Application Tips

Interior & Exterior Home Painting Service

In addition to choosing a color, special steps may be required to ensure the color on the wall matches the color you envisioned. Our professional home painters at ProTect Painters will ensure the proper preparation and priming necessary to make a dark wall light, a light wall dark, achieve a perfect white and—above all—meet your expectations.

Why Choose Interior Painting Services from Us?

Interior painting can be done effectively year-round, no matter the weather. Common problems with interior painting include choosing improper finishes and poorly cut lines along ceiling and baseboards. You can be confident that ProTect Painters’ experienced professionals will create precise, straight lines and proper post-painting finishes.

That’s the least we can offer! To learn about our house painting services or to discuss your commercial painting project, contact us today.

How to Select the Right Paint Finish

Selecting the right finish is as important as choosing the correct color.

The following are good rules of thumb:

  • Flat finishes are best for large areas and for concealing surface irregularities.
  • Satin finishes, with a low luster, combine the best features of flat and gloss finishes, such as hiding surface imperfections and resisting dirt collection.
  • Gloss and high-gloss enamel finishes are best for highlighting details, such as window frames, doors, and trim. These finishes resist dirt collection and are easier to clean.
  • Solid-color stains have the ability to cover wood blemishes and unsightly grains. Semi-transparent stains highlight the wood by enriching its natural grain and texture. Both stains protect wood surfaces from water damage, rot, and deterioration.
  • Stains, unlike conventional house paint, penetrate the wood. Semi-transparent stains highlight wood by enriching its natural grain and texture. Stained wood is top coated with a semi-gloss or gloss varnish or polyurethane to protect the wood.

Prep Tips for an Interior Paint Job

You can assist your ProTect Painters crew with interior projects by having the job space ready to prep. Moving all furniture to the center of the room and pulling art off the walls prior to our arrival will greatly assist us in completing the job in an expedient manner.

Read how to prepare for an interior home paint project.

Types of Exterior Paint

When painting your home’s exterior, you can choose between a variety of paints.

To help you decide what’s best for your project, consider this:

  • Acrylic / latex offers the longest-lasting coating with the best color and gloss retention. It is also the least susceptible to chalking—a powdery run-off below the painted area—and offers the best resistance to peeling and blistering. Latex goes on easier, cleans up with soap and water, and dries quickly with fewer odors than alkyd / oil paint.
  • Alkyd / oil paint has a smooth glossy finish and adheres well to slightly chalky and extremely weathered wood surfaces.

You can assist your crew with exterior house painting jobs by moving any extra items away from the home prior to our arrival. Read our exterior home paint project preparation guide.

Common Issues to Fix Prior to Painting

Even the most common paint problems are troublesome. But with a little know-how and some expert advice from a ProTect Painters representative, we can tackle them in no time!

In addition to our extensive prep work that will take care of many of the following issues:

  • Peeling, Blistering & Flaking – These conditions are often caused by moisture from both internal and external sources such as poorly ventilated bathrooms, kitchens, leaking gutters, and poorly caulked openings. It is important to find and correct the source of moisture before repainting. Correct the damage by scraping loose paint off at least 8 to 12 inches around the problem areas. Prime bare areas, caulk around window frames to keep moisture from getting into the surface, and then apply the chosen topcoat.

  • Mildew – These fungi thrive on dampness and must be eliminated before painting. Test for mildew by swabbing spots with bleach. If spots disappear, they are mildew. Remove mildew by scrubbing the surface with a mixture of one part household bleach and eight parts water. Let the solution sit for several minutes, then rinse with clean water. Let the surface dry thoroughly before applying primer or paint.

  • Previously painted surfaces – Sound preparation is essential to good-looking, long-lasting results. A properly prepared surface should be clean, solid, dull, dry, and patched or caulked. Peeling or flaking paint must be removed by using a paint scraper, wire brush, sandpaper, or power washer. Remove any mildew present.

Surfaces that have not been previously painted or that are exposed down to the original surface should be handled as follows:

  • Wood, Wood Composition Board, or Hardboard – These must be primed with an exterior wood primer. After priming, caulk all holes and siding joints.

Call Our Interior & Exterior Painting Team

Remember, any home painting task is a process. It is going to look bad before it looks great. But we promise it will look great!

Contact your local ProTect Painters at (888) 318-8650.