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Restore-X Exterior Wood Deck cleaner

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Restore-X Wood RestortationRestore-X wood cleanerRestore-X® Exterior Wood Deck Cleaner is the first step in restoring the beauty of exterior unfinished and semi-transparent stained woods that are weathered and have dirt deposits or stains.  Now it is possible to remove old semi-transparent stain that has lost its original appearance.  Restore-X® Deck Cleaner dissolves old stain and accompanying watermarks and eliminates the graying effects of weathering by removing the deteriorated wood cells, mildew, pollutants, etc., that cause discoloration.  Old wood looks new again and unsightly semi-transparent stain is easily removed.  No longer is it necessary to cover up with solid stain or paint.  Restore-X® Deck Cleaner is the answer for decks, wood siding, fences, benches, planters, patio furniture, and other exterior wood surfaces.

Restore-X® Exterior Finish Remover (EFR)

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Restore-X Deck productsRestore-X® can help make your customers happier and your business more profitable.  In the past, the only solution to weathered wood and deteriorated, semi-transparent stain or clear exterior finishes was to hide them and the natural beauty of the wood under a new coat of solid stain or paint.  Similarly, surface preparation of deteriorated paints with the sanding and scraping has always been a labor intensive undertaking.  Now, Restore-X® Wood Restoration Products can make your job easy and increase your customer’s satisfaction.  Restore-X® products are biodegradable, odorless, non-flammable and will not harm the environment.  They are also water based for easy clean-up and specially formulated for your safety.


Restore-X® Exterior Finish Remover (EFR) is formulated for the average exterior stain or weathered and degraded paint removal task.  It is designed to provide a safe, swift and economical alternative to the conventional methods of surface preparation.  Restore-X® EFR will clean and remove deteriorated coatings. Some paint which is not deteriorated, particularly porch and deck enamels and certain latex paints with acrylic, may not be removable.  As  a real problem solver, it is perfect for window frames, moldings, fascias, soffits, handrails, shutters, trelliswork, gutters, cornices, patio furniture and siding.  Restore-X® EFR is also excellent for surface preparation of aluminum siding.  It will remove the chalking, deteriorated coating and etch the aluminum for re-coating in one process.  EFR has been specifically formulated for use on vertical surfaces by clinging to the substrate.  (Because of the viscosity necessary for vertical cling, spraying EFR is not recommended.)


Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Gas Vent Pipe PaintStove Bright® Gas Vent Pipe Paint* has been formulated for optimal gloss and color with temperature resistance up to 250 F.  It is available in a wide variety of colors and has been formulated to closely match many stove manufacturers original porcelain finishes.  Stove Bright® Gas Vent Pipe Paint* is a one-step coating.  An excellent alternative to that dull black pipe that contrasts your beautiful porcelain stove.

Temperature resistant up to 250 F

Available in a wide variety of colors

Enhances the look of your gas vent pipes

Excellent alternative to standard black or galvanized piping

                                    Available in 12oz aerosols

* Stove Bright® Gas Vent Pipe Paint is designed for gas vent pipe only.  It is not for single wall stove pipe or wood stoves.  Any use of this paint other than its intended purpose is not recommended by Forrest Paint and could result in loss or damaged property.


Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Stove Bright® Chimney & Roof Flashing Paint is a premium quality, fast drying paint designed for use on metal chimneys and flashings.  It has excellent exterior durability to withstand the natural rigors on a roof.  Chimney & Roof Flashing Paint is temperature resistant to 350° F and comes in six popular low-gloss roof colors to blend into the roof décor.  Eliminate those unsightly and highly reflective metal finishes and enhance the look of your roof.

roof flashing paint colors                                    Exceptional durability

6 popular roofing colors

Rapid dry with a matte finish

Available in 12oz aerosols


Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Fire Box paintStove Bright® Gas Appliance Fire Box Paint is specially formulated to withstand the elements inside the firebox. Many metals commonly found inside the firebox are inherently difficult for coatings to adhere to.  This product was developed to increase adhesion to numerous substrates while resisting the high temperatures and direct contact with flames.  Stove Bright® Gas Appliance Fire Box Paint will protect and enhance the appearance of your gas firebox.   high temp fire box paint

