Painting your house before moving in!

If you are buying a home, or moving into a new home, then nothing beats the look and feel of your home. Painitng your walls, gives you a clean, neat, and perfect Feeliing!

Moving to a new house? Most customers want new paint colors. And since you are moving you are asking about how Painting your house before moving in can happen.

Hi, I’m David With Dfranco Painting and Wallpaper in Huntley. We serve towns like Barrington, Elgin, Crystal Lake, Pingree Grove, St. Charles, and Bartlett. Today we are discussing a call we receive frequently – painting your house before moving in. We are here to see how we can help you love the space your in by helping with your interior house painting before moving

Scheduling your painting before moving in

One of the biggest obstacles that we hear from customers is can you get the painting done on a certain date. We would love to say yes to every single one. (Here is our link to schedule an estimate for you). It has been an extremely high success rate for us because of the amount of crews, people, and resources we have access to.

a house ready to be painted
Open areas help us Paint your house faster before moving in

When are you closing? This is the biggest obstacle. Closing dates are not 100% for sure, so if there is a delay, it can wreak havoc on our schedule as well as yours. So the more notice you have the better.

Working around other contractors when we paint

The next biggest issue on paint jobs is working around other trades or contractors. Painting your home before you move in usually means we need to be quick cause you don’t have much time. So we are gonna ask you some questions that week absolutely do need to know before we start your interior painting;

  • will you be doing any work to your cabinets?
  • are you having new carpet or flooring installed or removed?
  • is there going to be an electrician moving lights, outlets or switches?
  • do we need to move furniture?
  • do you want or take out any mirrors or vanities?
painting while we work around other trades
it is no fun working around other trades when we need to paint

These questions affect when we can paint. If you are getting new floors, then we don’t want to paint until old floors are out. We have painted before new floors are installed- I just don’t recommend it – it can. lead to issues later (knick/dings in walls, scrapes on trim etc)

repairing drywall before we paint
get this type of work done before moving in!

Are there holes for new lights, if so-you must fix those holes. It is better to paint after completing all other work so that you can make the mess, clean it up, and then paint.

Knowing your colors before you move in

I would say picking paint colors is the most difficult thing to figure out. What colors do you want to paint?

We have designers we use to help! Best of all these designers are free to you! It can be tricky if your bringing in items from another house, as they have a color or tone that has to be considered in their new location. We have done a few videos on popular colors, check them out!

Once you have colors selected it is easy for us to come in the house, cover the floors, and start painting.

Can you paint after moving in?

Yes of course you can! We can help with that as well. It may take a bit longer, as we have to cover everything or move items out of the way. Residential re-painting after you are in the home is the norm.

painting ceilings, covering everything with plastic
Painting a furnished home

So if your moving in, moving out, repainting, or repairing- we can help with your house painting needs

How long after painting a bathroom can I shower?

Hello everyone, David Cook with Dfranco Painting and Wallpaper here in Huntley, IL, with today’s you ask we answer – How Long after painting a bathroom can I shower? When we paint a bathroom, this is the top asked question, and most ignored answer.

Making sure the paint cures ensures a successful paint job, so lets dive into today’s question.

How long does it take to paint to dry to the touch?

When you are painting your home, and we are assuming interior painting for the purpose of this blog post, wet paint is never fun to work around. Each paint has its unique properties so you do need to check the lable to make sure you follow their specs- so you dont void the warranty.

new bath paint-make sure its dry before showering

Typically- dry to the touch is a few hours. It can be sped up by using a fan. Keep in mind dry to the touch does not mean cure time- huge difference- see below..

When will the paint be fully cured?

So- great question! The dry time is the touch. The cure time is when it is 100% dry, no more off gassing, can be put to its full use (ie washing)

The cure time is when all of the solids in the paint have fully dried. These solids are in part the tint, the main chemicals that make the paint what it is. They are fluid when applied and need time to dry together to get its full bond, water resistance, UV resistance, etc.

Typically, cure time is 30-45 days. Ok- but How long after painting a bathroom can I shower? You can use it in 24-36 hours, but make sure you avoid excessive moisture by keeping doors open, vents on etc, the last thing you want to see is moisture drips.

Tips to keep paint looking new in bath after painting

Everyone is anxious to start decorating after the paint is up and dry to the touch. But be careful! We have already answer How long to after painting a bathroom can I take a shower is 24-36 hours. The same rule should apply before hanging shower curtains, glueing mirrors, towel holders etc.

