5 Easy Steps to Interior Painting Success

Painting the interior of any space is one of the biggest challenges of any homeowner. Applying paint can make or break the room, but it will be a huge and worthwhile investment if done right.

To avoid the mishaps that sometimes occur with an interior painting project, we’ve put together a list of 5 easy things to keep in mind when painting inside.

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  1. Have The Floor Plan In Place

A common mistake that new Toronto homeowners make, is to assume that painting can be done at any time. This however is a costly mistake! Consider the paint to be the icing on the proverbial cake. But that means that your foundation has to be correct first. Ensure that your furniture placements, electrical sockets, and light switches are in confirmed because once the interior is painted it will take a substantial amount of time and effort to revert the changes.

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  1. Invest In Quality Materials

Another thing to keep in mind when painting inside is to invest in quality materials. While cheap paint and brushes might seem like a good deal, but it can mean costly annual expenses on renovations and repainting, not to mention the health hazards to your family that might come with uninformed decisions. Ask your local Toronto paint supplier for expert advice on the best product for your pocket and your home.

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  1. Know The Right Techniques

It’s very easy to make mistakes when painting inside, but the right paint finish can save you a lot of headaches. Using flat paint in high traffic areas can lead to more stains and scuff marks showing on your walls while a satin or semi-gloss finishes are more durable.

PRO TIP: always start from the ceiling to the base of the wall to avoid unsightly drip marks.

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  1. Test A Small Sample Before Painting The Whole Room

Some paints do well upon first application and reflect their true colour during daylight and at night. Most wall paints however will need to have a small patch test to see if the colour changes after it has dried.

Light can also have a significant impact on the colour of paint. You may notice that one colour may be different from its original swatch after you’ve seen it under incandescent or fluorescent light, or on strong daylight versus dusk or dawn. Live with the sample for a while and make sure you are happy with the colour in all circumstances.

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  1. Do It Properly

Always fix up the walls first by filling in holes and sanding it down.

Never forego the primer. It’s important to apply a primer coat first to ensure a smooth finish and increase the lifespan of the paint. Also, don’t skimp on tape – use proper painter’s tape and not any ordinary masking tape! This seals the edges of the boundaries of the wall you’re painting and prevents paint bleeding.

A few last notes: if you have imperfections on the wall, wait for your wall putty to dry before applying the primer. Also allow enough time for the primer and paint to dry between coats.

 Of course, if you’d like to skip the pain of having to go through this entire process, give us a call at +1 647 694 0215.

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9 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Toronto Painting Contractor

Before you ever select a Toronto painting contractor for your big upcoming  painting project, you should know which questions to ask

When you’re in the process of selecting an interior painting contractor for your next big painting project, it’s crucial to ask these questions so you can make the right choice. Hiring a reputable company can mean the difference between success and failure.

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  1. For what length of time has the painting company been in business?

Anybody can put up a shingle and claim they’ve got a painting company, but how do you know who’s reliable and who isn’t? One way to determine that is how long they’ve been in business. It’s always a smart move to go with a painting company that’s been in business at least five years. This gives you a reasonable measure of protection. You can see that they’re not a fly-by-night company who’ll leave town without notice.

  1. Do they work with subcontractors?

It’s very important that painting companies don’t work with subcontractors because that can worsen the quality of their work. If they outsource to unskilled and unreliable subcontractors, you never know what you’re going to get. If you receive a really low painting estimate from a company, one reason for that might be that they use low-skill subcontractors.

  1. Are they insured?

Do they have insurance to pay for something if they mess it up? Why put your home in the hands of a company without anything to back them up? Some of the items covered should be labor and materials. Furthermore, the painter should be fully insured if they’re going to work on your home.

  1. Has the company gotten any awards for great service?

Has the company gotten any awards for great service? If you’re looking for a stellar company, it’s best to work with a company that has gotten good reviews from online review sites.

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  1. Do they have a picture portfolio of past work?

You should be able to look through pictures of their past work. If you can’t see it for yourself, how can you know how good it is? Don’t settle for low-quality photos. Make them show you high-quality photos. You want to see the details of the job.  For example, our portfolio has images from some of our past jobs.

