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I have done a lot of online research over the years about some of the details and instructions for interior house painting. I'm putting it out there that a lot of the information that one would find on the Internet is just plain wrong.

This Painting Blog tries to help provide better painting information so hopefully it will be useful for both homeowners and other painting contractors alike.

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What is the Best Roller Cover to Use?

There are many different tools and methodologies available when it comes to applying paint. The most common tools include brushes, rollers, and sprayers. In some cases foam pads, rags, and sea sponges can be utilized for specialty applications such as faux painting. Paint rollers are the most distinguishable because of their relative ease of use for even non-professional painters. If operated properly, these rollers can produce an excellent finish for most large flat surfaces, such as drywall. Though a sprayer can deliver the most superior paint finish, often times it is not practical for small confined areas, or spaces that are occupied.

Professional paint results are produced by professional painters who employ the correct type of tools and materials for a particular project. That being said, people with limited painting experience frequently use the wrong type of roller cover and don’t know how to use it correctly. Most interior projects that we deal with have some type of issue with the paint finish that was the result of a Handyman or someone using the wrong roller cover for the paint type. We fix those problems that include roller mark lines and stripes, paint splotches, areas that were missed, and lint that was left behind after using a cheap roller cover.

Similar to choosing the right brush, selecting the correct type of paint roller makes all the difference in the finished result. Not only that, a high quality paint roller cover that is best suited for the job will reduce the actual time spent painting a specified area. Many Independent Paint Dealers like Benjamin Moore sell very high quality paint tools and materials. The cost is significantly higher in a lot of cases, however, your walls will look so much better and you will save yourself a lot of extra time in the application process and clean-up. Inexpensive discount packs of roller covers are generally not good and should be avoided.

There are a couple of things to consider when deciding upon the right type of roller cover that should be used for application. Determining the paint type and the surface that to which it will be applied are essential prior to deciding upon which type of roller cover to utilize. Differences in roller covers vary by size of the roller cover, its composition, and the length of the fibers otherwise known as the nap size. There are different roller covers designed for every type of application. Any experienced paint applicator should assess the project and closely analyze the substrate to ascertain the correct type of materials and tools to be used for the job.

Often times the big Home Stores will feature some roller covers that have packaging that indicate that they can be used with all paints, this is not necessarily accurate. That is like saying a separate prime application isn’t necessary because the paint is labeled “paint and primer in one”. We consider these gimmicks as more of a clever tactic to increase awareness amongst average Homeowners and drive more purchases for these products. They are indeed much less expensive than real quality roller covers. However, for professional results we recommend choosing a roller cover that is specifically designed for your application.

Roller covers that are made from synthetic nylon or polyester fibers are adequate for most latex paint applications. These synthetic roller covers are made with different blends of nylon, polyester, acrylic, and rayon composites. They would also suffice for most finishes as well, including flat, eggshell, and satin based finishes. If you prefer more professional-quality results, then a natural woven roller type cover would be recommended. Natural roller fabric such as lambs-wool have excellent capacity and provide a better finish than any other type of roller cover, and most museum quality painters in Washington DC use them on a daily basis.

An assessment of the surface that is going to be painted, as well as its size, should indicate the best nap length that would be the most practical for the job. The objective should be to select a roller cover that will hold as much paint as possible, provide average stipple, and release it onto the wall with minimal splattering. Most drywall surfaces, paneling, and metal would call for a short nap from 1/8” to 3/16”. For previously painted drywall surfaces, a nap from 3/8” to 5/16” would be most appropriate. The slightly longer nap will absorb more paint and yield minimal stipple. 1- ½” covers are best suited for heavily textured surfaces and concrete block.

As a leading paint application provider in the greater Washington DC area, we are constantly testing and evaluating newer types of natural and synthetic fibers used in roller covers in order to produce optimum painting results for our Customers. Needless to say, the natural fiber lambs-wool roller cover have continuously exceeded our expectations in terms of producing a faster, cleaner, and more efficient way to produce paint applications. With the new advanced coating materials that have appeared on the market, it is important for us to use the right tools and equipment to continue to deliver museum quality work.

