To Remove Or Not To Remove? Wallpaper Tips From Edmonton’s Repaint Specialists

Through the years, wallpaper has faded in and out of fashion, but today, with so many choices, it’s simply a matter of preference; however, as we all know, preferences change!

When the wallpaper is installed correctly and well maintained, it can last greater than 15 years bringing colour, texture, and style to your home. However, as the years go on,  you may find that wallpaper you installed 10 years ago isn’t so chique today. Or, maybe, the years haven’t been as kind to your wallpaper as they have been to you (have you been working out?).  Regardless of the reason for making a change, a coat or two of this year’s trendiest paint colours can freshen up the room in no time!

Now that you’ve decided to make the change, it begs the question: “Do I remove the wallpaper, or do I paint over it?”

Right about now, you may be having flashbacks to horror stories about wallpaper removal. Hours of agonizing ripping and scratching at wallpaper only to find multiple layers behind or layers of drywall or plaster peeling away with the shredded wallpaper. It can be time-consuming, and an unbearable hassle; however, removing the wallpaper and starting fresh will always give you the best results with fewer issues now and in the future.

It’s okay, take a deep breath!

This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to remove all that wallpaper. In certain circumstances, painting over the wallpaper is a perfectly acceptable way to save time, sanity, and still accomplish a beautiful, long lasting finish that will wow your guest, and make you love your home. So, how do you know if it’s okay to paint over the wallpaper or not? The Repaint Specialists suggest the following:

It’s Time To Remove The Wallpaper:

Anytime your wallpaper has become loose, ripped or has holes, it should always be removed. Foresight is also our friend. Remember to consider what the future holds. Do you think you will want to go back to wallpaper in the future? Are you planning to live in your home for a long time? Wallpaper that has been painted over is excruciatingly difficult to remove and will create bigger problems when you decide to redecorate again.

Ripped wallpaper
Go Ahead And Paint Away:

Is your wallpaper in great shape? No peeling, slipping, holes, or bubbling? No water damage? Jump up and down for joy because you get to march over to your nearest hardware store and buy your favourite can of paint! Behr, Sherwin-Williams, Cloverdale, and Benjamin Moore are all excellent choices by the way. Before painting, it’s a good idea to add a coat of spackle so the wallpaper’s texture won’t show. Even though you will save time painting over the wallpaper, you will want to consider the above advice regarding removal as best practice!

PRO TIP: Use an oil-based primer to seal the adhesive in the paper and protect it from the moisture in the paint.

Are you pulling your hair out after noticing that droopy wallpaper?

Contact The Repaint Specialists today, and we’ll do it for you!

The Repaint Specialists are one of Edmonton’s leading interior and exterior painting experts. Rated among the top three paint expert on Google, we are proud to be serving the residents of St. Albert; Sherwood Park; and Edmonton, Alberta.

 

 

5 Fall Maintenance Tips for The Edmonton Home Owner- From The Repaint Specialists

BRRRRR! Did you feel that chill last night because we sure did!

Here in Edmonton, we are heading fast into the winter season, and The Repaint Specialists know first hand that a little proactive maintenance can go a long way to keeping your home’s exterior looking flawless and saving you money!

Every year, homeowners like you make little mistakes that end up costing them thousands. Luckily, The Repaint Specialists are going to let you in on the secret of successful fall maintenance for a stress-free winter.

If you want to keep your toes warm, wallet full, and paint job new then keep reading!

5 Fall Maintenance Tips for The Edmonton Home Owner

Taking care of Business

Before you can even begin to prevent potential problems from occurring, you need to seek out current ones. Carefully inspect the exterior of your home looking for paint chips, peelings, or cracks. Mold and mildew could be hiding in the wood and not only damage your home, but also pose serious health risks! Repairing current damages now will save you a whole lot of hassle later. Trust us!

 

cleaning

No doubt you’ve taken a cloth or two your interior walls (even if it was just that one wall…that one time…), but if you’re conscious about your home maintenence procedures, then you may already know how beneficial it is to clean your exterior walls in the spring too! However, did you know it is equally as important to take a pressure washer to your home during the autumn months? Removing mold, mildew, and other contaminants that could ruin the integrity of your paint is essential!

