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Staining your Deck
 
Exterior Wood Staining from your South East Benjamin Moore Calgary Locations

Looking for information on staining fences and decks? Ever wonder what are some of the DO's and DON'Ts?

Download our handy, complimentary quick guide to "Exterior Wood Staining" HERE.

One Coat Deck & Fence Coatings from your South East Benjamin Moore Calgary Locations

Sometimes a person is willing to forsake longevity for easy maintenance. This is wear specially formulated coatings are designed to simply act as lotions for wood, and be applied more frequently with less chance of flaking and peeling.

Download our handy, complimentary quick guide to "Translucent One Coat Systems" HERE.

Premium Deck Finishes from your South East Benjamin Moore Calgary Locations

Looking for an absolutely stunning deck finish? This is where you can download our handy, complimentary quick guide to "Premium Deck Finishes" Here.

CHOOSING SHEEN and LIGHTING
 
Sheen: paint's reflective quality.

After selecting your colours, you'll need to choose from an array of sheen levels: flat, matte, eggshell, satin, pearl, and semi-gloss. Flat paints have the lowest sheen. They absorb light, hide surface imperfections, and impart a sophisticated feeling. Higher-gloss paints reflect more light, emphasize architectural details, clean well, and are a good choice for trim, however they do tend to show more surface imperfections.

As a general guide think of it like this...

Flat: Perfect for ceilings, it minimizes surfaces imperfections and offers a great ease of touch up ability.

Matte: A softer looking sheen, also offering remarkable touch up ability, great for hiding surface imperfections, ideally suited for lower traffic areas.

Eggshell: An extremely versatile finish, that offers a degree of wipe ability, the finish often appears flat when looking directly at it, however when viewed on an angle will give the appearance of slightly more lustrous finish. This is generally the all thru the house sheen.

Pearl: This sheen is what we have always sold as a wipe-able / scrubbable finish. A pleasing durable finish that is easy to maintain, generally sold for bathrooms, children's rooms, kitchens and higher traffic areas.

Satin: Slightly more sheen than Pearl, this is a beautifully elegant finish, ideal for trim, bathrooms, and furniture. This sheen is currently only available in the AURA line of paint.

Semi-gloss: Smooth and durable, resistant to soaps, detergents, and house hold cleaners, this finish is almost always used for trim, furniture and anywhere an extremely wipe able surface is desired

 
 
Lighting

Our perception of colour is influenced by the types of light we view it in. Some colours, including tans, taupes, grays, gray-blues, mauves, lilacs and toned yellow greens, show these effects more readily than others.

Sunlight: effects will vary with the weather, season, and time of day. The easiest way to tell how it will affect the colour you choose is to paint out a sample and view the colour throughout the day.

Artificial Light: also affects the perception of colour. The warm cast of incandescent and halogen lights tends to enhance the reds and yellows, however it tends to dull the blues and greens. Under the cool cast of fluorescent lights, those same blues and greens become more vivid, while yellows and reds are now muted.

 

 
 
How-To: Prepping before painting exteriors...
 
Tools and Supplies
  • Drop Clothes- to cover plants, decks, drive ways etc.
  • Cleaners
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Paint Scraper and/or Wire Brush
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack Clothes
  • Protective goggles
  • Dust Masks
  • Paintable Caulking
  • Caulking Gun
  • Putty Knife
  • Spackle, Patching Compound
  • Screwdriver
  • Painter's Tape and Paper
  • Trim guard
  • Brushes
  • Paint Roller and Sleeves
  • Roller Tray and Liners
  • Roller Extension Poles
  • Dust Masks
  • Stucco Patch
  • Ladders
  • Pail hook (to hang paint off ladder)
  • Handy Paint Pail (for trim)

Don't Compromise your efforts with lesser quality tools! The best supplies will give you the best results!

 

 
How-To: Prepping before painting interiors...
 
Tools and Supplies
  • Drop Clothes
  • Cleaners
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Paint Scraper
  • Sandpaper
  • Tack Clothes
  • Protective goggles
  • Dust Masks
  • Paintable Caulking
  • Caulking Gun
  • Putty Knife
  • Spackle, Patching Compound
  • Screwdriver
  • Painter's Tape
  • Trim guard
  • Brushes
  • Paint Roller and Sleeves
  • Roller Tray and Liners
  • Roller Extension
  • Step Ladder

Don't Compromise your efforts with lesser quality tools! The best supplies will give you the best results!

 

 
 
Preparation

Correct Structural Problems.

  • Flaking, and peeling old paint can sometimes indicate moisture is getting into the surface behind the paint. It is important to find and repair the cause of excess moisture or you will have the same problems with your newly painted surface.

Make Surface Repairs.

  • Fill countersunk nail holes, cracks, and open wall joints with spackle, following the directions on the label. When it's dry, sand the spackled areas smooth and clean off the dust with a tack cloth. Spot prime the repaired area.
  • For larger cracks and holes, clear out loose material with a putty knife, apply patch and or patching compound, and smooth the area with a putty knife. Sand area smooth, and spot prime the repaired area.
  • For better paint adhesion, roughen the glossy surface of the trim and walls by lightly sanding and than clean with a tack cloth. As an alternative to sanding, apply an all purpose primer.
  • Also to consider, if with your walls, you are currently experiencing no durability, no wipe-ability with the current coating, it is always best to go ahead and prime the entire wall surface to seal any porous areas and provide a descent foundation coat for the new coating to be applied.

Start with a clean surface.

  • Dirt, oil and grime on a surface will prevent paint from adhering properly, so a thorough cleaning is an important part of the preparation process!
  • Clean surfaces with a proper cleaner... an Eco friendly version of TSP works well, or simply two tablespoons TSP to four litres warm water works extremely well.
  • Rinse with a dampened sponge or cloth to remove any residue from the cleaner.
  • Make sure walls have dried sufficiently before painting.
  • For extremely difficult stains such as felt pen, crayons, water stains- clean as thoroughly as possible and spot prime with a stain blocking primer to prevent the stain from bleeding through into the fresh coat of paint.
  • To test for mildew- dab household bleach onto stain, if it disappears, it is mildew. To remove mildew, wash walls with a solution of bleach and water or head down to SouthPointe, or Calgary South and get a much easier commercially ready to use mildewcide.

Get the room ready.

  • Remove as much furniture and small items as possible. Move larger objects to the centre of the room and cover with disposable plastic or reusable canvas drop clothes.
  • Remove window treatments and hardware.
  • Turn off electricity and remove electrical switch plates, and tape the screws to the back of the plates so as not to lose them.
  • If you are painting the ceiling, cover the entire floor with drop cloths, to protect it from drips.
  • Protect areas that will not be painted with Painter's tape. Painter's tape does not leave behind and adhesive residue and can usually be left in place for a couple of days if necessary, depending on the brand. Apply the tape by pressing from the center outward to the sides to keep adhesion flush to the wall. Remove the tape when the paint is dry to touch, but not completely dry... usually about two hours.

Weather Watch

  • A day that is not to hot is ideal even when painting indoors. Try to avoid painting on days that are above 25 degrees celsius!

Sensitive to paint odours?

  • Try Natura from Benjamin Moore. A truly zero VOC paint with no odour, and quick drying.