🎨Cabinet Painting🎨

Hi everyone! Today is the start of our How to paint kitchen cabinets in 3 short days post! Today we are going to walk through our process here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists.

Our kitchen cabinet process used to take 6 days, but since we work in an assembly line process, use an airless sprayer and create an onsite spray booth we are able to cut it down to a 3-day process.  Check out our table of contents below to see everything we do when we begin a cabinet project!  Check back next week to see what we do on day two! 

Table of contents:

  • Arrival
  • Protecting your floors
  • Removing hardware
  • Cleaning
  • Taping
  • Sanding
  • HEPA filter system
  • Wash again
  • Spray booths
  • Primer
  • End of Day 1
  • Coat 1 
  • 4 hour break
  • Checking all areas
  • Coat 2
  • End of day 2
  • Checking the areas
  • Cleaning the tape/plastic
  • Replacing hardware
  • Re-assembling
  • Drop cloth clean-up
  • Cleaning

Arrival

When we start a new cabinet project we arrive at 8 AM. We typically start on a Monday or on Thursday, we start on these days because our process takes 3 days. We can finish two cabinet projects in a week. We always try to park on the road and not in the customers drive-way. We do this just incase anything were to spill or leak, we wouldn’t want to damage a drive-way. Once we get there and great the customer and walk through the project for a final time,  we lay drop cloths to protect your floors.

Protecting your floors:

We lay cloth drop cloths everywhere we walk and where we will be spraying we use paper drop cloths purchased from Sherwin-Williams. We tape the edges of the paper down so they don’t move and the paper doesn’t allow liquid to leak through.

Removing Hardware:

Next, we begin taking the drawer fronts and the door fronts off the units. These will not leave the job site at all, we will go over the on site spray booth soon.  After we take everything down we also remove all the hardware, this includes the handles, hinges, and anything else on the cabinets. This is a great opportunity for the clients to change out and update! We have to take them off no matter what to paint them! If they are there and setting to the side, we will take care of this for you. 

Click here to see kitchen designs and color help!

Cleaning:

After taking everything off the cabinet fronts we clean everything with TSP. We use TSP (Trisodium Phosphate) to break down the grease, grime, and all other things off the surface. It is a safe chemical that easily breaks down dirt and other unwanted things in the kitchen. We need to clean the units on the wall as well as the front and back of the doors and drawers. 

Taping:

To be able to spray the units we will tape off the inside so there is no over spray. We do this in the drawer and door fronts as shown in the video below. We place the tape inside the unit and drag the plastic down to cover the inside. We drape plastic over all the appliances, so nothing is damaged with over spray.

Sanding:

Now, before we go onto a light sanding we are going to set up our HEPA filter sanding system! This is an attachment to the sander that sucks up and collects all the extra dust that comes off as we sand. Sanding takes off any other layers of paint on the cabinets and makes it easier for the primer and new paint to adhere to the cabinets. We have to make sure to sand every little corner on all surfaces that are being painted. 

HEPA Filter System:

This filter system collects very small microns of dust while we are sanding!  After we sand we are goingk to wash it again with TSP to get any other dust off and make sure we got all of the grime off.

We are going to go on and set up a spray booth! Building a spray booth in the garage, spare room, or basement allows us to spray the fronts with the airless sprayer and keeping it on site.

Click here to see all of the Sherwin-Williams products we use!

Spray Booths:

We make two different spray booths at the home. We hang plastic from the ceiling around the cabinets. This will protect the rest of the home from any over spray that may happen. We also make a spray booth in the garage, basement, or a spare room. In this area we lay the paper drop cloth that we mentioned in the kitchen. We also hang the plastic from the ceiling the same way we did in the kitchen. This is where we will spray the door and drawer fronts and let them dry.

Primer:

Now that we have the spray booths and everything set up and prepped, we are going to prime everything. 

Once the priming is finished we clean the areas and wrap up for the day.

At the end of day 1 we sprayed the primer on the units and fronts and we hung them up. 

Day 2 table of contents:

  • Coat 1 
  • 4 hour break
  • Checking all areas
  • Coat 2

After letting the primer sit over night we can put the first coat of paint on.

We use Emerald Urethane Enamel from Sherwin-Williams on all of our cabinet projects. It is the hardest, most durable paint Sherwin-Williams offers, it is also the same paint we use on most doors and trim as well.

Click here to read the ultimate cabinet guide!

We start with spraying the units and then we paint the cabinet fronts and drawer fronts. 

When spraying you can’t go too fast because it will be too thin, but if you go too slow the paint will be thick and will cause runs.

After letting the first coat sit for at least 4 hours we check to make sure it is all even and there are no runs. If there are any issues you can sand it and fix it. 

Make sure to do this before spraying the second coat, check every area on the units, and all door and drawer fronts.

The second coat needs to sit for at least 8 hours! We always let it sit over night, so this concludes day two! 

Tune in next week to see how day 3 goes!

Pictures of jobs we’ve completed:

Table of contents:

  • Checking the areas
  • Cleaning the tape/plastic
  • Replacing hardware
  • Re-assembling
  • Drop cloth clean-up
  • Cleaning

Now if you remember from last week, we ended the day of day two by spraying on the second coat.

The first thing we do today is, we are going to look over everything we painted and make sure there are no dings from the doors accidentally touching each other and make sure there are no runs.

Once we make sure all of the door fronts, drawer fronts, and units are okay we are going to start cleaning up!

Cleaning up means we are going to remove the tape and plastic that you see pictured below. We can also remove any plastic we had hanging from the ceiling or on any furniture such as the separate china cabinet pictured in the background below. We are going to leave all of the drop clothes on the ground for now. Someone else is also going to start taking apart the spray booth in the garage and bringing the cabinet fronts and drawers fronts into the kitchen.

Click here to see what Sherwin-Williams products we use.

Now we are going to put the handles back on the doors and drawers. Sometimes the clients take this opportunity to change out their hardware. If they purchase it ahead of time and let us know we typically change them out at no charge. Sometimes they change the number of holes when changing handles, that is when the charge plays in.

We will also attach the hinges back onto the cabinet doors. These can also been changes out, it is best to take an existing hinge you use to the store with you before purchasing them to make sure it works in your kitchen.  We attach the hinge to the door then to the units. 

When we took the doors and drawer fronts off we labeled them and the units. We need to play close attention to this when we are putting them back on. House tend to settle over time, and that means sometimes they shift. The cabinets are accustomed to this so if we mix any of them up it will stick out like a sore thumb.

Click here to read the ultimate cabinet guide! 

After we get everything put back together, we finish cleaning.

We have to take the remaining tape, plastic, and drop cloths. The drop cloths will be the last thing to go, when all of our tools except for cleaning tools are out of the home. After taking the drop clothes out we walk through and clean any possible messes.

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog! Today we shared our entire 3 day process for completing cabinets!  Give us a call at 309-349-7021 to get a free estimate! Check out our other blogs and Facebook to see any awesome new deals! 

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Introduction:

Welcome to Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog!Today we are going to give you all of our interior tips when painting your home! Check out the table of contents below to see the main tips we share! 

Click here to get color help!

Table of contents:

  • Arrival/Drop cloths
  • Moving furniture
  • Removing Nails
  • Filling holes
  • Caulking
  • Taping
  • Two coats
  • Interior Products
  • Realtor Tips
  • Conclusion

Arrival/Drop cloths:

When we first get to a job site, besides saying hello to the client we lay drop cloths every where we will be going. If we are painting the whole house we go room by room and lay the drop cloths then so the client can still be in their home.

We use all Sherwin-Williams supplies and it has a low VOC. That means there isn’t much of a smell and it does not stay long! It is safe to have in your home and you don’t even have to leave while we are painting!

Click here to read all of the Sherwin-Williams products we use!  

Moving Furniture:

If the client isn’t able to move their furniture, after we lay drop cloths we help them. We also prefer the client is at least watching, especially if it is something breakable. We move the furniture to the center of the room and put plastic over it incase there is any paint splatter.

If we are painting a closet we ask that the client removes everything before we arrive. 

Nails:

Before we begin to paint anything, we check the walls for any nails, anchors, or etc. If the client wants to put a picture or decoration piece back up where it was, they mark it with a post it note or a paper clip. Anything that isn’t mark gets removed and the holes are filled and sanded before we begin to paint. We also check the corners for any other nail pops that we may need to repair. We check every room we are painting before we start so all the sanding will be finished by the time we are painting. 

Click here to read our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Filling holes:

While we are checking the nail situation we also check for any other holes. They may have been made from furniture, animals, people or anything, we check them all. Pictured below is the wall repair from Sherwin-Williams that we use. We have to pay attention to the texture of the wall, this determines if we sand once it dries or if we add texture while it is still wet.

Caulking:

We check around all of the trim to see if any caulking needs to be completed. Sometimes it is necessary to remove the old caulk. This not only makes the house look fancy but it also may stop any potential breezes that may come through. Sherwin-Williams has different kinds of caulk, they can vary in shade as well as consistency, what we use varies from project to project. 

Taping:

We tape off any areas that we aren’t painting to make sure they don’t get any potential splatter on them. If we are spraying we tape off a lot more areas for extra protection. 

For example, in the picture below we put plastic over the cabinets to protect it while painting the ceiling.

Click here to see where to start with your exterior process! 

Two coats of Paint:

We always apply two coats of paint on every project we work on. We also only use Sherwin-Williams products. There has to be a 4 hour break in between the two coats to make sure the first coat is dry. We do the second coat before the end of the first day so it can dry over night and we can clean up the next day.

Click here for help choosing colors!

Interior Products we use:

Below we are going to share the different Sherwin-Williams products that we use on all of our projects. 

“Interior” can mean many things, it can be the trim such as window trim, door trim, baseboards or doors. It can also be ceilings, walls, and in some cases, furniture. 

When it comes to buying paint for trim or doors, we use the same paint line we use for cabinets. You can read more about it in the cabinet section below!

If the walls have never been painted before they will need to be primed. If they have been painted before they will just need to be wiped down before painting. If you are painting a “more dirty” area, such as a kitchen or bathroom, the walls will need to be cleaned with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). 

