Find a Reputable Painter!


Most any paint store would love to convince you that house painting is a Do It Yourself effort.
Yet they still sell the majority of their paint to professionals and there’s good reason for that.
While not everyone has enough skill to paint their home, a majority of the general public thinks it is not a tough job, nor does it require much training.
Besides having general competence, a proficient house painter needs to be conscientious and have certain other qualities in order to succeed. The person doing the painting needs to be satisfied with the work, and contractors need help to accumulate satisfied customers in such a strenuously competitive profession.

A good painter must be patient, and possess perseverence.
This is so that discouragement won’t creep in when working on long projects.
Painting a house, whether interior, or exterior, can often be a long and lonely task.
I will also mention that it’s always better to take your time instead of going too fast and getting ahead of yourself. That is where the perseverence comes into play, because doing things over and over again can get rather tiresome.

I sometimes get asked to complete paint jobs on houses for which people had started, and had completed one or two rooms, but they just did not have the patience or time to finish the whole job properly. Or, even worse, they painted rooms too quickly, just to get done, and as a result the edges were sloppy, and paint had gotten on the woodwork.

A good painter must be meticulous. He needs to focus his attention on many details so that he doesn’t miss spots that will show up after he leaves. A house painter has to appreciate a well-done job and get a feeling of satisfaction when the job is over. Thus, a thorough-minded painter ensures all his edges are straight and ensures that the number of coats applied is sufficient to display a proper sheen and cover the previous paint.

Some painters lack consistency. This happens to employees more than a painting contractor, but can also happen to homeowners. Especially when getting a house ready to sell. A DIY’er might be very skilful one day, then they not apply themselves very well the next.
This can be bad for a painting contractor, as there is always the risk of having unsatisfied clients. To keep good references, you have to be completely and constantly consistent, and that is not easy when hiring employees and putting your reputation on the line.

A good painter is quite resourceful and industrious, and takes initiatives to resolve issues as they appear. This is also called “thinking on your feet”.
If a painter gets into a jam, or does not know how to solve a problem, the resourceful painter will know who to ask for help.

A good painter is also a curious sort, he likes to discover new products, new equipment, and learn to apply a product properly. A lot of new products make their appearance on the market every year, so it’s important to be up to date with the new technologies and improved techniques

A good painter also needs to be observant, and be able to recognize any imperfections in his own work and to take a critical look at the job when finishing up. This of course includes admitting his own mistakes. For example, if the ceiling edging line is crooked, he will have to notice it to rectify it.

An experienced painter will exercise his expertise at all times, and in a timely manner. Although speed generally improves with experience, some things still take extra time…
In order to be fast, but not get sloppy, a painter must be able to remain in focus, which normally requires a good moral character and a restful lifestyle.

Nothing is more frustrating than a painter who takes a vacation from your project.. The best painters will be punctual, and this will help you finish the project in the smallest time frame, and reduce negative impact on your lifestyle.

It is my hope that by understanding more about a professional painter’s qualifications,
that you to be more comfortable when choosing your next house painter.

Tim Laur, the owner of Timplex, has all the qualifications desired, and honestly understands that sometimes it is quite stressful to let a stranger into your home, especially if you cannot be there all the time.
Tim says, “Please call today and I will set up a no-obligation appointment to discuss your project with you at your convenience.”

Here’s the # (262) 299-0328

Meanwhile, please see what other recently satisfied clients
have said about their own experience at Timplex’s
-which is hosted through HomeAdisor!



Necessity, aka. Mother of Invention

I was in a rush for painting a hallway today, and this means a lot of doors, belonging to 3 bedrooms and a bath.
Lots of door casings to cut in, and in a short distance of wall space, and my day also began with a late start.
That’s when I looked and could not find a clean bucket to get started with. My only cut bucket was all dirty with drywall mud from yesterday’s patching and crack repairs. half hardened, it would take too long to get it clean so I had to think of a better way.
I found that a simple pair of tin snips is an indispensible tool and I never want to start another job without one.

I poured the majority of a gallon of Super Paint into my 18″ tray just like any other day.