Landscaping

Those pretty little bushes that graze the side of your home may look beautiful during the summer, but they can wreak havoc on your home during the winter. If left alone, those bushes and shrubs could scrape against your home’s exterior and cause a bad case of wood rot. Take a little time to do some light landscaping and trim those branches back. It’s well worth the time and is virtually cost-free!

 

Caulking Repairs

Making sure your caulking is in tip-top shape can protect your home from moisture damage and rot while keeping your home more energy efficient. This means you save money, not only on fewer/less expensive home repairs but also on your energy bill. Your warm toesies will thank you too on those particularly frosty nights Edmonton is famous for!

clearing the gutters

Your gutters are an essential component to keeping your home safe from potentially hazardous water buildup. During autumn as the leaves begin to fall, they can clog up your gutters and cause a whole host of water-related problems. Clean them up now before the snow comes!

Don’t wait too long before starting your winter maintenance routine! If you follow the above advice from The Repaint Specialists you’re sure to be on the right path to keeping your home’s exterior gorgeous for another year!

Stuck on tip number one? No problem!

Let The Repaint Specialists take care of those exterior paint cracks and chips!

Give us a call at any one of our three Edmonton, Alberta locations

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

 St. Albert: (780) 459-9249

 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

 

 

 

 

6 Easy Steps For Professionally Finished Cabinets- Painting Like A Repaint Specialist!

Does the sight of your washed out, outdated kitchen cabinets make you too sick to eat? Probably not! But, hey, they’re still pretty bad, right?

We get it! No one wants to walk into their kitchen and feel like they’ve traveled back to the 70’s. (unless there is a groovy disco ball hanging from the ceiling; in that case, boogie on!)

Unfortunately, that probably isn’t the case, and your cabinets could probably use a little TLC. Well, The Repaint Specialists are here to guide you and your cabinets back to the modern world!

How do you get started?

Well, first, you need to determine the type of cabinet surface of which you’re dealing. Flat wood, wood laminate, and metal are all reasonably simple surfaces to work with for your DIY project; however, if your cabinet surface is a plastic laminate, then you may want to consult a professional as special paints, skill, and techniques may be required! Once you’ve determined what your cabinet surface is made of, and what paint/stains are most appropriate, it’s time to remove the doors and take off the hardware!

PRO TIP: Number each door as you remove them and label their locations so that you can place the exact cabinet back in its proper place.

Next, you need to clean up all the surfaces! *Que Groans*

Yes, yes, we know this is tedious work, but it’s an absolute MUST if you want beautifully refinished cabinets. If you are tempted to skip this step, the neighbor kid looks like he could use an extra 10 bucks…  The Repaint Specialists recommend using a solution of one part tri-sodium phosphate and four parts water for best results! After you’ve applied the cleaner, rinse thoroughly, but DO NOT SOAK! Allow your cabinets to dry completely.

Now for the real elbow grease. All the surfaces you plan to repaint will need to be sanded. If the old paint is still in decent condition, you don’t need to bother sanding down the wood. Merely rough up the surface so that the next layer will adhere nicely. If you do need to sand down to the bare wood, be sure to feather the edges of the sanding area so that the new paint will lay flat giving you a professionally finished look. After sanding, remove all dust with a vacuum and give a good wipe with a tack rag.

 

Finally, you are ready to apply the primer and paint! First, apply an even coat of primer, and allow it to dry per the directions on the packaging. Once you are sure the primer has set, you can apply your choice of paint. You can choose to paint with a brush, spray, or even a roller as long as the surface is nice and flat. Depending on the paint, you may need a second coat. Once your paint is completely dry, you can reattach the hardware and hang up your cabinet doors.

Aren’t you glad you labeled them! 

Give yourself a pat on the back and send out those dinner invites. You’ve got a kitchen to show off!

Need some TLC yourself? Let The Repaint Specialists do the work for you!

Give our team of expert painters a call at any one of our three Edmonton, Alberta locations. You won’t regret it!

The proof is the painting! Check out our recent before and after pictures here! 

