Painters often tint primer close to the color of the top coat, but Wallis thinks that's a recipe for "holidays," or missed spots. Instead, he tints his primer a contrasting color. "If I can see the color coming through, I know I need to apply more paint," he says. On the cottage shown in this story, he chose a gray-blue primer to go under a peach top coat. House Painting
Climate is another factor to consider. Sunlight, wind, rain and salty weather can all wear out exterior paint. Oil-based paint is durable against wind, rain and temperature changes, but sunlight tends to degrade it. Alkyd paint chalks and sheds very thin layers when it begins to wear. Latex paint is the more durable option for very sun-drenched and relatively dry climate areas. Latex paint with high vinyl content should be avoided, however. Acrylic resin is by far the more durable binder for outdoor latex paint. Lafayette House Painters

This is great guys! Great work! I'm a retired kitchen guy so I know good work when I see it. I love all of it. My wife and I are doing a Farm kitchen right now as well. Your pictures have me thinking about sending in some before and after of ours. Just like you its the time we get to spend together during the project that makes the whole thing worth while. Great work. I cant say it enough! Lafayette House Painters

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"They cut a hole in the side of the house to put this thing in. I am handy-ish, but i know when i don't know stuff, so i contacted 20/20. There were a few hiccups in communication. I was prepared to dislike this guy and his work. He came in. He was nice. He went straight to work. He took out an old window unit and replaced it. I didn't just stand there and watch him do the work, but i was listening, there were opportunities to do the easy thing. Apparently, the old AC was supported by nothing except the wall, trim, caulk, and Jesus. He didn't know he'd have to do that extra, but he came prepared with a circular saw and an impact driver, not stuff you'd usually need for this job. He framed it. I heard some spray foam at some point so he sealed it. Trimmed it. The part that sold me is he ran out and got some touch up paint and made it look just as it did before. TLDR- He did a complete job, stuck to his estimate eventhough there were problems. He didn't just fix the problem, but made it look just as it did before he started." Lafayette Home Painting

Before the scrubdown, protect nearby plants by misting their leaves and saturating the surrounding soil with water, pulling them away from the house, and shrouding them in fabric drop cloths. (Plants will cook under plastic.) Lay more drop cloths along the base of the walls to collect any falling paint debris. Walls should be wet down before getting scrubbed, then washed with a gallon of water mixed with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Working in sections, from the bottom to the top, will avoid streaks. Be sure to rinse walls well before the solution dries. Wood siding and trim should be ready to paint after a day or two of dry weather. Lafayette House Painting
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