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Poisonous Lead Paint Dangers

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Lead Paint Dangers

A fresh coat of paint on your home can be such a rewarding feeling, especially if you have carried out the work yourself. But beware, there are dangers you need to be aware about to reduce your exposure to possibly poisonous substances.

What are the risks involved ?

Some older properties in Canada may well contain lead based paints on the walls, windows, trim etc which can be poisonous to humans. Children are particularly susceptible to this kind of poisoning as they are able to absorb lead easier into their systems.

Does your home contain lead paint ?

If your property was constructed prior to 1960 there`s every chance it contains lead paint. If construction took place prior to 1990 there is still a chance that the exterior paint on your home may contain lead. To be absolutely sure, there are labs that you can send paint chips to and have them properly analyzed.

Should you remove it or not ?

If the paint is not flaking or chipping and can`t be accessed by children then it poses very little risk at all. If it is loose or a child is able to chew it for example, then it needs to be removed using the very specific guidelines.

How to minimize the risk of poisoning

  1. Work in short periods and leave the work area if you feel any dizziness, nausea etc.
  2. Always ensure the area in which you are working is thoroughly cleaned at the end of every day and all waste is left in a sealed container marked “hazardous”. Dispose of the waste according to environmental guidelines.
  3. Keep all children and pregnant women away from the risk of any contamination at all times.
  4. Take care to reduce producing dust as much as possible.
  5. Always wear the correct protective clothing as required (goggles, mask, gloves etc).
  6. Keep the work area isolated but ventilated.
  7. Hire a professional if you have any doubts about your ability to carry out the work safely.

 

If you are requiring any advice or assistance you are welcome to contact Pro-Finish-Painting The Residential Repaint Specialists and we will advise where possible.

 

Front Door Colours & Their Definitions

What does your front door colour say about your home ?

Did you know that the color you paint your front door can say a lot about you ? Most people paint their front door a color that compliments the rest of their home, while some chose a bolder color to attract attention. No matter what your preference, there is a chance it will have a psychological affect on someone. Here’s what door colors have to say for themselves.

Blue – Doors that are painted blue show that the family is calm and serene. The home is a place of refuge and comfort.

Green -If you are looking for a door that promotes harmony, then green is your color. Typically green doors promote health, safety and tranquility.

Black -Front doors that are painted black shows that the homeowner wants to demonstrate strength, power, sophistication and authority. Black doors indicate that the home is a serious place where a person of substance lives.

Red – Perhaps the most common color for front doors, red has many psychological meanings as well as a history from various religious beliefs. If you door is painted red, your home is most likely a vibrant place that is full of life, energy and excitement.

Brown – Brown doors promote natural and organic beauty. Homes that have brown doors belong to homeowners who offer warmth, stability, and reliability.

Pro-Finish-Painting are the residential repaint specialists in Regina, Saskatchewan. Why not give us a call for all your home painting requirements, or even help and advice for the DIY fans looking for answers. We can be reached on 306-551-2425 or by email, social media or live chat on our website. You can even book an appointment directly for a free quote by clicking here and following the link provided.

 

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8 Fun Facts About Painting

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Adding color to the world with paint is a uniquely human activity – one that we’ve been engaging in since prehistoric times! For that… and other reasons we think paint and painting are pretty interesting and after reading this list, we think you will, too.

8 Fun Facts About Painting

1. About 10% of ALL paint we buy in the US is eventually thrown out, and the majority of that is paint bought for residential projects. That’s more than 60,000,000 gallons down the drain!

 

2. The oldest house paint was made of lime mixed with milk and sometimes natural pigments. King Tut’s tomb was painted with milk paint! Even the White House was originally painted with a lime-based whitewash.

 

3. Throughout history a red front door has symbolized many things, from a safe place for travelers to stop for the night to having a fully paid mortgage.

 

4. House painters and artists alike were once expected to grind their own pigments with a mortar and pestle, which may be why there was a time when only well off people in the US would have had a painted house.

 

5. The first painters’ union was formed in London in 1502 and was called the Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers.

 

6. There tend to be more shades of green than any other in commercially available paint colors because the human eye can distinguish more variations of green than of any other color.

