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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


Tuesday, May 23rd, 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 colorsExceptional durability

6 popular roofing colors

Rapid dry with a matte finish

Available in 12oz aerosols

Boating Lifestyle tips

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Thank you for the great article!

There is so much to love, and learn, about boating. That’s why we created this library of articles, videos and blog posts to help you throughout your adventures.

FORREST supports fresh looksSpring Painting Tips

  1. Buy The Best Paints. You’d be amazed at the number of people who shop for the best price, then spend hours correcting problems caused by a paint that was a few bucks cheaper.2. Read Labels. I painted the boot top on my boat with two-part linear polyurethane. I then painted the nonskid areas using another color from the same manufacturer. I mixed it just like I had before, and when it hadn’t dried in several hours I belatedly read the label to find that the mixture ratio was different for the new color. A weekend spent using solvent to remove the sticky paint will make you remember to read the label.

    3. Measure Paint Power. When choosing a bottom paint, you can tell how powerful the paint is by, you guessed it, reading the fine print on the label. Antifouling is measured as a percentage of weight, so a paint that has 50 percent antifouling is going to provide better protection than a paint that has 45 percent antifouling properties.

    4. Stir Paint Well. To get the best possible antifouling coating on your hull, be sure to stir the paint constantly during the application process. Since the antifouling properties consist of solid particles, they drift to the bottom of the paint can fairly quickly.

    5. Work In Open Air. Be extremely cautious when using paint removers or strippers, because most use methylene chloride as the active chemical, which metabolizes very quickly to carbon monoxide in the human body. This reduces the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood and can cause serious heart strain. So do your stripping in open air, and stay upwind of the vapors. If you must work inside, provide plenty of ventilation and a fan to blow fumes away from your nose.

    6. Be Aware Of Toxins. The same cautions apply to bottom paint – it is literally poison. You probably wear a dust mask while sanding antifouling paint on your boat’s bottom, but do you carefully wash your hands before eating? It probably won’t kill you, but you can feel rotten for a few days afterwards.

    7. Eliminate Excess Air. Need to save your paint for a few weeks or months? For most paints, the biggest enemy is air, which can produce an ugly skim on the surface of the paint. Simply add a few clean rocks to bring the level of the paint up close to the lid. Tap the lid down firmly, and the paint will be fresh for your next touch-up. An alternative method is to cut a piece of wax paper to the inside dimensions of the paint can. Drop the paper lightly into the paint (this takes a bit of practice) so that it floats on the surface and keeps the air from reacting with the paint. When you’re ready to use the paint again, you can fish the paper out with a coat hanger.

    8. Don’t Use Cheap Brushes. They’re worse than using cheap paint. Look for a quality natural bristle, well bonded to a solid ferrule, and you’ll have a brush that will give good service for years. Try the new foam brushes – they’re wonderful for leaving a finish free of brush marks. Just be sure that the foam is compatible with your paint, or you’ll be picking out dissolved brush!

    9. Don’t Shake Varnish. It picks up bubbles that are then transferred onto the surface, producing a non-skid finish when you wanted a smooth one. If you must, simply turn the varnish can over several weeks before you plan to varnish. A week before you varnish, turn it back right side up.

    10. Stir, Don’t Shake. Don’t ever let the paint dealer stick any paint can on one of the high-speed shakers, or you’ll be using a froth rather than paint. Stir your paint gently, using a clean stir stick, and make sure you get all the pigments out of the bottom seam and corners of the can.

    11. Don’t Use Large Brushes Edgewise. It rounds off the corners, causing them to load up with paint and produce uneven paint jobs. All brushes are made to be used with the widest side perpendicular to the direction of flow. If you need to cut in an edge, use a smaller brush.

    12. Use Edged Brushes. When you’re choosing a brush for most varnish or enamel work, pick a “chisel-edged” brush. These have tapering fibers that will give a smoother finish than a brush with equal-length fibers.

    13. Start Early. Never paint after the dew point, which is often as early as noon in some climates and usually around mid-afternoon. Otherwise, you can count on a dulled gloss if the dew forms on your new paint before it dries.

    14. Avoid Drips. On a windy day it’s hard to keep newspapers under your paint cans to catch drips, so take a paper plate and attach it to the bottom of the can. It won’t blow, it catches the drips, and it moves easily when you move the can.

    15. Buy Disposable Buckets. To create your own “dripless” paint bucket, buy a disposable cardboard bucket, punch a hole near the top on opposite sides, then put a section of coat hanger wire through the holes. You can remove excess paint from your brush on the wire, and it will fall straight into the middle of the bucket with no drips on the sides at all.

    16. Use Separate Brushes. Never use a brush for varnish if it has been used for any other type of paint. You’ll always wind up with tiny particles of the old paint in your varnish.

    17. Grease Fittings. If you need to mask off fittings or windows while painting, try smearing the protected area with Vaseline or similar grease. When the paint is dry, you can simply hose or wipe off any spatters easily.

    18. Clean And Suspend Brushes. Don’t stand your brushes on their bristles in a can of solvent, or they’ll be suitable for painting around corners. Drill the brush handle and put wire through the hole to suspend the brush in the cleaner.

    19. Look Before You Leap. Want to see what a different color scheme would look like on your boat? Take a Polaroid of your boat, then use water-soluble felt tip pens to draw the new color directly on the image. If you want to try other combinations, simply wipe the ink off the waterproof surface.

    20. Check Your Elbows. Last, but not least, always make sure you remember to look in a mirror as you clean up after painting your boat. Otherwise, you might end up with people commenting on your painted elbows at cocktail parties.

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Handyman tips

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Thank you for the great info….Tape Off the Carpet instead of the wall

When painting baseboard, some painters slip masking tape under the baseboard. But this is time-consuming and doesn’t create a seep-proof seal between the baseboard and the carpet. Instead, press the tape against the baseboard, covering about 1/4 in. of the bottom edge. Press down hard on the carpet while you apply the tape. That way, the tape will hold the carpet down while you paint. Later, when you remove the tape, the carpet will rise and cover the unpainted edge of the baseboard. Tape your carpet

Use a high-quality tape for this job because it grabs and holds the baseboard better. Add a strip of cheap tape to create a wider shield over the carpet. Finally, spread a drop cloth over the tape. This technique won’t work if your carpet has a very low pile or if you have no padding under the carpet

Make it Lovely article

Monday, May 15th, 2017

Thank you…DIY Painting Tips, Tricks, and a Step-by-Step Guide from “Make it Lovely”

My dad was a handyman, and I grew up helping him. I’ve painted my home from top to bottom, as well as the houses and apartments of countless other people. I’ve learned a thing or two over the years and I’m happy to share my tips and a step-by-step guide with you! It looks like a lot of information (because it is), but don’t worry or get overwhelmed. Painting a room is an easy, inexpensive DIY project and you can do it!

DIY Painting Tips, Tricks, and a Step-by-Step Guide