  1. What brands of paint do they use?

Check to see that they use the biggest brands of paint. Knock-off, low-quality brands just aren’t going to cut it.

  1. How much wall prep do they do?

Make sure that they do the proper wall preparation before painting.

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The 10 Painting Mistakes That Toronto Homeowners Must Avoid

If you’re hoping for a flawless paint job, avoid these amateur painting mistakes.  (Of course, you could also give Greater Toronto Painters a call at  +1 647 694 0215 and skip the headaches).  

Let’s take a look at the most common painting mistakes people make.

1. They Skip Prep Time

Prep time is the difference success and failure. It is what separates DIY from professional work. Homeowners sometimes feel like jumping straight into the project, because they’re excited to see what it’ll look like. But, that’s a huge mistake. You’ve got to clean the walls, scrap off peels and cracks, apply painter’s tape, and let the patching compound to dry before you begin.

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2. Buying Cheap Tools

You can buy the best paint in the world, but it won’t look good without the right application tools. Good roller covers and brushes will give you enhanced coverage and save you on paint in the long run. And, the brushes will last for years if you keep them in good condition.

3. Trying to Take a Shortcut With Masking Tape Instead of Buying Real Painter’s Tape

Professional painters spend a lot of money on high-quality tape, and you should, as well. Buy a mini scraper or putty knife – not your finger – to get rid of air bubbles and super-seal the edges to stop drips and ensure clean lines.

4. Not Using Primer

Primer covers up flaws in the surface and ensures you have a smooth finish that stands the test of time. It’s all right to use paint-and-primer-in-one mixes if you previously painted over the old surface, it’s still in good condition, and it has a flat finish. However, if you’re painting over a rougher surface like plaster, concrete, glossy paint, or drywall, then use a stand-alone primer or premium mix design to cover up unpainted surfaces.

5. Flat Paint in a High-Traffic Area

Use a washable satin or semi-gloss for a high-traffic area like a laundry room or closet. But, you might choose a nice premium matte finish, too.  This is a common mistake that we see people make while trying to do their own DIY painting in Toronto.

6. Painting Over High-Gloss Painting and Not Sanding Beforehand

New paint needs some kind of texture to catch on to, so you need to gently scuff any shiny surface with sandpaper, after which you’d rinse it with clean water.

7. Dipping Your Brush Too Far Into the Paint

Just dip your paintbrush in a third of the way – you’ll get more than enough paint on your brush without wasting or pushing the paint too far into the bristles. That can be hard to clean off.

8. Painting Without Direction

You should always start by the ceiling and then slowly work your way down nice and slow. You want to get the smoothest finish possible. That allows you catch the drips as you’re painting.

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9. Painting On Top of Wallpaper With a Water-Based Paint

You can paint over the wallpaper, but you should be sure to use an oil-based primer beforehand. Water-based primers and paints can reactive the wallpaper glue and even lead to unsightly peeling.

10. Not Doing Cleanup

You’re going to be tired at the end of your job, so you probably just want to toss the brushes in the garage and forget about them. That’s a terrible idea. Protect your investment.

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Review- The Best Home Painters in Toronto (We Love Our Competition)

Yes… we think some of our competitors are damn awesome.   And we’re proud to recommend them.

Here at Greater Toronto Painters, we provide many happy homeowners each year with the perfect interior or exterior decoration for their home. Often we get enquires about the other great companies in Toronto.  Since we love our competition and want to make sure that everyone chooses a professional painter for their property, here are some of the best painters in Toronto with a solid history and reputation.

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Home Painters Toronto: Serving Toronto and the Greater Toronto area since 1991, these guys definitely have the experience and know-how needed when it comes to delivering an awesome, professional painting job. Whether you’re after interior, exterior or commercial painting, Home Painters Toronto have been around for years and offer a wide range of reputable services.

ColourWorks Painting: These guys won the HomeStars award in 2014 for painting and interior design. ColourWorks are bringing a new type of painting service to the Toronto city area, combining professional workmanship with the colour design services that you’d usually need to hire an interior designer for. They offer design and workmanship services for every budget.

