How Do I Know What Paint Sheen To Use?

Sprucing up your home with a fresh coat of paint can be an exciting and fulfilling project. With all the different kinds of paint sheens out there, it can be difficult to know which one to buy, especially if you’re standing in a line at the home improvement store needing to make a quick decision.

At Texas Professional Painting, we want to take the stress out of buying paint. We’ve created a guide to help you choose the paint finish to make your home pop. Read below to learn more!

Which Interior Paint Sheen Is Right for Me?

Paint finish is another term for paint sheen. You’ve probably made a trip to the home improvement store to buy paint and been asked the question, ‘What finish do you want?’.

Some stores will give you a quick rundown of what finishes are best for which projects, but it’s better to have this knowledge in your toolbox so you can make an informed decision yourself. Paint finishes come in satin, high gloss, semi-gloss, matte and eggshell and there are some key differences between each.

Sheen, or gloss, is the amount of light reflected off a surface. When paint has more resins, the result will be a shinier or glossier finish.

Below we will highlight finishes from matte (no shine) to gloss (the most shine).

Matte

Matte (sometimes called flat) paint finish has a low gloss percentage, so it doesn’t reflect a lot of light. This means that matte is a good choice if you don’t want imperfections to show through the paint.

Matte has tons of pigment, so the colors will look good anywhere, but it’s best to apply it in rooms that aren’t trafficked as much.

It is the least durable of the paint finish family, so use matte for surfaces in areas like ceilings, living rooms and dining rooms.

Eggshell

If you’re looking for a universal paint finish, eggshell is a great choice. It has a flat look with just a little bit of gloss to it, and it’s great for every interior surface in your home.

Eggshell is a little more durable and reflective than matte, while still keeping its ability to conceal surface flaws.

Another great benefit of eggshell is its stress-free application. Normally when painting interior walls, time is of the essence to avoid lapping. With eggshell finish, you can take breaks and come back to it and the finished product will still look amazing.

Satin

Satin is a very smooth and velvety finish and is a great choice for trim, doors and ceilings. It can also be used for walls in rooms that get a lot of foot traffic.

If you’re looking to paint a kids’ room, satin is the finish for you!

Semi-Gloss

Semi-gloss is the next stop in the paint finish family and it is (you guessed it) semi-glossy.

This sheen is great for rooms that get a lot of traffic because of its high durability and will be great in rooms that experience a lot of moisture and drips.

High Gloss

High gloss finish is glasslike, shiny and eye-catching, making it a great choice for statement walls as well as trim, molding and cabinets.

This beautiful finish is the most reflective in the paint sheen family, giving surfaces a mirror-like appearance. This beauty comes at a price though, as high-gloss paint is very difficult to apply, and makes surface impurities stick out like a sore thumb.

When using high-gloss on a surface, you’ll want to make sure to sand your wall and use primer before applying the paint.

A tip for applying high-gloss in your home is to use a quarter-inch or high-density paint roller to fully coat smaller spots.

Call Texas Professional Painters Today!

For painting projects that might seem too big to handle on your own, call Texas Professional Painters. We have proudly served San Antonio for years, and we will be happy to make your painting dreams come true.

We provide great prices and friendly service for interior, exterior and restoration painting as well as staining and finishing!

5 Home Exterior Paint Trends You’ll See In 2022

Choosing a color for the exterior of your house is a big decision. Generally, exterior house paint colors fall into either dark or light shade categories. Within these categories lie thousands of color options. Even more, you should take into consideration the size, light exposure and landscape around your home. With all these variables it’s no wonder home exterior painting can feel overwhelming.

Texas Professional Painting put together this article to help you pin down your vision. Read on to learn about 5 exterior paint trends you’ll see this year.

Home Exterior Trends

Tried and True Neutral

Neutrals will never lower your home’s resell value and will always be on-trend. Neutrals pair well with different materials, like brick, stucco or vinyl siding. There are thousands of options, and they’re far from boring. Consider unique neutral combinations like gray-blue, greige or the ever-versatile taupe.

