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Shutters Making You Shudder?

If the exterior of your Reno home is looking a little worse for wear these days, painting the house shutters on your home may be all you have to do to give it a fresh, updated look. While this isn’t the hardest exterior painting project, there are certain things you can do to make it […]

Time to Apply a Little Pressure

Category: Power Washing

Pressure washing is a great way to clean the grunge and grime from Reno concrete driveways, pathways and patios. By using a pressure washer properly, you’ll eliminate ugly oil stains and the danger that someone will slip on slick dirt or muck. A pressure washing machine is not always easy to handle, and should you […]

Complements = Compliments

Picking out paint colors can be a confusing experience, leaving you racked with indecision as you peruse swatches from paint companies intent on re-creating all of the 7 million colors distinguishable to the human eye. Trying to figure out which of those colors will mix harmoniously on your Reno living room wall is enough to […]

Mask On, Mask Off

Masking off baseboard and other trim is a great way to get a professional-looking interior paint job. You’ll get a crisp, clean paint line where the walls meet the trim. And the job will go quicker because you’ll avoid the time-consuming “cutting in” with the paintbrush and cleaning up paint spatters from your woodwork.  Of […]

Not Ready For Prime Time?

Overview: The Benefits of Primer One of the most powerful tools in your professional Reno painting contractor’s arsenal is what goes underneath the paint – the primer. Primer is an excellent problem-solver that’s less like paint and more like glue. It sticks to whatever you’re prepping and turns it into a smooth, uniform surface that’s […]

Sagging & Flaking & Cracking … Oh My!

Sometimes you’ll encounter problems in the existing surface that you must fix before repainting. Some of the problems are the result of poor-quality paint. Others are the consequence of inadequate preparation or poor application techniques. Some of the most common problems are shown here, along with an explanation of their causes (so you can avoid […]

The Skinny on Paint Thinner

Paint does not need to curdle to require paint thinner. Paint starts to thicken when exposed to open air for a long time. However, this does not mean that you have to throw away the previous paint and buy a new can. The job of the paint thinner is to change the consistency of the […]

Don’t Make Me Say It – Just Match My Paint Please

Maybe you’ve created your own custom color for your interior painting project from paints lying around the basement, only to find that you can’t figure out how to replicate it. Or perhaps you moved into an Reno home with a paint color scheme that you love, but it needs some touching up. You head over […]

Stipple a Little

Sponge painting, rag rolling, stippling, and paneling are a few of the decorative paint techniques that can give your Reno home unique charm and character. Beautiful dapple color effects can be achieved with minimal materials and the most basic instruction. Starting off with a simple project to test out your new painting techniques is the […]

Paint Your Ceiling Post-Leak

Category: Uncategorized

If you have had a ceiling leak and the roof has been repaired, now you are faced with having to paint the ceiling. It isn’t a difficult job and can easily be accomplished by the Reno homeowner, but it takes some preparation to do it correctly and not have to re do it. It may […]

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