The calendar may say December, but our crews are still completing exterior (and interior of course) projects in and around Charlottesville. We wanted to take a minute to send out some guidelines for painting outside over the winter months as customers throughout Charlottesville and Central Virginia typically ask us:
Make sure the paint is actually rated for 35˚F temperature. Many common house paints and stains are still restricted for use in temperatures of 50˚F and warmer.
Know your products. ...
Use the correct tools. ...
Work midday. ...
Follow the sun.
As always if you have questions, comments or concerns, please don't not hesitate to contact us!
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Serving Charlottesville since 2004
The Most Common Reasons Why Paint May Crack
Cracking is not something that many people equate with paint. However, cracking paint is a common problem, and can be caused for numerous reasons. If you have paint that is cracking in your home and you are wondering why, or you are getting ready to paint your home and want to prevent cracking paint, you may want to learn more about the common reasons why paint may crack. Here are some of those reasons.
Taking the time to prepare your surface for painting is important. It helps to ensure that the paint will stick and helps to prevent cracking paint. Properly preparing your surface for painting may include properly cleaning the surface, sanding down the surface, stripping away peeling or damaged paint, filling in dings and dents, and priming the surface.
Too Little or Too Much Paint
Preparing the surface for paint is important, but using the right amount of paint on your surface is equally as important. Using too little or too much paint can cause your paint to crack fairly early on. The best technique is to use thin, even layers of paint on your surface. Add layers of paint to the surface to get the perfect finish for your surface without using too little or too much paint.
Cheap or Low-Quality Paint
For some people, price plays a key role in which paint they choose. But cheaper is not always better. Cheap or low-quality paint may have a shorter lifespan and may crack or peel easier and faster than quality paint. Research the reputation of paint brands to help you select a quality paint for your project.
Paint that does not adhere to your surface properly can peel or crack. The most common reasons why paint may not adhere is because the surface was not properly prepped, painting conditions may not have been ideal because it was too cold or humid, or the wrong type of paint for the surface was used.
Not Waiting for Paint to Dry Before Reapplying
Anytime you are layering paint; you need to ensure the first layer is completely dry. If you fail to do so, you may cause your paint to crack.
Finally, as your paint ages, it may begin to crack. This indicates the paint is at the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
Do you have paint that is already cracking in your home? Or do you want to ensure that paint in your home does not crack in the future? At RB Painting Company we can help you with all of your home painting needs, and work hard to ensure your paint does not crack. Complete our online form and we will be in touch with you to schedule a free in-home estimate for all of your home’s painting needs.
The leaves may be changing in Charlottesville and Central Virginia but we are still hard at work painting and pressure washing at RB Painting Company. Now is the perfect time to try one of our maintenance packages or simply have us out for a free, no obligation pressure washing. We work throughout the year and would be more than happy to serve you!
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The cold weather is upon us but that doesn't mean the home improvement starts. If you live in Charlottesville, Albemarle County or any of the surrounding counties, we would love to give you a free estimate. We provide comprehensive interior painting services and are incredibly reliable and professional. Here are some of the services we offer:
Kitchen Cabinet Painting
Painting Maintenance Contracts
Thanks and please don't hesitate to contact us!
RB Painting Company
From a Satisfied Client...
"I’ve known Roberto professionally for several years now. His attention to detail, execution and diligence is second to none."
-James H. (November 2018)