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Ceiling painting tips for the homeowner.

We know that hiring a painting contractor isn’t always the best option. If you are going to paint a ceilling yourself, here are few tips from the professionals at Dukes Painting and Repair.

Its a good idea to paint the ceiling first.

If you are painting the entire room you should paint the ceiling first. When painting a ceiling it is inevitable to have drips and splatter. If you aren’t painting the walls as well you will need to cover them with plastic or be prepared to wipe up any splatter immediately.

Popcorn Texture

That “great” invention from the 70’s that seems to be nothing but an eyesore now. If you have this kind of ceiling in your house, I am sorry. Painting these can be tricky. If they have never been painted before, it is easiest to rent a sprayer for the job. Or you can buy a cheap sprayer from an home improvement store.

If you try to roll this stuff, there is a good chance that it will just fall off the ceiling. It will stick to your roller, and if it isn’t adhered well enough it may just fall off in big clumps. Not to mention how difficult this stuff is to brush (cut in). You will find that a sprayer will save you lots of time and money. Remember to mask the walls with painters plastic.

Use a flat paint on the ceiling

Traditionally ceilings are textured because it is very difficult to get them completely smooth. Working overhead is a pain and construction professionals have found it easier to just texture the ceiling to hide the imperfections.

This is why ceilings are traditionally painted with a flat paint. Flat paints hide imperfections. White or light colors hide perfections as well. They also have the added benefit of making the room feel larger.

If your room is already large and you want to make it feel more cozy, feel free to experiment with darker colors on the ceiling.

Choose the correct roller for the job.

If you’ve decided to roll your ceiling, make sure to select the correct roller cover for the job.

When painting textured or rough ceilings, use a larger napped roller. 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch nap will work best. The thicker the nap, the faster your job will be.

When painting smooth ceilings, use a a short napped roller. Sometimes a 1/2 inch nap will do the trick, but you may want to opt for a 3/8 inch nap for really fine work.

I always recommend a “white” roller cover. Every manufacturer makes this type and calls them by different names. They are most often described as “woven fabric” or “woven fibre” roller covers and are almost always white in color. This type of roller is superior because it doesn’t shed. Cheaper roller naps will leave hairs in your finished work.

Hire a pro if you need help

And as always, if you need help, you can contact us for a free consultation and estimate.

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Dukes Painting is Returning From Antarctica

We have had a great season in Antarctica and have accomplished a lot.  We have helped maintain McMurdo station and several field camps as well as build an paint boxes and projects for science projects around the continent.

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Dukes Painting is heading to Antarctica for the winter!

Dukes Painting and Repair has some great news that we would like to share with you.  We have landed a contract that will put us in Antarctica for the winter.

The National Science Foundation, USAP and the US government send hundreds of people to Antarctica each year to carry out research and science missions.

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Whats the deal with “Green” paint?

So, What is the deal with green paint?

Of course we are talking about environmentally friendly paint, not this springs latest color palette.  Most paints contain volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) that are emitted into the air as the paint dries.  There has been a trend lately that, coinciding with the green movement, to reduce the amount of VOC’s in our paint. California and other states have gone so far as to ban Oil based paints which are the worst offenders.  The New York Times has an excellent article outlining the details of the current green paint technology. View it here

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How do I paint over not-paintable caulk?

Question:

I’ve recently had some repairs done to the exterior of my house.  The carpenter caulked the repairs with silicone caulk and now I can’t paint it.  Whenever I apply paint to the area it just slides off.  What can I do?

Answer:

This is a common problem as carpenters are not always knowledgeable about finishing techniques.

If you need to paint over silicone caulk, you have two options.  First, you can carelfully cut or scrape out all of the offending caulk and then recaulk with a paintable caulk.  If the the silicone caulk is freshly cured this can be a major problem as this stuff is very strong and hard to remove.

The second, and better option, is to simply cover the silicone caulk with a paintable caulk.  The paintable caulk will adhere to the silicone and then you can paint freely over the top.