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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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How is the Exterior of your Home looking?

Is the Exterior of your Home starting to deteriorate and look worn down? If the answer is yes, it may be time to think about painting to protect the exterior wood trim surfaces. Unfortunately sometimes wood deterioration can occur because of a lack of paint maintenance.

Usually, people have to go through exterior painting in Northern Virginia between 7 and 10 years. The time between each job depends upon the type of paint materials used and the preparation that was done previously. Another factor is how much maintenance took place since the previous paint job. When people neglect exterior maintenance such as power-washing every 2 years and painting every 7 years, unfortunate things can occur. Some of the things that we have seen as a result of poor maintenance include wood deterioration, and window glazing that is falling out. However, under most normal circumstances, most homes only require standard preparation procedures.

What sets Davinci's Painting apart from everyone else, is the fact that we include many of the preparation processes that others will not. These things include power-wash cleaning, extensive preparation processes like pole sanding the complete wall surface, inspecting the entire wall with spotlights, and of course priming.

Davinci's Painting is the Northern Virginia Painting Company that includes all of these things as part of our normal preparation procedure. We also include a complete inspection from a licensed Carpenter of the entire exterior, to determine if there is any wood deterioration. Additionally, we provide annual inspections and a 5 year warranty for all of our work.

Choosing the right Contractor and having a complete understanding of everything that needs to be done is very important. College Graduates who think that they are seasoned painters, really would not have the same experience as a seasoned mechanic with 20 years under his belt.

Davinci's Painting is the Northern Virginia Painting Company that provides the most comprehensive estimate in the Washington DC Area. Every last detail is explained thoroughly, and indeed our Website has a Start-up Guide, Facts Section, and an entire Glossary of Information for Homeowners to look-up paint information.

We do things the right way, and we have literally hundreds of references who would agree.
Please email or call us today for a free no-obligation painting estimate.

Advanced Interior Painting Ideas

Have you been thinking about creating a new dramatic look for your home?  There are a multitude of options, paint types, and colors that available from which you can choose. We have some great ideas and also offer some advanced painting techniques like faux painting that can help you create the exciting look you are looking for.

Accent Walls
The easiest way to change the look of a room is to create an accent wall. This can be done by choosing the right color and paint texture that will blend well with the other walls in the room. In a living room or bedroom an accent wall will bring immediate attention for anyone upon entering the room. If you have an architectural element like a fireplace, or if you have a wall of windows with specialized trim, then an accent wall will bring focus to that section of the room. Accent walls can also be used to draw attention away from problem areas in your home.

Special Wood Molding
Another way to draw attention to a certain section of a room would be the implementation of special molding like crown molding, chair rail, or more elaborate base. This will create an arrangement that will capture the eye and allow the wall to be broken up into sections. You can even get more creative and alternative elements on wall surfaces with different colors. Wood trim could also be highlighted with bright white! Some other ideas could include painting the areas below the chair rail with a different accent color.

Dimensional Finishes
With the right space, one could also implement dimensional finishes utilizing faux techniques such as venetian plaster for your accent wall. This will create a dramatic dimension of touch and draw people to the wall without question. The right Faux Artist could also add a Mural to the accent wall so that the wall becomes an actual art piece will draw immediate focus. This would be something totally unique.

You can feel certain that Davinci's Painting has the right resources and experience that can help you apply something beautiful! We will surpass your every expectation!

Preparing Your Home for Winter: Winterizing

As the temperatures go down and the days get shorter, the increasing energy bills give us more motivation to get our homes ready for winter. Improving the insulation of your home is a good idea, but there are also some additional winterizing tips that could save you some serious bills and problems with your home.

Seal Doors and Windows:
Some of the problematic areas found in many homes are the windows and doors. Cold air often goes through the cracks and often times drafts are created. One can test this by using an open hand to check the edges of your doors and windows to see if any cold air can be detected. A candle could also help you find cold air drafts. If you see any cracks around the trim or frame of a window, it is best to seal them with caulk. If a door is not sealed well, install weather-stripping to close the gaps. Also, if there is a draft under the bottom of a door, a draft-guard or threshold would be able to seal the space.

An alternative solution would be to have your doors or windows replaced to a more energy efficient model. This would also bring-up the value of the home while at the same time save money in the long run by reducing heat loss.

Prepare Furnace and Fireplace:
For your family’s safety, it is extremely important to protect yourselves from fire and carbon monoxide hazards. Have an HVAC professional inspect and tune your furnace and hire a chimney sweep company to clean your chimney. Also make sure to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors around your home, as well as, fire extinguishers that are in places that are easily accessible

Prevent Pipe Freezes:
If you have any exposed pipes in an un-insulated area of your home, such as a basement or crawlspace, you should to insulate them. Also disconnect and drain any garden hoses and put them away. If your exterior water faucets are not a anti-freeze type, then install insulation caps on the faucets to protect them.

Clean Gutters to prevent Blockage:
If your gutters and downspouts are clogged with debris, it is imperative to clean them out. Other methods are available which will prevent gutters with poor drainage from becoming blocked with ice. Over time, this issue can create leaks in roofs.

If you don’t have the time or cannot perform these maintenance activities on your own, you may want to consider hiring a professional. Davinci's Painting Company has extensive knowledge and experience to protect and seal exposed the wood surfaces of your Home. We also offer complete interior services to get your home ready for the holidays.

Powerwashing before Painting

Presure Washing Advantages
I would like to talk about the importance of cleaning the exterior of your Home prior to painting. The most important fact is that cleaning the exterior means your exterior paint will last longer. Contrary to what other Contractors will say, the paint will not immediately fall off if you don't clean before painting. The paint will apply fine and it will adhere. It will also look good. But the problem is that it just won't last. By painting over dirty surfaces, you seriously shorten your paint's lifespan. Considering how expensive it is to paint a home exterior, it probably would be a wise idea to do the job right the first time.

Davinci's Painting always includes power-wash cleaning on every Exterior that we service. It does take an additional day to go through this process, but the extra time spent thoroughly cleaning the siding will increase the lifespan not only of the paint but the wood trim as well.

Washing and Prepping
The real purpose of pressure washing your Home prior to painting is to clean away dirt and mildew. The second purpose is to remove peeling paint, or where paint that has otherwise failed. Although the power-washer does help a lot in the removal of failed paint, our Painters still go through the preparation process of scraping and sanding. We also power-wash all other non-painted surfaces, such as: aluminum or vinyl siding, brick, gutters and downspouts.
Steps to Powerwash

Steps to Powerwash

  • Clean the Entire Space: Powerwash from the top down without any cleaning solution. Your intention is only to knock down the big gunk: spider nests, inactive wasp nests, leaves, and the majority of the dirt.
  • Clean With Solution: Let dry and then do this step when the siding is not in direct sunlight. Next, fill up your pressure washer's tank with bleach or TSP.
  • Powerwash with the water-solution mixture from the bottom of the siding to the top. Let soak for about ten minutes. Rinse with fresh water from the top down.
  • Second Fresh Water Spray: If a couple of weeks pass before you can get to painting, I advise an additional spray-down with non-potable water. It's surprising how fast spiders can move in after a cleaning.