Click here to see if you should replace or repaint your exterior siding! 

Cashmere:

Product information:

  • Rigorous testing proves that Cashmere performs as an effective paint and primer in one, providing an additional value-added benefit
  • Looks, feels and applies smooth and buttery.
  • Silky, low-stipple appearance that looks good from all angles.
  • Outstanding coverage and hide.
  • Scrubbable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Meets the most stringent VOC regulations.
  • Available in flat enamel, low lustre, medium lustre and now pearl finish for a unique, luxurious, pearlescent sheen that shifts based on the viewing angle.

Cashmere can be painted anywhere in the home. It is a great quality paint!

Duration

 

Duration Home paint and primer in one features exclusive cross linking technology that actually repels stains. It also has advanced stain blocking technology to seal in stains already on your walls. Duration Home goes on smoothly and quickly and offers excellent hide. It is ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways and most stains wipe clean with water.

Click here for help choosing colors & finishes for your upcoming project!

Harmony:

Product Information:

  • This zero-VOC paint helps improve indoor air quality with Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* and has the power to reduce common indoor odors with Odor Eliminating Technology*
  • Features breakthrough innovations that help promote better indoor air quality and reduce common indoor odors.
  • Contains Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* helps reduce the levels of certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from potential sources such as insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.
  • Offers Odor Eliminating Technology* helps reduce common indoor odors, such as those from cooking, smoke and pets. Rooms stay fresher longer.
  • Features anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.
  • Zero VOC formula and meets the most stringent VOC regulations, all while providing great hide and a durable finish.
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and sheens, including; flat, eg-shel and semi-gloss. *The length of time Harmony actively reduces odors and formaldehyde depends on the concentration, the frequency of exposure and the amount of painted surface area.

Harmony is a fantastic paint line! It is especially useful for rooms with moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, laundry rooms and basements. If you live in a humid area or some where where it rains a lot, you may want to use this all through out your home. As listed above in the product details, it features an anti-microbial agent that fights off mold and mildew!

Realtor Tips:

If you are planning on selling your home in the near future, we are listing some tips from local realtors on styles that will help sell your home!

  • Carry one color through out the main areas of the home. This will help deture you from possible overloading the eyes of possible buyers with too many colors.
  • The kitchen and bathrooms should be the same color but can be different from the rest of the home. 
  • Stick with neutrals, and yes, that means grays are back in!
  • If you have dated or oak cabinets, it is best to have them painted. Realtors are finding people like gray or white cabinets, and Oak cabinets are the main type to be painted or replaced. Click here to see our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over many different tips today on how to take care of your interior projects! We offer free estimates and a five-year guarantee! Call or text our office phone to set up a free estimate! 309-349-7021

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😎Color & Product Help😎

Introduction:

Welcome to Exterior & Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to share tips from professional interior designers on picking out new colors for you home! We are also going to share the products we use here at our company! We use all Sherwin-Williams products! Check out our Facebook for new deals! Fill out a contact form below with any questions that you may have! 

Table of contents:

  • Sherwin-Williams Color Snap
  • Color Tips from Interior Designers
  • “The Eye” from Sherwin-Williams
  • Bonus Tip
  • What products we use
  • Conclusion

Sherwin-Williams has an app that you can download!

Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surrounding and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo.  Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

The app allows you to browse their color selection and save your favorites! To make it even better, you can take a picture of whatever you’re painting (Cabinets, Walls, Furniture, etc.) and drag the color you want to see up there to picture it before actually dedicating to the color!

Keep this app in mind as you read through our helpful tips!

Ways to choose colors:

1) Choose a Color Scheme From the Largest Pattern in the Space:

Look around the room you are painting- if there are any large patterns, colorful rugs or large pieces of art; choose the color that stands out the most that you like.
For a neutral wall paint color, look to the pattern’s whites and beiges. You can choose any color you like out of this. Of course if you are starting fresh you can choose whatever color and then buy your furniture to match the color you chose.

2) Start With the Formal Areas of the House:

Specifically, the living room, dining room, and entryway.
Choose a color scheme for those areas first, then pull one color from the scheme for the kitchen.
For example, take the red sofa and tone it down (say, to burgundy) for an accent in more private spaces such as the den, office or bedroom.

3) Use the Color Wheel:

In general colors next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and green — are more casual and relaxing, and work best in informal or private spaces. This is a good strategy for a bedroom, where you want to rest and recover.

4) Back to Black:

For a small pop, try a black lampshade or a black vase; for bigger impact, paint your kitchen’s base cabinets in the high-drama hue. This will stand out from everything else, but in a classic way.

5) Go With Grays:

Put today’s trendiest and neutral gray to work in any style interior. Gray’s chameleon-like quality allows the color to appear there truest. Grey is extremely popular right now! Any and all shades you can think of!

6) Use the Rule of 60-30-10:

“When decorating a space, divide the colors into components of 60 percent of a dominant color (walls), 30 percent of a secondary color (upholstery) and 10 percent of an accent color (accessories)

7) Make Small Spaces Pop:

If you have a small room in your house, don’t paint it white to make it seem bigger. Instead, give it more oomph with a look-at-me color choice. Let your big rooms expand with light, and your small rooms envelop you.

8) Contrast Warm and Cool:

With a healthy balance of 80-20% you can accent a room giving it life without over stimulating. Now this isn’t necessarily 80 % warm and 20 % cool or vise versa, however, it is either or. Make sure to not have too much of both, it will make the room over whelming and feel crowded. 
 

9) Rock a Monochromatic Look

Shine the spotlight on your favorite color by filling a small space, like a bathroom, with just that hue.

10) Follow the Rule of Three:

Limiting your palette to just three colors is a can’t-miss strategy in any space. Following this rule will ensure you don’t have too much going on in one room.
 

11) Elegant look:

Neutral colors offer elegance and flexibility within a room. Neutral colors are no longer simply white or beige. You can turn a simple living room into one of elegance by selecting varying shades of neutral colors such as almond walls with red toned browns on the trim. You can also add splashes of color throughout the room with a color throw, pillow or vase carefully placed to offset the subtle neutral tones in the room.

12)  Vibrant look:

If you want a room with pizzazz, choose vibrant colors and their respective shades such as oranges and gold, reds and dark purples. You can complement these colors by selecting a two next to each other such as gold and orange and one from the opposite side of the color wheel such as purple. You can also select black and red for a real stand out contrast and look that is reminiscent of an Oriental look. Choose two colors next to each other on the color wheel for a visual contrast as one will stand out from the other.
You can lower a high ceiling visually by painting it a darker shade than the walls. By the same token, you can expand a room by selecting a lighter color for your ceiling than the walls. Don’t be afraid to add a tint of color to your ceiling paint for a tied in and subtle look. One way to go if you are afraid of too much color in your ceiling is to paint the ceiling, door trim and floor moldings the same shade such as a creamy ivory. This will add a touch of elegance and a nice transition throughout your room.

Bonus Tips:

If you go somewhere and like a color you see, or you like a color already in your home, they make a tool that can scan the wall and pop up different options! This is called “The Eye” and you can purchase it at your local Sherwin-Williams! You download an app on your phone called “Muse” it will save your previous scans and shows you the closest color from any maker.

Different finishes(Sheen): 

  • High Gloss: Most durable and reflects the most light. Will show any/all imperfections.
  • Semi-Gloss: Easy to wipe off and clean. Shiny but not as shiny as high-gloss. Will show major imperfections but not all.
  • Satin: Easy to clean doesn’t reflect a lot of light but doesn’t absorb the light.
  • Eggshell: Soft, velvety look. Resists stains but you may need to scrub a little. There is no shine to this finish.
  • Flat/Matte: There is no shine to this finish and it absorbs the light. Best for hiding imperfections in walls but is hard to clean, it may need painted over if it gets dirty enough.

What finish is best for where:

  • High Gloss: Best for high traffic areas (Cabinets, Trim, Doors) Not good for most walls.
  • Semi-gloss: Good for wet rooms (Kitchen, bathroom)
  • Satin: Good for family rooms, foyers, halls and children’s rooms.
  • Eggshell: Great for the dining room and living room.
  • Flat/Matte: Good for adults rooms and ceilings. Not recommended for children’s rooms or high traffic areas.

Bonus Tips:

  • Grays are IN! 
  • Realtor’s say if you plan on selling your home, it is best to go with calm, neutral tones.
  • It is also best to carry the same color all through your home. If you want an accent wall, go for one that can be seen through-out the house.
  • The kitchen and bathroom can be different colors from the rest of the home but it is best to keep these rooms the same color.  

Products we use:

Interior:

“Interior” can mean many things, it can be the trim such as window trim, door trim, baseboards or doors. It can also be ceilings, walls, and in some cases, furniture. 

When it comes to buying paint for trim or doors, we use the same paint line we use for cabinets. You can read more about it in the cabinet section below!

If the walls have never been painted before they will need to be primed. If they have been painted before they will just need to be wiped down before painting. If you are painting a “more dirty” area, such as a kitchen or bathroom, the walls will need to be cleaned with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). 

Cashmere:

Product information:

  • Rigorous testing proves that Cashmere performs as an effective paint and primer in one, providing an additional value-added benefit
  • Looks, feels and applies smooth and buttery.
  • Silky, low-stipple appearance that looks good from all angles.
  • Outstanding coverage and hide.
  • Scrubbable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Meets the most stringent VOC regulations.
  • Available in flat enamel, low lustre, medium lustre and now pearl finish for a unique, luxurious, pearlescent sheen that shifts based on the viewing angle.

Cashmere can be painted anywhere in the home. It is a great quality paint!

Duration

 

Duration Home paint and primer in one features exclusive cross linking technology that actually repels stains. It also has advanced stain blocking technology to seal in stains already on your walls. Duration Home goes on smoothly and quickly and offers excellent hide. It is ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways and most stains wipe clean with water.

Click here for help choosing colors & finishes for your upcoming project!

