A Short Guide to Painting Terms

When you first start learning about painting and how to paint, you will come across many painting terms that will not be familiar to you. Here we will take a look at a few of the painting terms which are most used, so you can get a head-start on the terminology as you get ready to start painting.

Abrasive – Means that a surface is rough. One of the ways this can be accomplished is by using sandpaper on a wall before painting. It makes an abrasive surface to which the paint can stick. Pumice is another material that can be used to make a surface abrasive.

Bleeding – Means that you have painted over a surface, but under the coat of paint is either a stain, dark color, liquid, or similar type material which will still show or bleed through the fresh paint.

Blistering – This is one of the painting terms which describes a painting problem. It refers to a condition where the paint is showing a bunch of bubbles right on the surface. These look very much like blisters, and can be removed by sanding the spot and repainting it.

Camel Hair – Not from camels as you might expect. This is a name used for the tail hair from some kinds of Russian squirrels. It is used in paint brushes and tools used for writing on signs and other such objects.

Enamel – Refers to any type of paint that has a glossiness when it has dried. In the past, only paints that were oil-based were referred to as enamel but now there are other kinds of enamels as well.

Flat – This is one of the painting terms that means exactly what you might expect. Flat is just the opposite of enamel with … Read the rest ...

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Multiple Bids From Contractors

No matter what home improvement and remodeling project you decide to undertake, one of the essentials to success is the help of a qualified contractor. So to maximize beauty and functionality in your New York home and make the most fitting haven for your and your family’s everyday lifestyle, hiring the right contractor for the job is crucial. To get you through the hard task of professional selection, one of the tested and proven techniques that can help you pick out the creme of the crop is to get multiple bids. This article helps you through all these to ensure that you land only with the best remodeling contractor to work with whether you are in Long Island, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Staten Island or Queens.

Who to Get Multiple Bids From?

Before asking for quotes and estimates, you would want to avoid wasting time by making sure that you are getting such from qualified candidates. There are important factors to look into when searching for a reliable and competent remodeling contractor to entrust your home improvement project to:

License – make sure of the appropriateness to the job as well as validity.

 Specialization – especially if the home improvement involves areas needing skills in specific trades such as woodworking, electrical wiring and systems, plumbing, etc.

 Experience and references – the number of professional years that the remodeling contractor has been in the industry as well as the number of satisfied homeowners that he has worked with is also an important element to back up his reputation and ability to complete the job efficiently.

Another helpful tip to keep in mind when searching for the right remodeling contractor is to hire local. Why? Though technology has already upped the ante of communication, home improvement and construction will make the presence … Read the rest ...

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