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How to Prep for Interior Painting

Before you can put your paint brush to the wall, there are a few things that must be done first, no exceptions. With indoor obstacles like furniture, carpet and limited work space, it’s difficult to know where to start an interior project. By properly preparing your room for the job, you will save major time in the long run, as well as stress. Sure, interior painting projects may seem a little daunting at first, but by following these steps, the process can be painless, and maybe even enjoyable!

Step 1: Move Furniture

The first step when painting an interior is to protect the furniture. The best way to do this is to move everything to the center of the room, away from the walls you’re about to paint. Then, once everything is together, use painters plastic to cover it all. This way, your furniture is out of the way and protected from potential paint drips. This step also includes taking pictures off the walls (take a picture of the room before to reference when piecing the room back together).

Step 2: Cover Floors

Once your furniture is covered, it’s time to protect your floors. You can use several products to cover the floor. Some painters prefer plastic, some use paper, and others use painter’s cloth. Regardless of what you go with, make sure that the floor beneath each wall is covered securely with no exposed carpet. Sometimes it may even be smart to tape down your covering so that it doesn’t slide around as you work.

Step 3: Tape

When everything valuable is protected, it’s time to prepare for the actual painting process. At this point you will want to get blue painter’s tape and apply it to any edge that you don’t want painted. If you’re just painting walls, apply tape along the edge of the trim so that you can paint freely while conserving a clean edge. If there are any outlets in the room, either remove the coverings or tape them off. Removing them is easier for most people.

Step 4: Repair Drywall

Once everything is taped, take a look at the drywall around the room. It is important to patch holes, nail pops, or any other imperfections before applying paint.

Step 5: Apply Paint

The next step is to add paint! No matter what brand you go with, we recommend using two coats on each wall. Cut in with a brush, painting the edges where the tape is, then go through with a roller and fill in the middle of each wall. Depending on the room size and how many rooms you’re painting, you could finish your project in one day.

Step 6: Clean Up

Once you finish painting the walls and have given them time to dry, remove the tape. Be careful when pulling away tape, as it can bring some of the good paint with it. Be prepared to make small touch ups if necessary. Once you remove the tape and the covering, return the furniture to its rightful place.

Contact a Professional

If you still feel unqualified to paint your interior, or maybe just don’t feel like doing it yourself, Elite Pro Painting can help. We’ve painted thousands of homes over the past fifteen years, so we know a thing or two about preparation and execution. Let us give you a hand! Contact us for a free quote today.

 

Should You Paint Your Brick House? Pros and Cons

Brick is one of the oldest and most popular building materials used in homes today. Many people adore the rustic look of brick houses as well as the timeless qualities that brick can provide. However, others can’t help but consider the endless design possibilities that an exterior paint job could offer. If you’re unsure what to do with your brick, you’ve come to the right place. This article will consider the design potential for each option and will help you make the right decision for your home.

Pros to Painting Your Brick

Your House Will Stand Out

If you’re trying to sell you house, or maybe just keep up with your neighbors… painting your brick is a sure way to boost your home’s curb appeal. Brick is so common that oftentimes, a standard brick house can come off a little dull or uninteresting at first glance. There are definitely exciting ways to compliment brick, but if you feel this way about your home, consider a paint job. Try painting your brick with a color that highlights the best parts of your home while complimenting the existing design.

Your House Will be Easier to Clean

When it comes to ridding your home’s exterior of dirt and debris, it will always be easier to clean painted brick. On its own, brick is porous and rough, while paint is moisture resistant and smooth. A power wash is always effective with the proper chemicals, but you will find that painted brick stays cleaner longer. If you live in the woods or someplace similar, consider how this pro could be a game-changer.

Your House Will be Safer

As silly as it sounds, paint provides a valuable layer of protection to your home. A piece of wood with a couple layers of paint will last years longer than an untouched one. The same is true for brick! Because of paint’s water resistant properties, dangerous weather and temperatures are rendered less effective. Strong winds pelt your exterior with debris while cold weather cracks foundations and makes your life difficult. A simple paint job can extend the lifespan of your property for years longer, so consider it for your home.

