Guidance from a Professional Color Consultant

Many homeowners struggle with moving forward on taking on a project for the home of having their house painted because the thought of selecting all the colors for the rooms can be overwhelming. However, the resources are out there to help you with the whole project. Sherwin Williams Paint Stores have professional Color Consultants on staff who will take you through the process of choosing the right colors for your rooms.

Of course you can use on line assistance of Social Media sites like Pinterest to get ideas, but nothing compares to having a professional come into your home and help you select your colors that compliment your existing fabrics and decor in your home.

Paint-Right Painting , for large-scale projects, will help you with the cost of the color consult as well, when you choose us to do the project for you. The consult typical time is up to 90 minutes, which gives you plenty of time to walk around your home with the consultant and get ideas.

So don’t put off getting your outdated and marked up walls in your rooms updated with new color schemes and current trend colors. Contact your local Sherwin Williams store after talking with us about painting your home.

Pictured below is Kathy Wright/V.P. Sales and Marketing with Sherwin Williams area Color Consultants, Sharae, Naja, Maria , Yvonne, and Naperville Store manager, Rob.

Exterior Weather Conditions Rated by the Crew of Paint-Right Painting Inc:

Now that the Exterior season is finishing, we thought it would be interesting to hear what the crew has to say about which weather conditions outside are the toughest to work in. We asked them to rate the following: 1) Heat, 2) Humidity, 3) Cold, 4) Wind: Here’s the answers:

Dan, Painting Contractor: The worst is Wind. Next is Cold. Following that would be Humidity and then Heat.

Tony, Painter: Humidity is the worse. Next is Wind. Following that is Heat. The easiest is Cold. Comments: We had a good season, but 1 job with a lot of prep work we did was hard. This house was in really bad shape. There was a lot of peeling. It probably could have used a 3rd coat, but the customer wanted to do only 1 coat, except in worse areas he agreed on 2 coats. What happened is this house was not kept in good condition, and the last time it was painted, they probably just painted over the peeled areas.

Mike, Painter: The worst is Humidity. Next is Wind. Following that is Heat and then finally Cold. Comments: One day, when I was working with Dan, the wind was so intense that you couldn’t even go on a step ladder. Also, with winds, when on a roof or putting a ladder on it, it can be very dangerous.

John, President: I would combine Heat and Humidity together as the worse. Next is Wind, and then Cold. If it is Cold and Windy, you can’t work. If it’s just cold, then you can. In 4 Decades , the worse is the Heat with the Humidity. It’s a killer. It destroys you.

Chris, President of Tacoma, WA location: These conditions don’t apply out here. We never have Humidity. However, the fog can be bad. Typically, we start with a rainy season, then it turns good, and then comes the Fog with the Cold. At the end, there is only 4-5 workable hours time in a day. Also, what currently is going on is a lot of smoke from all the fires out here.

 

So that’s the opinion of the crew. Everyone has a different perspective of the conditions. The guys in IL are in for a big change now that our Interior season is starting, and they don’t have to be concerned about the weather outside! In the Tacoma location, Chris is doing Exterior and Interior both during the Spring/Summer season.

 

Painting Exterior Brick on a Home

Many homeowners of Cedar Sided homes have a brick front/ or partial brick on their home, and want to create a “WOW” Factor when the house is up for a new painting/staining. This us usually done to take a darker colored brick to go lighter. Most often, white is used on the brick. However, it can be a tan or gray color, or another color to match the siding.

There are some situations, however, that we prefer not to paint the brick. The first is when their is noted water damage to the brick, which you can tell by seeing water stains on the brick in areas. Another situation is when there is efflorescence, which is water in the brick, that evaporates, and then leaves crystalline salts on the brick. The final situation where we prefer not to paint the brick is when there are problems with the tuck-pointing falling apart.

In the above situations, you may want to hire a  company that stains the bricks instead. However, it won’t be a solid, uniform, consistent look such as the painted look.

Painting the brick is usually a 3 step process of a primer, and 2 topcoats of a flat paint that is good for masonry surfaces.  You want to ensure it has a uniform, consistent finish, which is why a hand application as opposed to spraying is the best way for the project to be done.