Paint Ideas for a Child's Bedroom

Children are just as sensitive to color on the walls as we adults are and choosing just the right color can be a challenge. Including your child in the process of selecting their room colors would be helpful because even the youngest children respond positively to certain colors. Keep in mind however that extremely vibrant and bold colors that your kid might like will be fun for a period of time, but they are not necessarily a practical option for the long-term. Although selecting paint colors that both you and your child will love will not be easy, the importance of selecting the correct paint type and sheen cannot be over-stated. A child’s bedroom is probably an area of the house that will receive the most wear-and-tear so for that reason a highly durable paint that has some type of a sheen would be satisfactory for those walls that are challenged with sticky fingers and crayons. Finally, while modern paints are safe, always be sure paint with Low VOC or Zero VOC paint products that are safe for young children to be around.

We wanted to share a couple of ideas that can help you create the perfect environment for your child’s space.

Consider the Theme

The objective is to choose the right paint colors that correspond with the kid’s age in order to create the right mood for a child’s bedroom. Usually there are really no rules when it comes to painting a kid’s bedroom, so don’t be afraid to mix and match different colors that otherwise might seem odd together. Integrating other decorative features and an exciting theme with new paint colors will definitely create a wonderful living space in which a young person they can thrive, learn and play. For example, forest animals or a princess’ wagon, would probably bring about endless hours of joy for any child.


That being said, the overall character and paint color scheme of a child’s room will almost always deviate from the rest of the paint colors of the house. Unless you are planning on painting other adjoining bedrooms, it would be important to consider the paint tones that already exist in those other areas, to ensure that the overall theme of the home doesn’t change that much. Perhaps creating a forest jungle with polka dots painted everywhere may not be for every family, so sometimes a simple accent wall or really cool wallpaper can make a child’s room a fun place to play. Whichever new color you select should integrate well and flow with the rest of the colors in the house.

Cool Colors for Kids

Some studies have demonstrated that children often show improved perception skills after being exposed to a range of various colors at a young age. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that bright vibrant colors appeal to kids. When deciding on room colors, it can be sometimes helpful to bring your kid into the process by possibly showing them images of finished rooms in magazines. Whichever colors you decide upon, it is important to create a calm and relaxed environment in a child’s space because colors do impact the mood and behavior of young children. After all this is the area where they sleep, study, and play.


The paint colors on the walls within our home sets the mood and tone for the environment in which we live. Vibrant wall colors can be exciting for a child, however, some colors can be jarring and clash with the rest of the room’s décor. One way to resolve the issue of color overload is to diffuse the vibrancy of a color by 50%. This way the child still gets their color, but at a much more subdued, calmer shade. We would recommend using scaled-down colors of blue, green, or yellow. There are also a myriad of neutral shade colors that are very relatable for young children.

Think Paint Durability

The likelihood that your child may have beaten-up their bedroom walls with knocks, scratches, and scrapes, doesn’t make the paint job any easier when it comes time to fix all of those imperfections prior to painting. Moreover, depending on your kid’s age, the walls may have even endured the little scribbles made with a pen or crayon. For those reasons it makes perfect sense to go with a durable paint when selecting the right paint product for a child’s room. When decorating your kid’s bedroom, we recommend a high-quality latex based paint with a certain level of sheen which makes it easier to wash off some of the blemishes.


Most conventional painters would argue that for children’s bedrooms, it’s best to apply flat paint on the ceiling, a satin or eggshell finish on the walls, and a semi-gloss finish for the trim and doors. An eggshell finish is often used for provides a low luster and it is often applied in common areas such as, hallways, stairwells, and recreation rooms. We would recommend this type of finish for a child’s bedroom, over other types of finishes. Depending on the actual paint brand, eggshell finishes have a much lower sheen than a satin finish but yet it is still easier to clean than any matte type finish. Latex satin and semi-gloss finishes are very tough, and hold up the best under constant cleaning.