Excellent adhesion properties

Heat resistant to 1200 °F/650 °C

Hard finish to resist flame

Black Satin color

Available in 12oz aerosols

Stove Bright® Gas Appliance Glass Cleaner

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Gas stove PaintStove Bright® Gas Appliance Glass Cleaner is designed for use on glass doors in gas stoves and fireplaces.  It is formulated to be thick, creamy and non abrasive.  It removes white deposits that develop on the glass, while leaving a protective film that resists future build-up.  Stove Bright® Gas Appliance Glass Cleaner is easy to use.  Simply apply to glass while rubbing lightly, allow it to dry, and buff clean.

Gas Appliance Glass CleanerRemoves white deposits on glass

Leaves a film that resists future deposits

Thick, creamy, and non-abrasive

Easy to use

Available in 4 & 8 ounce flip-top squeeze bottles

Stove Bright® Firestarter

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Stove Bright® Firestarter is the industry’s premier fire starter designed for starting pellet stoves.  Firestarter is formulated to stay where you put it, lights fast and burns hotter than other brands.  Formulated for indoor and outdoor use and will not affect catalytic converters.  It burns without odor, toxic smoke or gas making it easy to use and environmentally friendly.  Firestarter can be used in your pellet, coal or wood burning stove as well as in fireplaces, and to start campfires.Stove Bright® Firestarter

Gelled alcohol stays where you put it


Starts wood fires, pellets, and campfires

Environmentally friendly

Easy to use flip top, squeeze bottles

Available 4oz, 8oz, 16oz and 24oz bottles

Tracy Tesmer remodeling tips

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Thank you for the great …Spring Painting Tips for Homeowners

Spring is in the air and along with it, the annual obligations of – you guessed it – spring cleaning. While most homeowners tend to focus on cleaning out the home and getting rid of all of the junk they have accumulated over the years, one area typically not tackled is painting. All the cleaning in the world won’t make a difference if the walls – inside and outside – of your home are dingy. Inside this home improvement article are some spring painting tips from North Georgia’s premier design/build firm!

Paint sample cards of many shades and colors

Painting Advice

When most people think of painting a home (be it interior or exterior), they tend to think it is as simple as putting down something to cover the floor, dipping a paint brush into some paint, and running the brush up and down the walls – easy-peasy. While you certainly could take this approach, we highly recommend you put those rollers down, step far, far away from the wall, and read the painting tips below. Your home (and your spouse) will thank you!

Check the Temperature

Depending upon the type of paint you use, you will want to check the temperature and weather if you plan on painting outdoors. The best condition to apply exterior paint is when it is warm and dry. If there is a lot of moisture in the air, or the air is frigid, you will not have a good result no matter what type of paint and precautions you take. The ideal temperature for most paints is 50 degrees or higher, though there are special brands of paint that say you can go as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit.

If the temperature is too hot, or the sun is beating directly on the outside of the house, you may want to wait for it to cool down a little, as the high temperatures can cause the paint to dry too fast and “lap.”

Clean Before You Paint

Of all the painting advice we can give you, the number one piece is this: clean your surface thoroughly before you apply a stitch of paint. Don’t skimp on the cleaner (use a quality, commercial grade cleaner) and be sure to remove any dirt, grime, mildew, and build-up from any walls or surfaces you intend to paint. If cleaning the outside of the home, use (rent if you do not own) a power washer.

Paint Quality and Preparation

Like it or not, not every can of paint is created the same. While you may be tempted to go for the paint brand that is a few dollars cheaper a gallon, we suggest you opt for a quality, trusted brand versus a generic paint. Remember that your paint job should last you for many years – sometimes up to a decade. Purchasing an inferior brand of paint can severely lessen the lifespan of your paint job.

Another thing to consider when purchasing paint is the fact that not every can will be the same exact shade. There are slight differences in every can of paint. Because of this, we recommend you have the local paint store “mix” each can. Then, when you get home, pour each can of paint in a bucket, stir the combined paint together, then pour the mixed paint back into each can. This will ensure your walls are all the same color and that there is no variation in color or hue.



