Painting

Finished Picnic Table

Here is an example of someone using the kind of advice provided in our blog and making something great!  

In this case it was one of our customers who wanted to restore a picnic table using the touch up paints we provide at the end of every project. We provided the step by step instructions found in our blog, they did the work and you can see how nice the results were...

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See how it was done here: How to Finish a New Picnic Table

How to Paint a Concrete Floor

Painting your concrete garage floor can bring a much needed face lift to your space, here are the steps needed for completing your next project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTU3sflz3VI

Prep Work

We recommend starting your project by aggressively sanding the floor using a floor sander that you can rent at most any rental yard or Home Depot.

  • Use very coarse paper 36 or 50 grit and sand the floor completely.
  • It is critically important to clean the floor thoroughly after sanding.
  • Start by vacuuming the dust from the floor.
  • Most manufacturers recommended using an acid wash.
  • Next you'll want to patch any large holes using a patching compound recommended by the manufacturer. Smaller cracks can be filled simply by applying a generous amount of paint.

First Coat

  • Next you'll want to apply your first coat of paint (there will be two total)
  • Cut-in (paint with a brush) around the edge of the space, this helps avoid hitting the edges with your roller.
  • Roll the paint on evenly filling any small cracks with paint

Second Coat

A two coat process is highly recommended even if the manufacturer says you only need one coat. The second coat will help the floor last longer and give you better coverage. As an option you can purchase vinyl paint flecks that match your floor. In order to apply these follow these steps:

  • Paint a small square of floor
  • Shake on the flecks, be sure to apply them in small patches while the paint is wet.
  • Leave yourself a little room between painted sections so that you can overlap the floor paint properly without picking up fleck in the paint.

Clear Coat

Using at least one coat of clear finish is strongly recommended because it will help seal the paint flex and give your floor greater resilience.

A couple cautionary notes, floors tend to be subject to hydro-static pressure from under the slab. This sometimes leads to paint failure and no manufacturer will guarantee against that. Also, most all floor coatings today claim that they will resist hot tire marks, but we have found over the years that it can sometimes still be a problem.

 

Here's hoping your floor project comes out looking spectacular.

How to Fix Smoke Damage

So you just got a great deal on a new home but the bad news is, the last people to live there were heavy smokers and the walls look as though they are dripping nicotine. Now what do you do? Well I am glad you asked because we have the answers that will get those walls looking like new. It is also helpful to note that this process will also work for damage from small fires. So let's get started.

Preparation

The very first thing you're going to need to do is wash those walls thoroughly. Be sure to mask the electrical outlets as you'll be using a good deal of water and we don't want you to have a shocking experience. The walls will need to be washed at least twice with a big sponge and a product we recommend called Krud Kutter. This is a very strong product so be sure to use rubber gloves. Depending on how bad the smoke damage is you may want to mix it a little more strongly than it recommends but no more than a one to one solution. As we said wash the walls at least twice and then rinse them to be sure you've gotten all that nasty nicotine and cleaner off the walls.

Prime

Now you need to prime all of the surfaces in the home. We recommend you use BIN alcohol based primer. This has a very strong smell but it dries very quickly and that is key to locking down that nicotine smell. You may want to invest in a disposable respirator for the priming process. They are not that expensive and it will save you that nasty headache you get working around a strong smelling primer. Using water-based primer is not a great option. Even though they promise to block out the stains, the smell may not get locked in as well. Once you have primed everything one time let it dry thoroughly and repeat the process of priming. This ensures that smell and stains are locked down completely. This may not be necessary when using the alcohol based primer but it is critical if you have chosen to use the less smelly water-based primer. At this point you are ready to proceed like a normal paint job.

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Some other things you will want to keep in mind that aren't necessarily related to the painting but will help you in this recovery from the smoke damage are…

  • having the ductwork cleaned
  • changing out all vents in bathrooms
  • removing the carpet and
  • replacing window coverings

If you have acoustic ceilings we strongly recommend removing those, they really suck up that smoke smell and will leave it lingering even after painting the walls.