Cons to Painting Your Brick

It is Permanent

Once your brick is painted, it will be that way forever. You can’t un-paint a brick house. Some people may actually view this as a pro, but I decided to put it under the cons list purely based on your risk as a homeowner. You cannot change your mind once your brick is painted. There will always be the option to repaint, but your house will never look the same as it did before. With that being said, if any part of you thinks that this desire to paint your brick could just be a phase, take careful thought before you make a final decision.

Trapped Moisture Could Be Devastating

Another considerable risk when painting brick is that, due to the porous nature of brick, moisture tends to hang around inside of it for a while. If any moisture is trapped inside the brick after it’s painted, it will start to chip and the paint will fail. A masonry primer is required when applying paint to brick. We recommend using Loxxon by Sherwin-Williams. This will coat the brick and allow the paint to adhere properly and effectively.

Get a Professional Opinion

If you still aren’t sure whether or not you want to paint your brick, maybe it’s time to consult a professional. Elite Pro Painting provides personal project planners for each and every customer. They are always available to answer questions and contribute insight for your project. Contact us for a free quote!

 

 

Why You Should Pressure Wash Before Painting

When it comes to exterior painting, preparation is the key to quality results. By not following the proper steps before hand, your project could end up worse off than before. Arguably the most important of these preparation steps is pressure washing. Any professional painter will tell you, you should always pressure wash before painting. This will increase the look, quality and lifespan of your paint job.

Why is Pressure Washing so Important?

Pressure washing is the best way to remove dirt and debris from the exterior of your home. Paint likes to stick to clean surfaces, so anything left on your home when painting will cause the product to fail. No matter what surface it is, always pressure wash before painting, or else the new paint will flag and chip away within a few years.

How to Pressure Wash Before Painting

  1. Cover any furniture, landscaping and anything else you don’t want to get wet.
  2. Attach your pressure washer to a water source and add any desired cleaning agents.
  3. Depending on the amount of dirt on your home, a chemical or cleaning agent may need to be added. If this is the case, spray your chemical on the area and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Then, rinse the area thoroughly with clean water. Do this for all areas on the home that are being painted.
  4. Be careful to pressure wash from a safe distance, as getting too close could chip or damage the surface. Anything closer than twelve inches is too close! Also be careful around sealed windows and doors, as water can still make its way through those gaps with the pressure of the machine.

Ask a Professional

If you are planning on hiring a painting company, don’t bother pressure washing yourself. A painting company who does not take care of this for you isn’t worth hiring. Elite Pro Painting will not start an exterior project until one of our three full time pressure washers has come by. Our main goal as a company is customer satisfaction, which definitely includes taking jobs like pressure washing off of your shoulders. We would love to help with your project! Give us a call for a free quote!

 

 

Is it Worth the Money to Hire Professional Exterior Painters?

DIY projects are popular for saving hundreds of dollars and can be a great time to teach yourself a new skill. From mending your own jeans  to painting your exterior, doing it yourself can provide a sense of pride. That is… if it’s done correctly. Online DIY gurus can make any project look effortless because they have most likely already made their big mistakes.

5 Factors to Consider When Painting Your Exterior

The truth is, things aren’t always as easy as they seem. Exterior house painting may seem like a simple task at first, but there’s more to it than careless brushing and rolling as films often portray. Hiring professional house painters can be beneficial for several reasons, with the main priorities including less stress, less time, and less risk for you as a property owner. Here are some specific factors to consider when painting your exterior that can help you decide what option is right for you.

1. House Dimensions

If your home has multiple levels or hard-to-reach angles, painting the exterior on your own might simply be impossible without the correct equipment. Ladders and lifts can be handy, but the exterior painting process will be still be difficult and time-consuming. Professional house painters often use special equipment to reach high areas, and odd corners created by unique roofs and eaves. Consider this before committing to a DIY painting project.

2. Paint Selection

Do you know what the best paint type for your home is? Do you know what will endure your area’s local weather, and where to buy it? Professional painters have experience with several brands of exterior paint. They can choose the correct type for your home that will look the best, and last the longest.