Non-Toxic Paints

There was a time when painting the interior of your home meant turning on fans, opening all the windows, and then actually leaving the house in order to avoid inhaling the Volatile Organic Compounds found in paint. These compounds were primarily utilized in the paint formulations for oil based and lead based products. They were particularly harmful for the respiratory systems of small children and pregnant women. In those days, safer paint options were difficult to find and they also didn't perform as well as regular paint. Fortunately, EPA Laws that took effect about 10 years ago, forced major paint manufacturers to eliminate or reduce greatly the amount of VOC’s.


Homeowners and Painting Companies in Northern Virginia have welcomed the less harmful paints that are available today. Today it is the standard and it’s easy to find Zero VOC, Low VOC and other varieties of "non-toxic" formulas made from natural raw ingredients like water, milk casein, and plant resins. We would highly suggest the use of Eco-friendly paints when painting a child’s bedroom. Despite the fact that they are formulated with safe materials, we have observed no issues in terms of longevity or the paint’s performance as long as they're applied correctly. They're available in a wide range of finishes for both interior and exterior applications, masonry paints and primers.

Chalkboard Paint

Kids are all full of imagination, and the spaces where they spend most of their time should be too. Painting your child’s room with chalkboard paint is one of the most innovative ways, to resolve issues regarding scribbling on the wall. Since it’s obvious that kids like to draw on walls, why not just let them decorate the walls the way they want? Chalkboard paint also mitigates damage to the painted wall because unlike standard paint, it is especially formulated to receive those scribbles. There is also a wide variety chalkboard paint colors that can be coordinated with the existing décor.


Drawing and handwriting are great ways to create a personal touch to a child’s bedroom, and when their preferences change in a few weeks or months, simply erase the chalkboard and start over. As a parent, chalkboard paint is also a good place to track school projects, keep lists of chores, and leave messages. Give your kid their own personal wall to express themselves and showcase their artistic skills! More like an interactive space on the wall that constantly evolves as times change. The chalkboard can also be whatever size you like and can placed wherever you and the child agree.

Please contact Davinci’s if you think you could use assistance with your project! We’re always available to help with painting ideas, and to give creative painting tips. As a fully equipped residential painting company, we guarantee that any work we do for you will meet the highest standards of both quality and safety.

Ladder Safety Information

Summer is here but don't look now, but fall is just around the corner! During late summer, many homeowners are in a rush to perform exterior painting before the snow falls, or perhaps clear out the gutters from the fallen leaves. More than likely a project like that will require the use of some type of step ladder or extension ladder. An extension ladder is an inherently dangerous piece of equipment that is utilized for all types of maintenance projects around the home. If they are not not set-up properly, a ladder can become unstable and any type of accident can result in serious injuries or property damage.

As a professional painting company, we are acutely aware about how important ladder safety really is. In fact, we exercise continuous safety training for our painters and we regularly maintain our ladders to ensure a safe work environment. People with less experience using a ladder should familiarize themselves with basic ladder safety in order to prevent accidents from happening. It may seem like a straightforward process to set-up and climb a ladder, but in reality there are several safety procedures that must be taken into consideration. We’ve put together some practical information on ladder safety in order to help keep you, your property, and those around you safe.

Use the Right Ladder!

Different types of ladders are designed for certain projects. Make sure that the ladder’s height corresponds to its job. Painting a house will most likely require the use of an extension ladder, however, some areas of the house should be able to be completed with a step ladder. The ladder you select should be able to reach several feet beyond the highest point at which doing your work. Attempting to complete section of work with a ladder that is too short will encourage inexperienced people to over-stretch, and this can be hazardous. An extension ladder greater than 16 feet will almost require someone with experience, or perhaps two people to set it up.

Don't Use a Broken Ladder!

It is best to avoid ladders if it has broken parts such a jammed rung locks or bent rungs. Only professionals should work with ladders that do not have a halyard or rope used to raise the second ladder section. If you’re buying a ladder, look for safe standards that are OSHA approved, and read the instructions before using it. It is also important to make sure that the ladder is rated for your weight. Ladders are designed and constructed to safely hold up to a certain amount of weight, that would include the person and their tools. A ladder's Duty Rating is determined as the maximum load that is safe for a specific ladder.