Then, I grabbed my snips and made 2 cuts down one side of the gallon can,
just a little farther apart than the width of my brush

Next, I bent the tab of metal outwards, in order to cut the length, about halfway off.
Now use a pair of pliers to bend the tab back to the inside, be careful, this is sharp metal edges and we do not want any mishaps.
I used two magnets underneath the metal tab and one magnet on the top surface, sandwiching the metal tab, which is now, a shelf for my brush.
The double-strength of the magnets underneath keeps the top magnet from sticking to the brush when you lift it up.
And by using ‘rare earth’ ring magnets, I had enough power to keep the brush right where I put it.
See the following photos, if you look close enough, you can see the shiny, nickle-coated ring magnet between the brush and the can.​ These magnets are officially called “Neodynium.” or, “NIB”Happy cutting to you!

It Takes more than Paint

The Process of Painting can be quite strenuous. -But much more than that,
You must be prepared to do the prep work.
I can not stress this enough.

Besides moving furniture and placing tarps and having all other incremental tasks completed in order, there is an application process, which involves a definite learning curve.

Preparing the surface is easily overlooked, because the paint will cover over that, right?  Wrong. 
No. Not. Never.  I want to simplify the subject for you, -but:
Not only does the new paint coating actually magnify imperfections in an exaggerating way,
(by reflecting light and drawing the eye to inconsistancies beneath the surface)
 but if the substrate is not optimally ready to accept fresh paint, it will not adhere correctly and this is a worse problem, because the failed paint needs to be removed before applying the new covering correctly.

Firstly, Good preparation is critical to a long-lasting exterior finish.  It does not matter if you’re paying a pro or are doing it yourself, there are not any real shortcuts. That means scraping, sanding, and cleaning the surface correctly and  thoroughly.  Scraping removes old flakes of paint, but you may not want to use a scraper for final finish preparation, because sandpaper is not nearly as aggresive and will leave a much more level and uniform surface for the new covering to lay down on.
Which brings us to the paint.
And while the best paints cover in one coat–and many claim to eliminate the need to prime the surface, it is best to stay away from bargain brands and clearance sales, and the Paint-and-primer-in-one paints, which will not perform as well in either area than a paint or a primer, but leave you with a compromise in both areas.
If you need a primer, use it, and if you do not need to use primer, do not use a primer-and-paint in one!
This does not include the variety of quality paints on the market presently that are called ‘primerless paint’  because these contain the proper binders and will adhere well under normal conditions, but they do not eliminate all needs for primers in all situations.

Other materials may require different procedures, such as Stucco and masonry, for example. These may need sealing beforehand or other preparation. It takes a trained eye to know what steps need to be taken to ensure against premature failure. 

And also, take note of environmental and health regulations.  If you sand or scrape paint on a house built before 1978, be warned: Older coats of paint will likely contain lead, so you’ll need to take extra precautions, and you should be aware of lead abatement procedures in order to do the job safely.  Indeed, federal law now requires that painters you hire be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency and be trained AND certified in lead-safe work practices.
But do not be over-alarmed, for if your house has been completely stripped in any year since 1975 or so, chances are that lead paint has not been reapplied after that.  This is because while the law came into effect in 1978, the paint manufacturers were actually taking notice of the problem well beforehand. -Some may argue just not soon enough.

So the gist of it all, is to properly prepare the surface, as well as yourself prior to tackling any project involving paint.

Oil base. Alcohol base. Water base. Acrylic, Enamel, Latex. What you have now and what you will have when you are through are some parameters to get a grip on before you start the process.  It takes more than Paint, and it takes more than tarps and tape. -It takes patience coupled with a strenuous energy and know-how in order to accomplish a job that you can be proud of, and one that will last for years to come.

Besides the fact that paint products have been coming up in price with increasing rapidity.
With all the increased regulations that manufacturers have to comply with, they are unable to keep a newly developed line on the shelf for very long without repeatedly making formular adjustments. And, these require field testing, and these procedures are labor-intensive which drive up the cost of the end product.

This is why when you want to apply paint, and protect your investment, you will want to find a contractor that offers value-added service. This task also is not the most easy task.  Word of mouth is more reliable than internet advertising. Find out what past customers have to say about a particular firm, and discuss your concerns with the company owner to get a feel of how he relates to your concerns.

I sincerely desire that you find not only the right color to paint, but the right painter as well!