Materials and Tools

B-I-N Shellac Base Primer & Sealer Stain Killer 00904 (1 Quart) Krud Kutter KK01 Clear Original Concentrated Cleaner Degreaser/Stain Remover with No Odor, 1 Gallon

How do I Remove Popcorn Ceiling From my Home?

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Popcorn, Acoustic, Stucco, Cottage Cheese, whatever you may call it, removal of this type of ceiling finish is very popular. The temptation to remove this unsightly mess off your ceiling can be strong and you may want to jump right in. But before you start scraping it away there are a couple things you should know so that the project is done properly, looks good, and most importantly you stay safe.

Asbestos

Anthophyllite_asbestos_SEMThe first thing you need to know is that homes built before 1980 could have asbestos in the acoustic. Asbestos is a fibrous material that was used to help protect against fire. It has since been linked with multiple lung disorders. Testing for the substance is an important first step. Homes built after 1980 rarely have asbestos in the acoustic ceilings but it may be prudent to test anyway. It is important to take responsibility for testing before you proceed with your project. If your test is positive you will need to contact a local asbestos removal contractor. Be sure to sit down before you get the estimate as this can be a very pricy endeavor. In lieu of removing the asbestos-filled acoustic, the acoustic can be painted using specially designed light weight acoustic paints. These products perform best when you spray them on. Often the directions say you can roll them, I would avoid that if at all possible as it may damage the ceiling and disturb the asbestos.

Getting Started

Now you are ready to start. Your first step is to fully mask the floor.

  • Cover the floor with plastic
  • Lay a second sheet of plastic over the first. (Trust me you will like this step)
  • Lay some plastic outside the door of the room where you are doing the removal
  • Place an old towel on top of that to help contain the acoustic being removed

Removal

accoustic-ceiling-removalNext you will want to wet the ceiling to minimize the amount of dust from the removal process. You can use a garden sprayer or carefully use a hose to do that. Make sure you do not over saturate the acoustic as you do not want the drywall underneath to become too wet. Once the ceiling has been dampened you can use a wide drywall knife, 8’’ or 12’’ knives work well, to carefully remove the wet acoustic. I say carefully because the more nicks and scrapes you inflict on the drywall the more you will have to fix later. Once all the acoustic has been removed roll up that second piece of plastic and haul it to the trash can. Let the ceiling dry overnight. Setting up a fan to keep the air moving is a good idea. The next day sand the ceiling to get any residual acoustic off the surface. Use 100 grit drywall sandpaper or drywall sanding grids for this step.

Finish

Next you should skim coat (apply a smooth layer of drywall mud on) the whole ceiling. This can be done by using a 9’’ roller, drywall mud and the widest drywall knife you can handle. Ideally you will have two people for this. The process goes like this…

  • Thin the mud just enough to get it to roll out.
  • One person rolls out the mud and the second person smooth’s it out with the drywall knife.
  • Excess mud from each pass can be put in a drywall pan.
  • Turn the fans back on and wait until the mud is fully dry.
  • Once it is all good and dry sand the mud again and repeats the process.

Hopefully after letting the second coat dry and sanding it you will have a surface that can be textured using a texture machine or painted as it is depending on the finish you would like to have. Flat paint works best on ceilings as it shows less flaws in the finish. You will also want to caulk the corners in between paint coats to give yourself nice clean corners.

