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How to Choose a Painter

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Use the following tips to find the best painter for your needs. Ask for Referrals Get referrals from sources you trust, like friends and family members, neighbours, You can also ask your local Benjamin Moore retailer for referrals. Interview Painting Contractors Before you hire a painter, ask the following questions: Are you a member of…

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Different Types of Primers

Bonding Primer – Bonding primer is great for problem areas such as chalky paint that did not totally power wash off. The only place you should NOT use a bonding primer is when the paint is peeling. Good boding primers dry in a way that they grab onto and tightly grip the surface. If the surface…

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Cedar Decks

Monday, July 31, 2017

Traditionally, new cedar decks would be allowed to age for close to a year, this to ensure that the grain had opened up enough to let the stain penetrate deep into the wood. New smooth cedar usually has some degree of “mill glaze” on it. This is caused by the spinning planer blades that made…

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The Ingredients of Paint

Common VOCs in paints, primers and varnishes include benzene, formaldehyde, kerosene, ammonia, toluene, and xylene, all of which are known carcinogens and neurotoxins. Exposure to VOCs can irritate your eyes, nose, throat and skin and are proven to increase allergies, asthma, and respiratory problems, central nervous system symptoms (such as headache, rapid heartbeat) and even…

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Lightening existing colour

It may slightly shift undertones, but it’s not going to go from a blue-gray to a brownish grey. (the reason for the shift is that color and pigments aren’t linear at all concentrations) Adding white is different from cutting the colorant load. It can take A LOT of white paint to significantly affect a color….

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Choosing the Right Stain

Decks and Fences can be one of the trickiest projects to tackle. In my last post I shared why preparation is so important and what you need to do get your deck of fence ready to receive to receive the stain and make it last longer. In this post I’ll share a few differences between…

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Easy Color Makeovers for Your Outdoor Furniture

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Repainted chairs lend a cheerful feel to this back yard. Colors: yellow lotus (2021-50), brilliant white exterior ready mix, twilight blue (2067-30). In less than a weekend, you can paint your exterior furniture in any of our thousands of colors to create an updated, fresh new look. Painting outdoor furniture pieces is an easy, fast…

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