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Oftentimes, clients ask if they can save money on their projects by applying one coat of paint instead of two. The short answer is, “Yes, you can save a small amount of money in the short term, but it will cost more money in the long run.” A coating of paint serves many purposes: color…

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Shellac This finish is actually a natural product (it’s made from combining a secretion from the female lac bug with a solvent such as alcohol) that is very safe once dried and hardened. In addition to adding a protective coat, it also can add a warm amber color to wood. It can be affected by…

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To achieve the best results, be sure to take the time to properly prepare the surface to be stained. As with paint, proper preparation is the key to a successful staining job that will last. See the following categories to find which best describes the condition of your wood, and how to prepare it for…

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Most people tend to think their only choice when picking out paint is the color. What they forget about is the sheen they would like their paint to be. When asking a customer what sheen they would like, I am often confronted with confused faces followed by questions. With that being said and because of…

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Recently, we talked about the make up and use of Interior and Exterior Paint. Now, we move on to talking about primer, or the undercoat. The primary purpose for primer is fairly simple, it is to make it easier for paint to bond to surfaces. A more accurate description is that primer uses superior bonding…

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One question we get on a regular basis is “what is the difference between paint and primer”. In an age where pretty much every residential product is a paint and primer in one, it is a very good question. The basic difference between paint and primer is that paint is typically made up of resins…

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Well, it can be really complicated and WAY too scientific for my artsy-fartsy brain to fully explain, so I’m going to give you the KISS version of LRV and how it can affect your room (and your sanity). And BTW, ANY colour will look lighter when hit with DIRECT natural or artificial light.  What we’re talking…

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Use the following tips to find the best painter for your needs. Ask for Referrals Get referrals from sources you trust, like friends and family members, neighbours, You can also ask your local Benjamin Moore retailer for referrals. Interview Painting Contractors Before you hire a painter, ask the following questions: Are you a member of…

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Bonding Primer – Bonding primer is great for problem areas such as chalky paint that did not totally power wash off. The only place you should NOT use a bonding primer is when the paint is peeling. Good boding primers dry in a way that they grab onto and tightly grip the surface. If the surface…

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Traditionally, new cedar decks would be allowed to age for close to a year, this to ensure that the grain had opened up enough to let the stain penetrate deep into the wood. New smooth cedar usually has some degree of “mill glaze” on it. This is caused by the spinning planer blades that made…