We started this commercial painting project back in March, it was a completely empty shell of a building that just had the sheetrock hung and was now ready to be primed. This building was built to house hundreds of high end cars, work on them, and detail them. It even has a car wash inside. This building has very high ceilings, almost like a warehouse. We brought in the scissor lift for this project.

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We started by covering all the windows and other areas to protect them from spray. Then we spray primed the entire building, all three floors using almost 140 gallons of primer. Once this was done we had to wait for the trim to be installed. Upon installation we prepped and caulked all the trim. After the trim was completely prepped we gave the walls two final coats. The stairs and garage doors all were being painted a special bronze color which we used a DTM (direct to metal) paint.

The project turned out really nicely, its a beautiful building and will be the home of a great business. The business, Shedlock plans to open in September. Stop by and check the place out, its really impressive. The guys at Shedlock are great guys as well. Thanks to them and Benjamin Moore for making this job possible. If you have a commercial painting project and are need the best commercial painting contractors nj has to offer, give us a call 908-432-8503.

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We do a lot of work with retirement facilities and hotels. Both of these facilities have one thing in common, they both use a lot of wall paper/wall coverings. Wall covering offer a much more durable surface, one that won’t need to be touched up if someone bumps up against it accidentally. These facilities tend to be quite large and sometimes have hundreds of rooms, can you imagine everything was painted instead of wall coverings? These facilities would need a full time paint crew just for touch ups and they would be repainting rooms and common areas quite frequently. But just like anything else, these wall coverings become outdated and worn over time, and need to be replaced.

 

There are still a lot of surfaces that are painted as well. The trim and ceilings are all painted and sometimes the lower half of the chair rail tends to be painted. We recently completed a project that involved removing the old wall covering and installing new wall coverings, as well as painting the trim and ceilings. This type of work requires a specific skill set, which is why we have two types of painters, residential painters and commercial painters.

 

Our commercial painters nj have been specifically trained in this type or work, and perform it on a daily basis. Below is an outline of the process we recently used to freshen up this lobby area.

 

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First step was to remove all the wall paper. We spray the walls with a product called DIF or use a steamer and start peeling the paper off the wall. Once the paper is removed, the remaining glue needs to be scrubbed off the walls. After the glue has been completely removed, we spackle the glaring imperfections on the wall and then sand it smooth. Upon completion, we prime the walls to get them ready for the application of new paper. Once walls are primed, we use a special adhesive the creates a solid bond between the walls and the new wall covering. Finally we install the new wall coverings. Once the wall coverings were installed, we painted the trim and the ceiling, leaving the room looking fresh and unique.

 

If you need a good, reliable commercial painting contractor nj, give us a call. We’ll come meet with you and discuss your project. We’ll provide you with a comprehensive quote that includes all labor and materials and go over your specific timeline and requirements for the job. To learn more about some of our commercial painting services, check out our website ridgepaintingcompany.com

 

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Deciding to repaint the interior of your home is a great home improvement project, as it will certainly freshen up your home and improve both the functional and aesthetic properties of it. Before you decide on hiring a painter it is important to consider a few solutions that will greatly improve the entire procedure.
Since you want your surfaces painted in the best way possible you should definitely take a few initial preparation steps before the actual painting procedure. Planning is important and will enable the painter you hire to do his job much better. Here is how you can prep your home for a whole new paint job:
• Clean your walls. If you have dirty walls, they should be properly cleaned in order to be prepared for a new paint job. Kitchens and bathrooms are usually the places that need the most prep work, especially the area above the stove and around the sink. Make sure to remove all the soap and greasy areas in order for your painter to be able to properly paint those areas.

• Do some homework on painters. A great way to see who is a qualified professional

is to ask him or her some questions. Professional painters know how much paint will be needed for the job and about how long it will take them to complete the job. They will also be able to give you a firm quote on price. Also, be sure to ask him for references so you can check to see the work they’ve done in the past.

• Choose your paint color. Next, you should choose a paint color that is able to reflect the vision you have for your home. Some things are universal, like the fact that dark colors make your room look smaller and light ones have the opposite effect. Many paint stores sell or give out samples that will enable you to choose the color that fits your vision ideally.

• Choose your finish. After everything is done, all you need to do is choose your finish. The finish you go with depends on various factors. If you desire to hide minor imperfections, choose flat paints. If you want to make your surface easy to clean, choose an eggshell finish. If you want something in between, then matte is the way to go.
When you take the time to do your prep work before the painters come, the painting process will go much smoother, so take these tips into consideration before you embark on your next painting project.

Indoor air quality is probably pretty important to you and your family, as you want to know that you are breathing fresh, healthy air. Are you aware that indoor air is far more polluted than outdoor air? Yes, perhaps up to three times more according to the EPA. You may not be aware that paints and finishes are often the culprit to the poor indoor air quality. With this being said, perhaps it is time to take a look at the kinds of paint used for most indoor painting projects.

VOC paint is toxic

Painting the interior of your home can be quite exciting and to keep the experience positive, consider using the kind of paint that keeps you and your family free from many harmful chemicals:

Zero VOC paint.

Many homeowners are simply not aware that typical paint can contain thousands of chemicals, with hundreds emitting toxic fumes into the air. Sure, we are surrounded by toxic chemicals, but there are quite harmful chemicals found in regular paint called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.