3 Reasons To Paint Your Home This Winter!

Hello winter, goodbye summer!

If you live in Edmonton, then you may be just as upset at this crazy winter weather as we are. It’s September after all, and there is still so much summer renovating to do!

While you may not be able to paint the shed or redo your shutters at the moment (let’s hope for a few warm days ahead in October), there are certainly still a few perks to winter interior painting.

If you’ve been putting off the kitchen paint job, freshening up your bathroom, or restyling your bedroom, then winter is the perfect time to get that done!

Sounds crazy, we know!

Well, keep reading!

Today, The Repaint Specialists are going to share with you why winter is actually a really great time to get your interior painting projects done, and what it means for your exterior paint projects!

The Repaint Specialists presents…

3 Great Reasons To Paint Your Interior This Winter

 

If you spent any time looking around hardware stores this summer, you might have been crunching up the number only to find that your newest paint endeavor was going to cost you a little more than you expected. If you want the job done right, then you are going to have to invest in quality paints like Behr, Benjamine Moore, Cloverdale, Sherwin-Williams, etc. Unfortunate, premium paints, well worth it, can also, mean premium price. Luckily, we know a secret! The summertime is typically a slow time for hardware stores and paint contractors alike. This means, if your savvy, you can probably cut yourself a good deal, and save a bit of money buying paint and hiring contractors in the winter!

 

Faster Drying Time

While there are many reasons painting in the summer is ideal, winter has the lovely perk of a faster drying time!  Less time equals less money! Summer air tends to be humid, and the more moisture in the air,  the longer you have to wait for the paint to dry. That holds up jobs, adds time to tasks, and generally makes an interior painting job a bit more expensive than it usually would be. But in the winter, with just a small crack of the window, those problems tend to disappear.

PRO TIP: Worried about the cold? Try closing the door to that room, and placing a rolled up towel against the bottom to seal in the cold air, and stop it from spreading a chill to other rooms in the house!  

 

Bigger Summer Budget

Finally, there is one of the best advantages of all! You may be having a hard time swallowing the delay of your summer painting, but The Repaint Specialists are all about silver linings. Think about it this way, by getting your interior projects done in the winter; you will be saving time and money for a bigger, better, more thought out exterior paint job that will wow everyone int he neighborhood. Take that Debera down the road who rushed into that exterior paint job which looks totally fabulous, but cost a fortune! Feel better?

The point is, all this cooler weather doesn’t mean you have to cancel your home painting plans, it just means prioritizing your project order, so you get the best bang for your buck!

Curious about the savings you could be making this winter?

Contact The Repaint Specilasits in Edmonton, Alberta, today!

 Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

 St. Albert: (780) 459-9249

 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

 

 

 

How To Paint Your Fence Like A Repaint Specialist!

With just one week until the end of summer, now is a great time to complete those unfinished tasks around the yard: like that old fence you’ve meant to paint since last summer!

Painting your fence can seem like a daunting chore–especially if you have been blessed with a spacious yard–, but with a little expert advice and the right tools, painting a fence can be a breeze!

Our experts at The Repaint Specialists like to remind our local Edmonton “DIYers” to check the weather conditions 24 hours beforehand and keep an eye out for any sudden changes. Edmonton, Alberta is great at throwing weather surprises, and you certainly don’t want to be caught painting your fence on a rainy or scalding hot day! Wait for dry conditions with comfortable temperatures. If it has rained in the recent past, be sure your fence is completely dry before setting up to paint.

A painter is only as good as his tools. Before you begin, you should always be sure you are equipped with the proper tools for the job. While you can use a brush, you will find that a brush sprayer is far more efficient at covering large areas, and it will save you quite a bit of time. Furthermore, brushes are best used for completing those hard to reach places and small sections.

The Repaint Specialists have said it before, and they will say it again…

ONLY PURCHASE QUALITY PAINT!

Likewise, it’s equally important to purchase the CORRECT paint for the job. For example, if you chose to go ahead and use a brush sprayer, it is vital to buy the correct paint to go along with it. You will find these paints are generally thinner. You will also want to be sure your paint choice can hold up to weather changes and moisture. Try and purchase top-notch brands such as Behr, Benjamin Moore, Cloverdale, or Sherwin-Williams. 

