Painting Tips By Darrin

Index Of Darrin’s Painting Tips


Creating Curb Appeal

To Paint Hard/Glossy Surfaces

Stained Doors

Plan ahead prior to painting the interior of your home by choosing the right sheen

Plan ahead prior to painting the exterior of your home by choosing the right sheen

Before Doing Color Changes

Hiring A Contractor

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Creating Curb Appeal

Body  Choose body color first.  Light colors make a home appear larger. Dark colors absorb light and blend your home into its surroundings.

Trim  Select colors to help frame interesting architectural details.

Accents  Pops of color to add charm and depth.


To Paint Hard/Glossy Surfaces

Use a de-glosser or lightly sand areas to be painted.  Add a primer or the paint may not adhere to the surface.


Stained Doors

To maintain the life of a stain door, apply Murphy Oil Soap every 3 months.  If the door is directly in the sun in the morning or the afternoon, twice a year a clear coat should be applied.  If the door is in the shade, once a year clear coat should be applied.  Never apply a coat of murphy’s oil soap within the first 60 days of applying the clear coat.


Plan ahead prior to painting the interior of your home by choosing the right sheen

Flat/Flat enamel-Best for low traffic areas and ceilings.

Eggshell/Satin enamel-Best for high traffic areas or rooms prone to moisture or repeated washing.

Semi-Gloss/Hi Gloss Enamel: Great choice for trim, doors, and high use surfaces.

Lower Sheens– hides surface imperfections.

Higher Sheens-more washable and water resistant.


Plan ahead prior to painting the exterior of your home by choosing the right sheen

Flat/Flat Enamel: Non-reflective finish for the body of your house.

Satin Enamel: Versatile and pearl like finish for the body of your house or trim.

Semi-Gloss Enamel/Hi Gloss Enamel: Best for trim, shutters, accents, and high use features that need added durability.


Before doing color changes

Get samples.  Apply the samples for 2×2 pieces of plywood or card board.  Do multiple selections.  Put all color schemes on sample boards and see how they are going to look first.  This is a small cost but a great investment over repainting, have your contactor you have chosen to do or this is a fun project for yourself to do.


Hiring a contractor

Get a scope of work you would like to have performed.  Need help, ask your local paint store or go to their website and print off their websites.  Make sure there is no prior work to be done first.  For example like taking care of rotted wood, drywall, and stucco repairs.  Most of your professional paint contractors can handle all issues but make sure you put in the scope of work.  Make sure they are reputable contractor with insurance (liability and workers’ compensation).  Most homeowners don’t realize you are responsible if…

