Archive for October 2013

Baseboard Painting Clean and Sharp!

People often ask me, “How do you get such sharp, clean lines when you paint base and other trim?” Here is how professional painters do it (but don’t tell anybody….it is a special secret)!

  1. Clean base and protect wood or tile flooring with a smooth “clean edge tape”; caulk the top edge of base.
  2. If flooring is wood or tile, use clear caulk to seal the seam at the floor/base seam. You can caulk right onto the tape. Allow this to dry.
  3. Paint the baseboard…go up onto the wall and down onto the tape over the caulking you have done. Allow to dry.
  4. Score the seam at the floor where tape meets baseboard with a putty knife or sharp razor blade and pull up tape at an angle. Success! You should have a sharp line at the floor with no bleed through.
  5. Tape the top of the base with “clean edge tape” and again, paint the wall/tape junction with the baseboard paint. Allow to dry.
  6. Paint the wall color on down over the taped edge and allow to dry.
  7. Pull the tape and you will have a sharp, clean line. Good Job!

Exterior Mildew and Mold on Wood

Mildew and mold are unsightly and can damage exterior paints and stains. For some people Their presence is even a health hazard. Some paints and stains are made so cheaply that they not only allow mildew and mold to grow on their surface but some of these cheap coatings actually feed the infestation.

To treat mold and mildew the surface must be wet down with household bleach and a soap. You know you have rid the surfaces of mold and mildew when it no longer is visible. If the surface to be re-coated has had substantial mold and mildew, it is wise to use Amteco Bio-Control primer. This specialty primer comes in clear or white base. If we are going over a semi-transparent wood stain that has had infestaion with mold or mildew and we wish to keep a transparent look, we will use the Amteco clear Bio-Control Primer and then top coat it with Amteco W-100 UV, which is a dead flat ultra violet stabilized clear. If we have a painted surface that is infested, we will bleach, coat with white base BioContol and then paint with a top quality paint finish. We have homes near or on the ocean that are free of mildew after 7-10 years. Watch the video an see!