PRO TIP:
If using a sprayer, invest in a safety mask, goggles, coveralls, and a drop sheet for the lawn!

Now that you have your supplies, it’s time for the most important step!

Preparing the fence:

The first step may seem obvious, but you would be surprised by how many people forget it! Be sure to move any furniture and potted plants away from the area. If needed, you can pin back any plants and flowers hanging above the fence to avoid them being ruined. Be sure to remove any hinges, metal handles, climbing vines or moss.

Next, it’s time to get the fence ready for its first coat of paint. The fence needs to be thoroughly cleaned. You may find you need to use a fungicide to remove any mold that may have grown. If you skip any of these steps, the paint may not stick to the wood, and you will have to do it all over again next year!

Following a thorough cleaning, you will need to sand the fence in order to remove any old paint residue and smoothen up any imperfections.

Now, you can apply a quality primer to help seal the fence and increase your chosen paint’s longevity and durability.

Before you go any further, you may want to do a spot test to ensure you have the correct colour. To do this, take your brush and paint a small spot on the fence. Next, stand back and review the colour from different angles.

If all is good with your selected paint colour, you can begin to paint by using brush strokes that go in the same direction as the wood grain. To avoid drips and runs, be sure not to overload your brush! If you are working with the sprayer, as suggested, then it is best to use long, sweeping horizontal arm movements to ensure an even finish throughout all the fence planks.

-Remember to apply brush strokes in the same direction as the wood grain and do not overload the brush with paint. Improper paint distribution will cause unwanted drips and runs.

-When working with a sprayer, use long, sweeping, horizontal arm movements to get an even finish on all fence boards. To avoid runs and drips with a sprayer, try to maintain a distance of about 15 centimeters between you and the spray muzzle.

Allow ample drying time between coats. Check your paint directions beforehand to ensure you are using the correct amount of paint coats and providing yourself with enough drying time.

The Repaint Specialists can help you get any summer paint project finished on time!

Contact The Repaint Specialists Today! 

2018 Paint Colours Of The Year

Are you still wowed by your home when you walk through the door? 

We aren’t talking the kinda wowed you get when you walk in and find your kids have entirely destroyed the place! We’re speaking of that breathtaking wowed you get after you have finally found the perfect paint color and everything seems right in the world.

Remember that feeling? The feeling that your whole home emulates you, and you get excited merely to sit in your favorite room relaxing!

Well, if that feeling has become lost to you, don’t panic; we can find it!

Like the leaves change with each season, so does our mood and decor tastes! Luckily, a new coat of paint can transform any room into a fresh, new, utopia that will leave you feeling like a fashionista, and have your friends begging you to decorate their home.

If you consider yourself a trendy individual, you might know exactly what you want. If you are more like what we refer to as “Faux trendy” (you want to be fashionable, but you have no idea what’s in), then we have you covered!

Take a look at this list The Repaint Specialist have put together for you!

From the most reputable brands of paint manufactures, we present to you…The Hottest Interior Home Colours Choices of 2018

 

BEHR: IN THE MOMENT T18-15

Looking to make your home serene and tranquil? Look no further than Behr’s color of the year: In The Moment. It’s calming “spruce blue” will bring serenity to any room, and its versatility makes this color choice ideal for both exterior and interior projects!

BENJAMINE MOORE:  CALIENTE AF-290

Bold, energetic, and magnificent! Benjamin Moore’s 2018 color Caliente brings an elegant, energetic spirit to any room! Make a statement by incorporating this color into your exterior. For example, a door that’s colored Caliente shouts to the world “All who enter, prepare to be dazzled.”

CLOVERDALE:  PLUME GRASS 0414

Plume Grass is Cloverdale’s modern take on a timeless classic. If you’re looking for something that whispers rather than shouts, this is your color! With a subtle hue of green that is perfectly balanced, Plume Grass send gentle notion of fresh air and neutrality.

