clean for the next step.
Then we primed the surface with Extreme Bond Primer from Sherwin Williams. This primer is designed to adhere to glossy surfaces, such as factory-finished vinyl and aluminum. It provides an excellent base for our top-line paint to go over.
The finished product!
We then painted the shutters and window frames with Emerald exterior satin from Sherwin Williams.
This is Sherwin Williams top-line exterior product and it is formulated to be used on exterior vinyl. Sherwin Williams was finding that when their regular exterior paint was used on vinyl that it would fade over time. They developed new tints for their Emerald line that are “vinyl-safe” meaning that the colour will remain vibrant over time. We at CAM Painters like this because we transform homes with lasting beauty, we don’t want your home’s colour to fade in a couple of years.
So these are the reasons why you might consider painting your factory-finished vinyl or aluminum clad windows, as well as the procedure we use to ensure that we have a lasting beautiful finish you can be proud of!
If you have some exterior painting needs why don’t you book a quote? Have CAM Painters Transform Your Home With Lasting Beauty!
Peeling paint is not a good thing, especially on the exterior of a house. It exposes the substrate, ie. wood or metal, underneath to the elements.
Proper prep work is essential to ensuring a long-lasting paint job.
Use of top-line paint is essential to a long-lasting paint job.
Why would paint peel in the first place?
In Toronto, we have extremes of temperature between the winter and summer, this causes the substrate to expand and contract.
Metal especially expands and contracts with seasonal weather changes, therefore the paint system (both primer and top coat) must flex with the substrate during these expansions and contractions.
scraped and primed!
Acrylic Latex paint has flexibility built into it and therefore is generally the best paint to use on most exterior surfaces. Alkyd paint dries very hard, however, it doesn’t have a great deal of flexibility and can crack during the expansion and contraction cycles.
Moisture in the substrate.
Wood, being a tree, sucks up moisture and can retain moisture for long period of time. However, when the moisture is released this can cause a coating on the surface of the wood to peel and/or crack. Therefore, it’s imperative that the wood is dry before painting and that the wood is properly sealed from moisture penetration.
How do we know if the wood is dry enough to paint? We use a moisture meter which measures the moisture content in the wood, any reading less than 12% is in the safe zone. A few days of rain can really increase the moisture content of the wood, so it’s important to ensure the wood has adequate time to dry after the rain.
No primer has been used, or the wrong primer has been used.
Some primers perform better than others. We use high quality primers and different primers based on the surface we are applying the primer to. Wood requires a different primer than metal. Older homes with many layers of alkyd paint require a different primer than a newer home with only a few layers of paint.
If you’d like us to come and see why your paint is peeling why don’t you book a quote? We’d be happy to transform your home with lasting beauty!
As the signs of spring start showing up around us, I’m always asked: When do you start outside painting?
It depends on two factors which I’ll outline here
Before we can start painting outside the temperature must stay above at least 3 degrees Celsius overnight. The lower the temperature the longer the paint takes to fully cure (ie. dry all the way through).
Temperatures can be quite mild during the day in early spring however it can still be quite cold overnight, so this must be taken into consideration.
Always read the manufacturer’s recommendations listed on the paint can. Some paints require even warmer overnight temperatures before they can be used.
Spring can be a very moist season. Not only do we get a lot of rain in the spring in Toronto, colder overnight temperatures can cause dew to form on painted surfaces.
Metal surfaces, such as aluminium siding or wrought iron railings don’t retain water, so as long as no moisture is on the surface they are good to go.
Wood, however, can retain moisture for many days. Therefore it’s important to check the moisture content of wood with a moisture meter. We look for under 20% moisture content, around 12% is ideal.
Horizontal surfaces, such as decks, tend to retain moisture more than vertical surfaces. Also, if a deck is close to the ground it tends to retain more moisture than a deck that is a few feet off the ground. The reason being is that a low deck traps moisture underneath and it can’t properly evaporate
When do we usually start exterior painting?
Typically we’ll start exterior painting at the beginning of May. Temperature is generally warm enough at that time of year and there will have been enough warm days in April to start to get the moisture content in the wood down to an acceptable level.
Our exterior season books up quickly, so schedule a quote and let us Transform your home with lasting beauty!