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Most homeowners don’t realize you are responsible if they or their workers get injured on your property. Have their insurance company send you a copy with your home listed on certificate. This should just be a simple call or email to have done. Depending on the size of your project never give a deposit over 20% of your total. We at Kling Painting, Inc. do not ask for deposits unless it’s for a special order. If it’s a special order or large job our normal is to collect a 10% of the total job to book. If it’s a large job we bill 10% to book and 30% draws at a set agreed upon time frame. (10% booking, 30% first draw, 30% second draw and 30% upon final inspection) We at Kling Painting want to make sure that all of our customers are very pleased with the service provided. Kling Painting always establishes a line of communication. Always ask questions if there is something that you are unsure of. It’s ok to have an opinion. You are the customer and have a right to be happy. Put everything that you and your contractor agreed upon in writing. Get an agreed upon written contract of the scope of work and prices. Never start a project without one established. Along with the scope of work you need to establish a time line for start to finish on the project. We at Kling always give a start date and a completion date for the project. But always account for unforeseen hidden damages or acts of God (example the weather-rain, cold or extreme heat). If any changes to the beginning contract both parties need to put in writing. It is a good idea to use sample boards prior to starting any job. If you do not like the color this could affect your costs and time frames for job completion. As for any unforeseen damages that are not in the original contract. Always discuss options prior to the job start on what additional costs may be and what a labor rate would be if any extras that were not in original quote. We at Kling Painting, Inc. provide an estimate of labor for added work. Remember these things need to be acted upon quickly. If you decide to not use the painting contractor for the additional work, you could be in breach of contract or the contractor may have conflicting work schedules. If you decide to not have damages fixed and have the paint contractor just simply paint over, you can void the warranties manufacturer and labor. Always make sure you are happy with the work performed prior to making the final payment. Remember you are the ones looking at this workmanship on a daily basis. Don’t always go with the lowest quote. Hire the contractor that best fits your project needs and that makes you feel comfortable. Always check references. Don’t be afraid to ask for prior work experience. Sometimes taking a look at what they have done in the past gives you an example of their workmanship. Check the appearances of their vehicles! Do you want someone whose trucks look like a dumpster working in your home? This is a warning of how responsible the contractor will be with your home or their pride in their workmanship. Some people think that hiring a larger painting contractor will cost you more money for the job. This is a yes and no answer. Yes sometimes it will cost you more but the fact that company having better insurance saves you if something were to happen at your home or business. Most times Kling Painting has come in lower on some jobs. We a larger company committed to quality on time service. We didn’t get where we are at by not completing jobs or satisfying our customers. We at Kling Painting have had the majority of our employees and managers for over 15 years. At Kling painting we have 3 types of employees: New Construction, Commercial and Industrial, and Repaint and Retail Specialist. All of our technicians are some of the best in the industries. Our technicians are also background checked. They take pride in their workmanship. Always put up and lock away valuables and medications. Any family heirlooms, works of art, china or something irreplaceable need to be carefully boxed up or covered prior to work starting. While the contractors are in your home there will be equipment coming in and out, ladders being moved etc. This helps so that no items get caught up in the shuffle. Have in your contractor who’s responsible for the moving of items such as furniture, pictures, covering of furniture before the job starts. Helpful hint, if you are able to move these items yourself you tend to save money on labor expenses. Let your contractor know that you want to be part of the project. List items that you can do to save money. Walk areas that are going to be worked on with your contractor. Make sure all previous damaged areas are noted. Take before and after pictures for your records. If a contractor asks you to buy paint BEWARE………. But on the other hand if you are choosing to purchase the materials, read labels. Ask questions and make sure you are purchasing the correct product for the scope of the job. The Painting Contractor will usually pay less than the retail customer. If the job takes more product then initially quoted the paint contractor is responsible for but if you supply the product then you are responsible for the additional product to finalize the job. Paint isn’t always painted with 2 coats anymore. Talk to the paint store or go to their websites to see the millage rating-either wet or dry film. A good quality Painting contractor should at least a wet millage and can show you as they are applying the product. Always make sure paint when dry has a unified finish!! It should not look like roller lines down your walls. All painting when applied should back-roll and going back into wet painted areas at least six ft. maintaining a wet edge at all times. This insures a uniform finish. Dark colors on smooth textured walls will sometimes look like a different color at the top. We call this hat-banding. Some dark colors will do this and minimize this effect the paint technicians should always cut in first then roll as far into the cut in as possible without bumping the ceilings or trim. When applying eggshell, satin, or semi- gloss finishes, always apply a wall sealer prior to the finished product being applied. Ask your contractor if your wall finish is uniform enough for this process. These types of finishes can bring out your flaws in your walls that give an unsatisfactory appearance. We at Kling Painting always inform our customers of these the hazards!! All of these finishes have to be double coated and back rolled keeping the finish uniform. When paint of these finishes are applied they should have a uniform finish. Dark colors with white of light color trim where they come together, the lines should be straight and clean. If this is something you are doing, tape off as straight as possible. Use a straightedge and keep clean as you go along. We at Kling Painting pride ourselves on cutting straight lines, even if the finish is rough it is the contractor’s job to create the optical illusion of it being straight. These are things you will see in the first coat if the first coat is wavy and not to your satisfaction make sure you bring to the attention of your contractor before the finish coat. Exteriors, like before walk around inspect your home. Take a pic or sharp knife poke into the wood areas. This process is checking for rotted wood. Check all siding make sure all secure. In stucco or block homes check areas for settlement cracks and or small hairline cracks. Again like you did for the interior make sample boards for the outside. Ride around and look at different color schemes. Remember It’s very important to take into consideration your roof shingles and soffit when picking out colors. But with technologies in paint today you can paint your aluminum or vinyl soffit and fascia or siding. We at Kling Painting can help you with your color designs and even show you on the computer or IPAD what your home can look like. Make sure all gutters are clean and free of debris when getting ready to have the exterior painted. If Kling Painting, Inc. is your chosen contractor prior to starting an exterior paint project, we include pressure washing. We can hand wash soffit, fascia, screen rooms, and railings with environmental friendly chemicals. Kling Painting Inc. makes sure all necessary repairs are done. Such as tighten all loose boards by re-nailing and screwing tight. Replace bad wood, hardy board siding etc. We make sure all loose paint is removed and spot prime bare areas as needed. A semi- transparent exterior sealer, bonding agent. This is to seal in chalked paint to bond to home or building. We patch the wood, cement block, and do stucco repairs or fill hairline cracks. We then apply caulking to all siding, windows, door and all 90 degree wall corners and where walls meet ceilings. Depending on the exterior package that the customer chooses or major color changes us at Kling Painting then apply a full body primer tinted 70% of finish color. This is so when we apply finish coating that it has full coverage and no voids or as we say Holidays. With Florida’s extreme sun, we at Kling Painting always suggest a satin to semi- gloss finish on all exteriors. Unless you decide to go with a Sto- Coat paint waterproof system. But we at Kling Painting never recommend flat finish on exteriors of homes or buildings. When working on exteriors we remove all exterior fixtures, lighting, door hardware, weather stripping so that the proper painting gets done. When all is complete we reinstall all weather stripping in the door openings and reinstall all fixtures. After reinstalled we seal with clear urethane caulking. Or if you are doing project yourself make sure your complete exterior is sealed. We make sure one of our supervisors check underneath so that all banding is caulked and painted. We also check above windows, trim and banding, and underneath window ledges are caulked and sealed. These are very important areas to where water intrusion can make its way into your home from rain, sprinklers etc. If not properly sealed invites termites and will rot wood and drywall. Moisture also invites mold and mildew to form in your home or building. These are vital areas to be sealed. We at Kling Painting, makes sure that the bottom of the home or building is pulled back at least 6 inches below the finish grade and coated with a dry lock water proof sealer. If your home has decorative block, brick or stone finish it is very vital to have these areas sealed every several years. This is an inexpensive system and a very easy maintenance project that you can do by yourself.