3. Job Quality

It’s hard to know the quality of your own work if it’s a job you’ve never done before. While you may be happy with it, consider how well it will  hold up over the next few years. Did you make all the necessary preparations to ensure the highest quality of work? If not, your exterior paint job will fail in just a few years and you’ll be right back where you started. Exterior home painting can be a risk if you have no experience, and your home is your largest investment. Often times, the cost of hiring a professional is actually less expensive than a DIY accident. Save yourself time and money down the road by doing things right the first time.

4. Project Time

Even if you have convinced the whole family to get involved in this painting project, it will probably still take longer than you’d like. Hiring a professional is definitely the way to go if you’re worried about this. With an expert crew to get the job done, a week long project becomes a two day project, and nobody in your house has to lift a finger. Professional painters will know the most efficient techniques that get the job done quickly and correctly.

5. Peace of Mind

If you have any doubts about your painting abilities, a project like this will be very stressful from start to finish. When something goes wrong, you will be responsible for fixing the issue. Hiring a professional painter however will move your stress to their shoulders, and if the painter is truly professional, they should offer you a warranty on the project. At Elite pro Painting, we are willing to stand behind our work on every project. That’s why we offer the longest warranty in the industry. That way, you can rest easy knowing the job is getting done correctly.

Need a Professional?

Hiring professional painters for your exterior painting project may not be the answer for everyone, but it’s worth considering the factors above before biting off more than you can chew.  Contact Elite Pro Painting for a personalized quote on your exterior home painting project.

How to Remove Artillery Fungus

If you’re a homeowner, you’ve probably seen those dark little specs all over your siding or on your windows. This is Artillery Fungus. In this article we explain what it is, where to find it and how to remove it.

What is it?

Many people see artillery fungus on their homes, but don’t actually know what it is. Artillery fungus thrives in mulch and uses an interesting (and annoying) mechanism to disperse its spores. These spores are in packets called peridioles and they sit on top of specialized, cup-shaped cells that accumulate water and cell contents. When enough liquid is collected, these cupped cells invert, propelling the peridioles as high as 6 meters where they can adhere to new surfaces. These “shotgun spores” are dark, disk-shaped spots of about 1-2 millimeters and can be found on nearly any surface. This is thanks to a very sticky substance that covers the peridiole and allows for superb adhesion. Also, this fugus is extremely sensitive to light. This is why they are frequently spotted on lightly-colored surfaces (vinyl siding of homes, white cars, ect.) or other bright, light-reflecting surfaces.

Is it Dangerous?

No, Artillery fungus is not dangerous. While it is definitely unwelcome, it will cause no real harm to its environment. The spores released by Artillery fungus will not hurt your pets or cause any significant damage to your home or garden. We get asked all the time here at Elite Pro Painting if these spores will eat through vinyl or wood siding. The answer is no, in fact most of the time they will dry up and fall off if you wait long enough. When it comes to painting your home, Artillery fungus may seem like a hurdle. The truth is, there is no real harm in painting over Artillery fungus spores. Aside from the 2 mm bump that remains, it’s harmless. At the end of the day, Artillery fungus is considered a very low threat to your home.

Killing Artillery Fungus

We deal with Artillery fungus every day, and the most common question we are asked is how to get rid of it. This is an extremely difficult question to answer. There is no “sure cure” way to remove Artillery fungus. However, certain measures can be taken to reduce or suppress its spread.

Power Wash

Power-wash the infected area with a strong chemical like outdoor bleach. Let the chemicals sit on the fungus for about 10-15 minutes. This has been known to kill the fungus, but not always. Again, Artillery fungus is tough, but bleach may keep it from spreading quickly. Make sure to rinse the area off with clean water to protect the rest of your garden.

Scrape

To remove the existing spores on your home, you can scrub or scrape the infected area. This is effective, though it will require a lot of elbow grease. At Elite Pro Painting we like to use a scraper, though some people have used methods like mouthwash and a magic erasers to get rid of their spores. Artillery fungus spores also leave behind a stain where they were attached, but this can be scrubbed away.

Replace it with a Good Fungus

Mix in 40% mushroom compost into your mulch. This is a great product that has been proven to suppress Artillery fungus. Mushroom compost or mushroom soil is very “green” and environmentally friendly as well. This is the preferred option for people who want to avoid chemicals or intense scrubbing.

