We're excited to announce that ImageWorks Painting has received the esteemed 2014 Angie's List Super Service Award. This represents our 4th consecutive Pittsburgh Angie's List Super Service Award.Read More
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A question that we often get when customers are planning to re-paint the stucco on the exterior of their homes is about the necessity of using Sherwin-Williams' Loxon Conditioner, or other masonry conditioners, before applying their paint topcoat. While Loxon Conditioner is a wonderful product when used in the appropriate situation, its widespread use on homes -- especially those in coastal areas -- may very well exceed its intended purpose.Read More
If you're like many people with an older home, you might still be sporting single-pane wood windows and storms. While they may not be quite as energy efficient as their insulated double-pane counterparts, not everyone has the money in their budget to replace them.
When buying supplies for a house painting project, most people will grab whichever paint brush is on sale because it's hard to justify spending upwards of $20 on one if you don't understand the difference between them.
No, I'm not talking about the CliffsNotes version of the '50 Shades of Grey' novel. I'm talking about using a tinted primer under hard-to-cover paint colors so you can avoid having to apply an excessive number of coats.
In the 1950's vinyl siding was introduced to the market as a replacement for aluminum siding. Vinyl was and still is sold as a less-expensive alternative to other types of siding, that never needs to be re-painted because of rot or peeling paint.
You could spend $80/gallon on the best lifetime-warranty paint on the market and apply six coats, but if you're not spending the time to do your surface preparation correctly it would all be for naught. Without a doubt, the amount of prep you do will determine the longevity of your exterior painting job.
The first step in painting the exterior of your home is to clean the surface. You have a choice of either doing it the old-fashioned way, which is to hand-scrub the surface, or you can use a pressure washer to speed up the process.
Maybe my least favorite thing to do of all painting-related activities is paint stripping. For those of you who've had the pleasure of removing old paint from a house, I don't need to tell you just how fun this can be.
One of the toughest challenges to overcome when painting the interior of your home is covering stains on your walls and ceilings caused by smoke, soot, or nicotine.