Perfect Painters: This top-rated Toronto painting company pride themselves in going the extra mile when it comes to providing customer satisfaction (just like we do). Their professional painting services cover both residential and commercial properties, and come with a one-year warranty to give you peace of mind for the future.

Peregrine Painting: Covering the Toronto and Greater Toronto areas, Peregrine Painting is a company that’s striving to be at the top of the industry, just like us at GTA Painters. They have a range of services available including interior, exterior, residential and commercial painting services, and no job is too big or too small for these guys. They take pride in every job that they complete, and you can be sure of environmental safety as they share our feelings about using Eco-friendly, low VOC paints.

Of course, we’re more than happy to help you out as well.  Give us a call at +1 647 694 0215 and we’ll set you up with a free painting estimate!

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How 7 Common Home Painting Projects Affect ROI

Real estate agents urge homeowners that it’s always the right time to paint, even (or especially) if you plan on listing a house on the market imminently. Applying paint onto rooms covers up blemishes and gives the whole home an appealing “new” feeling.  At Greater Toronto Painters, we see that well painted homes sell faster and at higher prices. One of the reasons that a new paint job is so highly recommended is because the return on investment often exceeds the cost of the project. Above are the rooms to paint in order of their importance and the approximate ROI that can be received with quality work and optimum colors.

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The Top 4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use Cheap Paint

We commonly get questions from clients in the Toronto area about the differences between cheaper and more expensive paints. They want to know whether brand name paints are worth it and if it’s just a better idea to go for cheaper paint for their next painting project.

In our opinion the sweet spot are the paints that are priced moderately highly, but are not at the ultra-high end range of prices. These paints are typically high quality. Brands that we prefer are Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. Each type of project requires a different type of paint, for example an exterior porch painting job is completely different than painting a bathroom. A great tool is Benjamin Moore’s product finder, which can help suggest the right type of paint for your particular job. If you’d like to find out the best type of paint for your particular situation, give us a shout and we’ll help you out!  We specialize in color selection and helping you find that perfect shade of blue or red that will make your room pop.difference between cheap and expensive paint

One important thing to remember is that some paints can be expensive and low quality, and that other paints can be fairly cheap but high quality. The important thing to remember is that you need to do your research before purchasing a paint or hiring a contractor. If you’re hiring a contractor ask them what paint they’ll be using for your home. Typically when a contractor offers low prices they’re using cheap paint that won’t last as long, or they’re not insured or have a lack of experience. Professional painting contractors in Toronto who have experience typically charge mid-range to premium prices.

Here are 4 reasons to go for higher quality paints instead of cheaper low quality paints for your next painting project in Toronto-

1) Higher quality paints are typically thicker because they have fewer solvents per gallon. Fewer solvents refers to water, which means higher quality paint will have less water and thus be thicker. A thicker paint looks better and lasts longer.

2) Higher quality paints endure longer, stick better, and penetrate deeper into the surface because they contain higher quality resins (which are also known as binders). Basically resins are important in helping the paint stick to the surface they’re being painted on better. Good paints have smaller resins, which allow the paint to penetrate into the surface thus ensuring the paint will last longer and have better endurance.

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3) Quality paints will have high quality pigments. Pigments are what provide the color of the paint, and pigments have been long used since ancient times to color walls, clothes, pots, etc. A high quality pigment is smaller and purer, which means it can hide what’s under the pigment much better with less coats. Cheap paints use pigments that have larger sized particles, which means you may need more coats to cover up imperfections underneath the new paint.

4) The combination of fewer solvents per gallon, high quality pigments, and high quality resins means that high quality paints last longer, require less coats, hide imperfections better, and are typically much better options all around. Some premium paints also mix in primer, which can save you even more time and money!

There are reasons why cheaper paints can be more expensive in the long term. As a customer you should take the time to educate yourself on different types of paints so you can choose the right paint for your job.

If you have any questions about paint, let us know! We’re the best painters in the Toronto area and are happy to help you. We have worked in all kinds of settings from premium home painting in Forest Hill to commercial painting in High Park.

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