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The most frequently asked question our clients ask is, "Why should I use a high quality paint versus standard quality?".

Answer is simple!

There are some paint manufacturers out there (won't name who), state there paint is equal to or better than others.

Sometimes it's true, but most of the time they are blowing smoke.

In our experience, there are paints we would use more than others. Simply due to the quality of the paint.

As a professional painter, we are there to provide a great service, affordable pricing, and turnaround time.

Without going into specifics, there are higher priced paints which cover and hide better than lesser expensive paints.

What does that mean to you (the homeowner)? If the paint quality is better, the paint will last longer, color retention will be better, and moisture barrier will be greater.

Technical notes:

All paint has pigments, resins and solvents in it. With expensive paint, the pigments are smaller and more pure. This gives the paint one of its main attributes: the ability to hide the surface on which it is applied. With cheap paint, the pigments are of lower quality and are larger (this means you get to give the wall two coats of paint instead of just one).

Resins hold the pigments together and create a "film" of paint. High-quality paints use high-quality resins for a more durable finish that lasts longer. You guessed it, high-quality resins are found in more expensive paints.

The solvent used in paint (water for latex paint) is just the carrier for the resins and pigments. Cheap paint has more solvents per gallon than does the more expensive paint. As the solvent evaporates, you are left with the resin and pigment that stays on the wall. So not only does cheap paint have poorer quality resins and pigments, per gallon it also has fewer of them.

I hope this answers the question.

We would like to hear your thoughts on this post....

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Happy New Year

As a do-it-yourselfer, it?s always smart to use the best painting practices when doing interior or exterior painting. It makes everything easier, faster, and more fun. With that in mind, here are six resolutions you should be sure to keep when doing your 2012 painting projects:

1. Always use testers. No matter how good your color sense, there?s no substitute for seeing the exact color you?ve chosen on the very surface you?ll be painting. So, don?t be a Scrooge at the paint store: Spend a couple of dollars for a paint sample ? and apply it liberally ? to make sure your color pick is perfect.

2. Never cheat on surface preparation. When it comes to painting, patience is a virtue. Resist the temptation to rush things by immediately grabbing your brush or roller before you properly prepare the surface. Time spent to repair, prepare, and clean walls, woodwork, or whatever you?re painting will produce a better-looking paint job.

3. Always use the highest quality paint. While it?s tempting to save a few dollars by using a cheaper paint, you?ll end up paying the price in the final appearance and durability of your paint job. Go for real economy this year by purchasing a quality 100% acrylic latex paint ? it will provide more years of service and produce even bigger savings over the long haul.

4. Never work with substandard brushes and rollers. Invest in well-made, high quality applicators to do justice to your paint. They?ll apply the paint more evenly, make your painting more effortless, and help you achieve superior results.

5. Always care properly for unused paint. Securely seal cans of leftover paint, label them with helpful information (especially if paint drippings conceal data on brand, color, and sheen), and avoid storing them in an area that is subject to extreme cold or heat. Not enough to save? Then be a good citizen and dispose of the paint properly, following your local community?s recommended procedures.

6. Take pleasure in your painting! As with so many things in life, we can approach interior and exterior painting projects as either pleasant activities or disagreeable tasks. This year, be positive in your approach to home painting. You might find it to be fulfilling, even fun. One thing?s for sure: You?re likely to be a lot more fun to be around!

Best wishes from the Paint Quality Institute for a safe, happy, and colorful New Year!

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We have updated to a new software for our site and have removed all of our previous blog articles due to an outdated blogging component. We have updated our sw and we are back online.

We have completely reconfigured our site, aesthetically it might seem similar to our previous site but I assure you it is completly redesigned.

We are still having a bit of an issue with our search box, but is still functional.

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Holiday Table Setting

With the holidays fast approaching, so are your holiday visitors. Is your home company-ready? If not, there?s still time to do something about it. You can dramatically upgrade your décor in just a weekend ? or even a day ? by doing some interior painting. And this type of remodeling is affordable even in the gift-giving season, typically costing a do-it-yourselfer less than $100 a room.

Why is it that we tend to spot the deficiencies in our décor just before family and friends are due to arrive?

In the throes of day-to-day living, most of us become somewhat blind to the condition of our rooms, including their color. But when it really counts, we take a harder, more critical look. All too often, we don?t like what we see. When that happens, we are left with a couple of options: We can panic. . . or paint!