Spring Home Improvement – it’s right around the corner!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Before you know it, spring will be right around the corner and you know what that means – spring home improvement projects. The flowers will be popping, birds will be chirping and you’ll have the ambition to start those home improvement projects that you’ve been adding to your list all winter.

FORREST wall paint What are some of the spring home improvement projects? There are tons! Some of the most popular projects range from replacing your roof, staining your deck, organizing your closets, lawn and garden care to painting the interior of your home.

Today, you guessed it, I’ll be giving you 10 home improvement tips for painting your home. In my book, painting is the #1 spring home improvement, all the others can  wait.

So here we go! My top 10 spring home improvement tips for painting the interior of your home


5 Reasons to Paint Your Home’s Exterior This Spring from Franklin Painting LLC

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

THANK YOU for the great info …  A fresh coat of paint can boost your home’s curb appeal and help protect it from the elements.

When you paint the exterior of your home with exterior latex paint, the most durable, toughest, most protective finish is achieved when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold, which is why springtime is typically the best time of year for exterior house painting.  There are other great reasons to paint your home this coming spring.

1 – Your Home’s Exterior is Stressed Out

In some ways your home’s exterior paint job gets stressed out.  It’s not the kind of anxiety we experience, such as concern over the kids’ grades, being overloaded on the job, and dealing with automobile troubles.  Instead, exterior paint gets hassled by various weather conditions.

Moisture can wreak havoc on exterior paint.  Snow, ice, frost, rain, and high humidity can all negatively affect the paint.  Moisture in all forms can cause paint to swell and soften, which eventually leads to cracking, blistering, flaking, and peeling.  Moisture conditions also support the growth of mildew.

The sun can cause paint to fade, and it can diminish the protection which the paint provides for the exterior, due to paint erosion.  What happens is that the ultraviolet rays of the sun can break down the exterior paint’s binder.  As the binder deteriorates, pigment is released in the form of chalk or a powder which can wash away when it rains.

Dramatic fluctuations in temperature can cause wood surfaces and many other surfaces to contract and expand.  The movement can cause paint to crack and flake off, if the paint on the surface isn’t flexible enough.

Even touching up the trim and shutters on your home can ultimately increase its value.

2 – Repair is Needed

Most homeowners are not aware of the many small things which are going wrong on their home’s exterior until they paint it.  The prep work that goes into an exterior paint job usually reveals the many areas in need of repair.  If the exterior paint on your home is close to the end of its life expectancy, you are taking chances by postponing the new paint job. It doesn’t take long for exposed wood to begin rotting.  There are other issues you can discover, as well.  It’s usually much more expensive to replace things than to repair them; so you don’t want to wait too long.

3 – Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

If you are sprucing up your home in order to increase curb appeal for potential buyers, the most effective action you can take is to paint your home’s exterior.  Everything that goes along with painting the outside of your home equates to ending up with the very best look you can put out there.

People who are looking to buy a new home often decide whether or not they want to look inside a home based on what the outside looks like.  It’s only logical to assume that if the house has peeling paint, a dingy looking paint job, and missing trim, the interior is not worth viewing; that’s why some potential buyers will just drive by instead of going in.

There are many things you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal but none is typically as effective as an exterior paint job, especially if you choose colors with the most appeal.  One study revealed that the most popular colors for homes are neutrals such as gray, white, tan, blue, and brown; bold shades such as reds and blues are welcome, as long as they are used as accents, such as on the front door or window shutters.

4 – Increase the Value of your Home

The best investments are those in which you invest a lot less than what you get back.  Painting your home is one of those kinds of investments.  The increase in your home’s value is typically much greater the cost of getting it painted by a professional.

5 – It’s Just that Time

Exterior paint has an expiration date.  The amount of time between the need for exterior paint jobs is partly a factor of the type of paint you use.  When you use a better quality of exterior paint, you can wait longer before the next paint job is needed.  Another factor is the quality of work performed in painting the home.  Contact our professionals today to discuss painting your home’s exterior.

Franklin Painting LLC – Call us Toll Free at 877-646-7774
or at our main office number 860-678-7701
2 Eastview Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

5 Reasons to Paint Your Home’s Exterior This Spring