May 10, 2007

Sherwin Williams Exterior SuperPaint after 2 yrs.

Unlike other ONLINE REVIEW SITES for PAINTS based solely on someone's written experiences, we show you what to expect with photos and videos of the wet paint applied and dry appearance of the paints so you have a better idea of what to expect rather than someone's “word” on it. We apply hundreds of gallons of product across various jobs, surfaces etc. before we review it – not just a couple gallons in a lab.

Sherwin Williams Exterior SuperPaint

It was 2 years ago today that we painted the vinyl siding on this house. How did Sherwin Williams SuperPaint hold up? Poorly, in terms of fading. The siding shown in the photo only gets morning sun.

What am I supposed to tell a homeowner who calls me and tells me her house is turning a peachy orange color when it’s supposed to be a grey putty clay color?

We applied a 18" swatch of paint left over from the project to see how much the paint faded in 2 years as seen in the last photo. The front of the house where it gets the most sun was the worst.

It is important to have in writing when a homeowner wants to use paint, in this case Sherwin Williams SuperPaint, that you prefer not to use based on your own experience with a particular product. This is why product testing is crucial.

About the manual formula above. We slid a lap of vinyl siding over and used a utility knife to cut away a 1" by 2" piece of siding and color matched the smooth-backside of the siding to achieve the original color of the house 18 years ago. I don't suppose Sherwin Williams tests products like this or this paint would not be called SuperPaint because there is nothing super about your house turning a different color in less than 2 years. Let me guess, bad batch of paint. Right! We get tired of hearing that.

Sherwin Williams SuperPaint Exterior

May 5, 2007

Recent Project S/L 259

Here are a few photos from a recent project. The green room including the ceiling medallion took almost as long to paint as the entire rest of the house. The dining room has most of the time consuming elements of painting a home. The split white/stain door jambs, five colors, multi-color washed medallion, a different color above and below the ceiling crown, different color above and below chair rail, 8 main corners, the extra coats and patching of an eggshell ceiling to make its appearance uniform, and hand brushed trim.

Other project photos and more to come this weekend.

May 4, 2007

Patching nail holes

There are multiple options for filling nail holes. I will be using DAP DryDex Spackling & Nail Hole Filler which goes on pink and dries white for this How To. Another great DAP product is called CrackShot. In the past I wrote DAP about possibly making patch filler that dries another color other than white. The problem with it drying white is finding the many patches you made. The dried patch blends so well on pre-primed trim which is very popular in the new home market and remodeling projects.

A temporary work around is adding one small drop of food coloring to a sizable amount of patch. I squeeze out enough filler I know I can work with before it starts drying and add one small drop of coloring. This way the patch will show faintly over the white pre-primed factory primer when dry. The benefit of being able to see the patch is also to help prevent over sanding which can ultimately lead to re-patching if you sand too much off.

I prefer to use a nice flexible 1” and 3” blade. Start by squeezing a small amount of filler over or near the hole or area to be patched then press and motion the blade over the area. The goal on filling nail holes is to press enough filler into the hole that the filler puckers back out leaving a slight crown of filler above the surface. If you fill the hole flush, chances are depending on how deep the hole is, the filler may shrink leaving a slight swell and re-patching may be needed.
I will cover filling nail holes with nail putty in the next few days.