Bold and Dark Exterior

Dark shades make a bold statement without being blindingly vibrant. Give a dark exterior structure by pairing it with light accent painting. Or fully embrace the moody aesthetic with a monochromatic look that combines dark exterior walls and trim. Not ready to commit? Opt for painting a section of your house dark–like the mudroom or screened-in porch.

Go for Green Paint

A green exterior compliments the landscape and gives your design an organic feel. Green is also the opposite of red on the color wheel, which makes it pair well with red brick houses. If your house does not have brick, a red front door can help tie the look of your green house together. There is no need to choose shades like kelly green or lime, instead, think about shades like sage or moss.

Why White Walls Work

White, cream and off-white can make your home appear larger since the color reflects light. Light-colored houses also pop against the landscape, which adds to curb appeal. Make your house stand out in a neighborhood of beige by opting for a white exterior. White paint can be either warm or cool, depending on its undertones. Warm white makes a house look cozy while cool white feels fresher.

A Fresh Coat for Your Front Door

Painting your front door in a bold or bright color is a great option if you’re limited by community guidelines. Painting the door invests less time and money than painting the entire exterior. And when it’s time to sell, painting over your door can take less than a weekend.

Your Home Exterior Painters

There is a lot to consider when it comes to painting the exterior of your home. You need to decide what kind of first impression your home will give, or what will be its curb appeal. Your landscaping, neighborhood and the size of your home all affect how your paint job will look.

It can take time to commit to a color scheme for your home. That’s why, when it’s time to paint your home, you should put your trust in professional house painters. At Texas Professional Painting, our team is dedicated to providing you with quality workmanship. Let us help you transform your house into the home of your dreams. Contact us today!

We know first-hand how difficult it can be to hide that wood paneling from the 1970s and 80s. The good news is wood paneling can be painted over – as opposed to going through the trouble of having to replace it. Changing up the color of the wood panels can help you achieve a more updated look as well as adding your own personal style and color to your home in a unique way.

Painting your wood paneling can be easy but without proper planning, it can be a bit trickier than it should be. Fortunately, the experts at Texas Professional Painting are here to walk you through it – step by step!

Cleaning and Sanding the Wood Paneling

First make sure the wood paneling that you will be painting is free of any dust, dirt or oil. We suggest using a mild cleaner and water. Use a rag or soft cloth to gently rub the mixture onto the wood panels. Having a clean surface to paint on will make a huge difference in the overall look of the finished paint job.

Once your walls are dry, begin to lightly sand it down, and wipe away any dust left behind. This will take away any gloss or shine from the current wall that could impact the finish of your new paint. Sanding down the walls is not always required unless you have a super mirror finish, which most walls do not. You’ll typically find sanding down the paneling is worth the effort when you are rewarded with a smooth and even painting surface.

Masking the Ceiling

Just like painting any other wall, you need to mask off the ceiling, trim and baseboards so they will be protected from any paint. Use painter’s tape to help tape off any surfaces you don’t want to be touched by the new paint. This is also a good time to move any furniture or accessories that may obstruct your painting or that you would not want to risk being accidentally splashed or dripped with paint.

Painting the Wood Paneling

Before painting is to commence, using a primer or using a 2-in-1 paint and primer combination to help ensure that your paint has a nice easy surface to stick to. Using primer will help to take out any imperfections in the wood paneling and will provide a good base for the new paint you have selected. Try to look for stain-blocking paint as this will help keep your walls nice and clear of scuffs and marks and also hide any knots that may show through in the existing wood paneling. Apply at least two thin coats of paint to ensure proper coverage and saturation of the paint. A satin finish will be best for durability. Use a 2-inch angle brush to cut in at the corners. This will be good to get in all the grooves of the wood. For the bigger areas, switch to a paint roller – preferably a foam sponge roller cover. This will help avoid a weird texture on the panels. Lightly sand in between the two coats, and wipe out any excess buildup of paint on the grooves to avoid clumps in the paint.