SHERWIN-WILLIAMS: OCEANSIDE SW 6496  172- C7

Green collides with blue to make this smashing paint color of 2018: Oceanside. Oceanside brings elegance and grace with a flare of adventure and mystique to your home. While bolder than Behr’s ‘In The Moment’, Oceanside still leaves you reminiscing of salty, fresh air, and a feeling of ocean waves washing your worries away!

PANTONE:  ULTRA VIOLET 18-3838

Pantone’s Ultra Violet is out of this world! Imaginative, creative, and ingenious! This color represents the mystique of the universe and unlimited creativity! Perfect for the non-conformist who is looking to the future!

Want your Edmonton home looking trendy and fresh this season?

Give The Repaint Specialist a call, and our expert team of paint specialists won’t let you down! 

 

 Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

 St. Albert: (780) 459-9246

 Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

 

 

 

 

Pro Tips: PAINTING YOUR HOME EXTERIOR IN THE FALL by The Repaint Specialists in Edmonton

You procrastinated all summer, but with the weather cooling quickly, and autumn fast approaching, you might be thinking of finally getting your exterior painted.

The blazing heat is subsiding, vacation time has passed, and the kids are heading back to school. It’s hard to find a logical reason to put painting off any longer.

Fall can be the perfect time to paint your home’s exterior; however, there are a few precautions you will need to take into consideration.

Follow these tips from The Repaint Specialists, and you will have your Edmonton home looking fab in no time!

Here is how to make your fall painting project successful!

• For best results, make sure you avoid applying exterior paints and stains when temperatures are lower than 10°C or 50°F. Edmonton weather can be a bit on the brisk side, and it may not always be feasible to get it all done in warmer weather. If you are finding the temperature dipping below 10 degrees, try and use a high-quality paint such as BEHR MARQUEE exterior paint and primer line. This line protects from drying and allows for painting in frostier temperatures that dip as low as 2°C or 32.6°F. Look for similar lines with other reputable companies such as Cloverdale, Benjamin Moore, and Sherwin-Williams.

• As a general rule of thumb, the best hours of application in the fall are between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. When temperatures are the warmest.

• The method is the same, but when painting in the autumn, you want to start on the sunny side of the building and work your way around, following the sun’s direction. Notice, this is the exact opposite pattern as followed in the summer when you want to avoid the sun!

• Lower temperatures mean drying and curing times take longer. To avoid any mishaps, be sure to allow for ample drying time between coats. To be on the safe side, we recommended you wait at least 24 hours between coats when temperatures hit below 10°C or 50º F.

Watch the dew! No, we don’t mean your hair. We are talking about dew points. When the temperature hits a certain point, the moisture will start to condense creating dew on your work surface. Paints, stains, or primers shouldn’t be applied unless the surface temperature is at least 5° higher than the dew point. Check online to find your local dew point! Remember, all surfaces should be properly cleaned and dried before applying the product! Disregarding this can lead to some serious problems down the road.

 

Are you looking for recommendations on the best exterior paint for your project?

No problem! Our team of expert paint specialists are just a call away!

Dial The Repaint Specialist today!

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

St. Albert: (780) 459-9246

Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

10 Items Every Edmonton Homeowner Needs!

CALLING ALL HOMEOWNERS!!!

Now, we know better than anyone that calling a repaint specialist will get you high-quality results with minimal effort on your part; however, we also know, that it isn’t always feasible to call in your local paint specialist every time a ding or scratch appears on your wall.

Most Edmonton homeowners agree that a little do it yourself project can go a long way to saving you money IF one does it right. Saving you time on the other hand? Well, you may want to call in the experts for that one…

The Repaint Specialists have put a list together to ensure your next DIY paint project gets done correctly!

Consider investing in the following…

10 Items EVERY Homeowner Should Own!



1. A Proper Paint Can Opener

Put down the screwdriver and butter knife before you hurt yourself or the can! While these items may do a fine job getting a paint can open, they sure can do a number on the seal making it practically impossible to ensure a tight fit back on. Spend a few bucks, and head to your local hardware store for a bonafide paint opener. When finished, take that opener, and open yourself a nice cold beer. WE SAID WHEN YOU’RE DONE!



