Painters often tint primer close to the color of the top coat, but Wallis thinks that's a recipe for "holidays," or missed spots. Instead, he tints his primer a contrasting color. "If I can see the color coming through, I know I need to apply more paint," he says. On the cottage shown in this story, he chose a gray-blue primer to go under a peach top coat.
When the primer is dry, caulk all small joints (less than ¼-inch-wide) in the siding and trim. Most pros use siliconized acrylics—paint won't stick to straight silicones—but Guertin and O'Neil like the new, more expensive urethane acrylics for their greater flexibility and longevity. O'Neil stresses that it's shortsighted to skimp on caulk. "If the joint fails, you're back to square one." Guertin uses the lifetime rating as his quality guide. "I don't expect 35-year caulk will last 35 years, but it should last longer than a 15-year caulk."
Location: Stamford, CT Date: 01/02/2021 What is the approximate living square footage of your home?: 1500-3000 sqft What is the primary exterior surface material of your home?: Wood How many stories is your home?: Two stories What size is your attached garage?: 1-Car Garage Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Comment: house
O'Neil patches shallow holes and divots with Ready Patch because it dries fast, sands smooth, and stays flexible. Deep cracks and rotten spots are best repaired with two-step epoxies, such as those made by Advanced Repair Technology. (For a step-by-step instructions, see Repairing Rot with Epoxy.) The days of using polyester auto-body fillers on wood are over. "They cure too hard," says Portland, Oregon–based painting contractor Kathleen George. "They look good at first, but then they peel away."

That said, depending on the composition of the paint, some exterior paint is appropriate for painting the interior of a home. Paint meant for the exterior of a home will hold up over time.Just be sure that the area being painted is well ventilated, as it will come with a strong smell at first, which will dissipate over time.A painting professional will be able to advise you about whether your exterior paint is appropriate for indoor use.
Location: Stamford, CT Date: 01/02/2021 What is the approximate living square footage of your home?: 1500-3000 sqft What is the primary exterior surface material of your home?: Wood How many stories is your home?: Two stories What size is your attached garage?: 1-Car Garage Request Stage: Planning & Budgeting Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible Comment: house
Location: Stamford, CT Date: 01/04/2021 What is the occupancy of the house?: Empty of furnishings and unoccupied What needs to be painted? (Check all that apply): Wall, Trim What is the total square footage of the rooms to be painted?: Under 1500 sqft What is the average ceiling height of the rooms you want painted?: 8 ft Which rooms need to be painted? (Check all that apply): Living Areas, Dining Room, Hallways Number of Rooms: 3 - 4 Request Stage: Ready to Hire Historical Work: No Desired Completion Date: Timing is flexible What kind of location is this?: Home/Residence Comment: I would like to get an estimate for paint small apartment 3 rooms
"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!"
O'Neil patches shallow holes and divots with Ready Patch because it dries fast, sands smooth, and stays flexible. Deep cracks and rotten spots are best repaired with two-step epoxies, such as those made by Advanced Repair Technology. (For a step-by-step instructions, see Repairing Rot with Epoxy.) The days of using polyester auto-body fillers on wood are over. "They cure too hard," says Portland, Oregon–based painting contractor Kathleen George. "They look good at first, but then they peel away."
If less than half the old paint is left, however, it may be worth stripping it all off. Guertin gets rid of stubborn remnants using shrouded grinders (like the PaintShaver), infrared paint strippers (such as the Speedheater), or chemical strippers (like Multi-Strip), then smooths the wood with a course or two of sanding. When siding (or bank accounts) can't take the shock of a total strip job, Rich O'Neil, of Masterwork Painting in Bedford, Massachusetts, has successfully hidden rough, well-adhered paint under Peel Bond, a thick primer.
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