Testimonial of the Season
"We learned much about the
care of the exterior of our home from our experience with Painting in
Partnership. In addition, its workers were top notch. They worked very
efficiently, courteously and extremely cleanly. We were amazed that
we found virtually no debris from this work."
Peace of Mind
Pride in Finished Work
...No matter who is doing
Painting in Partnership Affiliations
The Coolest Projects
A Six -Color
Porch for an American Four-Square House:
in Partnership's paint color consultation service played a key role on
this project. The owners love
color! We had recently painted the interior
of their house in vivid "period" colors. They wanted the front porch and fašade of their house to make a similar statement as they did on the interior of their house. The result
was a 6-color porch!
We used dark purple on the porch floor and the
shingles on the porch gable. The
shutters were also repainted in the same purple color. We stained the shingles on the porch surround
a rusty red color to create balance with the rusty roof color. We used two shades of green for the front
door and other porch elements. Finally,
the spindles were painted the same color as the siding. White was the tying color.
Painting in Partnership, we believe that a little color can go a long way to
create excitement for house painting project and the people who live there.
A Custom Mural Grouping for a Unique Look:
is a custom grouping? It is a hybrid between mural painting and faux finishing.
It consists of a series of related paintings that, when combined into an
arrangement, become greater than the summation of its parts. In other words,
each painting can individually stand on its own. However, when combined, each
piece enhances the aesthetic appeal of the other pieces, as shown in these two
We recently completed such a project. Click here for the rest of the story.
Your Questions Answered!
Rusty Nails: "I have rusty
nails on my house. Can you permanently
solve my problem?"
nails are indeed an unsightly problem, especially on white painted surfaces.
When nails begin to rust on an old house, it causes a rust stain to appear on
the surface of the paint. Eventually,
the rust will cause the paint film to fail and flake off.If
you have a problem with rusty nails on your house, this is what we would do to
permanently resolve this issue. As a first step, our house painters would set
the nails using a nail punch slightly smaller than the nail heads to sink the
nails by no more than 1/8".
we would then scrape the loose paint off the face of the nails and apply a rust
converter to kill off any rust residue. Our painters would then fill the nail holes using a waterborne,
rust-inhibitive window putty. This putty
requires no sanding and no priming, and has a quick curing time. Because this product shrinks, we had to hit
the nail holes two or three times to eliminate any cratering of the product.
recently handled 3,600 rusty nails for the owner of an old farm house, prior to
doing any painting work on the house.
Peeling Paint and
Spalling on Painted Brick: The paint on my brick is
peeling. Even some of the brick is
falling off. Why is this happening and
what is the solution?
Paint restoration sometimes
requires starting over, especially when it comes to painted brick. Painting brick is not a good idea, especially
when you are dealing with common brick. Common brick was fired at a lower temperature and was therefore softer
than face brick. Common brick was
usually used on the rear and sides of buildings. Face brick was used on the front of the house
and was much harder and durable, and also more expensive. So, why is it not a good idea to paint brick?
Click here for the rest of the answer.
Please send me your question(s) via my
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Paint Memorabilia Corner
issue of The Craftsman Way newsletter
has a section devoted to paint memorabilia because we believe that an
understanding of the history of the painting industry gives us a better
appreciation for the work of painters today.
Over the years, Painting in Partnership's collection has grown to almost
800 items and is recognized as a "Custodian" of the painting industry's past.
the level of moisture in a substrate has long been a concern for house painters
and many other trades, that it be wood, plaster, concrete or drywall. There are two types of moisture meters. The most common one measures the electrical
resistance of the substrate; the more moisture there is, the lower the
resistance will be. This type of meter
uses two electrodes that are driven into the substrate. The output of the moisture meter is
translated into a scale or dial on the device. The greater the moisture level, the higher the number on the scale will
are two generations of electrical resistance moisture meters. The first one is from the 1920's and was made
by the L.R. Bradley & Co. of New York. The device used 45 volt batteries. You set the dial on the device to the maximum
moisture level permitted for that substrate. A light turns on if the moisture is higher than that level.
second moisture meter was called the "Midget Wood Meter" and was made by Weston
Electrical Instruments, Corp. of Newark, New Jersey. Using the mallet provided, the pins were
driven into the wood and the moisture level was displayed on the dial. This meter was from the 1940's or 50's era.
cut wood can have moisture content of 80% or more. Painting wood when the moisture content is
elevated will surely cause paint failure, because the moisture will prevent the
paint from adhering to the substrate.