Whenever you take a shower- you should always have ventilation. That can be achieved with open windows, open doors and if you have one- using a vent fan.

If you have something on the wall- toothpaste, hairspray, dust, make sure to use care to clean it! We say to use microfibre and water- gently to clean- the more you wipe the higher your chances to make marks on the walls.

Other issues with paint in bathrooms

The number one problem is moisture. Water from showers, dripping from the sides or puddling where the water seaps into the drywall are the biggest issues we are called to fix.

Seap lines- looks like the walls are crying-

running lines on bath paint
running, seaping or crying walls in a bathroom

These typically are due to poor paint quality and or no ventilation while using very hot and steamy showers. Ventilation takes care of most of this- usually.

Have other Paint questions!

Let us know- we are here to try and help you love the space you’re in and take the pain out of painting!

Top 5 Issues with Painting Oak Cabinets

If you have a house that was built in the 1980-2005, odds are you have oak cabinets. Ok, maybe you have maple or cherry.. but most homes have wood cabinets. One of the best ways to update the look and feel of your home is to paint your home. The next best improvement is updating your kitchen cabinets. There are several ways to update your kitchen and cabinets, but the best value is to paint your kitchen cabinets. If you are going to paint kitchen cabients or bathroom vanities then you should know the Top 5 Issues With Painting Oak Cabients!

Thanks for taking the time to read this article and check us out! I am David Cook, with Dranco Painting and Wallpaper, here in Huntley, IL. Today’s title is a question we are asked almost every time we provide an estimate for painting Oak kitchen cabinets. So lets take a peek at a video of a sample oak cabinet door, then look at some issues you may be facing- or asking about.

Will painted cabinets peel?

ok, so this is by far the most popular or common question we are asked hands down. Peel paint on oak cabinets, on walls, on trim is all caused by the exact same issue- Poor preparation.

Water damaged sink panel

When a surface is dirty it is going to be very difficult to get paint to stick to the surface. If you have a painted surface that is very slick-shiney etc, then once more you will have a very difficult time to get paint to stick to that surface.

When we prepare a surface for paint, we clean it, dust it, clean it where needed and then we prime it. Primer gives the surface a uniform appearance and readiness to accept paint. In the case for cabinets, the bonding primer sticks to the wood cabinet, which allows the cabinet paint a surface to bond too, preventing peeling.

Are my painted cabinets going to chip?

This question is a issue and a subject to much frustration. Think of this as when you buy a car- is Honda going to warranty a repair from a rock that chipped your car while driving on the freeway? The same is true for painted wood- blunt force trauma to wood causes paint to chip, there is nothing you can do about it. You cannot prevent paint from chipping either.

You an read more about chips and peeling in an article we wrote some time ago..

Using the wrong paint for cabinets

There are certain paints for certain applications. You don’t use automotive paint in a bathroom. Similar- you don’t use wall paint to paint cabinets.

Cabinets that re going to be painted should use a paint that is made for cabinets. There are several brands and several types. We use hybrid lacquer or Urathanes. Do not use Acrylic or oil-based products. If you want to know why- ask us and we can do another blog post about that!

I can see brush and roller marks on my cabinets

This really isn’t as much of an issue as much as it is a preference. I really do not brush and roll cabinets. I do not like seeing the brush or roller marks. Brush and roller marks happen for several reasons:

  • using bad brushed leave marks
  • cheap rollers leave laps or bubbles
  • rough surfaces give un even surfaces leaving marks
  • if you use a paint not meant to roll, you will leave lines
  • the paint dries to fast
  • leaving wet painted cabinets in a dirty area- dust/bugs

I could probably list a few more of these reasons, but the biggest reason is if you use a brush or roller you will leave brush or roller marks. Duh?-maybe but that is the reality.

I hate the color of my cabinets

this one always kills me. Before you paint- look at the color! If you say I don’t really care- then don’t complain about the color! If it didn’t happen I would not be writing about it. People see a tv show, hear about a color from friends, or someone sends a picture and think I want it!

Every phone takes pics a bit differently which does affect the look and appearance of the photos being taken. The lighting in your home makes a difference in the color of the paint you use. Surrounding accent colors, flooring, drapes, etc also make a difference in the colors in your home.

This is where we find the free interior designer makes a huge difference. They know and will help you make the right choice!

How can we help?

If you are thinking of painting cabinets, please let us know what we can do to help! We want you to enjoy the process and the results!! Although we are in Huntley, we serve all of our surrounding communities such as Pingree Grove, Algonquin, Carpentersville, and Elgin to name a few.

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