Preparing your Home for Exterior Painting

Minneapolis Exterior PaintingIn this article we are going to be outlining the steps you should take to prepare for painting the exterior of your home. Do these steps as you deem necessary depending on your individual situation.

Step 1

A clean surface is essential for paint adhesion. Using a pressure washer is really the best and most efficient way.  Select the proper detergent, and use caution when selecting the nozzle. A concentrated stream can damage wood, seep into the cracks of lapped siding, and break windows.

For surfaces that are not peeling or flaking, using just a regular garden hose and a scrub brush with Trisodium phosphate (TSP) will work. For mildew use a mixture of 1 part bleach and 3 parts water, remember to rinse the surface when finished, and let dry completely.

Step 2

If you see loose paint scrap it away. Use a wire brush and scrape the paint that is flaking. Scraping to bare wood is not necessay if the old pant is intact, in that case it can be painted over after sanding.

Step 3

Repair surface flaws with repair a compound rated for exterior usage. Follow directions on the package, and remember to sand the repaired surface after it dries.

Step 4

If you have old caulking that has failed it’s seal you will need to remove it and re-caulk the area. Check around door trim, windowsills, and any other areas that need to keep sealed with caulking. Remember to find a paintable exterior caulking for the job.

Step 5

Check the putty around windows and remove old putty that has deteriorated.  Re-putty the windows, and apply a new glazing. Let dry before painting.

Step 6

Protect your lawn, deck, flowerbeds, and anything around your home you don’t wish to be painted with a drop cloth. Gently tie up and cover your shrubs.

Step 7

Make sure to prime if you are painting a lighter color over a darker color, or if you have any bare wood, or any repairs you have made.


Exterior Wall Paints – The 5 Best

Green Painted HouseIf you have ever painted the exterior of your home or a relative or friends, you know that you want to use the best exterior wall paint possible so that your next exterior painting encounter is as far off as possible.

With so many different paint brands saying that they have the best exterior wall paint available it can be hard to know what to believe and what will give you the best look and longest lasting exterior wall paint for your money.

Here are 5 Exterior Wall Paints that we have used and have had great success. We have ranked them based on looks, durability, price and ease of application to give you our favorites from #5 – #1.

Exterior Wall Paint #5

Duration from Sherwin Williams: $67.99

Duration is a phenomenal paint and could possibly be the best paint on this list, its downfall however is that it is an incredibly expensive paint at $67 for a gallon of flat paint.
Duration is excellent exterior wall paint and will give you a long lasting paint job, lifetime warranty and the application is incredibly smooth as it nearly covers perfectly in 1 coat.

Exterior Wall Paint #4

Aura Exterior from Benjamin Moore: $67.99

I really have the exact same opinion for the most part about Benjamin Moore’s top of the line exterior wall paint as I do about Sherwin Williams Duration. The one thing that separates them for me is that Aura is a lower VOC paint and I have found the colors to be truer, brighter and better covering.

Exterior Wall Paint #3

Ben Exterior from Benjamin Moore: $38.99

Ben Exterior wall pain is nearly every bit as good as Benjamin Moore’s top of the line Aura except that it is only covered with a 25 year warranty. In my book, 25 years will do just fine! For the price difference, this makes Ben a great exterior wall paint that is worth the investment.

Exterior Wall Paint #2

Valspar Duramax: $36.99

Valspar Duramax offers all of the benefits of Duration and Aura with its lifetime warranty, interlocking technology, wide range of colors, ease of use, mildew resistance and more. For $36.99 and a lifetime warranty, Duramax is a wonderful paint to work with.

Exterior Wall Paint #1

Behr Premium Plus: $25.99

Behr paints keep winning awards for best consumer choice for a reason; their exterior wall paints are top of the line at un-beatable prices. Their Premium Plus exterior paint boast a lifetime warranty, mildew resistance, interlocking technology and more for a price that rivals other brands entry level paints. The best part about Behr for me is that I have personally seen their warranty in action on my own home.

When Behr first released vinyl safe paint colors, I was one of the first to test it out. A couple weeks after painting the front of my vinyl home the temperature here hit 103 degrees and my siding all warped. Within 2 months I had brand new siding without having to pay $1. Behr stood behind their warrant and has since improved their vinyl safe technology.


3 Tips To Follow When Painting Your Minneapolis Home

After years of painting in the Minneapolis and surrounding areas I have picked up on lots of different things that can help homeowners when getting their homes painted. These simple tips can save you time, money and headache. So here you go!

Document All Colors, Brands and Sheens

This is so simple and is a huge time saver as well as money saver. Whether you are painting your home yourself or hiring a painting contractor. If you don’t have the paint color, brand and sheen then it is up to you (or the painter) to try to match the existing color. If you only need touch ups you may find that a matched paint doesn’t quite match as well as the original paint would have. This can cause you to have to repaint a whole wall rather than just touching up.

