Lets Know First Before Book Onsite Spray Painting Services

Many businesses will regrettably come across a part of their building that requires a repair of some kind. Unfortunately, unless you are skilled in building refurbishments, it can be difficult to identify a well qualified and reputable contractor.

In this article, I will discuss 5 things that you should take into consideration before you commit to a contractor and work begins with regards to onsite spray painting.

1. Quotations

First things first, you should definitely be contacting a number of local contractors and ask for a quotation. Any reputable brand or organisation will not have an issue with this. If you find that a specific company would like to charge for a quotation, it’s best to move on. There will be hundreds of onsite spray painting organisations that will be willing to travel so don’t worry too much about the distance. As I mentioned above, it’s worth contacting the local companies first though. Look nationwide when you have started to run out of options.

2. Costs and Budget

If you have a specific budget, its best to be realistic. It’s probably worth getting a local contractor to complete any refurbishments for you. If you employ the skills of a company in Edinburgh and you are in Southampton, chances are, you are going to have to pay a premium for their services. After all they will need to cover technical wages, travel and accommodation in some cases.

3. Why onsite spray painting

Onsite spray painting is certainly a great alternative to traditional painting methods. The reason for it’s growing popularity is simple. As well as being a money saver, it is a lot cleaner and easier to use than traditional painting methods. Spray painting uses machinery that is “loaded” in simple terms, with specific paint. This is usually decided before the work commences and the rest is history really. It is jet powered onto a surface using intelligent equipment, reducing drips and puddles within the work area. Unlike traditional painting methods, the chances of spills are greatly reduced.

4. Your Goals

It’s worth asking yourself what you want to achieve. In most cases, onsite spray painting is usually used during a repair or refurbishment. If you business has undergone significant repairs, the application of paint using a spray painting contractor can massively decrease the visibility of any previous repair or fault.

5. Does it need to be painted?

Agreed, new surfaces can be incredibly dense and come across boring. Adding a little colour can add some personality to your project or work area. However, is it absolutely necessary? If it’s not needed, then why go ahead with it? It will only cost you and your business money in the short-term.

 

The Best Safety Practices for Painters

While painting may at first appear to be a fairly straightforward task, any number of health complications can ensue if a worker does not use proper protection and comply with safety regulations. To ensure safety, a painter needs to use the right products, remain vigilant, and balance the pressure to complete the job on time with safety practices.

Solvent Protection Equipment

When using solvent-based products, it is important to always have the right protective equipment on hand. Some companies make solvent-resistant gloves that prevent paint from seeping through the material, reducing the risk of direct skin contact. In addition, those working in poorly ventilated areas should consider acquiring special respirators to protect the lungs from fumes let off by toxic chemicals.

Protective Sanding Gear

When sanding, an anti-dust mask prevents microscopic pieces of wood from entering the lungs. These small dust particles can cause long-term lung damage for professional painters, so proper protection is crucial. In addition, gloves protect the skin while using sanders, especially electric sanders. The same applies to goggles, which can help protect the eyes from small dust particles.

Precautions for Flammable Products

Always keep in mind that solvents are highly flammable, so anything that could ignite a flammable product needs to be kept away from the workspace. Read the safety precautions on any solvent-based paint, and it will tell you to store it in a cool and well-ventilated area.

It’s also important to dispose of towels properly because a towel that is soaked in oil-based paint can ignite if it is near a fire. Water-based products are a safer solution to oil-based ones, mostly because they are not flammable and can dry much quicker.

Stepladder Safety

Falls are a leading cause of injury in the construction industry, so it is essential to be aware of the proper precautions when using a stepladder. Always check to make sure that the ladder steps are dry and sturdy, and that they can support the weight of both you and your equipment. For stability, stay near the middle of the ladder rather than the top, and avoid using a ladder on slippery or unsteady surfaces.

It’s common for contracted painters to work quickly-the faster the job gets done, the faster they can get paid for the next job-and many painters will tell you that you have to work fast while maintaining accuracy and precision. However, rushing through a job increases risks associated with safety problems and hazards.

 

Tips Before Painting Your House

Below are five important things to consider before painting the exterior of your home yourself.

(1) Proper preparation of all surfaces to be painted is paramount. Improper preparation is the main cause of paint failure and/or reduced life of the finish. Surface preparation can take as little as a few hours, while some require days to complete properly. All this time and work and you have yet to open your first can of paint! For some, the time required and the knowledge needed for this step was all they had to hear before calling us in, but not for everyone. Others who completed projects on their own were happy with the outcome for the first few years or so after painting. It wasn’t until the eventual premature failure coupled with the thought of how much time & money they had spent to repaint on their own that they eventually decided to leave it to the professionals the second time around.