Nothing changes the appearance of a home interior faster, or more effectively, than a fresh coat of interior paint. And, giving a room an entirely new appearance at holiday-time will help lift your spirits and that of your guests.

What?s especially nice about painting just prior to the holidays is that you can even choose colors that are just right for the season, as long as you?ll still love them when the day is done.

At Thanksgiving, fall colors that mirror the time of the year are most attractive ? harvest gold, ochre, brown, beige, and rust, for example. And nothing is cozier and more inviting at Christmas or New Year?s than a special dinner set in a beautiful dining room decked out in a deep shade of red or green paint.

Assuming that your pre-holiday painting is focused on rooms that will be filled with people, keep in mind that paints with higher levels of sheen will be more stain-resistant and easier to clean. Certainly the woodwork, but even the walls, in gathering spots like the kitchen, kids? playroom, and rec room should be done with semi-gloss paint. To make cleaning even easier, be sure to use 100% acrylic latex interior paint.

And keep in mind that top quality latex paint offers another nice advantage: It?s a ?green? product with very low odor; plus, any minor odor it does have will dissipate very quickly. Even if you paint only a short time before your guests arrive, no-one will catch a whiff of it!

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Paint color can influence our psychology

Skillful interior decorating is largely an artistic endeavor, but there?s some science involved also, and none more important than having an understanding of the psychology of color.

Yes, color psychology really is a science, and an important one at that. It can help you choose paint colors that create the right mood in a room, affecting not just your own feelings, but those of everyone who enters. Paint color is so powerful, in fact, that it can influence not just our state of mind, but our psychology as well.

In support of that point, history tells us that the ancient Egyptians, as well as the Native Americans, used color to heal. If so, it?s likely that they favored blues and greens, colors that have an emotional association with peace, calm, harmony, and tranquility.

Blue, which often ranks at the top of surveys exploring ?favorite? colors, can actually slow the pulse rate, lower body temperature, and reduce appetite. As far as paint is concerned, the implications are obvious: blue is a terrific color choice for bedrooms, less so for dining rooms.

Green, also one of the most popular colors, is a little more versatile. While it, too, has a soothing, calming effect (hence, it?s predominance in hospitals), it also is the color of nature. As such, it represents renewal, youth, and vigor. Bottom line: Because it is calming, green paint is a good color choice for bedrooms, and because it is the color of so many vegetables and other foods, it can work in dining rooms, too.

There?s no equivocation with red. It bespeaks energy and excitement, actually raising the blood pressure and making the heart beat a little faster. Because it is aligned with desire and passion, it?s a perfect paint color for dining rooms and adult bedrooms, but wrong for children?s rooms. Yet, ironically, pink ? a very light tint of red ? is one of the most calming colors, and is a fine choice for a baby?s room.

Yellow is a great interior paint color. Like sunshine, it imparts happiness, hope, and optimism. Studies have shown that the brain actually releases more serotonin when the eye takes in yellow ? creating positive psychological vibes. Yellow can even stir our creative juices. What better color to use in a master bath or dinette to get your day off on the right foot?

Orange is a happy color, too. More attention-getting than yellow, orange has an energy and warmth about it. But it pays to be careful with orange. Muddy shades are useful in many parts of the home, but vivid tones may appear raw and flamboyant. Orange is clearly not the color of calm, so it?s best to bypass it when painting a bedroom or any other area where you want to relax.

Purple is a tricky paint color wherever it?s used, but it?s the overwhelming favorite of adolescent girls. Reserve use of this paint color for your daughter?s room to create a win-win situation: Odds are, she?ll love it, and you can take comfort in purple?s proven ability to stimulate brain activity.

No discussion of paint color would be complete without mentioning the ?non-colors?, black (the absence of light, and thus, color) and white (the confluence of all the colors in the spectrum).

Black is a great accent color indoors or out, imparting elegance, formality, and sophistication to a paint color scheme. But don?t get carried away with it. Too much black can be morose and depressing.

White, on the other hand, conveys peace, simplicity, spaciousness, and cleanliness. It can provide a crisp finish to almost any paint job by adding sharp contrast to the wall color. Used throughout a room on walls and woodwork, it can give the illusion that the space is bigger than its physical dimensions.

Color psychology is an important consideration when selecting an interior paint scheme, but it?s only part of the puzzle. Even subtle nuances of tint or shade can alter the impact on our psyche. Then there?s the elephant in the room, so to speak: our personal color preference.
No one will spend more time in your home than you will, so it?s important to please yourself when painting. Choose colors that you love and you won?t go wrong.

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