Harmony:

Product Information:

  • This zero-VOC paint helps improve indoor air quality with Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* and has the power to reduce common indoor odors with Odor Eliminating Technology*
  • Features breakthrough innovations that help promote better indoor air quality and reduce common indoor odors.
  • Contains Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* helps reduce the levels of certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from potential sources such as insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.
  • Offers Odor Eliminating Technology* helps reduce common indoor odors, such as those from cooking, smoke and pets. Rooms stay fresher longer.
  • Features anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.
  • Zero VOC formula and meets the most stringent VOC regulations, all while providing great hide and a durable finish.
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and sheens, including; flat, eg-shel and semi-gloss. *The length of time Harmony actively reduces odors and formaldehyde depends on the concentration, the frequency of exposure and the amount of painted surface area.

Harmony is a fantastic paint line! It is especially useful for rooms with moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, laundry rooms and basements. If you live in a humid area or some where where it rains a lot, you may want to use this all through out your home. As listed above in the product details, it features an anti-microbial agent that fights off mold and mildew!

Cabinets:

Our cabinet painting process used to take us six days to complete one project, but after practicing over the last four years and working with Sherwin-Williams representatives, we were able to cut that time in half per project. You can click here to read all about our cabinet painting process here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. The process is the same for all cabinets, whether they are in a garage, bathroom, kitchen or even laundry room. We use the same product on all cabinets, trim & doors. 

Emerald Urethane Enamel:

Product Information: 

  • A smooth and luxurious finish for doors and trim. Delivers a finish that withstands wear and tear and goes on in fewer coats.
  • Durable finish is great for windows, doors and trim.
  • Perfect for areas that are cleaned frequently.
  • Interior/exterior waterbased urethane modified alkyd with the look and feel of an alkyd/oil finish.
  • Available in a range of Sherwin-Williams colors and custom tints in satin, semi-gloss and gloss sheens. Resists yellowing compared to traditional oil based paints and has excellent blocking resistance, allowing surfaces to maintain a tough, durable finish.

We use Emerald Urethane Enamel for many projects, as mentioned above. We use it for these things because it is so durable and lasts a long time. It’s great for high traffic areas that are touched a lot, like cabinets, trim, or doors! 

Pro-Classic:

Achieve a smooth and luxurious finish on interior doors and trim with ProClassic® Alkyd Interior. It delivers a high-performing finish that withstands even the toughest wear and tear. This formula goes on smooth without brush or roller marks

This paint was the Emerald Urethane Enamel before Sherwin-Williams created it.

Exterior:

For exterior there are a lot of different surfaces that you may encounter. Luckily, Sherwin-Williams paint lines are advanced enough that each product can be used on multiple surfaces! 

Super Paint:

Product Information:

  • Formulated with Advanced Resin Technology for outstanding adhesion, hide and color retention.
  • Outstanding coverage and durability. Provides a dirt-resistant and mildew-resistant coating.
  • Withstands the elements and resists frost, peeling, blistering, fading and cracking.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® paint colors allow you the freedom to choose from 100 color options, including a limited selection of darker colors formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding.
  • Available in flat, satin, gloss and high-gloss sheens.
  • High-gloss is ideal for reducing sticking on doors, windows and trim.

As it says above, this paint is safe to paint on vinyl. It can also be used on all other materials, some of course may need to be primed first! It can withstand cold temperatures as well!

Resilience:

Product Information: 

  • Formulated with exclusive MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent moisture resistance in half the time of traditional latex paints — paint later in the day with confidence and less concern about dew or impending rain.
  • A mildew resistant coating.
  • Outstanding hide, coverage, durability and dirt resistance.
  • Flows and levels for a smooth, uniform finish.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Can be tinted in VinylSafe® Paint Colors

This paint is critical to our exterior division here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. This paint dries in half of the time, we use it at the beginning and end of our exterior session, just because the temperature and weather isn’t very stable here in central Illinois. Just like the super paint

Super Deck:

Product Information:

  • Protects the integrity of your wood deck for 3 years with fast, easy application.
  • Penetrates bare wood, giving properly prepared decks excellent protection from sun and premature weathering.
  • Contains agents which inhibit the growth of mildew on the surface of this paint film.
  • Technologically advanced formula weathers similarly to oil-based stains. It wears away gradually rather than peeling and blistering at the end of its lifecycle.
  • Can be applied on damp wood, so most jobs can be finished in a single day.

Super deck, as I’m sure you have guessed by the name is for wood decks.

Woodscapes:

Product Information:

  • Enhances appearance and texture for great curb appeal.
  • Penetrates for exceptional protection and resistance to peeling.
  • Thick formula for uniform finish with great coverage.
  • Excellent color retention provides a mildew resistance coating.
  • Low temperature application to 35° F

Woodscapes is great for staining wood on your home. Stains can come in a solid, semi-solid or translucent. You of course can use paint on your wood as well. 

A100:

For trusted performance at a great value, A-100® is an A-1 choice. With a 100% acrylic formula that covers well and lasts, A-100 Exterior Latex Paint is a proven performer that meets your expectations and your need to keep an eye on the bottom line.

A100 is a great paint for the exterior of your home!

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over some designing and color tips as well as the products we use! If you’re doing an at home project or don’t live in our area, you can click on the paint line name and it will take you to Sherwin-Williams website and the data sheet! You can see more information and the price!

For a estimate, please fill out the form below

Skylar at 309-349-7021

🍁Ultimate Fall Guide🍁

Introduction:

Welcome to Exterior & Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to help you fall into the incoming season, Fall! We are going to share some tips that will help you protect your home and keep it stylish! Even though we have a few weeks before Fall is really here, it’s better to be prepared before it starts! You can fill out the form at the end of this blog or call our office today with any questions or for a free estimate! You can call or text our office phone, 309-349-7021! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we cover! 

There are three main categories, the exterior, interior, and garage/shed/storing.

Table of contents:

  • Exterior Maintenance
  • Why it’s important to protect your exterior
  • Our Exterior Process
  • Interior Maintenance
  • Garage Maintenance
  • Getting prepared for the winter
  • Fall decorations
  • Conclusion

Exterior Maintenance:

Do a roof check: You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.

Check the chimney and fireplace: If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.

Inspect siding:  Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional. If your siding is broken or exposed it will raise your electricity bill and open the window for insects and rodents to affect your home. Painting your home also adds and extra layer of protecting all around your home from the weather, sun, and insects.

Check water drainage: Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.

Reinforce windows and doors: Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.

Turn off faucets and store hoses: Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.

Service sprinklers and irrigation system: Depending on your climate, your irrigation system may need to be drained and checked. Have a professional perform any necessary repairs and mark sprinkler heads near snow removal areas.

Inspect trees: Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof.

Trim landscaping: Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate zone.

Bring in flowerpots: If you keep plants or flower in pots year-round, bring them inside. If you replace plants every year, empty, clean, dry pots and put away for next spring.

Leaf removal: Rake and remove leaves from the yard. Put into a compost pile if you have one. Alternatively, put into yard garbage bags and leave at the curb for community pick up. Check with your local city or town for requirements and pick up schedules.

Fertilize lawn: Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it. If you have a lawn service, they should do this for you.

Put away seasonal furniture: Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.

Close the pool: If you have a pool and live in an area where temperatures dip, schedule a service to come and close it for the season or if you know how, buy the supplies and do it yourself.

Organize the shed: As your shed is filling up with summer items in storage it’s a good time to organize and clean out the shed. Move summer items to the back and winter stuff up front for better access. Also, remove any liquids that will freeze.

Clean the gutters: Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks. This is one of the most important things to make sure you do! If you don’t make sure your gutters are cleared and working properly without leaks. If it isn’t in the proper condition, then it can cause damage to your foundation and the ground around your home from the water just free falling.  

Why it’s important to protect the exterior:

After making sure the exterior of your home doesn’t have any physical issues wrong with it, painting or staining is the next best step. This will add an extra layer of protection between the house and the outdoors. It also gives you the opportunity to spruce up the outside of your home and give it your own personal look! Your home also tends to fade over time so this gives it a nice refreshing.

Pressure Washing:

The first step is going out to the home at least a  week before you begin painting to examine and pressure wash. Doing this takes off any build up that may be on your home, as well as chipping off any loose paint or any chalking that has happened over the years. Pressure washing helps ensure the surface is clean and the new paint will adhere.

**Make sure to take around all doors and windows** 

  • While pressure washing and again before you begin priming, scrape, any and all loose or chipping paint, sand and prime wood where necessary. 
  • Also look for any loose window putty before pressure washing and replace as necessary. 
  • Caulk windows and doors. A small, tedious task, however infinitely important when it comes to quality and lasting paint job. This prevents moisture from seeping behind the newly applied paint, additional protection. We do it right.
  • Loose trim will need to be re-nailed. While we are up there working on eaves and fascia we will re-nail any loose trim.
  • Rusted metal will need to be sanded and primed. Not only wire brushed but sanded too. You must remove all areas of rust to prevent it from reoccurring.
  • We also carefully cover all plants, bushes, concrete and asphalt surfaces. This again is just courteous and clean. We will leave your property as we found it.
  • Clean up at the end of each workday. We respect your Residents, Business or job site. We treat it as our own.

Preparation:

Next, we protect everything around the house.

We first lay drops clothes along the ground where the painting will be completed. We do this to make sure any paint doesn’t spill or stain anything.

We also lay drop clothes over any plants to protect them from any  over spray.

Next, we tape plastic over all the windows and lights. We do this so any over spray doesn’t go on the windows or lights.

Finally, we take off all the shutters and set them to the side. The shutters will be painted separately. We take them down so the whole body of the house is painted. If the shutters are being painted it is easier for them to be painted unattached. They can go on a stand and be sprayed with the airless sprayer.

Click here to read about painting and decorating your kitchen 

Priming:

Now we begin the first coat, Primer. We use an airless sprayer that goes up to 3,000 psi. ALWAYS keep clean tips in an airless sprayer; this will help prevent any over over-spray and keep a constant amount of paint flowing out. If you do not change the tips often, old paint will get mixed in with the new paint and there will be issues with running. There could also be globs of old paint stuck in the sprayer and come out and ruin your project.

The primer takes at least 4 hours to dry before you can apply the first coat of paint. 

