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Sheen What’s it look like? Advantage Disadvantage
Flat No shine Touches up really nice Not as durable and washable
Satin You notice a shine, but is is not too overwhelming Gives it a perfect amount of shine, but not too much; durable Does not touch up at all
Semi-Gloss Strong shine to it Extremely washable and durable Perfect for trim, but for walls may be too much shine depending on preference
The best part of using latex paint and stains is it is water based, which means you can use water to clean it up.  You can use your hands and water, but I recommend purchasing a brush comb and roller cleaner to make clean up a lot easier.  Here is an example of what a brush comb and roller cleaner looks like. You would use the C shaped side to get the remaining paint off of the roller and the comb side to get any paint that is stuck on the brush.
Yes, but many states are slowly banning the use of oil based paints.  Depending on the project we recommend using latex based paints.
No.  If you apply latex over oil your paint will not adhere to the surface and the paint will begin to peel and break off.  When you start with oil based paint and you want to end with latex you must first coat the surface with a primer and then you can use a latex paint as the top coat.
The most important part of painting is doing the prep work correctly.  This starts with scraping, sanding, caulking and priming.  We recommend priming over bare wood, aluminum and metal.  We also use primer after we have removed wallpaper, install new drywall, patched large holes, or painting over stained trim.  These are just a few examples of when we use a primer.
Yes, you must have a LEAD Certified Contractor.  Brian Martin of Power House Painting is a LEAD Certified Contractor. The project area must be sealed off, workers must wear special attire and use certain equipment. It is a long, but very important process and if done correctly it can save the lives of your family and pets.
  • Option 1) You can purchase a lead swipe kit from a hardware store or Sherwin Williams.
  • Option 2) Hire a LEAD Certified Contractor to test the project area with a lead swipe kit.
  • Option 3) Hire a lab company who uses a special gun that detects lead based paints.
  • Option 4) Call me and I will come out and test your paint and tell you the cheapest and safest options to remove this major health risk and liability that may be in your home or business.
Every project is different and for every project there is a product that is best suited for it.  When it comes to exterior paint, we love using Sherwin Williams Duration. Depending on the interior project, we use products such as Sherwin Williams Interior Duration, Super Paint and Pro Mar 200. If you are working with metal, there is an all surface enamel product that works great.
It kills and removes the mold, mildew and debris from your home.  It beautifies your home and it also increases the value of your home.
Using stain or sealer protects your wood and increases the longevity of its lifespan. It prevents the water and harsh weather from soaking into the wood. It can also truly beautify your home and increase the value of your home.