Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Advice from the Pros:

How to Choose the Right Brush

It's surprising to see how often people buy top-quality paint (and spend countless hours on careful prep) then jeopardize the end result by trying to save a few pennies on brushes. There's almost no better example of 'penny wise and pound foolish,' especially since the right brush will also save time and be less hassle because it holds more paint and will give you better control. In the end, you'll get a smoother finish with fewer visible brush strokes and you're far less likely to find pesky brush hairs dried into the finish. Of course, quality costs a little more--you can expect to pay at least $12 or so for a decent 2 1/2-inch trim brush--but a good brush will last for years, if it's properly cared for.  Read more...


Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Advice from the Pros:

Spring Repairs & Touch-ups

In our last post, we talked about what causes blisters, peeling, and other common paint problems; in this post, we'll tell you how to repair them and, as important, avoid these problems in the future. Proper preparation is the key, whether you're fixing a few blisters or repainting an entire house. Cleaning, sanding, and scraping aren't much fun, but think of it this way: the more time and attention you give to preparing the substrate, the longer the coating will last. In the end, you'll actually spend less time on a ladder, because your paint job will last much longer.  Read more...


Monday, March 28, 2011

Advice from the Pros:

Spring Exterior Diagnostics Part Two

Blistering Paint
It's very likely that the exterior inspection recommended in our last post will turn up some problems here and there. The good news is that paint problems are usually easy to fix if you can figure out what caused them in the first place. Here are a few of the more typical problems and their likely causes; in our next post, we'll tell you how to fix them. First you should identify if the problem is localized or general. If the problem is limited to a small area or on one side of the house it should be easy to identify and correct. If the problem exists on the entire house it may be a much larger issue and you should probably have a paint expert to inspect your home. Consult your local Benjamin Moore retailer to find an expert who can help.  Read more...


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Advice from the Pros:

A Spring-time Walk That Can Save You Dollars

Here in the Northeast--and in most of the rest of the country--it's been a hard winter. Fortunately, spring is just around the corner, and once the snow melts it's a great time to assess the toll winter has taken on your home. Simply taking a ten-minute stroll around the outside and examining the foundation, siding, trim, porch, and deck can tell you a lot and maybe head off any problems before they become more costly fixes down the road:  Read more...