When using and airless sprayer there are multiple different steps to set it up, sanitizing the lines between products/colors, and shutting it down for the day. 

While the first coat dries, you can paint the shutters and anything else that is being painted (Ex: Any doors, metal awnings, or patio furniture)

Click here for help choosing colors

First Coat of paint:

After the primer is dry and four hours have passed we can paint the first coat. 

We always paint two coats on every project.

We have to wait at least 8 hours before we can apply the second coat so we will leave the first coat to dry over night.

Exterior Prepping
Exterior Prepping

Second Coat:

The second coat can be painted after 8 hours of dry time.

Detail Painting:

Most of the small detailed painting can’t be painted with the airless sprayer, so it will take some extra time and a brush or a roller.

Click here to read about getting your homes exterior ready for spring!

Clean Up:

Finally, after everything is painted and dried, we can clean things up!

*Remember, the cure time for most paint products are at least 30 days. Try not to attach or apply hard pressure on anything that has been painted within the last 30 days.*

We pick up the drop cloths and tools we used. We can take all of the blue tape and plastic off the windows and lights.

After we have picked everything up, removed the plastic and tape, and returned everything to its correct spot, we walk around the job site with the owner.

 

Click here to read our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Exterior Products:

For exterior there are a lot of different surfaces that you may encounter. Luckily, Sherwin-Williams paint lines are advanced enough that each product can be used on multiple products. Below show the different products that we use through our exterior process.

Super Paint:

Product Information:

  • Formulated with Advanced Resin Technology for outstanding adhesion, hide and color retention.
  • Outstanding coverage and durability. Provides a dirt-resistant and mildew-resistant coating.
  • Withstands the elements and resists frost, peeling, blistering, fading and cracking.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® paint colors allow you the freedom to choose from 100 color options, including a limited selection of darker colors formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding.
  • Available in flat, satin, gloss and high-gloss sheens.
  • High-gloss is ideal for reducing sticking on doors, windows and trim.

As it says above, this paint is safe to paint on vinyl. It can also be used on all other materials, some of course may need to be primed first! It can withstand cold temperatures as well!

Resilience:

Product Information: 

  • Formulated with exclusive MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent moisture resistance in half the time of traditional latex paints — paint later in the day with confidence and less concern about dew or impending rain.
  • A mildew resistant coating.
  • Outstanding hide, coverage, durability and dirt resistance.
  • Flows and levels for a smooth, uniform finish.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Can be tinted in VinylSafe® Paint Colors

This paint is critical to our exterior division here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. This paint dries in half of the time, we use it at the beginning and end of our exterior session, just because the temperature and weather isn’t very stable here in central Illinois. Just like the super paint

Super Deck:

Product Information:

  • Protects the integrity of your wood deck for 3 years with fast, easy application.
  • Penetrates bare wood, giving properly prepared decks excellent protection from sun and premature weathering.
  • Contains agents which inhibit the growth of mildew on the surface of this paint film.
  • Technologically advanced formula weathers similarly to oil-based stains. It wears away gradually rather than peeling and blistering at the end of its lifecycle.
  • Can be applied on damp wood, so most jobs can be finished in a single day.

Super deck, as I’m sure you have guessed by the name is for wood decks.

Woodscapes:

Product Information:

  • Enhances appearance and texture for great curb appeal.
  • Penetrates for exceptional protection and resistance to peeling.
  • Thick formula for uniform finish with great coverage.
  • Excellent color retention provides a mildew resistance coating.
  • Low temperature application to 35° F

Woodscapes is great for staining wood on your home. Stains can come in a solid, semi-solid or translucent. You of course can use paint on your wood as well. 

Now, we are going to share some things to check on the inside of your home before Fall is in full swing!

Interior Maintenance:

Check for drafts: Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lit candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows.

Have your furnace inspected: Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.

Winterize air conditioning: If your home has central air conditioning, (and you live in a climate where you won’t need it any longer,) it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks.

Programmable thermostat: Buy a programmable thermostat, if you don’t have one. If you already have one, check the temperature settings. Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you’re not home, can result in substantial cost savings.

Test home safety devices: Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.

Clean humidifiers: Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well.

Click here to see what products we use all through-out your home when we paint!

Now, we are going to go over what to check on the inside of the garage.

In the Garage:

  1. Service summer power equipment: Empty fuel and clean lawnmower and trimmer. Have lawnmower blades sharpened and oil changed. Have any necessary repairs done now, so that you’re ready come spring. You will want to do this will all electric tools you have.
  2. Store summer vehicles: If you have a motorcycle, summer car, ATV or other type of seasonal vehicle, now’s a good time to have that serviced as well so you don’t have to worry about come Spring time.
  3. Get winter equipment ready: Service snow blower and make sure it is ready to go, especially if you live in an unpredictable climate. You won’t be mad once snow comes if it’s all ready, but you will be if it’s not!
  4. Test the generator: If you have an emergency generator for power outages, give it a test, and make sure it’s in good working order. Make sure everything is as it should be and have extra fuel on hand.
  5. Buy extra gasoline: Purchase extra gas to have on hand for use in your snow blower or generator, so you’re prepared for emergencies. Make sure you store gasoline in tanks away from fire sources and out of children’s/animals reaches.
  6. Clean the garage: Since you’re in the garage prepping for fall, you might as well purge, organize and clean it while you’re there! Let’s face it, when it’s 10 degree’s outside and you’re looking for something or didn’t clean the garage before winter, you won’t want to clean it in that weather condition.

Being prepared for the winter:

  1. Stock up on firewood and starter logs. Its best to accomplish this now before the cold weather really hits and you find yourself scrambling to stock up. You can gather your own and store it in a dry area away from the house – or call a local service to have it delivered.
  2. Check for critters. When performing the various maintenance tasks above you will have the opportunity to explore areas of your home – both inside and out – that are not often explored. Take this chance to look for signs of life from rodents and any other critter that could be coming in from the outside. Look for any broken windows or any other signs of animal activity.
  3. Communicate with your neighbors. Besides your homes own care and upkeep, you should pay attention to your neighbors yard and observe anything like overhanging trees or weeds that might fall and break off into your yard.

     4. Freeze proof  outdoor faucets yourself. When checking outdoor faucets, hoses, and irrigation systems you may need to reinforce them so they withstand the winter weather – especially if it is a faucet that is connected directly to the exterior of your home. They can easily be bought and replaced yourself in a matter of hours.

Fall decor:

Use Natural Foliage

You might not realize it but the leaves that collect in the yard provide endless opportunities for do-it-yourself projects as well as simple craft projects for anyone in the family. Not only do they make our surroundings feel cozier but they provide an infinite resource for decorating the front of the home. From garlands to wreaths, these natural autumn decorations give the perfect touch and ambiance of the season to the front of the home.

Decorate With Pillows and Rugs

You would be surprised how a few deliberately chosen accessories can give a unique look to the front of your home. Get inspired by the fall season and add a few comfortable pillows and an outdoor rug or two for a variety of fall colors. Outdoor pillows can be found fairly cheap and provide the perfect pop of oranges, deep reds, dark blues and black that will look perfect on your porch. And think about using an old rug from the basement or your garage to place on your porch as a fall decoration that will provide even more fall color to the front of the home.

Add A Scarecrow!

It might seem an obvious decoration for the fall but it is a cheap option and can also be done yourself with leaves found in the front yard. But a scarecrow creates a whimsical (or scary!) mood to any front porch display. You can build a traditional scarecrow by stuffing old clothing with straw and leaves or you can purchase a ready-to-display scarecrow in stores or online. Just a reminder: make sure your display won’t frighten younger children before investing any time or money in creating a more elaborate display. 

Take Advantage of Antiques

Not only do antiques look lovely but they can connect us to a forgotten piece of history, a lost loved one, or simply just remind us that its fall. Rummage through your garage and basement as antiques can provide a great personal touch to the front porch of a home. Make sure it is nothing valuable – anything you place out front will be exposed to the elements, etc. – but you can usually find plenty of old trinkets just looking through your house. But if you don’t have any tools getting rusty in the back of your garage or an old metal wreath in your basement then you can buy antiques rather inexpensively at a thrift store or at a swap meet in your area.

Now when decorating with natural foliage from your yard you should always be aware of possible dirt and critters that could be found in the leaves. Always check the leaves you choose to use and never bring any of the decorations inside to avoid any dirt or bugs. As always thank you for reading these decorating tips! Be sure to come back and visit the blog at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists for more fall tips and tricks, painting ideas, cabinet design, and more!

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Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over some basic steps and tips to help you get ready for this Fall! We also shared our entire exterior painting process here at Exterior & Interior Painting Specialists! Hopefully, we were able to solve all of your needs this coming season, for any questions please call at 309-349-7021!

For a estimate, please fill out the form below

Skylar at 309-349-7021

👩‍🎨Our entire exterior process👩‍🎨

Intro:

Welcome to Exterior & Interior Painting Specialists bog! Today we are sharing our entire Exterior Prepping Process! Last week we shared the first half, today we are going to share all of it! We are local painting contractors in the Central Illinois Area. Today we are going to go over the different steps we take when we are repainting the exterior of your home! There will be pictures and videos through out the blog! We are also showing all of the Sherwin-Williams products we use!  The table of contents is located below so you know exactly what we will be doing!

Table of contents:

  1. Pressure Wash
  2. Preparation
  3. Primer
  4. First Coat
  5. Second Coat
  6. Detail Painting
  7. Clean Up
  8. What products we use
  9. Conclusion

Pressure Washing:

The first step is going out to the home at least a  week before you begin painting to examine and pressure wash. Doing this takes off any build up that may be on your home, as well as chipping off any loose paint or any chalking that has happened over the years. Pressure washing helps ensure the surface is clean and the new paint will adhere. This is also the time to make sure the siding is in good condition and doesn’t have any holes or cracks that need filled, and nothing is rotted or ruined in any way. Check all of the window puddy and all of the caulk.