Use A Pole When Rolling Walls

Whenever I see those DIY shows on TV painting a wall with a roller and no handle I cringe. I have seen it too many times. With the use of an extension pole, from 1′ – 4′ or an adjustable 2′-4′ pole you will save your back, you will also find painting to be significantly easier and quicker.

You Don’t Always Have To Prime

Although every paint store will tell you to prime every single thing you paint, it is not always necessary to prime. Actually, there are only a few situations that primer is actually necessary.

  • Any raw surface such as wood, drywall, metal and so on.
  • To seal in stains on walls, wood and more.
  • To cover and bond damaged paint.

If you are repainting interior walls, you almost never need to prime your walls. Not even if they are currently a bright color.

When You Do Prime, Tint Your Primer

If you are painting a color over wood, drywall or anything that needs primer, don’t go with standard white primer. You may end up needing to add an extra coat of paint just to cover up the primer. Primers can often times be tinted up to 50% of your final color. This can easily save you a coat of paint in the end.



Exterior Painting Services By Minneapolis Painting Company

Yesterday I wrote about some of the services that people often don’t realize Minneapolis Painting can do in your kitchen. Today I would like to share with you some of the service we offer for the exterior of your Twin Cities home.

Exterior Painting Services Offered By Minneapolis Painting Company

Power Washing

Of course we power wash anything that we are about to paint, but we also offer complete power washing services for anything outside your home. We can power wash your vinyl siding, your sidewalk, your boat or anything that needs cleaning.


Asbestos Remediation

We are one of the few painting companies in Minnesota that is certified for Asbestos Remediation. This means that we can fix all of your asbestos issues.

Lead Remediation

Lead is also another thing that many people do not realize just how dangerous it can be, especially to children. If you have lead on the exterior of your home, you should contact Minneapolis Painting Company today and make sure that you and your kids are safe.

Deck and Fence Staining

With our deck and fence staining services we can clean your deck or fence and re-stain it to it’s original color. We can also completely strip your old stain and give your a brand new color or look to your deck or fence.


Sanding and Scraping

Sanding and scraping is typically a part our painting process. If you have old peeling painting, we can scrape all loose paint and even sand it completely smooth if you so desire.

Minor Siding Repair

Another service we offer is minor siding repair. If you have a rotten board or rotten window sill, you don’t have to call a separate contractor, we can take care of this for you. We do however stay away from large siding jobs.



Minneapolis Exterior Painting Photo Gallery

If you’re thinking about painting the exterior of your Minneapolis home, now is the perfect time. We still have months of great warm weather and you’ll give your exterior the protection from the harsh Winter elements it needs in time to keep your biggest investment (your home) looking great.

If you are looking for a few ideas for your Twin Cities home painting project, we have complied over 30 great exteriors for you to check out and get some ideas from. If you need more ideas, please contact us today, we would be happy to come out and discuss exterior paint colors on your home.


What is the Best Exterior House Paint?

Dark Brown paint with White accents.

Dark Brown paint with White accents.

When getting ready to re-paint your home’s exterior you may have wondered what is the best exterior house paint? And for good reason. You are getting ready to invest a good deal of time and/or money into painting the exterior of your home and you need to know who has the best exterior house paint.

Looking for ideas? Check out out Exterior House Painting Ideas Photo Gallery.

So who’s paint will last the longest, who’s will not fade, who’s is the best deal?

I have used a lot of different exterior house paints in my years painting and have dealt with every painting issue imaginable. That being said, there are definitely different paint that will work best in different situations, but if you want to know a general best exterior house paint, here are my top four picks:

Duration Exterior Paint From Sherwin Williams

Any conversation trying to figure out the best exterior house paint needs to include Duration. Duration was the first paint to come out with a lifetime warranty, they were the first to offer a self-exterior paint and the first to offer cross linking technology.
That being said, Duration is only number four on my Best Exterior House Paint list for 2 reasons. First, it is very expensive at $68 a gallon for flat white. Painting a whole house with 2 coats of duration can easily cost $1400 for a standard 2000 square foot home. Second, even though it says lifetime warranty, Sherwin Williams is notorious for doing everything in their power to prove that the paint failure was not their fault and not payout to home owners.

Aura Exterior From Benjamin Moore

Aura Exterior (along with their interior paint by the same name) is in my top 3 Best Exterior House Paints. Benjamin Moore was smart and pretty much copied everything about Druation. The only thing that I have noticed as far as differences go, which is why it is one higher on my list, is that it seems to cover better in one coat. However, I only recommend going with one coat if you are painting your home the same color, just a fresh coat of paint.

