My husband and I hired Rome and his crew to paint the exterior of our home and we couldn't be happier with the finished product! We purchased a Contemporary style home that was built in 1985 and what was once a gloomy, sad shade of a blue/grey, in desperate need of a facelift. Now, this house really feels like a "new" home (complete with an updated deck...read on for more)!
"What started off as Fermin coming in for an estimate on spraying my kitchen cabinets white, this project turned into a much larger project of him offering his services for helping to remove a wall in between my living room/dining room, adding molding and painting entire downstairs and upstairs. I was in the process of getting multiple estimates for different projects and I am so pleased I went with Fermin for the entire job start to finish. Fermin and his team are reliable and responsible and did a fantastic job. I highly, highly recommend Ayala's Painting. Having just closed on a new home and wanting the job to be done right before moving in, he did just that and more. I am very pleased with his work and we are already thinking of future jobs for Fermin and his crew to perform once we move in. Side note - Fermin and his team are extremely caring, polite and considerate. They even helped move our trash cans back into the garage once the garbage pick up happened and even helped to move in packages that were delivered, all without asking. This example is the type of person Fermin is, and the crew he hires. Trustworthy and considerate. Looking forward to enjoying my new home updates and working with Fermin in the future!"
While you may choose to paint a door, ground-level window trim and other parts of your house’s exterior, it’s really a job best left to the professionals. One of the main reasons is experience. An experienced painter knows how to handle the prep work, spot problems and identify sources of future trouble, all while getting the job done more efficiently. They are also experienced with spending long hours on tall ladders. If you want high-quality work, it’s best to hire a professional painter near you.
Deciding which paint to use has gotten much easier now that acrylic latexes have pushed oil-based paints almost to extinction. The acrylics offer superior performance (they don't harden with age, the way oils do, so they move and breathe without blistering), they don't mildew as readily, and they emit fewer VOCs, so they comply with new air-quality regulations. They also work over both oil- and water-based primers.
Small random-orbit or pad sanders make this job go faster. (Wallis first covers these boundaries with Synkoloid patching compound so no edge is visible after sanding.) As shown, you want to make sure that there is a feathered, smooth transition from exposed wood to old paint. For areas that might get close scrutiny, you can follow up with a 100- or 120-grit rubdown to erase any scratches.
Walls should be wet down before getting scrubbed, then washed with a gallon of water mixed with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Working in sections, from the bottom to the top, will avoid streaks. Be sure to rinse walls well before the solution dries. Wood siding and trim should be ready to paint after a day or two of dry weather.
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