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The Craftsman Way

Spring, 2010
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The Craftsman Way

Minimizing Stress on Bella and Her Adoptive Family

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Keeping You Safe in Pre-
1978 Housing

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Your Questions Answered

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Paint Memorabilia Corner
Stipple Brushes from
the 1920's and 1930's
The Client Testimonial of the Season

"I anticipated that by now we'd have moved all the furniture and paintings
back to their original
places against the walls.
But that's just not going
to happen. The walls are
far too beautiful.  Anything that hopes for a place in front of our walls will have
to prove its worth first."
              - Richard Medina
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Minimizing Stress on Bella and
her Adoptive Family


Painting services delivered in a home environment sometimes present a particular challenge. Minimizing the stress on the family, while maintaining the efficiency of the painting operations is most important. On this particular project, the close coordination of the painting activities was critical, due to the fact that the owners home-school their three children and the dad works out of the house a good part of the time. Additionally, there was a delightful 160-pound Leonberger dog which is also part of the family and whose needs for space must be taken into account. Her name is Bella, shown above holding one of her furry friends.

Because of the Holidays, it was decided that the painting project would be divided into two phases: the downstairs and the upstairs. A convenient start time for the family was agreed upon. The family then developed an off-premise schooling plan for the duration of the painting project. We then discussed the game plan for tackling the sequencing of the rooms we would be working on. Since painting services involve performing multiple tasks with varying dry-time requirements, we made the decision to only have two painters working on the project and work in no more than 2 rooms at a time.

This way, we could avoid disabling the whole house and creating chaos for the family.

Keeping the stress down for the family during an interior painting project is critical to producing a successful painting experience for our clients. Balancing the needs of the family with the needs to maintain the efficiency of the painting operations is our goal.  Painting in Partnership is committed to maintaining a happy balance between those two key factors.

Keeping You Safe in Pre-1978 Housing

To meet the EPEPA logoA regulations that take effect in April of 2010, it is a pleasure to announce that Painting in Partnership is now a "Lead Safe Certified Firm" and that three of our people have become "Certified Renovators". 

Below is some information on the new regulations.
Lead was used as a paint ingredient for generations in the United States because of its durability features.  It is estimated that 50 million tons of lead were used in American homes before it was banned in 1978 because of its poisonous nature.  (Ironically, Europe moved to ban lead in paints in 1921, more than 50 years prior to this country.)

Lead has been proven to be especially dangerous to children under the age of six.  The main exposure comes from ingesting lead dust that accumulates on floors and in carpeting.  It gets absorbed from hand to mouth during play activities.  This dust is largely generated from remodeling projects (including painting) or the up and down movement of windows that disturb the lead on the surfaces.

In April of 2008, EPA signed new regulations that come into effect on April 22nd of 2010.   It requires contractors to distribute the "Renovate Right" brochure to the owners of pre-1978 child-occupied buildings.  Contractors must now be certified by the EPA and ensure that the work is supervised by "Certified Renovators", so that EPA-prescribed procedures are followed.  The whole intent of the new legislation is to protect children of six years of age or younger.

Painting in Partnership continues to be on the cutting-edge of technology and work practices in order to give you the best long-term result, while keeping you safe.  If you wish to receive a PDF copy of the Renovate Right pamphlet, please email us at: info@paintpartner.com. We will send it out to you right away.
Your Questions Answered!

Question: "Why is caulking important to the quality of my paint job?"

On the outside of a building, caulk plays a critical role in keeping water out of your building.  Unlike paint, caulk has the ability to expand and shrink with the ambient temperature and humidity.  When caulk begins to fail, moisture gets into the surrounding wood joints.  Before too long, the moisture rots the wood and causes expensive repairs.

Because of our frequent freeze and thaw cycles, caulk begins to fail within 2 or 3 years.  It is therefore important to do maintenance caulking and paint touch ups.  Such a practice will add years to the life cycle of a paint job.  Make it a point to ask Painting in Partnership to come and inspect the caulk on your house.  This is work that saves you a lot of money!

On the inside, caulk adds to the aesthetics of a paint job, by closing the gaps between the wood joints and also between the wood surfaces and the walls and ceilings.  Wintertime is a good time to re-caulk interior surfaces, because the house's surfaces are generally the driest.

Question:  "My kitchen cabinets are stained oak.  What are my options for re-finishing them?"

You have several options.  First of all, you are not limited by the color of your stained cabinets.  Tired of the "golden oak" look?  Would you prefer to  have the look of walnut or mahogany?  This can be accomplished without having to strip your existing cabinets.  Additionally, you can save at least $10,000-$20,000 in the process. 

"No, I would rather have the painted look."  OK, no problem.  The new waterborne enamels give you a beautiful look, because of their ability to easily level off.   The secret is to clean the surfaces well, use a bonding primer and apply a good measure of painting craftsmanship.

If you go the painted route, you have the option to apply a glaze over your cabinets and wiping it off and leaving it in the recesses of the wood for a beautiful expensive look.  There are many different options with color and style.  Oh yes, you get a sample door for your approval before any work is done.

Please send me your question(s) via my e-mail at mario@paintpartner.com.
Stipple Brushes from the 1920's and 1930's

Stipple brushes come in different shapes, material and sizes.  They were often made out of China bristles, sometimes rubber and even horse or hog hair. They were generally large in size, commonly 6 to 10 inches in length.   Shapes varied from round, square or rectangular.  Smaller versions of the same brushes were made to stipple small areas, like between window casings or above doorways.  Here is a sampling of antique stipple brushes from our collection of painting memorabilia:

            Stipple 1Stipple 2

Wall stipple brushes served a few different functions.  First, before the paint rollers were invented, stipple brushes were sometimes used over wet paint to eliminate the brush marks.  More commonly, wall stipple brushes were used to produce decorative finishes with glazes or texture paints.  Smaller, round and tightly packed versions were also used to force paint through the openings of stencils.  To this day, stipple brushes continue to be in vogue as a decorative finishing tool.