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Painting Kitchen Cabinets-Step by Step
Words Used by Painters to Stump Your Friends

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5 Tips for the DIY Painter

                                    5 Tips for the DIY Painter

Let's say you want to paint a bedroom but can't afford to hire a professional painting contractor. Below, I will list some tips and advice that will help you get professional results without a pro's expertise level.

1.Products and Supplies
I have been a painting contractor for over 16 years and have used a lot of different paints and primers.

How to Paint Like a Pro

Have you ever heard the saying, "Painting is all in the prep work?"
If you haven't, the saying is true.  Along with the prep, there are other things that you need to know if you want a professional looking paint job, but can't afford to hire a pro.

My first recommendation would be to use good products. You will be saving money by doing the work yourself, so you can spend money on quality products. I wouldn't go to a box store and spend $10 to $20 on a gallon of paint.

How Scott's Painting Plus is Different from Competitors

Let me start off by telling you how I got into the painting business. 
My father has been painting (for himself) since the 1980's and when I was a youngster I used to accompany him on some of his jobs.
At first, I would only be allowed to sand the woodwork and help set up or clean up the jobsites. I didn't realize it then, but looking back, I'm glad my father had me master these tasks first. You have to start somewhere, right?
Fast forward to 1997 when I graduated High School. This is when I started working for my dad full time.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets-Step by Step

I would like to start off by saying that if you are going to tackle painting your own kitchen cabinets, it is NOT as easy as it seems. It also takes a little bit longer than the DIY shows make it seem.
Hiring a professional painter to refinish your cabinets will still save you a lot of money if you are thinking of replacing your cabinets.
 
Still with me? Ok. Let's get started. First you will need to make a list of all the materials you will need for the job.
1. Paint (oil-which is more durable but dries slow/

Words Used by Painters to Stump Your Friends

If you ever find yourself painting a room with your significant other or your buddy, here are some words you can use to make it seem like you have been painting for years.
 
Flashing- this occurs when you patch an area of a wall or ceiling and don't prime it before topcoating. If you look down the wall when you are finished painting you will be able to see the patch flashing through.
"If we don't want to see flashing later, let's prime that patch."
 
Tooth-after sanding a wall, ceiling, door, etc.

10 Questions to Ask When Receiving a Painting Quote

Here is a list of 10 questions that you should ask any contractor while receiving your quote.
 
1. Do you have a business card?
As soon as I walk in to an estimate and exchange greetings, I always hand out one of my business cards. You will now have the contractor's information and it shows professionalism on the contractors part.
 
2. Do you have any before and after photos of your work?
I keep a photo album in my van with before and after photos of previous work. I also have a bunch of photos on my phone from more recent jobs.

Oil Based Paints

                                              OIL BASED PAINTS
 
  As we move into a new era of water based, acrylic, and hybrid(waterborne alkyd technology) paints, the oil based paints of yesteryear are not being used as often. In fact, some places don't sell oil based paints anymore for environmental reasons.

Hiring a Painter

                  Hiring a Painter
 
Anyone can paint right? Wrong!!
 
If you try to paint a room yourself, and it doesn't go as planned, it will cost more to fix the mistakes than it would have, if you hired a pro in the first place.
 
You also have to watch out for the "so called" professional painters that shouldn't be painting. Anyone can say they are a professional painter but not everyone can produce quality work.

Interior Painting Tips

These are a few tips for a Do-It-Yourselfer who wants to tackle their own painting project. I always recommend hiring a professional Painting Contractor if you want professional results. On the other hand, I realize that some homeowners like doing the work themselves or simply can't afford it. This list will help you with your painting project.
 
1. How can you tell if your trim(woodwork/doors, baseboards, etc.) was painted with an oil based paint or a water based(latex) paint?
 

A Step by Step Guide for Interior Painting

 I would like to start off by saying this isn't how every Painting Contractor paints a room. This is the system that I use and the way I recommend using.
 I will be explaining how to set up for painting, the prep work involved, the painting, and the cleanup. This order is the same if you are painting a bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, or any other room in your home.
 
Step #1
Remove all pictures, window treatments/hardware, electrical face plates, etc. off of the walls. Make sure you mark the holes that will need to be filled and the ones that will be reused.