Voila! Your wooden paneling has a new fresh paint job and you have transformed a room with a fresh new pop of color.

If you would like to leave this to the professionals: contact Texas Professional Painting today!

There are a ton of variables that go into determining how to achieve the perfect finish – things like the existing paint color, the new paint color, the type of paint and much more. Although there might not be just one answer to how many coats of pain you need on your wall, the professionals at Texas Professional Painting want to provide a formula to help determine how many coats are likely needed for whatever your interior painting job.

Primer

Primer is a painter’s best friend. By applying primer to your walls before the new color, you are essentially turning your wall into a blank canvas. I know some of you may be thinking, “but that’s just extra coats I have to paint.” Yes and no. While primer may be an extra coat or two, it is preventing you from having to paint coat after coat of your color – and primer helps avoid walls with streaks. So how many coats of primer do you use? Here is your answer:

  • One coat if:
    • The primer you’re using is tinted
    •  You are painting over a white or very light current color
  • Two Coats if:
    • Current paint color is darker than the new paint color
    • Wall you’re painting is unfinished wood
    • Wall you’re painting on is unfinished drywall or plaster
  • No Primer if:
    • Paint is 2-in-1 or self-priming

Paint Color

Once you have primed your walls, now you are ready to consider how much paint you will need. Depending on your paint’s finish and the surface you are painting, even with primer you may need more paint coverage or less. The key to painting perfection is to first paint to achieve the coverage desired and then you can fill in again for the color saturation that you are seeking.

Paint Finish

Paint finishes like gloss and satin may require a few more coats to ensure the proper saturation is achieved. Matte with its low luster and shine applies much more smoothly and there is a high likelihood that you will need less paint to get the job done.

Surface Texture

The texture of the surface you are painting can matter nearly as much as the paint and primer you ch0oose. If the wall is textured or made of a material like stucco, then you will need more paint to cover the porous nature of the textured walls. Smoother walls will likely require fewer coats to cover the space and will be easier to achieve the correct level of color saturation.

As you can see, the workload involved in your next painting project depends on your current paint color, the wall texture and even the paint itself. Once you are all primed up, it should typically take one coat of the new paint color to achieve the flawless finish you are looking for, as long as you are using quality paint.

For more information about achieving an even finish for your next painting project, call Texas Professional Painters!

 

 

Your home’s deck is built to withstand winter weather, but like most other physical aspects of a home, it requires preventative maintenance and care. Texas Professional Painting understands there’s a lot to consider when it comes to getting your deck ready for the winter, so we’ve prepared a guide with the best methods to keep it in shape!

How Does Cold Weather Affect My Deck?

The majority of outdoor decks are made out of treated wood. Since wood is a natural material, you can expect it to wither and break down over time. While all weather will give a deck wear-and-tear, cold weather in particular can be especially damaging. The reason is that moisture from rain, snow, or ice often seeps into cracks within the wood. Cold temperatures then cause the moisture to expand, leading to even more cracks, warping, and sometimes mold, mildew and bugs.

This is why it’s important to prepare your deck for winter, even if you live in an area where winters aren’t particularly harsh. All it takes is a few nights of freezing weather to cause damage that will shorten your deck’s lifespan. Preparing your deck ahead of time will save you time, effort and money in the long run. 

How Do You Protect Your Deck From Weather Damage?

Keep it Clean

The easiest way to prepare your deck for winter is by simply taking the time to clear out any clutter or debris from the top of your deck such as trash, dirt, leaves and planters. Not only will this help improve the overall appearance of your deck, but it also prevents any unnecessary growths like mold and mildew.

If you want to go the extra mile, we recommend cleaning your deck with soap and water. Using a cleaner specifically made for the material your deck is made of is the best way to prevent any damage to previous coatings. You can also use a soft-bristle brush to scrub away at any stubborn stains or a pressure-washer to save time.