Duramax From Valspar (Lowes)

Duramax is one of the Best Exterior House Paints because they offer all of the features that I mentioned above and one big benefit, price. Duramax has a lifetime warranty, self priming capabilities, interlocking technology and more but at a price point of $37 for a gallon of flat white. You will nearly cut your paint bill in half, then use that money and take your wife on a few fancy dates, between painting the house and multiple date nights you will be a hero!

Behr Premium Plus from Home Depot

Behr is just plain and simple a great value when searching for the Best Exterior House Paint for your money. Behr offers self priming, one coat coverage (on similar colors), interlocking technology, lifetime warranty at the price point of $27 for a gallon of flat white. The second reason Behr makes number one on my list is their commitment to their customers. Warranty issues with Behr have always been incredibly easy for me to deal with. With almost no questions asked, Behr will refund or fix the problem. There is a reason that Behr continually wins Consumer Choice awards every year.



Exterior Color Schemes To Help Your Home Sell

When getting ready to sell your home you must keep in mind that the first thing a potential buyer is going to see is your exterior. Is your paint faded, peeling or just too much of a niche color? Exterior Color Schemes are incredibly important in making a potential buyer fall in love with your home at first sight.

When you have decided to paint the exterior of your home, the easy part is over, the hard part is deciding on exterior color schemes that will enhance the beauty of your home and give it the curb appeal needed when preparing to sell your home.

When deciding on exterior color schemes to paint your home to sell, you must remove your personal taste and emotions from the equation. You may love blue or red color schemes, but you are not painting for yourself you are painting for the future homeowner. You need to choose a color scheme that will look great and appeal to the widest range of people possible.

Cottage with Picket FencePlain White

White is a simple, classy and elegant and the most popular among exterior color schemes. The best part is that white is proven to put off people very little, no one has a distaste for white paint like they might for pink. An added bonus to a white exterior color scheme is that it is cheaper to paint a white all white. White, un-tinted and un-used paint can be returned and white trim with white siding saves you or your hired painter lots of time (and thus money).


Beige is an incredibly popular color for a reason, people just like it. A lot of people like to see a little bit of color in their homes but nothing to drastic, this is why beige is the second most popular exterior color scheme behind white.

While many different exterior color schemes may work for selling your home, the white or beige colors schemes will give you the best chance to sell your home quickly and for the most money.


Painting Stucco In 5 Easy Steps

Commercial Painting MinnesotaMany people just don’t know much about painting stucco. They don’t know if they should, could it cause problems, will it peel or what else could happen from painting stucco.

The truth is that painting stucco is actually quite easy and will produce great results as long as you follow these important steps:

Clean The Efflorescence and Debris

Efflorescence is a combination of minerals and salts that form on the top of Stucco and other masonry. While by themselves these salts are harmless to your home, they can pose a potential problem when painting stucco. Efflorescence can create a barrier between the stucco and the new paint and keep them from forming a proper bond. This is the same effect that plain old dirt and debris can have on a new paint job.

The easiest way to clean all dirt, debris and efflorescence from your home before painting your stucco is to start with a stiff dry brush. Don’t use any water at this point. Use the dry hard bristle brush to scrub your home and break all of the salts and debris free.

Next you will want to thoroughly wash your home with a high powered power washer. Stucco is very durable, so don’t be afraid to get in close and really clean your home.

Let Your Stucco Dry Thoroughly

When painting stucco you need make sure the stucco is 100% dry. I am not going to tell you to take a moisture reading like many people do, I know that 99.9% of the population does not have moisture readers. Good advice for stucco is to give it two sunny days before painting. Stucco has many pours and areas for water to hide, so always play it safe with your dry times.

Prime Stucco With An Elastomeric Primer

When painting stucco you should also start with an elastomeric primer. Many people, and painters, have heard of these coatings but don’t understand why they are really used. Honestly, I have heard many paint store workers try to explain this and most of them are completely wrong. The reason you need an elastomeric primer when painting stucco is that when stucco becomes water soaked and the temperatures fall below freezing, this water expands and causes damage to the stucco. An elastomeric primer will seal all of the pours in the stucco and water proof the siding. This will limit the damage that water and freezing temperatures can cause on your home.

Apply Your Paint

The last step to painting stucco is to apply your paint. If you primed with an elastomeric primer, you can actually top coat with any paint you desire, check out this article on choosing exterior paints. Painting stucco can be very tricky to get your paint color into all of the nooks, cracks and holes and get good coverage. If you have access to a paint sprayer, this will cut your painting time by at least half. On a stucco surface a paint sprayer is a life saver! If you don’t have access to a sprayer you will want to use a 1 inch thick or thicker nap roller. This is an extra thick roller and will better get paint into small holes in stucco.

Finish The Paint Job

After the above steps, painting stucco is just like painting any other exterior. With the use of a good exterior paint you should be able to enjoy a long life out of your new stucco paint job.