(2) It’s not that high… or is it. The height of your home can be a bit deceiving from the ground, and let’s not forget about trying to safely place a ladder on a garage roof to paint the side of the second story. Proper equipment such as the correct ladders and ladder leveling tools required to safely perform the preparation and painting of high reach areas can be very costly. Aside from these costs, if you have a fear of heights, painting a two story home may not be the best choice you make.

(3) Paint is not always paint as some might say. Using a good quality paint is very important for multiple reasons, but let’s look at the two most important to our current and past clients. First and most importantly, using a high grade paint verses a low grade paint will increase the time in between repainting your home, saving you both time and money in the future. Second, and possibly of equal importance to many DIY home painters, higher grade paints provide better coverage per coat reducing the time needed to apply additional material to the surfaces being painted. Time and money, it always seems to come down to these two things. Every paint manufacturer out there has a good, better, best line of paint in their arsenal of coatings. My recommendation is it would be best to steer clear of the lower grade paint options as they will not perform to most peoples expectations. While it may save you a few dollars today, at some point in the near future, you will pay the price both in dollars and time spent repainting before you should have to.

(4) Let’s not forget the physical aspect of this type of project. Applying paint on the exterior of your home can be hard on your body. 100% of all homes that will be repainted will require physical activity. Of this 100%, 100% of these homes will require extended periods of time on ladders (of course, I am not counting any of the dog houses that will be painted!). And furthermore, 100% will also require you to stretch and bend your body in ways you may not of known were possible. While you may be in great shape, the repetitive nature of painting, stretching and climbing up & down ladders will take its toll on you physically. Be honest with yourself when considering your physical fitness level before committing yourself to completing such a major project on your own.

(5) So the above information has not changed your mind and you have decided to do it on your own and skip the services of a professional painting contractor. I applaud your determination and hope everything turns out great for you. So one final friendly word of advise. All those cans of paint you just bought, please, please please… do not use them one at a time. While you may have purchased them all at the same time, if you have like most do, decided on a color other than what the manufacture put in the can originally, it does not match!!!! Purchase a few empty five gallon buckets and “box” the material together to ensure the paint will all match once applied to the surface. “Boxing” paint is to mix it all together. Pour the gallons into one five gallon bucket and then from five to five until all paint has been mixed together thoroughly. This will blend the slight variations in color from can to can and produce a more uniform color for the finish coat.

 

Know The Best Tips to Choosing House Painting Colors

It is often said that the easiest way to change the appearance of a home is to paint it. And, while this is true, knowing what colors to paint your home’s exterior, or perhaps determine what color to paint a particular room, is rarely as easy as it sounds. Just take a walk down the paint aisle of your local home improvement store or visit a paint store and you will quickly discover that the days of simple red or white are no more. There are now more hue variations than one can begin to imagine. Add in the number tools, brushes, trays, etc. and just the thought of a weekend spent house painting can be overwhelming!

Thankfully, house painting doesn’t have to be terrifying or overwhelming. With an understanding of the following paint selection tips from house painting pros and average homeowners, you can have a new look for your home in no time at all.

Paint Selection Tips for Anyone

· Start in a smaller space. You don’t have to paint a main space first. Choose a small room, a hallway, or even and accent wall. Use an area rug, pillow, piece of artwork, or some other piece with a color you like in it, and take it to the store with you. The salesperson can help you find a paint color to match, or either custom mix that color for you.

· Use paint to enhance the existing architecture. By painting molding, mantel, built-ins, or doors, you can add color in a small way and make a decision regarding main wall color after you have lived with the new look for a few days/weeks.

· Note what rooms are visible to one another. Pay attention to what colors are used (if any) and how much of each room can be seen from an adjoining room. Consider keeping adjoining spaces in neutral tones as these are nearly foolproof choices.

· Think about the mood you want to create. Rich colors such as brown, deep greens, rich reds, etc. lend an air of intimacy and warmth; while softer colors like blue, light yellow or green have calming affects.

· Think about your lighting. Natural lights show the truest color, incandescent lights bring out the warm tones and, fluorescent lighting casts a blue tone.

· Know the terms. Hue is the term for color; the value refers to how light or dark it is, saturation refers to how dominant the hue is; and, intensity is the brilliance of the color.

Choosing a paint color for your next makeover project doesn’t have to be intimidating. You can walk with confidence into any paint aisle and make the decision with ease. Then, it’s just a matter of painting the space yourself or calling in a professional such as the Bay Country Painters. Regardless of your choice, you can have a great new look for your home in no time at all.