Use a Tarp 

Another simple strategy to protect your deck from direct moisture damage is to cover it with a non-porous, thick tarp. This will reduce the chance of any rain, ice, or snow from seeping into the wood. You can use a tarp that’s made for pools, as long as it covers the entirety of your deck and can be secured in place. Use nails or screws to prevent the tarp from moving during windy weather. 

Staining & Protective Coating

While the above methods are helpful, the most effective method to protecting your deck is having a local San Antonio painting company like Texas Professional Painting apply a high-quality deck stain.

Sealing your deck with a water-resistant stain/coating is key to surviving the cold. It serves as a protective sealant that fills any cracks and prevents moisture damage such as cracking, warping, and mold. Not only that, but it also increases the lifespan of your deck, prevents rotting, reduces UV damage and improves the look of wood grain. Cold weather affects the previous stain on your deck, so it is a good idea to make sure your deck is protected this winter with a new protective coat.

Note: if you are planning to stain your deck in the winter, be aware that low temperatures can lengthen the process as the staining can take longer to dry. Plan to stain your deck on a day with temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. If you stain your deck on a day it freezes, your stain may fail to curate and will not adhere properly to your deck.

Contact Professional Painters

Has your deck aged or been damaged by cold temperatures? Texas Professional Painting can help you restore it back to life! Our deck staining services will help improve the appearance of your deck as well as extend its life expectancy by protecting it from harsh weather. We also offer a variety of deck stain colors, so you can rest assured your deck stain will be the perfect match for your home’s exterior! Contact us today to schedule a meeting to discuss our deck staining options before the winter arrives!

Making your office stand out – whether to potential customers or even to your employees – can be difficult. Modernizing the office workspace is a trend that has become extremely popular lately. Hiring a commercial interior painter is a great way to improve the look of your office and make it more up to date. 

Here at Texas Professional Painting, we are experts when it comes to office redesigns. If you’re hoping to transform your office paint colors into a more modern look, here are five fabulous ideas to consider.

Blue-Gray

Having a blue-gray color scheme provides a neutral, serene palette that can easily welcome a variety of colors. This painting idea infuses the room with a calming sense and modern vibe. Choosing blue-gray paint is inviting and cozy and provides a sense of ease and serenity.

A standard gray can also create a soothing work environment. Going with a warmer shade such as Sherwin-Williams’ Repose Gray pairs well with bright colors like reds or oranges.

Contrasting Colors

Contrasting light and dark by using the same color in both its palest and deepest tones can create a rich, contrasting look. This will make your office look harmonious and coordinated. For example, gray is often one of the most popular office paint choices. When using this color, you can incorporate light and dark shades throughout your workspace, which will also provide a more sophisticated look.

Purple

Purple may not be the first color that comes to mind when you thinking of something new for your office space. However,  a medium dusty purple, such as Magnolia’s Webster Avenue shade, creates a fresh yet confident environment. A color like purple may not be a traditional office space color, but it stands out and can bring a new feel to your work environment. 

White

An all-white workspace leaves zero room for distractions. White office paint is extremely common and creates a fresh and clean look. It stays consistent in any light and can make a room seem as if it were glowing. This color will strike balance and can easily make your furnishings or wall art stand out as well.

If you don’t want your office space to feel overly stark, then try going with a creamy white. Farrow & Ball’s Pointing shade is a great choice that’s creamy enough to give your office a more basic look but still bright enough to stand out. 

Light Colors

Light colors, such as sky blue, create a soothing tone for your work environment. Sky blue may be the ticket to taking the stress level down a tad. This naturally suited color helps bring about a calm feeling. Not only is this color trendy, but it modernizes your workspace as well.

If you are ready to add some new life to your office space then contact Texas Professional Painting today. We proudly work on home, commercial and government projects. So whether you need interior painting, exterior painting or a restoration job, we can help you with all of your painting needs. If you are located in the San Antonio area, contact us today!

DIY projects have swept the nation, encouraging many to complete their own home projects. While this is fine for painting a room, more dangerous home improvement projects should be left to the professionals. 