How to Find a House Painting Contractor

Painting-Brush-and-BucketAfter considerable thought, you’ve decided that painting your house is something you want done.  The lingering question, however, is how to go about doing it.  The truth of the matter is that it takes quite a bit of work and experience to properly paint a house.  Unless you have knowledge of exterior painting, your best option is to hire a house painting contractor to do the job.

That said, you don’t want to hire just anybody to paint your home.  Obviously, you want to hire someone that can provide a quality job that meets your requirements.  So with a few helpful tips, you can confidently find a good house painting contractor.

Do Your Homework on the Painting Contractors

The first thing that you will want to do is see what is available in your area. The best place to start is to do a Google search for the type of painting you are looking for plus your city and state. Choose a number of contractors that look promising and prepare to give them a call.

Now, there are a few things that you want to find out when you communicate with a potential house painting contractor.  Asking the right questions and obtaining the correct information is vital if you want to choose the best person for painting your house.  You will want to manage your house painting costs, so you will need to get a pricing estimate.  Next, you will want to ascertain the amount of experience the contractor has; how long have they been in business & have they done a lot of the type of work your asking them to do.  Finally, you will want to get references – at least three.

Evaluate The House Painters References

Information regarding house painting costs and work experience will help you weed the contractors down to a manageable number to investigate.  The key for evaluating a house painting contractor is the references.  This is where the real work comes in.  You need to call each reference and find out at least the following:

  1. Did the contractor do a quality job that the reference was satisfied with?  Believe me, if a contractor performed badly, you will be told.
  2. Did the contractor perform the job in a timely manner and within the specifications requested?  You are not interested in half completed jobs, additional house painting costs, and an inability to complete the project on schedule.
  3. Did the contractor provide a warranty of some kind?  If a contractor is willing to stand behind their work in painting your house, they probably pride themselves on providing quality service.

Appraise The Painting Contractors Former Work

If you are satisfied with the answers that your references provide, then go check out the work yourself.  While it’s great to hear other customers provide glowing reviews, it doesn’t replace seeing it with your own eyes.  Only then, after you have evaluated all of the foregoing and the house painting contractor passes with flying colors (no pun intended), should you consider hiring their services.  For certain, due diligence on your part will go a long way to being satisfied with painting your house.

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What Does It Cost To Paint My House

New-HomeWhen planning for a painting job for the exterior of your home, start with estimating the exterior paint coverage. Whether you are planning to hire a contractor or do the painting yourself, estimating the paint coverage  will help you estimate the exterior house painting cost and plan out the exterior paint design. You don’t have to contact house painting contractors just to do this because there are exterior paint estimators and calculators all over the internet. You can even download apps for estimating the cost and coverage of your painting project.

Exterior House Painting Costs Can Vary

House painting contractors often give different estimates for the same exterior paint design. Their rates will depend on their work schedules, and on the paints they use. Plus they often have additional fees as well. It’s better that you already have a good idea about how much paint you will need and how much it will cost you, to prevent you from spending too much of your money. Don’t worry because it’s very easy to estimate the exterior paint coverage and cost.

The first step to estimating the exterior house painting cost is to measure the walls, windows and doors on your home’s exterior. Once you have your measurements, you can go to the internet and search for an exterior paint estimator or an exterior paint calculator. These tools will estimate how many gallons of paint you will need to complete the painting job. These will help you determine the cost of the painting project and decide which house painting contractor you want to hire, or if you want to do the painting yourself.

Your Design Affect Your Exterior House Painting Cost

Once you have figured out how much paint you need, you should then take your exterior design into consideration. How many colors does your design have? What colors will you use? Do you need to paint a dark color with a lighter one? What type of materials do you need to paint? These questions will help you choose the type and brand of paints you need. This will also determine the amount of coats you will need. Generally, the better the quality of the paint, the more expensive it will be. By this time, you should already have a budget in mind, so that deciding on the quality of the paint will not be troublesome.

If you decide to do the paint job yourself, remember that the exterior house painting cost isn’t limited to the amount of paint you will need. You will also need tools to complete the paint job. You might need rollers and brushers and you will also need to estimate how much they will cost you. You won’t have to worry about this if you hire house painting contractors, but keep in mind they also have a fee that you will need to pay.

Another factor that can affect the cost of a home exterior paint job is the condition of the walls of your house. How is the condition of the existing paint? Is it cracking, peeling or bubbling? Is there mildew, moss or molds growing on the walls?  If your wall is not in a good condition, you might need to do some repair or prep work. Scraping off old paint, caulking gaps and cracks and priming wood for repairs will also cost you money. Don’t forget to include and prep or repair requirement in your estimate.

There may be a lot of factors that you need to consider in estimating your exterior house painting cost, but don’t worry because it can be done. Just start with estimating the exterior paint coverage with an exterior paint estimator and you’re already halfway there.

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