Use Your Fingernail

If you notice these spores on your vehicle, the safest option is to scratch the spore off with your thumbnail or something similar. Be extremely careful not to damage the finish on your vehicle. Car wax can then be used to remove the residue left behind from removing the spore. A magic eraser will also work, but this can damage the paint if scrubbed too much.

There is No Cure for Artillery Fungus

While the solutions listed above will never hurt, there is no permanent way to remove Artillery fungus from your home. However, the main takeaway here is that Artillery fungus isn’t all that dangerous. In fact, you’ll find it on just about every home in your neighborhood. The most anyone can really do is stop it from spreading!

When to Call a Professional Painter

If you own a house, you know just how looming it can be to start a DIY painting project. There is definitely something to be said about someone who tackles this job on their own, but sometimes you just can’t! There are countless professional painting companies out there who all offer different services and guarantees, but when is it actually necessary to call them? Unless you are a pro painter yourself, there will always be a benefit to calling an expert. Professional painters will do much more than just put color on the walls. They also prepare and care for your project in ways that you may not be able to. If there is anything mentioned in this article that you can’t do (or just don’t want to attempt), consider calling a professional painter.

Professional Preparation

Exterior

For exterior painting projects, a professional will take the time to examine the home for any rotting wood or siding. Getting the proper pieces replaced is extremally necessary before applying any paint. At Elite Pro Painting, we will ago the extra mile and power wash all the surfaces being painted as well. This allows for a higher quality and longer lasting paint job. Once this process is complete and it’s time to paint, a professional crew will be careful to cover all hardscapes and fenestrations to insure paint doesn’t get where it shouldn’t.

Interior

For interiors, a professional painter will take the time to walk through each room and identify any cracks, nail-pops or other necessary drywall repairs. At Elite Pro Painting, each of our paint crews are equipped with at least one professional drywaller. Failure to make the proper repairs beforehand will result in a less than professional paint job. Then, just like with exteriors, a professional paint crew will thoroughly cover all surfaces that need protected (furniture, floors, trim board etc.) before applying paint.

Professional Painting

Equipment

When it comes to actually applying paint to the home, a professional painter will have all the necessary equipment to get the job done right. This includes brushes and rollers of all sizes, paint sprayers, and likely several different sized ladders. Not to mention years of experience which, unfortunately, most DIY folks don’t have. Elite Pro Painting applies 2 coats of paint to all projects, interior or exterior. Not all professionals do this, or they do only for an extra charge. But we know that 2 coats is vital for getting the best looking and most durable paint coverage, so we include a second coat in our price from the beginning.

Speed

More than likely, if you’re painting a room yourself, you are painting the room YOURSELF. Depending on the size of the project, this could mean several days or even weeks of labor. Something to consider is just how quickly professional painters can work. A typical crew at Elite Pro Painting includes anywhere between 3-7 experienced painters. A group like this could turn your week long project into a 2 day project. How much time do you want to spend?

Professional Care

Cleanliness

Once the job is finished, a professional painter will clean up any trash or paint drips leftover from the project. Then, at Elite Pro Painting we take a walk around the project with the homeowner and the crew. This allows the homeowner to point out any spots they would like touched-up so that the crew can take care of it right then and there.

Warranty

Any professional who’s worth their salt will offer you a job warranty. This means that if any part of the project fails within the given time frame, they will come back and fix the issue for free. This is a valuable offer that should be seriously considered when deciding to call a professional painter. Elite Pro Painting offers the longest and most inclusive warranty in the industry. We provide each customer with a warranty to prove that we fully and completely back our painting process.

Want to Call a Professional Painter?

After reading through the process of a professional paint job, you may have realized that there is definitely a right way to do it. Unfortunately, the right way is not always the easiest or most convenient. If you feel like you may be better off consulting an expert, contact us at Elite Pro Painting. Nothing would please us more than to assist you in creating something beautiful.

 

painted-shut-soffit-ventCan You Paint Soffit?