Exterior wood staining has many benefits, but this isn’t something you should do yourself. Wood stains can be dangerous when mishandled. If you’re planning on tackling this project, put the paintbrush down and contact Texas Professional Painting. We know how to safely stain wood, saving you the hassle and a trip to the emergency room. 

Benefits Of Exterior Wood Staining

Wood stain is a type of paint coating that can protect the wood while also preserving its natural beauty. Unlike other paints, stain soaks into the wood, bringing out the rich colors and textures instead of concealing it. 

Something to keep in mind is that stain fades over time, but is easy to re-apply if needed. Having your deck stained on a regular basis can strengthen and protect the wood, as well as keep it looking its best. Other benefits of wood staining include protection from:

  • Heavy foot traffic
  • Sunlight
  • Moisture
  • Rotting

Shielding your exterior from the elements can help it last longer, saving you money on repairs or replacements. 

Types Of Exterior Wood Stain

Just like paint, wood stains come in a variety of types, each with its own unique benefits. This is something you can research ahead of time, though the professional painter will typically decide which is best for your exterior. 

Water-Based

Water-based stains are relatively new and provide the most UV resistance. Its high zinc content provides more protection from mildew and rot, as well. This type of wood stain will even drive away microorganisms like fungi. However, they don’t last as long as other types of stains. 

Oil-Based

Oil-based stains are the more cost-efficient option. They’re proven to last long and create an even finish when applied. However, this is also the more dangerous option, as its chemical components can cause harm if inhaled. Some might even attract mildew if used in a damp environment. 

Hybrid

Hybrid stains are becoming the most commonly used stains. It combines the low chemical amount from water-based stains and the high visual appeal of oil-based stains. But they do still contain potentially dangerous chemicals, and might not last as long as oil-based stains.

Why You Should Contact The Professionals

Staining your exterior isn’t an afternoon project. It takes professional exterior painters to perform the job safely. They know the precautions that come with using wood stains, which can be extremely dangerous if mishandled. 

Flammability 

Wood stains, even water-based ones, are highly flammable. A small flame could light a freshly stained deck on fire in seconds. Even a used cigarette too close to wood stain can result in a major fire. 

Fumes

As previously mentioned, some wood stains contain potentially dangerous chemicals. Wood stain fumes can make you feel lightheaded and can even cause damage to your respiratory system. Prolonged exposure to these fumes could lead to wood stain poisoning, which requires immediate medical attention

Proper Disposal

Rags, paintbrushes, or even the clothes you’re wearing can carry excess wood stain, which must be cleaned and disposed of properly to avoid the risk of fires or fumes. Even a drop of wood stain near an exposed flame could prove dangerous. You might have some on your hands you forgot to clean, which can be extremely harmful to inhale.

Texas Professional Painting Will Get The Job Done Right

Home exterior painters are called professionals for a reason. They know how to avoid the dangers of wood stain, as well as how to apply it to have your exterior looking its best.

San Antonio residents trust Texas Professional Painting for all their wood staining needs. We understand the benefits of wood stains and know how to apply them safely and efficiently. Contact us today to see how we can protect and enhance your exterior!

Deciding to re-paint any part of your home is a big step, but where do you start? One of the first steps is to pick the right paint sheen. Before you dive into the different types of paint sheens, keep in mind that a paint sheen is simply the various levels of gloss that a paint can contain when placed in light.

Here are a few of the more common sheens on the market:

Gloss

If you have young children or even fur babies, a high gloss paint will be your best friend. These types of paint are more durable and easier to clean, which is a good choice for cabinets, trim and doors.

Semigloss

If you do not want to commit to the utmost shine, semigloss is a perfect match for you. Even though paints with a higher paint sheen require more prep work, these paints can be easily cleaned due to their popularity in easy-to-reach areas.

