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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.

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5 Reasons to Paint Your Home’s Exterior This Spring


Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

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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

Repainting your home

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Painting equipmentTopcoats on siding boards need to be Forrest’s 100% acrylic latex in either a flat, satin, or semi-gloss finish.  However, on repaints of this siding type prepare as needed. If you have areas of excessive peeling and flaking use Forrest’s Seal-Tite applied by  brush, or roller.

Know the Manufacturer instructions

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Hardy board sampleThe use of any solvent base primer or topcoat on Hardy Plank types of siding products will void most manufacturer’s warranties. When painting the sliding you must coat all cut ends and edges need to be primed and all butt joints need to be caulked to prevent moisture from damaging the siding board.

Wipe the galvanized surface down with white vinegar.

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Safe way to cleanWhen coating new galvanized metal substrates make sure that the surface is properly prepped.  Here is one way: Go over the metal with a wire brush to remove any oxidation. Wipe the galvanized surface down with white vinegar. The vinegar is a mild acid which acts to etch the galvanized coating so the paint will stick. Prime the surface with a primer made for metal.  Do not use alkyd base primers or topcoats direct to a galvanized surface.  Prime with Forrest’s 95-J-100 water base primer and topcoat with Forrest’s 4300 or 3300 100% acrylic topcoat.

Fiber cement siding FYI

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Cement fiber sidingQuality fiber cement siding products. … When using these products it is very important to know you must follow the manufacturer instruction, because warranty rules are strictly enforced and you can invalidate it very easily. The use of any solvent base primer or topcoat on Hardy Plank types of siding products will void most manufacturers’ warranties.  Read the instruction carefully.

Powder instructions for Poor film build – Too Thin

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Forrest powder paintPoor Film Build, Too Thin:

  1. Marginalized ground

Recheck electrical continuity for the conveyer

Equipment suppliers have a resistance ohms limit for the line. Confirm you are below that limit high resistance gives the gun a varying voltage from beginning to end of spray

Poor ground shows up often as a pattern of poorly coated area on parts. Without proper ground parts build up charge so the effective charge of the gun is reduced.

  1. Use clean hooks with sharp contact to the part

Scrape clean as needed

High resistance

  1. No unused hooks through the spray booth

Coating unused hooks eliminates the ground by insulating the contact points