2. Quality Putty Knife

These little putty knives are a lifesaver! You can use them for everything! Applying painters tape in tight corners and edges, scrapping up muck, and intercepting paint drips are among a few uses of a putty knife. You may even catch yourself applying some kinda putty with it; the possibilities are endless! Just keep it away from the paint can lids and toast!



3. Painters Tape

We see you over there with your masking tape. Don’t look away! It’s okay; we’ve all been there! It’s never too late to change! It’s time to invest in some quality painter tape. Painters tape has the perfect adhesion for the task at hand. Masking tape sticks well, and sometimes, that isn’t a good thing! Avoid peeling off paint and tedious tape removal by using the gentler painters tape! You’ll thank us!



4. Roller Sleeves

Yes, those fluffy cylinder looking clouds that look a bit like a fat cat’s tail are one of the finest tools you can own. Don’t cheap out! Spend a few extra bucks and get yourself a good one. You will notice the difference in the paint application right away!

PRO TIP: Avoid rollers with cardboard centers. They are almost impossible to reuse, and likely, are made from cheap materials that will leave lint on your walls.


5. Roller Frames

They say the frame makes the picture. Okay, nobody in the history of anywhere has ever said that. It doesn’t even make sense. But, what does make sense is the sturdier the frame, the sturdier the stroke. Not to mention, a quality frame will last forever!

6. Extendable Handle

Take it from the pros at The Repaint Specialists. Unless you are feet tall and have 2 meter long arms, you are going to want to invest in an extendable handle. And if you are, we need you on our team! An extendable handle will save your wrists, arms, and back from becoming damaged and sore. Not to mention, you will find the strength of your strokes considerably stronger, and the project moves along faster!


7. 2-1/2in Sash Brush

This angle bristled brush is any pro painters go to brush for cutting in edges or corners before rolling. Got some trim that needs painting? Then you need this brush!


8. Drop Cloth

Notice we said drop cloth and not drop plastic? That is because unless you want a big mess and big frustration, you should be using a nice canvas drop cloth. They are easier to place, clean up, and they soak up the paint for better protection of your carpet and floors! Not to mention canvas drop clothes don’t slip around as much as plastic ones cultivating a safer work space.


9. A Roller Tray

This one is easy. A regular ole plastic roller tray will do just fine for a small room. It makes the paint easily accessible, and it doesn’t require much cleanup. Just pour the remaining paint pack in the can, allow the stuck on paint to dry, and peel off. You don’t even have to peel it off right away. Go ahead and reuse the tray a few, and wait until a few layers have built up for easier peeling!



10. 4 Ft Step Ladder

A step ladder is something every homeowner should own period. With so many uses, it’s hard to understand why any homeowner or renter wouldn’t own one! A 4ft ladder is perfect for moving around efficiently while reaching ceilings and cutting high corners!

Have questions about your next paint project?

Call The Repaint Specialists in Edmonton, Alberta for all your professional painting needs!

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

St. Albert: (780) 459-9246

Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

Proper Exterior and Interior Paint Storage- Tips from The Repaint Specialists in Edmonton

As a homeowner, you have probably collected a few paint tins here and there, and paint cans, as you probably already know, can take up a lot of space.

So, what do you do with them?

Many people come to the conclusion that storing them in the shed or garage is the best way to keep them out of site. However, depending where you live, that may not be the most suitable option…and here, in Edmonton? It isn’t!

If you have invested in good quality paint from respectable companies like Behr, Benjamin Moore, Clover-dale, or Sherwin-Williams, then there is no doubt you want to save those left overs for future products—instead of throwing away your cash and burning more later.

Luckily, if stored correctly, both interior and exterior paint can last a LONG time! On average, Latex paints can last about 10 years, while Solvent or oil-based paints can keep on truckin’ for 15 years!

Let’s take at what The Repaint Specialists have to say about storing that paint successfully while keeping it off your hallway floor!