Satin

It makes sense to want the most durable paint on your interior walls, but a satin finish may be the better choice when considering re-painting high traffic areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms. This paint sheen is the easiest to clean out of the lower-sheen options, and it resists mildew and fading, which makes high-moisture areas the best fit for this paint sheen.

Eggshell

Eggshell is one of the most popular paint sheens and provides a soft, smooth finish. It is ideal for areas in a home with medium-to-low traffic, such as hallways, doorways and living rooms. It is also great for textured surfaces, such as exposed brick, because it hides the imperfections instead of highlighting them.

Flat/Matte

A flat/matte paint sheen provides a smooth, non-reflective appearance that hides any imperfections like nail holes or patches. This paint sheen is ideal for new construction projects using drywall, especially on the ceiling. Even though this paint is used in low-traffic areas, it is easy to clean up with a damp sponge – but it will not last when using a chemical cleaner.

Call Professional Painters

There are various paint sheens to consider to get that perfect finish for every inch of your home. The creative process can be the most difficult part, so why not get some help with the hard labor? Texas Professional Painting can help get the job done, so contact us to schedule an appointment.

Your home is important to you. At Texas Professional Painting, we get that. That’s why we want to help you with all your San Antonio exterior painting needs. We’re here to help you create the home you want by providing you with advice on selecting the perfect paint color for the outside of your home. Avoid the pitfalls below to think like a professional exterior painter and help yourself pick a color you’ll be satisfied with for years to come.

Selecting a paint color without testing it on your surface

When choosing the perfect color for your home, printed paint samples are a valuable resource. They will help you get an idea of what the final paint color will look like, and you can easily compare samples to see which you prefer. However, before you make a final decision, you should also test the color on your home’s surface. 

Testing paint on your home’s surface will help you see how it really looks once it’s dry. This is important because paints may dry differently when applied to certain surfaces or appear different when added to a textured exterior. 

Testing a paint color will also help you see how it will look in the natural, outdoor lighting. When applied to a larger surface and put in the bright light from the sun, the paint’s color may appear different to you than it did on paper at the store. Being aware of this is helpful as a home exterior painter because it will help you figure out what you like in a paint color.

Ignoring Additional Details on Your Home’s Exterior

It’s important to visualize how your paint color will look with other aspects of your home. For example, if your home has any brick or metal detailing that won’t be painted, you should consider a paint color that will match these aspects.

Other examples of things to consider are any roofing, fencing, balconies, or trims you have on your house. The colors of these details will combine with the color of your house to create the completed look. Guarantee the final product is to your liking by making sure all aspects of your property’s exterior combine to create the cohesive look you are going for. 

Forgetting to Consider How the Paint Will Look With its Surroundings

Before selecting a paint color, it is helpful to consider how your house will look with its surroundings. Examples of things to consider are neighboring houses and any landscaping your yard may have.

If your home is surrounded by neighboring houses, you may want to consider how your paint selection will look next to others. This is because contrasting exterior colors may create an overall effect that is visually unappealing to not only yourself, but your neighbors as well. 

Additionally, you should take your yard’s landscaping into consideration when selecting a paint color. Any decorations such as rocks laid out in your yard, fountains, flowerbeds or accent lights can also be a source of clashing colors. By taking your landscaping into account when picking a paint color for your home, you can make sure that all aspects match.

Forgetting to Do Your Research

Make sure that the color you’ve selected is available from a trusted brand. Before selecting a paint for your exterior, do your research to make sure that it will be a high quality for your home.

It’s important to make sure that the paint you use will last no matter what the weather is and won’t fade too quickly in the heat of the sun. Be sure to look at reviews for the brands you are considering using. Once your research has been done, you should select a color from a brand of paint that you trust to last.

By avoiding these four mistakes, you can make an informed decision on what the color of your home’s exterior paint should be. However, there is another mistake that you should avoid. This last mistake is not hiring a professional. A professional exterior painter will be able to help you decorate your home the way you like. Texas Professional Painting has been trusted to work hard and provide the best quality for customers.

Contact Texas Professional Painting to view our services and to see how we can help you.

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