The easy answer is yes, you can paint soffit. In fact, painting your soffit will prolong it’s lifespan and provide better protection for your home. However, when doing so you have to be mindful of some things. A misinformed painter could do some serious harm to your home if they aren’t careful.

Do Not Clog Soffit Vents

Do your soffit vents look like this? We unfortunately see this all the time. When we walk around homes giving painting quotes, we are trained to look for clogged soffit vents. Through the years, we have heard nightmares of people who had extensive damage done to their home caused by soffit vents that were painted shut. This isn’t necessarily the fault of a painting contractor as many painters probably don’t even know that this can be a problem. At Elite Pro Painting we always try to identify soffit vents that have been painted shut on homes and businesses. We understand that without proper ventilation in attics:

  1. Mold can easily form
  2. Heating and cooling bills can rise
  3. Homes can be structurally warped or damaged

We always bring this problem to the homeowner’s attention so that we can help provide a solution. If you have this problem, give us a call and let us see if we can help.  Many times this is a quick and inexpensive fix.

Painting Different Types of Soffit

Homes come in all forms and fashions these days, which is a good thing! However this also means that painters like us need to understand exactly what we’re working with. When it comes to soffit and fascia, we could be dealing with wood, aluminum, uPVC, fiber cement or steel. These are vastly different materials and should be intentionally treated.

Aluminum Soffit

Take aluminum soffit for example. Aluminum is a very nonporous material. This means that if left untreated, it is not very suitable for paint adherence. Before applying paint to aluminum soffit, be sure to clean off all debris from the surface. We recommend using a power washer for this. Once the soffit is dry, make sure you have the appropriate painting products for this situation. A special primer must be applied before spraying aluminum soffits and fascia with paint. You can find aluminum primers at most home improvement retailers. Once the primer is set, apply 2 coats of your exterior paint of choice! Depending on what your soffit is made of, preparations like this may be necessary. We recommend hiring an expert for these types of situations.

Let us Paint Your Soffit

At Elite Pro Painting, we jump at any chance to make something beautiful, especially if we can help a neighbor! If you need painting done in the Indianapolis area, give us a call and we’ll give you a free quote.

How to Paint Siding Step-by-Step

Two-Coat Process

When learning how to paint siding, it is important to understand the two-coat process. You always want complete coverage, so to achieve this, two coats must be applied to the whole exterior. This is how we execute that process:

Let Logan from Elite Pro Painting tell you!

 

What You Need:

Step 1

Protect the House

The very first thing you want to do before painting is cover the parts of the house that aren’t being painted. This includes trim, windows, doors, garage doors– basically anything in danger of overspray. Use your paper and tape to cover these sections. Be careful not to accidentally cover any of the siding being painted or else the previous siding color will be visible once the paper is removed.

Step 2

First Coat

The first coat should be sprayed and a back rolled. Work from the top down and apply your paint evenly across the siding. Then, run your roller across where you just sprayed. This helps reduce flashing and allows paint to get into the small places that the sprayer may have missed. Then, once you finish that side, rather than moving your ladder to the next side of the house, stay on the same side and go back to the top to begin the second coat.

Step 3

Second Coat

Now that you’re back at the top, work down the siding with your sprayer the same way you did the first time. This is the finishing coat and does not need to be back rolled, though be sure to apply this coat evenly as well. Repeat this process on all sides of the house until the siding is painted. We have discovered through years of experience that it is easier and more efficient to do both paint coats on one side at a time. The reason we do it this way is to avoid having to take our ladders and equipment around the house twice, which wastes time.

Things to Consider

Weather

Do not attempt to paint siding in heavy rain or snow. Not only is this dangerous, but bad weather can really mess up wet paint. This goes for extreme temperatures as well. Anything below 40 degrees Fahrenheit is too cold for exterior painting.

Time

Depending on the size of the house and crew, it can take multiple days to paint siding. We are always sure to plan ahead and communicate with the homeowner about our progress and the estimated finish time.

Hire a Professional

Exterior house painting can be a mammoth task for someone with little experience. If this is you, it may be in your best interest to hire a qualified painting contractor. Elite Pro Painting has helped over 10,000 customers bring their visions to life, and we’d love to help you too! Contact us today for a free quote!