 

7. In 1940 Canadian Norman Breakey invented the first paint roller. He didn’t profit from it because he never patented it. During World War II, an inventor working for Sherwin-Williams also created a roller brush because the hogs’ hair used for paintbrushes was unavailable thanks to the war.

 

8. It was the Greek philosopher Plato who discovered that you can mix two different paint colors together to produce a third color.

For more great help and advice on your painting project call Pro-Finish-Painting on 306-551-2425

Basic Interior Painting Tips

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It`s all about the sheen !

The sheen of an interior paint is the finish, or in regularterms, how shiny the paint is once its dried and on your walls, ceilings, trim etc. Sheen levels start with a flat paint, rising to eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high gloss finishes. A professional painting company will be able to advise you as to the best sheen for the particular area you are painting. For example, a high traffic area will need a satin or eggshell type finish for durability but not too much sheen as to show up any imperfections on the wall. A flat paint will hide most imperfections but will not have the washability of a higher sheen paint.

Be brave with your colours

Putting a big, bold colour on the exterior of your home is not an option most people tend to choose. The interior however is a much different case altogether, you can be as imaginitive as you like with your bold colour choices there. Go with colours which accentuate your rooms and add depth to them but try to avoid darker colours. These will give an impression of a much smaller space once your project is completed. Try to select a lighter range of colours to enhance your space and give an appearance of roominess. A professional company will either be able to advise you on colours or you may even choose to seek the advice of a colour consultant first too.

Don`t forget to prime first ! 

You should always remember to prime as necessary prior to painting to achieve a uniform finish. If your wall is stained or you are carrying out a major colour change then priming first is an absolute must. Advice on primers can be found in this article if you are unsure or call your local professional for information.

You can always call in the professionals

While you can achieve a great looking paint job yourself, you can always enlist the services of a professional company like Pro-Finish-Painting. Professional companies have the skills, knowledge and equipment to carry out your project much quicker and to a high standard every time. Pick up the phone and call if you need help or advice we`ll be more than happy to assist you.

 

Stucco Painting Tips

Stucco Painting Tips

If you really want to make your home stand out from the crowd in your neighbourhood, you cant really go wrong by giving the exterior stucco a fresh new look by repainting it, especially if your stucco is faded, cracked or damaged. As well as enhancing the appearance of your home (and making all your neighbours jealous) there is another plus side to repainting the exterior of your home, it offers great protection from the elements such as wind, rain, snow and sun.

How often will your home exterior need repainting ?

How often you need to paint will greatly be affected by how much your property is exposed to the elements, how well the surface was prepared prior to painting and indeed, the quality of the paint applied to the surface. On average, if all these steps are followed correctly then you should normally be looking around the 5-7 year mark between repaints although some colours may be prone to fading more quickly than others.

Will you save money buying cheaper quality paint ?

If you`re the kind of person who really enjoys painting then firstly you should be applying to join our team at www.profinishonline.ca/joinourteam and secondly and more seriously, if you don’t mind painting your exterior more often then purchasing a slightly lower grade product is an option for you. That being said, it is unlikely you would save much money overall painting twice instead of just the once. At Pro-Finish-Painting we would recommend you spend at least $30 a gallon on paint if you want a finish which doesn’t have you climbing the ladders again for 5-7 years.

Preparing your stucco for repainting

Of course you can spend a lot of money on paint per gallon to achieve the best results possible, but that is all in vain if you do not prepare the surface correctly first.

The stucco should first be pressure washed to remove any dirt or debris from the surface, this will also remove any loose paint there may be and show any areas where the stucco may be cracked or damaged too. In our experience, it is at this point where the full extent of the work required is truly revealed. You can see an example of a property which required extensive repairs to cracks and holes then took 3 coats of paint to achieve a professional finish here.

Efflorescence will show itself as a white powdery substance on the surface and can be easily taken off with a good, strong wire brush.

For cracks we highly recommend the use of an elastomeric caulking (your local paint store will help you with this). It has the ability to cope with a far higher level of movement from the building than standard caulking has. Always wipe off excess caulking with a damp sponge and if possible, throw a little fine sand at the repair before it dries to reduce the appearance of the repair to the surface.