**Make sure to take around all doors and windows** 

Other things to watch for:

  • Caulk windows and doors. A small, tedious task, however infinitely important when it comes to quality and lasting paint job. This prevents moisture from seeping behind the newly applied paint, additional protection. We do it right.
  • Loose trim will need to be re-nailed. While we are up there working on eaves and fascia we will re-nail any loose trim.
  • Rusted metal will need to be sanded and primed. Not only wire brushed but sanded too. You must remove all areas of rust to prevent it from reoccurring.
  • We also carefully cover all plants, bushes, concrete and asphalt surfaces. This again is just courteous and clean. We will leave your property as we found it.
  • Clean up at the end of each workday. We respect your Residents, Business or job site. We treat it as our own.

Preparation:

Next, we protect everything around the house.

We first we are going to lay drops clothes along the ground where the painting will be completed. We do this to make sure any paint doesn’t spill or stain anything it’s not supposed to.

We also lay drop clothes over any plants to protect them from any  over spray.

Now, we tape plastic over all the windows and lights. We do this so any over spray doesn’t go on the windows or lights. We also put it over any doors that aren’t being painted.

Finally, we take off all the shutters and set them to the side. The shutters will be painted separately. We take them down so the whole body of the house is painted. If the shutters are being painted it is easier for them to be painted unattached. They can go on a stand and be sprayed with the airless sprayer!

Click here to read about painting and decorating your kitchen 

Above is a picture of 6 windows taped up

Priming:

Now we begin the first coat, Primer. We use an airless sprayer that goes up to 3,000 psi. ALWAYS keep clean tips in an airless sprayer; this will help prevent any over-spray and keep a constant amount of paint flowing out. If you do not change the tips often, old paint will get mixed in with the new paint and there will be issues with running. There could also be globs of old paint stuck in the sprayer and come out and ruin your project.

The primer takes at least 4 hours to dry before you can apply the first coat of paint. 

When using and airless sprayer there are multiple different steps to set it up, sanitizing the lines between products/colors, and shutting it down for the day. 

Make sure to put a thin, even amount of primer so it doesn’t make the paint sag and to also ensure it actually adheres. 

Any surface that is bare will need to be primed. If you are staining the wood you do not want to prime it! 

Come back next week to get the rest of the details when painting! We will help you with the best tips! 

First Coat of paint:

After the primer is dry and at least four hours have passed we can paint the first coat. 

We always paint two coats on every project that we do, this ensures an equal amount is put everywhere on the home and it has a nice look at the end.

We have to wait at least 8 hours before we can apply the second coat so we will leave the first coat to dry over night.

While the first coat dries, you can paint the shutters and anything else that is being painted (Ex: Any doors, metal awnings, or patio furniture)

Click here for help choosing colors

Exterior Prepping
Exterior Prepping

Second Coat:

The second coat can be painted after 8 hours of dry time. It’s best to cut in the edges first then do the main spraying or rolling on the second coat. If you cut in last the lines may show through once it is all dry.

Click here to read about our kitchen process  

Detail Painting:

Most of the small detailed painting can’t be painted with the airless sprayer, so it will take some extra time and a brush or a roller. Be careful in small areas with a brush not to get it on anything else! 

Click here to read about getting your homes exterior ready for spring!

Clean Up:

Finally, after everything is painted and dried, we can clean things up!

*Remember, the cure time for most paint products are at least 30 days. Try not to attach or apply hard pressure on anything that has been painted within the last 30 days.*

We pick up the drop cloths and tools we used. We can take all of the blue tape and plastic off the windows and lights. 

After we have picked everything up, removed the plastic and tape, and returned everything to its correct spot, we walk around the job site with the owner.

Click here to read our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Exterior Products That we use:

For exterior there are a lot of different surfaces that you may encounter. Luckily, Sherwin-Williams paint lines are advanced enough that each product can be used on multiple products. 

Super Paint:

Product Information:

  • Formulated with Advanced Resin Technology for outstanding adhesion, hide and color retention.
  • Outstanding coverage and durability. Provides a dirt-resistant and mildew-resistant coating.
  • Withstands the elements and resists frost, peeling, blistering, fading and cracking.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® paint colors allow you the freedom to choose from 100 color options, including a limited selection of darker colors formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding.
  • Available in flat, satin, gloss and high-gloss sheens.
  • High-gloss is ideal for reducing sticking on doors, windows and trim.

As it says above, this paint is safe to paint on vinyl. It can also be used on all other materials, some of course may need to be primed first! It can withstand cold temperatures as well!

Resilience:

Product Information: 

  • Formulated with exclusive MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent moisture resistance in half the time of traditional latex paints — paint later in the day with confidence and less concern about dew or impending rain.
  • A mildew resistant coating.
  • Outstanding hide, coverage, durability and dirt resistance.
  • Flows and levels for a smooth, uniform finish.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Can be tinted in VinylSafe® Paint Colors

This paint is critical to our exterior division here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. This paint dries in half of the time, we use it at the beginning and end of our exterior session, just because the temperature and weather isn’t very stable here in central Illinois. Just like the super paint

Super Deck:

Product Information:

  • Protects the integrity of your wood deck for 3 years with fast, easy application.
  • Penetrates bare wood, giving properly prepared decks excellent protection from sun and premature weathering.
  • Contains agents which inhibit the growth of mildew on the surface of this paint film.
  • Technologically advanced formula weathers similarly to oil-based stains. It wears away gradually rather than peeling and blistering at the end of its lifecycle.
  • Can be applied on damp wood, so most jobs can be finished in a single day.

Super deck, as I’m sure you have guessed by the name is for wood decks.

Woodscapes:

Product Information:

  • Enhances appearance and texture for great curb appeal.
  • Penetrates for exceptional protection and resistance to peeling.
  • Thick formula for uniform finish with great coverage.
  • Excellent color retention provides a mildew resistance coating.
  • Low temperature application to 35° F

Woodscapes is great for staining wood on your home. Stains can come in a solid, semi-solid or translucent. You of course can use paint on your wood as well. 

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog here at Exterior & Interior Painting Specialists! Today we went over our multi-step process when it comes to painting the exterior of your home! We also went over all of the Sherwin-Williams products we use! We hope you enjoyed the blog! If you have any questions, are curious about other processes, or would like to set up a free estimate, fill out the form below!

Click here for help choosing colors!

For a estimate, please fill out the form below

Skylar at 309-349-7021

🏚Our exterior process🏡

Intro:

This is our Exterior Prepping Process…We are local painting contractors in the Central Illinois Area. We have been a company for over 9 years! Today we are going to go over the different steps we take when we are repainting the exterior of your home! There will be pictures and videos through out the blog! The table of contents is located below so you know exactly what we will be doing! 

We have a 5-year guarantee and we use all Sherwin-Williams products! Call today for a free estimate! 309-349-7021

Table of contents:

  1. Pressure Wash
  2. Preparation
  3. Primer
  4. Conclusion
  5. Come back next week for the rest of our process!

Pressure Washing:

The first step is going out to the home at least a  week before you begin painting to examine and pressure wash. Doing this takes off any build up that may be on your home, as well as chipping off any loose paint or any chalking that has happened over the years. Pressure washing helps ensure the surface is clean and the new paint will adhere. This is also the time to make sure the siding is in good condition and doesn’t have any holes or cracks that need filled, and nothing is rotted or ruined in any way. Check all of the window puddy and all of the caulk.

**Make sure to take around all doors and windows** 

Other things to watch for:

  • Caulk windows and doors. A small, tedious task, however infinitely important when it comes to quality and lasting paint job. This prevents moisture from seeping behind the newly applied paint, additional protection. We do it right.
  • Loose trim will need to be re-nailed. While we are up there working on eaves and fascia we will re-nail any loose trim.
  • Rusted metal will need to be sanded and primed. Not only wire brushed but sanded too. You must remove all areas of rust to prevent it from reoccurring.
  • We also carefully cover all plants, bushes, concrete and asphalt surfaces. This again is just courteous and clean. We will leave your property as we found it.
  • Clean up at the end of each workday. We respect your Residents, Business or job site. We treat it as our own.

Preparation:

Next, we protect everything around the house.

We first we are going to lay drops clothes along the ground where the painting will be completed. We do this to make sure any paint doesn’t spill or stain anything it’s not supposed to.

We also lay drop clothes over any plants to protect them from any  over spray.

Now, we tape plastic over all the windows and lights. We do this so any over spray doesn’t go on the windows or lights. We also put it over any doors that aren’t being painted.

Finally, we take off all the shutters and set them to the side. The shutters will be painted separately. We take them down so the whole body of the house is painted. If the shutters are being painted it is easier for them to be painted unattached. They can go on a stand and be sprayed with the airless sprayer!

Click here to read about painting and decorating your kitchen 

Above is a picture of 6 windows taped up

Priming:

Now we begin the first coat, Primer. We use an airless sprayer that goes up to 3,000 psi. ALWAYS keep clean tips in an airless sprayer; this will help prevent any over-spray and keep a constant amount of paint flowing out. If you do not change the tips often, old paint will get mixed in with the new paint and there will be issues with running. There could also be globs of old paint stuck in the sprayer and come out and ruin your project.

The primer takes at least 4 hours to dry before you can apply the first coat of paint. 

When using and airless sprayer there are multiple different steps to set it up, sanitizing the lines between products/colors, and shutting it down for the day. 

Make sure to put a thin, even amount of primer so it doesn’t make the paint sag and to also ensure it actually adheres. 

Any surface that is bare will need to be primed. If you are staining the wood you do not want to prime it! 

Come back next week to get the rest of the details when painting! We will help you with the best tips! 

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog! Today we went over a few of our major steps that we follow here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists! These are all of the specific steps we follow here! We have spent many years perfecting our system and come up with our perfect routine! Call us today and we will set you up with a free estimate or we can answer your questions! Read our blog next week to see how we finish at projects!

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Skylar at 309-349-7021

🍂 Preparing & Decorating Your Home For The Fall🍂

Introduction:

Welcome to Exterior & Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to help you fall into the incoming season, Fall! We are going to share some tips that will help you protect your home and keep it stylish! Even though we have a few weeks before Fall is really here, it’s better to be prepared before it starts! You can fill out the form at the end of this blog or call our office today with any questions or for a free estimate! You can call or text our office phone, 309-349-7021! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we cover! 