1. Make sure your paint can is sealed nice and tight to stop the drying out process. There is nothing worse (okay, maybe there are a lot worse things, but it still isn’t pleasant) than opening what used to be a half full can of paint, to find it all dried out. If paint has seeped into the grooves of the can, you can wipe it out with a clean cloth. We suggest you avoid using a hammer to tap the lid closed as this can damage and distort the lid, defeating the purpose of sealing it in the first place. Instead, use a rubber mallet, or place a board on top of the can and hammer the board until the lid below in closes.

2. Now it’s time to find the perfect spot to store it. Remember how we said not the garage? This is because extreme temperatures, hot or cold, can ruin perfectly good paint. You may have noticed, that here in Edmonton, Alberta, we experience some extreme temperature fluctuations! Find a cool dark place in your home where the temperature stays relatively the same. Think closet, cupboard, or basement. If choosing a basement, be sure to put it on a shelf of the floor to avoid moisture buildup and rust in the can. Keep it away from cold windows or hot furnaces. Extreme heat can actually cause oil based paints to catch fire, which will cost you a lot more than a ruined can of paint.

3. Now that you know paint is best stored in the house, you may be concerned about storage space. If you have a few half cans of the same paint, go ahead and mix those together or, you can even transfer unused paint into more convenient sealable jars! Remember to label each jar with the brand, paint name, purchase date, and mixture number. Psst…now you finally have an excuse to go an buy that label maker!

Need help finding the perfect colour of paint?

 

Give The Repaint Specialists a call @

Edmonton: (780) 448-5996

St. Albert: (780) 459-9246

Sherwood Park: (780) 467-6835

Be sure to check out the hottest colour trends of 2018 HERE

Interior Painting Tips Courtesy of Edmonton Painters – The Repaint Specialists

We get it!

You live a busy life filled with work, family, errands, and Netflix. As a result this DIY project you’ve had on the go has been resting on the back burner for months!

It’s finally the long weekend, and are you going camping? No way. You are going to be staying home to do the responsible thing and ‘Get ‘er Done!’

Holding cocktail on a tropical beach

With any luck, there will still be some time to hit the beach when your done #adulting!

WAIT!

We are all for getting things done in a timely fashion, but before you head out that door to show off your hot new swimwear and iconic sunglasses (where did you get those beauties anyway?!) let’s make sure you aren’t making any of these common Time Saving Mistakes!

1. Rushing the Prep Work

This definitely isn’t the funnest part of the job, even if your name is Martha Stewart. Without a doubt, washing, patching, and caulking walls can be tedious and time consuming tasks; however, there is absolutely no substitute for thorough prep work if you want a great-looking paint job, and it will save you time and money in the long run!

2. Not Sanding Walls

For a truly professional, lump-free finish, remember to sand your walls before you start applying your paint. Sanding gets rid of bumps, imperfections, and roller lint that may have been left on from other previous paint jobs. For best results, try to use a drywall sanding pole and 80- or 100-grit drywall sanding paper. You can definitely use a handheld sanding block, it just means you may have to wait a little longer to get going.

3. Trying to Cover in One Coat

The beach will be there tomorrow! It’s a terrible idea to slather on a thick coat of paint in an attempt to finish quickly. For starters, one coat rarely covers well—yes, even dark colours! In addition, a thick coat of paint will most likely run, take days to dry, and look terrible when finished. Instead, take your time, and apply two thin, even coats. We promise you will get much better results!

4. Painting Over Partially Dried Paint

At this point we know you are in a hurry to have this project finished. You’ve spent the time prepping, sanding and you even resisted the urge to do one coat. Now, can’t you just apply that second coat and be done with it? We know it’s hard to wait, especially, when you can’t control time; however, painting over paint that’s not completely dry is only going to undo all the good you’ve done so far. The worst-case scenario is that you’ll loosen the partially dry paint and it will start to come off onto your brush or roller, creating a real mess, and putting you back to the start. Even if this doesn’t happen, painting over paint that’s not dry can cause adhesion problems or slower drying times. Just follow the drying time instructions on the paint can, and you and your walls will be in good shape…The good news? Waiting for the first coat to dry is a great time to take a little TLC time, and head to that beach. Go on, you deserve it, and when you get back, you can finish up and go camping next weekend!

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Be on the lookout for next week’s blog where we show you how to save time without cutting corners!