Painting & Textures Battleford & Lloydminster

Painting your house inside or out has always been a task. We will make it easier, faster, last longer, and cheaper in the long run. 

 

Material Selection 

The main reason home owners have problems with painting or with the walls once they have been painted is material selection. There is no such thing as a good cheap paint! You get what you pay for, that is all there is to it. Take into account the cost of manufacturing, the can, lid, label, box, the guy who sells it to you, shipping, raw materials, mark-up from the manufacturer, and mark-up from the store. How good could a $15.00 can of paint be? 

Higher quality paints will give you a higher quality finish. The better the paint the more square footage you can cover with a gallon, the easier it is to touch up, and the longer life. 

Cover your walls with paint @ $15 per gallon and you will have to repaint in a year. Cover your walls with paint @ $40 per gallon and you will get 6 to 10 years before you repaint. Unless you just do not like the color anymore. 

Start with a good quality paint and point yourself in the right direction. 

We service a large area beyond Lloydminster and Battleford. Call or email for details.

 

What Paint to Buy 

A quality paint is determined by the amount of solids in it. This is the amount of pigments, resins, and water in the can. The higher the solids the better the quality of the paint. All paint companies make a low grade contractors paint, so do not base your decision on the brand name alone. Pick a good name paint and go with their medium or top-of-the-line products. They are easier to touch up, wash, and they last longer. 

 

Interior Paints 

Enamels are less likely to be damaged by cleaning than are most flat latex paints. They come in a wide range of finishes including, gloss, semi-gloss, satin or eggshell. In high traffic areas and where the coating will be washed often such as kitchens, baths, and woodwork, an enamel will be your best choice. Flat wall finishes are more desirable in other parts of the house like bedrooms, living and dining areas. 100% acrylics touch up very well and are very durable. 

 

Textured Ceilings and Walls 

Textured ceilings are very common, especially in homes that have been remodelled. Textured ceilings and walls add more character to the surface, and hide damage that regular paints could not. They can be used in a variety of places around the house. It’s not just for ceilings any more. As well as ceilings and walls, texture can be utilized on boxes, archways, backsplashes, pillars, or features – you know, like those funny little indents in your walls. 

In renovations, textured ceilings and walls are becoming more popular. Whether they are blown on or painted on, a texture will improve not only the appearance of a room, but the home’s value as well. 

Not unlike regular paint, textured paint can easily be applied with a roller. While textured paint is an easy way to improve an old surface, some prep work needs to be done. The old surface should be sanded and re-primed and any major damage should be fixed such as cracks or big dents. The sanding will clean up the surface and create a better bond for your finish. 

A blown on textured ceiling will require some special equipment and skill. This process is best left to professionals. There are three main types of texture, Knock down, Splatter and Stipple. For Knock down, a machine is used to spray a compound onto the surface and then it is towelled down to the textured appearance. Splatter is sprayed onto the surface anywhere from a fine mist to a heavy glob depending on the look you want. This is sometimes referred to as an orange peel. Stipple is the old style texture that everybody is having me remove and replace with a knock down. 

The blown on textures can be customized with different colors of primers and paints. Tinted primers are used on the surface to be textured then the texture itself is mixed with the color of your choice and sprayed on the surface to give a two-tone effect. A third color can be added by using a dry tight roller (a roller that is tight knit with very little paint) and rolled lightly over the surface. 

There are also different types of hand done textures that can be applied to surfaces but they can be time consuming. 

Any textured surface can be removed and replaced with a more up-to-date texture or paint.  This can be a very messy process best left to the professionals.

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Tips

  • Sand your walls before you paint this will help in cleaning and smoothing your walls.
  • Before you repaint take some time, go over your wall and fix any damage. 
  • Some contractors will use low grade paints in new houses actual most of them do. If your house is newer sand the walls and re-prime with a high grade primer, then repaint with a medium or high grade paint. 
  • Do not water down your primers or paints. 
  • New construction always sand your primer, this will make a big difference on the look and finish of your walls.