There are three main categories, the exterior, interior, and garage/shed/storing.

Table of contents:

  • Exterior Maintenance
  • Interior Maintenance
  • In the garage
  • Being prepared
  • Fall decorations

Exterior Maintenance:

Do a roof check: You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.

Check the chimney and fireplace: If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.

Inspect siding:  Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional. If your siding is broken or exposed it will raise your electricity bill and open the window for insects and rodents to affect your home. Painting your home also adds and extra layer of protecting all around your home from the weather, sun, and insects.

Check water drainage: Rainwater downspouts need to be clear of obstructions and direct water away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.

Reinforce windows and doors: Remove screens and install storm windows and doors if you use them. Check caulk and seals around all doors and windows.

Turn off faucets and store hoses: Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.

Service sprinklers and irrigation system: Depending on your climate, your irrigation system may need to be drained and checked. Have a professional perform any necessary repairs and mark sprinkler heads near snow removal areas.

Inspect trees: Check for damaged limbs that may break or that are too close to power lines or the roof.

Trim landscaping: Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate zone.

Bring in flowerpots: If you keep plants or flower in pots year-round, bring them inside. If you replace plants every year, empty, clean, dry pots and put away for next spring.

Leaf removal: Rake and remove leaves from the yard. Put into a compost pile if you have one. Alternatively, put into yard garbage bags and leave at the curb for community pick up. Check with your local city or town for requirements and pick up schedules.

Fertilize lawn: Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it. If you have a lawn service, they should do this for you.

Put away seasonal furniture: Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.

Close the pool: If you have a pool and live in an area where temperatures dip, schedule a service to come and close it for the season or if you know how, buy the supplies and do it yourself.

Organize the shed: As your shed is filling up with summer items in storage it’s a good time to organize and clean out the shed. Move summer items to the back and winter stuff up front for better access. Also, remove any liquids that will freeze.

Clean the gutters: Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.

After making sure the exterior of your home doesn’t have any physical issues wrong with it, painting or staining is the next best step. This will add an extra layer of protection between the house and the outdoors. It also gives you the opportunity to spruce up the outside of your home and give it your own personal look! Your home also tends to fade over time so this gives it a nice refreshing.

Pressure Washing:

The first step is going out to the home at least a  week before you begin painting to examine and pressure wash. Doing this takes off any build up that may be on your home, as well as chipping off any loose paint or any chalking that has happened over the years. Pressure washing helps ensure the surface is clean and the new paint will adhere.

**Make sure to take around all doors and windows** 

  • While pressure washing and again before you begin priming, scrape, any and all loose or chipping paint, sand and prime wood where necessary. 
  • Also look for any loose window putty before pressure washing and replace as necessary. 
  • Caulk windows and doors. A small, tedious task, however infinitely important when it comes to quality and lasting paint job. This prevents moisture from seeping behind the newly applied paint, additional protection. We do it right.
  • Loose trim will need to be re-nailed. While we are up there working on eaves and fascia we will re-nail any loose trim.
  • Rusted metal will need to be sanded and primed. Not only wire brushed but sanded too. You must remove all areas of rust to prevent it from reoccurring.
  • We also carefully cover all plants, bushes, concrete and asphalt surfaces. This again is just courteous and clean. We will leave your property as we found it.
  • Clean up at the end of each workday. We respect your Residents, Business or job site. We treat it as our own.

Preparation:

Next, we protect everything around the house.

We first lay drops clothes along the ground where the painting will be completed. We do this to make sure any paint doesn’t spill or stain anything.

We also lay drop clothes over any plants to protect them from any  over spray.

Next, we tape plastic over all the windows and lights. We do this so any over spray doesn’t go on the windows or lights.

Finally, we take off all the shutters and set them to the side. The shutters will be painted separately. We take them down so the whole body of the house is painted. If the shutters are being painted it is easier for them to be painted unattached. They can go on a stand and be sprayed with the airless sprayer.

Click here to read about painting and decorating your kitchen 

Priming:

Now we begin the first coat, Primer. We use an airless sprayer that goes up to 3,000 psi. ALWAYS keep clean tips in an airless sprayer; this will help prevent any over over-spray and keep a constant amount of paint flowing out. If you do not change the tips often, old paint will get mixed in with the new paint and there will be issues with running. There could also be globs of old paint stuck in the sprayer and come out and ruin your project.

The primer takes at least 4 hours to dry before you can apply the first coat of paint. 

When using and airless sprayer there are multiple different steps to set it up, sanitizing the lines between products/colors, and shutting it down for the day. 

While the first coat dries, you can paint the shutters and anything else that is being painted (Ex: Any doors, metal awnings, or patio furniture)

Click here for help choosing colors

First Coat of paint:

After the primer is dry and four hours have passed we can paint the first coat. 

We always paint two coats on every project.

We have to wait at least 8 hours before we can apply the second coat so we will leave the first coat to dry over night.

Exterior Prepping
Exterior Prepping

Second Coat:

The second coat can be painted after 8 hours of dry time.

Detail Painting:

Most of the small detailed painting can’t be painted with the airless sprayer, so it will take some extra time and a brush or a roller.

Click here to read about getting your homes exterior ready for spring!

Clean Up:

Finally, after everything is painted and dried, we can clean things up!

*Remember, the cure time for most paint products are at least 30 days. Try not to attach or apply hard pressure on anything that has been painted within the last 30 days.*

We pick up the drop cloths and tools we used. We can take all of the blue tape and plastic off the windows and lights.

After we have picked everything up, removed the plastic and tape, and returned everything to its correct spot, we walk around the job site with the owner.

 

Click here to read our 3 day cabinet painting process!

Exterior Products:

For exterior there are a lot of different surfaces that you may encounter. Luckily, Sherwin-Williams paint lines are advanced enough that each product can be used on multiple products. 

Super Paint:

Product Information:

  • Formulated with Advanced Resin Technology for outstanding adhesion, hide and color retention.
  • Outstanding coverage and durability. Provides a dirt-resistant and mildew-resistant coating.
  • Withstands the elements and resists frost, peeling, blistering, fading and cracking.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® paint colors allow you the freedom to choose from 100 color options, including a limited selection of darker colors formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding.
  • Available in flat, satin, gloss and high-gloss sheens.
  • High-gloss is ideal for reducing sticking on doors, windows and trim.

As it says above, this paint is safe to paint on vinyl. It can also be used on all other materials, some of course may need to be primed first! It can withstand cold temperatures as well!

Resilience:

Product Information: 

  • Formulated with exclusive MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent moisture resistance in half the time of traditional latex paints — paint later in the day with confidence and less concern about dew or impending rain.
  • A mildew resistant coating.
  • Outstanding hide, coverage, durability and dirt resistance.
  • Flows and levels for a smooth, uniform finish.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Can be tinted in VinylSafe® Paint Colors

This paint is critical to our exterior division here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. This paint dries in half of the time, we use it at the beginning and end of our exterior session, just because the temperature and weather isn’t very stable here in central Illinois. Just like the super paint

Super Deck:

Product Information:

  • Protects the integrity of your wood deck for 3 years with fast, easy application.
  • Penetrates bare wood, giving properly prepared decks excellent protection from sun and premature weathering.
  • Contains agents which inhibit the growth of mildew on the surface of this paint film.
  • Technologically advanced formula weathers similarly to oil-based stains. It wears away gradually rather than peeling and blistering at the end of its lifecycle.
  • Can be applied on damp wood, so most jobs can be finished in a single day.

Super deck, as I’m sure you have guessed by the name is for wood decks.

Woodscapes:

Product Information:

  • Enhances appearance and texture for great curb appeal.
  • Penetrates for exceptional protection and resistance to peeling.
  • Thick formula for uniform finish with great coverage.
  • Excellent color retention provides a mildew resistance coating.
  • Low temperature application to 35° F

Woodscapes is great for staining wood on your home. Stains can come in a solid, semi-solid or translucent. You of course can use paint on your wood as well. 

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Interior Maintenance:

Check for drafts: Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lit candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair caulking around window and door frames. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows.

Have your furnace inspected: Hire an HVAC professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also do a carbon monoxide check to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.

Winterize air conditioning: If your home has central air conditioning, (and you live in a climate where you won’t need it any longer,) it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks.

Programmable thermostat: Buy a programmable thermostat, if you don’t have one. If you already have one, check the temperature settings. Setting your thermostat to lower the temperature automatically at night and when you’re not home, can result in substantial cost savings.

Test home safety devices: Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.

Clean humidifiers: Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well.

Click here to see what products we use all through-out your home when we paint!

In the Garage:

  1. Service summer power equipment: Empty fuel and clean lawnmower and trimmer. Have lawnmower blades sharpened and oil changed. Have any necessary repairs done now, so that you’re ready come spring. You will want to do this will all electric tools you have.
  2. Store summer vehicles: If you have a motorcycle, summer car, ATV or other type of seasonal vehicle, now’s a good time to have that serviced as well so you don’t have to worry about come Spring time.
  3. Get winter equipment ready: Service snow blower and make sure it is ready to go, especially if you live in an unpredictable climate. You won’t be mad once snow comes if it’s all ready, but you will be if it’s not!
  4. Test the generator: If you have an emergency generator for power outages, give it a test, and make sure it’s in good working order. Make sure everything is as it should be and have extra fuel on hand.
  5. Buy extra gasoline: Purchase extra gas to have on hand for use in your snow blower or generator, so you’re prepared for emergencies. Make sure you store gasoline in tanks away from fire sources and out of children’s/animals reaches.
  6. Clean the garage: Since you’re in the garage prepping for fall, you might as well purge, organize and clean it while you’re there! Let’s face it, when it’s 10 degree’s outside and you’re looking for something or didn’t clean the garage before winter, you won’t want to clean it in that weather condition.

Being prepared:

  1. Stock up on firewood and starter logs. Its best to accomplish this now before the cold weather really hits and you find yourself scrambling to stock up. You can gather your own and store it in a dry area away from the house – or call a local service to have it delivered.
  2. Check for critters. When performing the various maintenance tasks above you will have the opportunity to explore areas of your home – both inside and out – that are not often explored. Take this chance to look for signs of life from rodents and any other critter that could be coming in from the outside. Look for any broken windows or any other signs of animal activity.
  3. Communicate with your neighbors. Besides your homes own care and upkeep, you should pay attention to your neighbors yard and observe anything like overhanging trees or weeds that might fall and break off into your yard.

