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How to Prep Your Deck for Staining

How to Prep Your Deck for Staining

How to prepare your deck surface prior to staining:

Pressure washing the deck surface prior to deck staining is vital.  Using high-pressure to strip loose or adhering stain from the surface is not recommended, as the wood will become frayed.  Soaps containing bleach or a mold remover should be used.  After the wash, sanding any loose stain or rough areas of the wood is necessary.  Hammer and tighten loose nails and screws prior to staining.

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Stain types:

Choosing a stain can be difficult.  If your deck was stained previously, the best option is to match that color and keep it the same, but you do have other options.  If you have a semi-transparent stain, it should remain the same, unless you decide to switch to a solid color; then you could choose any color you prefer.  If the deck is currently a solid color, you can choose to change it to another solid color, but it may require additional coats to fully cover.  If you are starting from brand new wood, you can choose a fully transparent (clear), toner (trace amount of color), semi-transparent or solid color stain.  All these act as sealers and protect the wood. The wood of a clear transparent will turn gray with time, while the others will keep their color.

How Often to Re-coat:

Because decks are horizontal surfaces, they face many challenges other wood surfaces on the outside of a house do not.  The sun hits more direct. Rain, snow and other elements land and stay on the surface for long periods of time, deteriorating the coatings.  Washing and applying a coat of stain every 2-3 years is recommended to keep the wood in great condition.  Any vertical surfaces (spindles, skirts, etc.) could be re-coated on a 4-6 year rotation.  Failure to re-coat at this rate may cause damage to the wood (warping and splitting).

Healthy Indoor Paint and Low VOC

Healthy Indoor Paint and Low VOC

Thinking about painting your home or office and worried about paint fumes? Whether you are pregnant, have small children, or are sensitive to certain odors, paint products are now available to keep you safe and comfortable while updating your house.

Low VOC and No (Zero) VOC Paint

The Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) are the dangerous component of paint that becomes airborne during painting and/or emits from the walls over time. If you are going to be living in the house during painting, it is important to use products that are rated Low VOC or No (Zero) VOC.

Don’t Confuse Paint Odor with Harmful Compounds

Using zero VOC products allows you to be present during painting, use the space immediately afterward, and does not necessitate opening windows to “air it out.” This means that painting projects you thought would need to wait until spring or fall – in order to open windows – can easily be done any time of year.

Interior Paint VOC Guidelines and Regulations

Guidelines exist in every state regarding how many VOC’s can be in a quart or gallon of paint.  These regulations have become more stringent, and most interior paints are becoming “low VOC.”

Low VOC and Paint Durability

If durability is your number one concern, and you are not pregnant or do not have small children that will be frequently in the particular room, you may not need to worry about the level of VOC’s, as durability is the main sacrifice from the loss of these compounds.

Prim Painting has access to several options when it comes to VOC levels and durability and we can find the proper solution for your needs so you can update your home while remaining confident that your health is safe.

Prim Painting serves the Columbus, Ohio, area. If you are looking for painters you can trust, for your home or business, call us today at 614-620-1950.



When To Use Paint Primer

When To Use Paint Primer

Getting ready to paint your home or office? You may have seen TV ads for paint brands claiming that the paint primer is included. Unfortunately, this has led to many misconceptions about primers and their purposes. Primers are used for many different reasons, and various types of primers exist to handle different needs including sealing surfaces, smells and stains.

Special Surfaces Require Primer for Paint Consistency

Some surfaces require specific primers to help with the finish or the overall coverage of certain paint colors. For example, it’s important to prime new drywall, repairs, and stains in order to create the proper surface for painting top coats. Failing to prime may result in inconsistent texture, flashing, or the reappearance of stains.

Save Time by Spot Priming Wall Stains and Repairs

Stains and repairs can be “spot primed,” where the entire wall does not need to be covered with the primer, only the affected area prior to receiving a top coat.

Special Primers Help Paint “Stick”

While nearly all surfaces can be painted, some require an adhesion primer to maximize the performance of the topcoat. Certain surfaces require special primers formulated to bond or “stick.” These surfaces are generally slick or shiny, where paint would be likely to peel or chip easily.

These primers bond to the surface to create a sticky surface for the top coat of paint to adhere. General applications include painting previously stained and clear coated wood work, cabinets, tile, and furniture.

Do You Need Primer When Drastically Changing a Wall Color?

A common painting misconception today is the need for a primer coat when changing color. Luckily, most of today’s paints cover well and generally only require two coats of paint to achieve their full coverage and color.

We recommend primers for coverage when the paint color is extremely bright or dark, and even then, it may not even be necessary. Because most quality paint covers in two coats, applying a primer coat prior only adds to the amount of paint purchased and coats applied, it does not affect the end result.

The bottom line is that a color that does not cover in two coats almost always covers with the third coat, making priming an inefficient method of helping with coverage. So why not save some money by purchasing a quality paint brand and skipping the primer altogether?

Prim Painting serves the Columbus, Ohio, area. If you are looking for painters you can trust, for your home or business, call us today at 614-620-1950.


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