Materials and Tools

  • Drywall knives
  • Safety glasses
  • Hose or Hudson sprayer
  • Plastic
  • Tape (red vinyl works well when using water)
  • Drywall mud
  • Sanding pole
  • Drywall sandpaper or sanding screens
  • Flat paint
  • Gloves
  • Dust masks
  • An old towel
  • Texture machine
  • Mud pan

Examples of materials you may need

Asbestos Test kit

Pro-Lab AS108 Asbestos Do It Yourself Test Kit

Dryfall Acoustic paint

Waterborne Dry Fall | Waterborne Interior Coating

Texture machine

PRO Texture Sprayer

Drywall knives

MARSHALLTOWN The Premier Line 3512SD 12-Inch Stainless Steel Taping Knife with DuraSoft Handle

Exterior Painting: How do I Paint the Outside of my House? – Pt. 2

In part one of our blog about how to paint the outside of your home we discussed how to prepare all the exterior surfaces for painting. In this edition we will be discussing the proper paint to select when painting your home. The type of paint you will select will depend heavily on the environmental conditions where you live and the materials that your home is constructed with. We will give you two different options that should help you determine which is best for you. The first is designed for high moisture environments such as near the beach or Lake and the other for hot dry climates.

Moist Environments

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We would strongly recommend a top-quality semi-gloss enamel for doors, door casings, painted windows and shutters. The paint you choose for fascia boards, eves, and other trim should generally be a satin sheen product. Stucco surfaces look best and perform well with flat paint on them.

  • Doors: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Door casings: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Painted windows and shutters: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Fascia boards and Eves: Satin Sheen
  • Trim: Satin Sheen
  • Stucco: Flat

Dry Arid Environments

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  • Doors: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Door casings: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Painted windows and shutters: Semi-gloss enamel
  • Fascia boards and Eves: Solid body stain
  • Trim: Solid body stain
  • Stucco: Flat

Wrap up

The most important consideration is the quality of the products you select. Every paint company offers their top of the line products and their “contractor” grade paints. Stick with the best products your favorite company offers.

Materials and Tools

  • Plastic
  • Tape
  • Masking paper
  • Drop cloths
  • Roller covers
  • Roller frames
  • Extension poles for the roller frames
  • Brushes
  • Buckets
  • Roller grids for the buckets

Exterior Painting: How do I Paint the Outside of my House? - Pt. 1

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Painting a home can be a large project to tackle. Maxson Painting is here to help, today we are going to cover the crucial first step of any painting project, preparation. The type and amount of preparation needed before beginning your exterior paint job varies according to architecture and the condition of the substrata (the surface that you will be covering). That said, here are some basic first steps to a great exterior painting project.

  • First pull back any dirt or plants from the base of the house to allow 2 to 3 inches for painting below ground level.
  • Next identify any areas of mildew and treat them with a one to one solution of household bleach and water. If there is extensive mildew you may want to use a garden sprayer to apply the solution. If you choose this route be sure to keep surrounding hardscape and plants wet as a way to avoid damaging them.
  • You will want to pressure wash the exterior of the house. A high-pressure nozzle on your hose could be used but I would strongly recommend renting a pressure washer from your local Home Depot or Lowe's. This will ensure you get a good quality washing before you start painting.
  • Use a paint scraper, wire brush, or power sander to remove any loose and failing paint. Ensuring that all loose and failing material is removed from the substrata is critical before moving on in the project.
  • Apply a coat of primer to all raw wood. Priming raw wood is very important even with paints that claim to be paint and primer in one. It is best to use a product designed for priming specifically as opposed to a paint that's trying to do the job of both the paint and primer.
  • Next identify any cracks and uneven areas in the substrata and address those using elastomeric caulking and flexible patching products such as Flexall. Using flexible products is a little more difficult when patching because it shrinks and can take more than one coat. However, traditional spackle is very hard when it dries and tends to fail sooner than the flexible products.
  • Once you have patched all the uneven areas and cracks you will need to re-sand them and prime them to ensure adhesion of top coats.

Now you're ready to begin applying your finish coats of paint. In our next blog we will discuss how to select the right paints for every surface on your exterior painting project and provide tips on applying them.