     4. Freeze proof  outdoor faucets yourself. When checking outdoor faucets, hoses, and irrigation systems you may need to reinforce them so they withstand the winter weather – especially if it is a faucet that is connected directly to the exterior of your home. They can easily be bought and replaced yourself in a matter of hours.

Fall decor:

Use Natural Foliage

You might not realize it but the leaves that collect in the yard provide endless opportunities for do-it-yourself projects as well as simple craft projects for anyone in the family. Not only do they make our surroundings feel cozier but they provide an infinite resource for decorating the front of the home. From garlands to wreaths, these natural autumn decorations give the perfect touch and ambiance of the season to the front of the home.

Decorate With Pillows and Rugs

You would be surprised how a few deliberately chosen accessories can give a unique look to the front of your home. Get inspired by the fall season and add a few comfortable pillows and an outdoor rug or two for a variety of fall colors. Outdoor pillows can be found fairly cheap and provide the perfect pop of oranges, deep reds, dark blues and black that will look perfect on your porch. And think about using an old rug from the basement or your garage to place on your porch as a fall decoration that will provide even more fall color to the front of the home.

Add A Scarecrow!

It might seem an obvious decoration for the fall but it is a cheap option and can also be done yourself with leaves found in the front yard. But a scarecrow creates a whimsical (or scary!) mood to any front porch display. You can build a traditional scarecrow by stuffing old clothing with straw and leaves or you can purchase a ready-to-display scarecrow in stores or online. Just a reminder: make sure your display won’t frighten younger children before investing any time or money in creating a more elaborate display. 

Take Advantage of Antiques

Not only do antiques look lovely but they can connect us to a forgotten piece of history, a lost loved one, or simply just remind us that its fall. Rummage through your garage and basement as antiques can provide a great personal touch to the front porch of a home. Make sure it is nothing valuable – anything you place out front will be exposed to the elements, etc. – but you can usually find plenty of old trinkets just looking through your house. But if you don’t have any tools getting rusty in the back of your garage or an old metal wreath in your basement then you can buy antiques rather inexpensively at a thrift store or at a swap meet in your area.

Now when decorating with natural foliage from your yard you should always be aware of possible dirt and critters that could be found in the leaves. Always check the leaves you choose to use and never bring any of the decorations inside to avoid any dirt or bugs. As always thank you for reading these decorating tips! Be sure to come back and visit the blog at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists for more fall tips and tricks, painting ideas, cabinet design, and more!

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Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over some basic steps and tips to help you get ready for this Fall! We also shared our entire exterior painting process here at Exterior & Interior Painting Specialists! Hopefully, we were able to solve all of your needs this coming season, for any questions please call at 309-349-7021!

For a estimate, please fill out the form below

Skylar at 309-349-7021

😍What products we use[Sherwin-Williams]😍

Introduction:

Hi! Welcome to Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog! We are a painting company based out of Pekin, Illinois and we service all of the central Illinois locations! We use all Sherwin-Williams products and have a 5 year guarantee on all of our projects. Our main divisions are Interior, Exterior, and Cabinets (Kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, etc.). We offer free estimates that do not expire, unless the project has changed in any way.  A co-owner comes out for the estimates and walks you through our entire process, our estimates include the price of all material and labor, so again unless something changes there are no surprise charges! 

Today we are going to go over all of the products we use for all of our divisions. Check out our table of contents below!

Table of Contents:

  • Sherwin-Williams App
  •  Interior
    • Cashmere
    • Harmony
  • Cabinets
    • Emerald Urethane Enamel
  • Exterior
    • Super Paint
    • Resilience
    • Super Deck
    • Wood Scapes

Sherwin-Williams has an app that you can download!

Use ColorSnap® Visualizer for WebMobile, or iPad to capture colors from your surroundings and match them to Sherwin-Williams paint colors. Explore over 1,500 colors to get inspiration from a photo.  Virtually paint your rooms with ColorSnap® Visualizer for Web and iPad.

The app allows you to browse their color selection and save your favorites! To make it even better, you can take a picture of whatever you’re painting (Cabinets, Walls, Furniture, etc.) and drag the color you want to see up there to picture it before actually dedicating to the color!

Interior:

“Interior” can mean many things, it can be the trim such as window trim, door trim, baseboards or doors. It can also be ceilings, walls, and in some cases, furniture. 

When it comes to buying paint for trim or doors, we use the same paint line we use for cabinets. You can read more about it in the cabinet section below!

If the walls have never been painted before they will need to be primed. If they have been painted before they will just need to be wiped down before painting. If you are painting a “more dirty” area, the walls will need to be cleaned with TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). 

Cashmere:

Product information:

  • Rigorous testing proves that Cashmere performs as an effective paint and primer in one, providing an additional value-added benefit
  • Looks, feels and applies smooth and buttery.
  • Silky, low-stipple appearance that looks good from all angles.
  • Outstanding coverage and hide.
  • Scrubbable for easy cleaning and maintenance.
  • Meets the most stringent VOC regulations.
  • Available in flat enamel, low lustre, medium lustre and now pearl finish for a unique, luxurious, pearlescent sheen that shifts based on the viewing angle.

Cashmere can be painted anywhere in the home. It is a great quality paint!

Duration

 

Duration Home paint and primer in one features exclusive cross linking technology that actually repels stains. It also has advanced stain blocking technology to seal in stains already on your walls. Duration Home goes on smoothly and quickly and offers excellent hide. It is ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and hallways and most stains wipe clean with water.

Click here for help choosing colors & finishes for your upcoming project!

Harmony:

Product Information:

  • This zero-VOC paint helps improve indoor air quality with Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* and has the power to reduce common indoor odors with Odor Eliminating Technology*
  • Features breakthrough innovations that help promote better indoor air quality and reduce common indoor odors.
  • Contains Formaldehyde Reducing Technology* helps reduce the levels of certain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from potential sources such as insulation, carpet, cabinets and fabrics.
  • Offers Odor Eliminating Technology* helps reduce common indoor odors, such as those from cooking, smoke and pets. Rooms stay fresher longer.
  • Features anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface.
  • Zero VOC formula and meets the most stringent VOC regulations, all while providing great hide and a durable finish.
  • Available in a wide variety of colors and sheens, including; flat, eg-shel and semi-gloss. *The length of time Harmony actively reduces odors and formaldehyde depends on the concentration, the frequency of exposure and the amount of painted surface area.

Harmony is a fantastic paint line! It is especially useful for rooms with moisture, such as kitchens, bathrooms, entry ways, laundry rooms and basements. If you live in a humid area or some where where it rains a lot, you may want to use this all through out your home. As listed above in the product details, it features an anti-microbial agent that fights off mold and mildew.

Cabinets:

Our cabinet painting process used to take us six days to complete one project, but after practicing over the last four years and working with Sherwin-Williams representatives, we were able to cut that time in half per project. You can click here to read all about our cabinet painting process here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. The process is the same for all cabinets, whether they are in a garage, bathroom, kitchen or even laundry room. We use the same product on all cabinets, trim & doors. 

Emerald Urethane Enamel:

Product Information: 

  • A smooth and luxurious finish for doors and trim. Delivers a finish that withstands wear and tear and goes on in fewer coats.
  • Durable finish is great for windows, doors and trim.
  • Perfect for areas that are cleaned frequently.
  • Interior/exterior waterbased urethane modified alkyd with the look and feel of an alkyd/oil finish.
  • Available in a range of Sherwin-Williams colors and custom tints in satin, semi-gloss and gloss sheens. Resists yellowing compared to traditional oil based paints and has excellent blocking resistance, allowing surfaces to maintain a tough, durable finish.

We use Emerald Urethane Enamel for many projects, as mentioned above. We use it for these things because it is so durable and lasts a long time. It’s great for areas that are touched a lot. 

Pro-Classic:

Achieve a smooth and luxurious finish on interior doors and trim with ProClassic® Alkyd Interior. It delivers a high-performing finish that withstands even the toughest wear and tear. This formula goes on smooth without brush or roller marks

This paint was the Emerald Urethane Enamel before Sherwin-Williams created it.

Exterior:

For exterior there are a lot of different surfaces that you may encounter. Luckily, Sherwin-Williams paint lines are advanced enough that each product can be used on multiple products. 

Super Paint:

Product Information:

  • Formulated with Advanced Resin Technology for outstanding adhesion, hide and color retention.
  • Outstanding coverage and durability. Provides a dirt-resistant and mildew-resistant coating.
  • Withstands the elements and resists frost, peeling, blistering, fading and cracking.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® paint colors allow you the freedom to choose from 100 color options, including a limited selection of darker colors formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding.
  • Available in flat, satin, gloss and high-gloss sheens.
  • High-gloss is ideal for reducing sticking on doors, windows and trim.

As it says above, this paint is safe to paint on vinyl. It can also be used on all other materials, some of course may need to be primed first! It can withstand cold temperatures as well!

Resilience:

Product Information: 

  • Formulated with exclusive MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent moisture resistance in half the time of traditional latex paints — paint later in the day with confidence and less concern about dew or impending rain.
  • A mildew resistant coating.
  • Outstanding hide, coverage, durability and dirt resistance.
  • Flows and levels for a smooth, uniform finish.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Can be tinted in VinylSafe® Paint Colors

This paint is critical to our exterior division here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. This paint dries in half of the time, we use it at the beginning and end of our exterior session, just because the temperature and weather isn’t very stable here in central Illinois. Just like the super paint

Super Deck:

Product Information:

  • Protects the integrity of your wood deck for 3 years with fast, easy application.
  • Penetrates bare wood, giving properly prepared decks excellent protection from sun and premature weathering.
  • Contains agents which inhibit the growth of mildew on the surface of this paint film.
  • Technologically advanced formula weathers similarly to oil-based stains. It wears away gradually rather than peeling and blistering at the end of its lifecycle.
  • Can be applied on damp wood, so most jobs can be finished in a single day.