Climb the Ladder Correctly!

Climb the ladder slowly and carefully, and come down at the same rate that you went up. Without over-reaching, place one hand at a time on each rung, and climb 2 - 3 rungs with your feet and then stop, before reaching-up to the next 3 rungs. Maintain three points of contact on the ladder while climbing, for example, two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand. Never climb higher than the third rung from the very top of an extension ladder. If you are using both hands to perform work, utilize another part of your body to maintain balance and support, such as your thigh or shoulder.

Set-up the Ladder Correctly!

Ensure that the feet of the ladder are secured on level ground or pavement and that there is no chance of anything to slip. If the ground is uneven or sloped, the use of a ladder stabilizer could provide an artificial level surface. Sometimes secure blocks can be fastened and or nailed into asphalt or slippery deck surfaces to safeguard against the possibility of an accident. The feet bases of extension ladders should be between 3 to 6 feet away from the side of the house, depending upon the height. It's also important to be aware of the resting point at the top of of a ladder to make sure that it is placed on a secure part of the exterior.

Work Safely on the Ladder!

Always brace your body first, to ensure you have the correct support in order to free a hand to perform work. If you’re painting a house, hang your 1/4 full paint bucket from a hook on the side of your ladder, and place your brush handle inside the rung. Carry tools that are secured in a tool belt, and raise or lower larger tools or materials using a second ladder with another person. Never work on any type of ladder with second person on the ladder at the same time. Moreover, it's simply dangerous to try to tie or fasten ladders together to form a longer section.

Don’t Over-Extend Your Body!

Bouncing the ladder or leaning out far to extend the reach and maximize the ladder’s position is best left for a painting professional. Inexperienced people should take it slow, maintain their body position and shoulders within the width of the rails, and only reach out slightly farther than arms length. If you are on an extension ladder higher than 24 feet, it can be very time-consuming to go up and down the ladder and move it every five minutes. However, it is our advice to not stretch your body, keep your shoulders inside the ladder, and only paint safely that is within your normal reach.

Work in a Safe Environment

Never use an extension ladder during any kind of inclement weather, such as, the cold, rain, and wind. Strong wind can force a ladder to fall down and Mist and rain can cause a ladder to become slippery. It is not enough to simply not touch a power line with a ladder, because electricity can actually arc a fair distance from the wire and then make contact with the ladder. When moving a ladder around live wires, first completely collapse the ladder then move it horizontally, and set it up again, to the left or the right, beyond the wires. In some cases, it is even safer to completely skip a section, if it is not possible to safely set-up or work around electricity.

Maintain Mental Awareness!

If you are feeling weak, dizzy or you are prone to losing your balance, you should not attempt to do any kind of work involving a ladder. That being said, if you are not of sound mind and physical condition. the chances of getting seriously hurt are much greater. Moreover, individuals who use extension ladders should be physically capable to use the ladder on their own, or with help. People who are too old, too young, or have health or physical concerns should leave projects involving a ladder to a professional. It's not worth the risk, and there will always be another day to climb a ladder if you are not feeling well.

The most important thing to remember when using a ladder is to just use common sense. If you don't have years of experience working with a ladder, then take it slow and be careful and diligent about your safety and the safety of those around you. Moreover, ladders are not designed to be used as a platform for working. For complicated jobs such as painting high ceilings, think about using scaffolding or hiring Painters in Northern Virginia instead. No type of project involving crown molding installation, gutter cleaning, or painting is worth risking your life or hurting someone else. Please give us a call at Davinci's Painting, for any kind of painting or drywall need you have in your Home. We have decades and decades of experience working with ladders in very high places!