VOCs are gasses that when released into the air produce ozone, which can cause a host of breathing problems and in some instances can lead to cancer. Paint containing high levels of VOCs used indoors can cause you to have headaches, burning eyes, and make it difficult to breathe. This is one reason painters will tell you to open windows while painting, so that your home can air out such chemicals.

VOCs releases slowly over time

When paint with VOCs goes on the wall, the VOCs are released into the air at that time, but not all of them. In fact, some say that only half of the toxic fumes are released in the first year. The gasses are slowly released over time, so the need for low or no VOCs is quite high. You may not be able to smell any paint fumes, but the gasses linger for a long time.

Safer paints

Do you have to use low or no VOC paint in order to be healthy? Not necessarily. You want the indoor air quality of your home to be optimal and it takes more than just using low or no VOC paint in order for that to happen. Should you go with a VOC paint, simply make sure you keep your windows open while the home is being painted and regularly air out your home as weather permits. Fresh air is always best when it comes to air quality.

Now that companies are armed with such knowledge about paint, there are plenty of them that are manufacturing low or no VOC paint. It does cost a bit more than standard paint, but the added investment is well worth it. In fact, even the most popular paint manufacturers have reduced the amount of VOCs in their paints.

Creative Ways to Paint a Ceiling

You might have read up on various ways to paint your walls, but what about your ceiling? Are you aware that it’s alright to paint your ceiling a different color than white? You can certainly use some creativity when thinking about your ceilings and start thinking of it as the fifth wall of a room. There is nothing wrong with experimenting with colors, patterns, or textures when it comes to such. Today let’s take a look at various ways you can add some pizazz to your ceilings.

1. Go with a textured look

Adding texture to the ceiling can give it the zing you are looking for. For that elegant look, consider going with a faux marble finish. For a softer look, consider sponging. For the chic look, consider applying a crackle finish to the ceiling. Finally, for the two-tone effect, use a comb and drag it through a layer of glaze so that the base coat and the top layer both show.

2. Be bold

Adding color to a ceiling is a bold move and will surely get your ceiling noticed. Now you don’t always have to use a bold color in order to create a bold ceiling. You can use soft colors, like beige, sky blue, or lavender for a little splash. For a bold splash, go with bold colors like navy blue, yellow, or orange. It really will depend on the color of your walls and the style you are after. For a more intimate room, like a bedroom, using colors like cranberry or turquoise will suit you well. For a bright kitchen, colors like yellow and orange should fit right in.

3. Think patterns

Most people think about putting a pattern on the wall, but why not be a bit different and put a pattern on the ceiling? You don’t have to create an elaborate pattern; a simple pattern should suffice. For children’s rooms consider polka dots. For the more sophisticated rooms, consider using stencils. For abundant ideas, do a Google image search on “patterned ceilings” and sift through the pictures to see what you may like.

4. Create a scene

For those who might want some sort of scene on the ceiling, consider painting a mural. You can choose from hundreds of scenes, from a sky with some clouds and a rainbow to an aquarium scene with all sorts of fish.

Allow creativity to flow as you think about painting your ceilings. Should you need assistance, don’t hesitate to hire a professional painter to help you out. He or she may have some great ideas on how to paint your ceiling to give it just the look you are after.

Should You Hire a Painting Contractor?

When the time comes to give the interior or exterior home a fresh coat of paint, many people are faced with this question:

Should I do it myself or hire a painting contractor?

This is a legitimate question because many people like the idea of doing home improvement projects themselves, yet can become hesitant due to lack of time or experience. Surely there have been plenty of DIY folks who have kicked themselves for tackling a painting project themselves. Others have gone on to enjoy the painting project. The answer to this question depends on various factors. Let’s take a look at them:

1. How much do you know?

It is important to consider how much you know about paint and the painting process. Do you know the different kinds of paints? Should you use latex, oil, flat, etc? What types of paint are to be used in bathrooms? Kitchens? If you have children, what type would be beneficial? If you are not familiar with paint, it will serve you well to hire a painting contractor.

2. Do you have the tools to apply paint?

When you get right down to painting, you must have some painting tools in order to get the job done effectively. If you don’t have them, you will need to purchase them. You will need supplies like rollers, paint trays, an extension roller, plastic to lay on floor, painting tape, paint brushes, a ladder, and more.

3. Do you know how to paint effectively?

Anyone can pick up a paint roller and roll, but not everyone can make the room look painted professionally. Painting takes some skill and practice, so if you are lacking in this, you ought to consider hiring a painting contractor.

4. Do you understand safety measures?

Sometimes painting can be hazardous, as you may have to get up on a ladder or the kitchen counter in order to reach hard to get spots. To be on the safe side, it’s best to hire a painting contractor that is used to doing this and has the right safety tools for the job.

5. Are you willing to do the prep work?

Oh, the glorious job of taping so that you can paint the edges! Let’s not forget about covering the floor and furniture with plastic and moving large pieces of furniture away from the walls! Are you willing to do the tedious prep work in order to do the job right?

6. Do you feel like cleaning up?

Cleaning paint brushes, tearing paint tape off, and removing the plastic can wear on you after you’ve spent a great deal of time painting. Are you going to feel like doing this after a long day of painting? Hire a professional and you won’t have to clean anything!

If you are really wondering whether to hire a painting professional or tackle the job yourself, ask yourself these questions and answer them honestly. Sure, it might cost you more to hire a professional, but it will save you a lot of time and headaches in the long run. Plus, you’ll be getting a professional painting job instead of an amateur paint job. That is something to smile about.