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How Can I Prepare My Home For Painters?

How Can I Prepare My Home For Painters?

Made the decision to paint your house this summer? Great! Home painting, whether interior or exterior, is an excellent way to increase the value of your home and freshen up its look. So, how can you make the process as easy as possible for the painters? Take a look at our list of tips to make the job simple for us.

Indoor Painting Preparation

  • Make a list of rooms you want painted: Have a plan before hiring a painting company. This will allow to budget in advance, as well as plan for those rooms not being available for typical use during painting. If you’re painting bedrooms, expect to sleep somewhere else for at least a day while the room ventilates.
  • Move furniture: For optimal painting conditions, there should be at least 6 feet of space between interior walls and furniture; the furniture should be moved to the center of the room. If you can’t get this much space, don’t worry! We can operate in smaller areas.
  • Empty closets or storage areas: This only applies if you’ll be having one of these rooms painted. In general, you want to make any room to be painted as easy as possible to work in for the painters.
  • Unplug electronics if practical: This goes along with moving furniture. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for the painting team to complete the job. However, if it is not practical to unplug electronics, we can work around them.

 Outdoor Painting Preparation

  • Trim trees and shrubs: Trees and shrubs are the furniture of your home’s exterior. Make sure they are cleared out of the way as much as possible. You don’t need to get too aggressive with trimming and ruin your landscape; just make sure we have room to work.  Two feet or more is ideal space between plants and any surface that needs painted.
  • Put away outdoor decorations and equipment: Give the painting team maximum space to operate. Flag poles, yard decorations and tools should be stored during the painting project. Putting decorations away is especially important if the painting job will require ladders; we have to place ladders in optimal spaces.
  • Disable automatic sprinkler systems: We can’t paint the house if it’s wet. Paint won’t look good if it gets wet before drying. And we certainly can’t paint effectively if we’re soaked from a surprise sprinkler system! This is one of the most critical steps for a successful home exterior painting project.

Interested in getting a free quote for your home painting project? Contact Prim Painting, a local Columbus, Ohio painting company, today!

Should I Stain My Deck?

Should I Stain My Deck?

If you have a wood deck and want to preserve it, you must seal or stain it regularly. This is necessary because wood left exposed to the elements will deteriorate. Unprotected wood will suffer from sunlight, rain, snow, sleet ice and other elements. Wood decks without protective stains and sealers will turn gray, rot, and warp as the wood expands, contracts, and cracks.

You have the option of protecting your deck with a sealer or stain.  Here is what you need to know about preserving your deck surfaces.

Deck Stain Basics

Stain soaks into the wood and fills small gaps that would otherwise get filled with moisture—moisture that would expand and contract the wood. Stain will protect the wood from harmful UV rays.  Stain is color and sealer in one product.  There are varying types of stain, with the difference being the amount of wood grain that can be seen through the stain.  Clear sealers will provide protection from water but the wood will still turn a weathered gray over time.  Transparent stains have a slight tinge of color to protect from UV rays turning the wood gray, while maximizing the amount of wood grain that can be seen.  Semi-transparent stains are the most common in terms of protecting wood but also seeing wood grain.  Semi-solid stains provide almost full coverage  of the wood grain, but do allow for some grain to show through.  Solid color stains cover the wood grain completely, and are often confused with paint as they it looks exactly like a painted surface.

Deck Stain Pros

  • Show off the natural wood: Stains penetrate the wood, and will show off the wood’s natural color, texture and grain pattern.  Stain gives wood a rich finish.
  • Reduces possibility of moisture damage: Staining your deck reduces the possibility of moisture getting trapped in the wood because of the water repellant properties.

Deck Stain Cons

  • Stain doesn’t last as long as paint: Most deck coatings will wear from weather and foot traffic within 2-3 years.  Once you notice rain water no longer beads up on the surface, it is time to apply a new coat.
  • Can’t be used to fill cracks: If the wood has any cracks, the stain is too thin to fill them.  Stain products do exist now that can potentially fill small gaps, but only a few of these products are recommended, as many of them leave an unsightly or rough finish on the deck.


  • Not recommended:  We do not recommend the use of paint products on deck surfaces as they do not penetrate the wood and are more susceptible to peeling and bubbling from water sitting on top of the surface.  Special situations may arise where paint would be a better product for the deck, but this is rare.

Prim Painting is a professional painting and deck restoration company serving the Columbus, Ohio area. For more information about our deck restoration services, contact us today!



Signs You Need To Repaint Your House

Signs You Need To Repaint Your House

Now that nice weather is finally in the Columbus, Ohio area, it’s time to evaluate the condition of the exterior paint of your home. Is the paint still in top shape? Here are some signs you need to repaint your home.

How Do You Know It’s Time to Repaint Your House?

  • Peeling paint: If the paint is peeling, it is past the time to repaint. You’ll have to repaint at soon as possible. If you don’t, you risk exposing the structure of your home, like the wood, to damage. Fixing structural damage will be more expensive than painting.
  • Bare wood is exposed: The great thing about exterior home paint is that it’s multifunctional. Paint protects the materials the home is made with, as well as looks great. If bare wood is exposed, you need to paint your home quickly. Remember, structural damage can be a major expense—avoid this problem by painting the exterior of your house.
  • Mold or water stains: When paint starts cracking and peeling, mold can start to grow underneath the paint. This is a major problem and signifies a need to repaint. Stains can be removed with the right mixture of chemicals.
  • Wood rot: Beyond just having wood exposed, if you notice wood rotting, your home needs to be repainted as soon as possible. There are structural dangers to a home having rotted wood.
  • Chalky residue: Take your hand and run it over the paint on your home. Is there a chalk-like residue on your hand? If there is, consider it a warning sign your paint is deteriorating. You might have some time before repainting becomes totally necessary, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Fading paint: Fading paint isn’t inherently bad, but it limits your curb appeal. A fresh coat of paint can make your home stand out again. Every few years, paint fades enough where new paint would be beneficial.  Paint will generally begin to peel within a few years of significant fading.
  • Outdated colors: Did the color you painted your house look great in 1980? Chances are, the paint is outdated by now. You don’t necessarily have to repaint because colors are outdated, but if you ever plan on selling, outdated exterior colors are a turnoff for many potential buyers.

Is your home showing any of these warning signs? Still not sure if you want to take the plunge and repaint your house? Consider some of the consequences of not painting.

What Happens if You Don’t Repaint Your House?

  • Home damage: Exposed wood will rot if not shielded by paint. The structural integrity of your home could be compromised. If the wood rots too much, you could have a huge repair job on your hands. If stucco is cracking and falling apart, be prepared for a large bill: stucco almost always has to be replaced in its entirety.
  • Extended mold and mildew growth: Mold is a living organism. If you don’t kill it, it will grow. Mold growing underneath cracked paint will only expand. You won’t be able to get rid of the mold with a regular garden hose; you’ll have to spray with a power washer and use a chemical mixture.

Painting the exterior of your home is as much preventative maintenance as it is cosmetic. For more information about Prim Painting’s exterior home painting services for the Columbus, Ohio area, please contact us today.

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