Super deck, as I’m sure you have guessed by the name is for wood decks.

Woodscapes:

Product Information:

  • Enhances appearance and texture for great curb appeal.
  • Penetrates for exceptional protection and resistance to peeling.
  • Thick formula for uniform finish with great coverage.
  • Excellent color retention provides a mildew resistance coating.
  • Low temperature application to 35° F

Woodscapes is great for staining wood on your home. Stains can come in a solid, semi-solid or translucent. You of course can use paint on your wood as well. 

A100:

For trusted performance at a great value, A-100® is an A-1 choice. With a 100% acrylic formula that covers well and lasts, A-100 Exterior Latex Paint is a proven performer that meets your expectations and your need to keep an eye on the bottom line.

A100 is a great paint for the exterior of your home!

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We went over all of the interior and exterior paints and stains that we use here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists! If you’re doing an at home project or don’t live in our area, you can click on the paint line name and it will take you to Sherwin-Williams website and the data sheet! You can see more information and the price!

For a estimate, please fill out the form below

Skylar at 309-349-7021

👩🏽‍🎨 Tips for painting your home!👨🏽‍🎨

Introduction:

Welcome to Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists blog! Today we are going to give you a few tips and tricks to help you paint your home the easiest way and get the best, professional look! We are a painting company serving the Central Illinois area! We offer free estimates, use all Sherwin-Williams products and have a 5-year guarantee! Call or text our office number, 309-349-7021, with any questions or to schedule a free estimate! 

Prepping:

When prepping all surfaces inside, you will want to scrape off any excess areas of paint or caulk.

Floors:  Unless you are about to replace your flooring, you should always protect it by laying down a drop cloth or plastic/tarp. If you are painting the ceiling, the floor needs to stay covered until it is dry, just incase any paint drips.

Trim/Doors/Banisters/Cabinets: These areas are considered high traffic. They need to be cleaned, we use TSP (Trisodium Phosphate). 

Walls:  The walls is low traffic areas without animals will just need to be dusted off, in high traffic areas or if the wall is clearly dirty, then the walls also need to be cleaned with TSP. 

Click here to read about our exterior process!  

Priming:

If the area has never been painted before it will need to be primed before it is painted. If it has been painted before, as long as you cleaned it properly, the new paint will adhere to the surface without the need for primer. Make sure to use the appropriate primer, this will vary on the paint brand you are using, you can ask a sales associate or read on the gallon.

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Painting:

Always paint two coats, you can never get the perfect amount on the first round, it will be too thin or too thick and cause runs. Settle with two, nice and easy coats, and if necessary you can paint a third as long as they aren’t thick coats. 

To get a nice, straight line, caulk the edges in between the first and second coat. You will need to be very careful when painting the edges on the second coat.

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Painting Tips:

  • Paint takes 30 days to cure. That means it is not completely dry until at least 30 days after painting. If you paint more than two coats, it might take more than 30 days.
  • Make sure your paint is fresh and not old and stirred before you use it!
  • End on a upstroke when rolling out walls, this will help avoid any dripping of excess paint. Always finish a full stroke in one motion. Start at the top, go down, and back up.
  • Always finish the entire wall before stopping. Do not stop mid wall or stroke.
  • If you are painting the ceiling, walls, & trim paint it in that order. You can roll the ceiling color down onto the wall just a little bit, the wall color will cover it and this will help have straight edges. 
  • Don’t press the rollers too hard to leave lines.
  • Tape will help you have straighter edges, make sure you get painters tape to make sure it doesn’t peel off any other paint. Also make sure you are putting the tape on DRY paint, or it will cause damages. Let the paint dry, then cut the edges while peeling it off to ensure there is no peeling . 
  • Determine the kind of paint on existing walls. Not sure if a wall’s existing paint is oil or latex? Soak a cotton ball in rubbing alcohol and rub it in a small area across the wall. If the cotton ball has paint residue, the paint is latex. No paint on the cotton ball? You’ll be painting over an oil-based paint and will want to use an oil-based primer before painting.

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Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog! Today we helped you with many different tips when painting your house! If you would like a free estimate please call or text the office phone, 309-349-7021!

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👨🏽‍🎨Our exterior process & products👨🏽‍🎨

Intro:

This is our Exterior Prepping Process…We are local painting contractors in the Central Illinois Area. Today we are going to go over the different steps we take when we are repainting the exterior of your home! There will be pictures and videos through out the blog! We are also showing all of the Sherwin-Williams products we use!  The table of contents is located below so you know exactly what we will be doing!

Table of contents:

  1. Pressure Wash
  2. Preparation
  3. Primer
  4. First Coat
  5. Second Coat
  6. Detail Painting
  7. Clean Up
  8. Conclusion

Pressure Washing:

The first step is going out to the home at least a  week before you begin painting to examine and pressure wash. Doing this takes off any build up that may be on your home, as well as chipping off any loose paint or any chalking that has happened over the years. Pressure washing helps ensure the surface is clean and the new paint will adhere.

**Make sure to take around all doors and windows** 

  • While pressure washing and again before you begin priming, scrape, any and all loose or chipping paint, sand and prime wood where necessary. 
  • Also look for any loose window putty before pressure washing and replace as necessary. 
  • Caulk windows and doors. A small, tedious task, however infinitely important when it comes to quality and lasting paint job. This prevents moisture from seeping behind the newly applied paint, additional protection. We do it right.
  • Loose trim will need to be re-nailed. While we are up there working on eaves and fascia we will re-nail any loose trim.
  • Rusted metal will need to be sanded and primed. Not only wire brushed but sanded too. You must remove all areas of rust to prevent it from reoccurring.
  • We also carefully cover all plants, bushes, concrete and asphalt surfaces. This again is just courteous and clean. We will leave your property as we found it.
  • Clean up at the end of each workday. We respect your Residents, Business or job site. We treat it as our own.

Preparation:

Next, we protect everything around the house.

We first lay drops clothes along the ground where the painting will be completed. We do this to make sure any paint doesn’t spill or stain anything.

We also lay drop clothes over any plants to protect them from any  over spray.

Next, we tape plastic over all the windows and lights. We do this so any over spray doesn’t go on the windows or lights.

Finally, we take off all the shutters and set them to the side. The shutters will be painted separately. We take them down so the whole body of the house is painted. If the shutters are being painted it is easier for them to be painted unattached. They can go on a stand and be sprayed with the airless sprayer.

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Priming:

Now we begin the first coat, Primer. We use an airless sprayer that goes up to 3,000 psi. ALWAYS keep clean tips in an airless sprayer; this will help prevent any over over-spray and keep a constant amount of paint flowing out. If you do not change the tips often, old paint will get mixed in with the new paint and there will be issues with running. There could also be globs of old paint stuck in the sprayer and come out and ruin your project.

The primer takes at least 4 hours to dry before you can apply the first coat of paint. 

When using and airless sprayer there are multiple different steps to set it up, sanitizing the lines between products/colors, and shutting it down for the day. 

While the first coat dries, you can paint the shutters and anything else that is being painted (Ex: Any doors, metal awnings, or patio furniture)

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First Coat of paint:

After the primer is dry and four hours have passed we can paint the first coat. 

We always paint two coats on every project.

We have to wait at least 8 hours before we can apply the second coat so we will leave the first coat to dry over night.

Exterior Prepping
Exterior Prepping

Second Coat:

The second coat can be painted after 8 hours of dry time.

Detail Painting:

Most of the small detailed painting can’t be painted with the airless sprayer, so it will take some extra time and a brush or a roller.

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Clean Up:

Finally, after everything is painted and dried, we can clean things up!

*Remember, the cure time for most paint products are at least 30 days. Try not to attach or apply hard pressure on anything that has been painted within the last 30 days.*

We pick up the drop cloths and tools we used. We can take all of the blue tape and plastic off the windows and lights.

After we have picked everything up, removed the plastic and tape, and returned everything to its correct spot, we walk around the job site with the owner.

 

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Exterior Products:

For exterior there are a lot of different surfaces that you may encounter. Luckily, Sherwin-Williams paint lines are advanced enough that each product can be used on multiple products. 

Super Paint:

Product Information:

  • Formulated with Advanced Resin Technology for outstanding adhesion, hide and color retention.
  • Outstanding coverage and durability. Provides a dirt-resistant and mildew-resistant coating.
  • Withstands the elements and resists frost, peeling, blistering, fading and cracking.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Sherwin-Williams VinylSafe® paint colors allow you the freedom to choose from 100 color options, including a limited selection of darker colors formulated to resist warping or buckling when applied to sound, stable vinyl siding.
  • Available in flat, satin, gloss and high-gloss sheens.
  • High-gloss is ideal for reducing sticking on doors, windows and trim.

As it says above, this paint is safe to paint on vinyl. It can also be used on all other materials, some of course may need to be primed first! It can withstand cold temperatures as well!

Resilience:

Product Information: 

  • Formulated with exclusive MoistureGuard™ Technology for excellent moisture resistance in half the time of traditional latex paints — paint later in the day with confidence and less concern about dew or impending rain.
  • A mildew resistant coating.
  • Outstanding hide, coverage, durability and dirt resistance.
  • Flows and levels for a smooth, uniform finish.
  • Low temperature application down to 35°F.
  • Can be tinted in VinylSafe® Paint Colors

This paint is critical to our exterior division here at Exterior and Interior Painting Specialists. This paint dries in half of the time, we use it at the beginning and end of our exterior session, just because the temperature and weather isn’t very stable here in central Illinois. Just like the super paint

Super Deck:

Product Information:

  • Protects the integrity of your wood deck for 3 years with fast, easy application.
  • Penetrates bare wood, giving properly prepared decks excellent protection from sun and premature weathering.
  • Contains agents which inhibit the growth of mildew on the surface of this paint film.
  • Technologically advanced formula weathers similarly to oil-based stains. It wears away gradually rather than peeling and blistering at the end of its lifecycle.
  • Can be applied on damp wood, so most jobs can be finished in a single day.

Super deck, as I’m sure you have guessed by the name is for wood decks.