All Types of Drywall Repairs Inside the Home

Repainting the interior of your home with a fresh coat of paint is a relatively straightforward task for most Home Owners. The job is even easier if the drywall and previous layer of paint that you are painting over is in relatively good condition. More likely than not, your home has been lived in by adults, children, and pets, and your drywall has a multitude of imperfections, perhaps even holes. Whether from installing fixtures or furniture moving mistakes, drywall holes happen to even the most careful homeowners. If the drywall shows signs of damage or wear and tear, then repairing the issues first is important in order to get museum quality painting results.

If it’s a small repair, you should be able to repair your drywall quickly and then your new walls will be ready for painting in no time. You should first consider the size of the hole that needs to be repaired first before you grab a putty knife and start spackling. Extensive drywall damage will sometimes require knowledge and quite a lot of work to ensure the stability of the wall and affected area. On the other hand, a small crack or hole can usually be repaired in just a few minutes providing you prepare the surface and utilize the correct type of compound. We refinish drywall everyday and hopefully this blog post will give you some insight on the overall process of fixing the most common types of cracks.

Stress Cracks and Nail Pops
These are common occurrences for both ceiling and wall drywall surfaces, and are caused by a slight shifting framing of the house which is related to the weather and changes of the seasons. For minor nail pops the solution can be as simple as recessing the nail head and applying at least two layers of compound over the surface. In some cases, nail pops that occur in ceilings may require the removal of the existing screw and then the re-installation of several new fasteners around the affected area. Although most small cracks in walls are innocuous, certain stress cracks can be a recurring problem are most commonly repaired with a nylon mesh tape and multiple layers of compound. More aggressive cracks can sometimes necessitate the application of a fiberglass mesh or a high performance bonding material like Plaster Weld.

Small Holes & Hairline Cracks
Hairline cracks in drywall can be caused by normal house expansion and contraction, misplaced drywall joints, or the application of joint compound during inclement weather conditions. It is most common to see hairline cracks in older homes, however, these types of cracks can also develop in houses that are less than 3 years old. Most small holes are caused by people living within the Home and are the result of staples and picture hooks placed in the walls. Luckily, hairline cracks and small holes in the walls can be fixed without much effort. The important step to be aware of is to be sure that the hole and crack are at least one millimeter below the rest of the wall surface. The hole may need to be pounded in slightly to avoid the buildup of compound and a resulting bump or bulged out look on the wall.

Medium Holes & Indentations
These problems can come about for any number of reasons, including the installation of a new fixture, or simply bumping a doorknob or chair against the wall. Depending upon the severity of the damage, the repair could require up to three drywall refinish stages which is codified as a level four type of refinish application. Under most normal circumstances, two or three skim applications of fast drying drywall compound which provides excellent bonding and resistance to cracking. Even though it is impossible to repair drywall without some sanding sanding, the goal is to do as little sanding as possible. We recommend Easy Sand 45 Compound as it is easier to sand if applied properly, and enables several applications to be distributed over a short period of time.

Large Holes with Replacement
Large drywall holes that require drywall replacement are often the result of some accidental or deliberate break in the drywall. Typical drywall damage that is large includes water damage caused by a leak, bathroom fixtures that are removed or replaced, and electrical wiring that has been redone behind the wall. If the damage was caused by water, it is important to find and fix the source of the leak before beginning the drywall repair job. Frequently the solution involves more than one drywall tape application or perhaps even the replacement of a drywall section. The replacement would be followed-up with a single block application, sanding, and two skim coat applications utilizing ProForm Taping Joint Compound. Needless to say, this type of repair job can take days to complete because of the drying stages, and it definitely requires a good deal of craftsmanship and experience.

Performing drywall repairs correctly and then preparing the walls prior to painting is critically important for a professional-looking paint job. We encourage you to research the methods described above further. The Internet is full of resources but please be aware that a lot of advice online comes from a handyman's perspective. Our Drywall Mechanics have over sixty years combined experience, and we specialize in the installation and refinishing of all types of drywall surfaces and textures. Davinci’s Painting Team of professional painters and drywall mechanics would love to consult with you on repairing your walls and covering them in fresh new paint. If you’ve never taken part in a drywall repair project and don’t feel comfortable about tackling the project yourself, give us a call at 571-314-7288