Secrets of Professional Painters & Remodelers

Ever wanted to learn just some of the secrets of the painting professionals?  Mark gives you a quick list of his favorite painting and remodeling tools and items to have in his toolbox.

Painting and Remodeling Tools in Toolbox

My ultimate favorite tool in his toolbox is the Purdy Premium 6-in-1 Tool.  This is probably the most widely used tool in your toolbox.  It has a stainless steel type of simple hammer to drive in and set nails.  You can use the tool also as a hammer to pound the lid of paint can lids down.  It also has a paint scraper that you can clean your paint roller off at the end of the day.  Use the flat side as a spackling tool too. It’s also great to clean out paint from the corners.  

How to Clean Algae, Mold and Lichen from Siding

My next favorite go-to products are two types:  Spray and Walk Away or Wet and Forget It.  You can put this in a garden sprayer and use a spray application.  Follow the directions on the side of the bottle.  Pretty much you spray it on and let Mother Nature take care of the rest.  If you have a stubborn stain, you might have to apply several applications.  It is a slow process, but an easy solution for a DIY homeowner.  After it dries on the siding, let say in a few days it rains – then it re-wets it and it starts to basically eat at the microorganisms again.  It basically starts the process over again.  It is a steady, slow process, but works really well.  Have patience, and before you know it, the algae are gone.

Painting a Straight Ceiling Line

For most homeowners, using tape along the ceiling might not be the best choice for you.  If you let the paint dry too long, when you remove the tape, it can actually rip off some of that ceiling paint.  You can also apply too much paint on the ceiling and paint can leech underneath the tape. This will cause a huge mess.  My painting and remodeling tools tip of the day is taking a very sharp pencil.  Apply pressure at a 45-degree angle where the ceiling meets the wall.  Run a thin pencil line (don’t apply too much pressure or you’ll either go through the drywall or make too dark a pencil line).  Paint up to the pencil line.  A second option if you’re not keen on using a pencil line is going grab that Purdy Premium 6-in-1 tool I mentioned above and make a slight indentation along the ceiling/wall edge.  Again, don’t press too hard or you’ll go through the drywall.  Paint up to the indentation.

Picking out Interior Paint Colors:  Contrast?

One of the biggest mistakes I see homeowners make is when they pick out paint colors for the interior of their home.  This happens when they want to choose a contrasting color for the ceiling and walls.  They pick out one color in the color fan deck, and then pick the contrasting color right next to the first color.  There just isn’t that much of a difference in color, and when applied to the walls, you won’t even notice the difference.  My biggest painting and remodeling tools tip for choosing interior paint colors is to pick a paint on the paint deck that is 2-4 shades down from the first color you choose.  You’ll get a much greater contrast, and I think you’ll be happier in the end. 

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on your painting or remodeling projects, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving the Orland Park, Homer Glen, Mokena, Frankfort, Tinley Park, New Lenox, Lemont, Orland Hills, Palos Park, St. John IN, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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