 

Materials and tools

  • Garden Sprayer
  • Bleach
  • Pressure washer (recommended)
  • Paint Scraper, Wire Brush, or Power Sander
  • Primer (avoid paint+primer)
  • Elastomeric Caulking
  • Flexible Patching (i.e. Flexall, DAP)
  • Putty Knife
  • Sand Paper

Pro Tip: What are VOC's and Should I Care?

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The term VOC gets tossed around a lot these days. Let’s start with what VOC stands for. The term refers to volatile organic compounds. Sounds bad right? I hear you asking, "but what does that mean?" Simply stated VOC's are the solvents that get released into the air as paint dries. There are other kinds of VOC’s but we are dealing strictly with what is a emitted from paints in the drying process.
In oil based paints the solvent is paint thinner. As the thinner in the paint evaporates it releases high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds; this is one reason they smell so strong. In water-based paints the solvent is, well, water so when it evaporates there is less smell.

Now you're thinking, "I've got it" so let me throw you a bit of a curve. There are a lot of other compounds in paint, some that help it flow out evenly (we will talk about that in another post), some that allow it to cover better, others that help with washability and the list goes on and on. Even the tinting colors used to make that perfect color for your bedroom contain VOC’s. And you guessed it,  as they dry they escape into your home.

This brings us to why you should care about VOC’s. These low VOC pants are designed for painting the interior of your home and the byproduct of them releasing low or no VOC's is low or no odor as you paint your home. This is bad news for those of you who like the smell of fresh paint but good news for those of you who are concerned about the level of toxins being released into your home. Your paint store or, better yet, your local painting professional can give you more information on these great products. As with selecting any paint choose the best quality you can afford and the results will speak for themselves.

Carbon Beach | Malibu Commercial Painting Project

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Maxson Painting came on the job to finish up the interior and exterior painting after earlier challenges led to a change in painting contractors. Our responsibility was to go over every surface and insure that the highest quality finishes were achieved. Detailed sanding, patching and finishing done over finished hardwood flooring in fully furnished homes was no problem for our team. The time frame was critical as the condos were going on the market very soon. Maxson Painting work closely with the construction superintendant and in harmony with the other tradesmen to meet the opening date requirement.
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Pro Tips: Why is My Paint Peeling and How Can I Fix It?

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In our Pro Tip Series we attempt to answer frequent questions that homeowners have.

In today's post we tackle the question: Why is the paint peeling off my doors and trim?

There could be any number of reasons for this surface condition, the most common cause tends to be water-based paint having been applied over oil based paint.  Water-based paints have a lot of great qualities, sticking well over oil based paint just isn't one of them. This can be a real challenge to repair, but it can be fixed if you take the right steps.

What are those right steps you ask? Well that’s a great question and I’m glad you asked.

The first step is to check and see how well the paint is sticking. Meaning, it is not coming off easily when scratched with your fingernail. In the best case scenario the paint is still sticking fairly well.

If this is the case follow these steps:

  • Lightly sand the failing paint
  • Apply a coat of oil based primer on top of the water based paint.
  • Next lightly sand the primer to get a smooth surface
  • Finally apply two coats of quality semi-gloss enamel and you're done

If the paint scratches off easily with your fingernail, you will need to follow these steps:

  • First remove all loose and failing paint using a stiff putty knife, paint scraper and sandpaper. 
  • Once this has been accomplished sand the surfaces thoroughly
  • Apply a coat of oil based primer 
  • Next lightly sand the primer to get a smooth surface
  • Lastly apply two finish coats of quality semi-gloss enamel.

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If you just hate the idea of using oil based primer, check with your local paint store and explain the situation. Depending on where you live they may have a water-based primer that will do the job for you. Good luck with your painting project!

 

Your friendly professionals at Maxson Painting

Faux Finish Painting Project | Ventura

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Here are some examples of a beautiful faux finish painting job. This was completed on an iron handrail in Ventura by Maxson Painting.

For more information please visit our project page.

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