Best practice for applying paint to stucco

If your property is on the smaller side then a roller is perfectly adequate for the task at hand. Go with a larger nap of roller (we recommend a 1 inch nap), this will assist greatly in getting the paint all the way into the texture of the surface.

For larger properties you may wish to consider renting an airless sprayer as it will make the project pass much easier and quicker. If you decide to take this step then you will still need to use a roller over the sprayed surface to get the paint all the way into the texture but also, back rolling as this technique is known will also give a more uniform finish to your final product.

Finally, while one coat may give you a certain level of coverage, we would always recommend applying a minimum of 2 coats.

If you have any questions, need any advice or indeed have a painting project you need carried out, the friendly staff at Pro-Finish-Painting will be only to happy to assist you. Give us a call today for a superb contractor experience where a happy customer is our number one priority.

 

 

 

 

 

Primers….Types And Uses – Professional Regina, Saskatchewan Painting Contractors –

Types of Primers

It is vital to examine the type of surface you are applying the primer to prior to commencing work. There are several different types of primers including latex based, oil based and shellac based to name a few, selecting the wrong type will have dire consequences to your project. If you are unsure, your local paint store will be able to advise you accordingly.

When to Prime

Any unpainted surface needs to have primer applied to it prior to paint being introduced. Omitting this step can cause issues later if the paint fails to adhere properly including peeling from the surface.

A previously painted surface may not require priming but if you choose to do so then you should ensure to remove all loose paint and sand the surface lightly before applying the correct type of primer.

Latex-Based Primers

Latex based primers provide a more flexible finish that is resistant to cracking.

Suitable uses :

  • Galvanized metal
  • Bare softwoods such as pine
  • Masonry such as brick or concrete block.
  • Unfinished drywall

Oil Based Primers

Suitable Uses :

  • Previously varnished wood.
  • Cedar, Redwood or other woods prone to tannin bleed.
  • Unfinished wood.
  • Over existing paint that is failing.
  • Heavily weathered wood.

Shellac Primers

Suitable uses :

  • Wood, metal, plaster.
  • Knots and stubborn tannin bleeding.
  • Water, smoke, and rust stains.

Priming over Oil or Latex Paint – How to Know

If you’re unsure of the type of paint you are priming over, denatured alcohol, paint de-glosser, or non-acetone fingernail polish remover will help you to determine between the two. Wipe the painted surface with a dab of either of these substances, oil-based paints won’t be affected. If it’s latex based paint, some of the paint may lift or the painted surface may manifest a tacky feel to it.

Paint colours for a cozy bedroom

The colder months have arrived. Does winter’s chill send you rushing under the covers? If you find yourself retreating to your bedroom as the temperatures drop, why not make sure your escape from the cold is as inviting as possible?

Ways to Create an Inviting Bedroom

Everyone has a slightly different idea of what makes a bedroom feel cozy. Maybe you are most comfortable in a bright and cheerful space, or maybe you prefer an inviting, almost cave-like atmosphere to feel perfectly relaxed. Whatever your taste, we have some great ideas that will help to set the tone for a winter getaway in the comfort of your own home!

Keeping to a single family of colors creates a sense of harmony in a space. Working your color into many layers of a room imparts a cozy feeling.

Opt For a Medium or Dark Wall Color

Gray-blue walls are anything but cold especially when paired with warm taupes and wood tones. If you usually shy away from darker colors on your walls, the bedroom is a great place to consider a more dramatic color.

Frame Your Bed with Built Ins

A recessed space for your bed with custom built in bookshelves not only creates an inviting nook but also keeps your next book close at hand. All you need is a cup of hot chocolate and you’re set to catch up on your reading list.

Put Color on Your Ceilings

Usually, soaring ceilings are a plus in homes. But when you want a room to feel especially cozy, those high ceilings can make your room feel expansive and cold. Painting them in a darker color or the same color as your walls will visually lower them and give your room a sense of warmth.
If you’re looking to transform your bedroom into a welcoming retreat for the winter month, there’s no better time! We proudly serve homeowners in the Regina, SK area.

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