Artcon's's menu of painting services is certain to impress – from
home to business paint jobs, we do it all. We also do wallpaper hanging, plastering, skim coating, popcorn ceiling
removal and application, wood staining, water damage restoration, and power washing.
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One of our Certified Remodeling Consultants will meet with you, at
no charge, to find out what your needs and wishes are. Once decisions have been made and a schedule is laid out,
you'll want to think about preparing your home for the work. If your place is currently furnished, protecting your
furniture and other belongings must be done before we begin, to avoid damaging anything. We suggest packing up all
your books, picture frames, and other items that may get in the way or otherwise be exposed.
Artcon's team can also assist you in the preparations. We will use
construction paper or masonite to cover your floors, and we can also apply blue tape, which has a special adhesive
that won't pull off or chip the paint when removed, to protect areas that will be painted
Depending on the age of your property, your walls may need more or
less work to create a smooth, clean look. Many homes or apartments from the 1940s have solid plaster walls, which
have been painted over and over again. If this is your situation, your walls will most likely need plastering. If
your building was built after the 40s, chances are your walls are sheetrock, an easier medium to work
If you want your walls to look new and flawless, skim coating is
what you'll need. An expensive and time consuming process, skim coating involves applying a coat of plaster over
the entire wall surface, allowing it to dry over night, then sanding that surface and applying another coat of
plaster. Many times, three or four coats of plaster are needed for a perfect look.
Another option you have is to just scrape, sand, and plaster only
where paint has peeled or the wall has cracked. This won't give you as nice or as perfect of a look as skim
coating, but it takes less time and costs less. Your budget and how important a flawless look is for you will
determine which plastering method to use.
Trim includes the crown and base moldings on your walls, the wood
or metal that frames your windows and doors, any built-in furniture or radiator covers, and the windowsills. The
older your apartment is, the more likely these areas will need work. They may currently be damaged or have chipped
For a really new look, you might need to replace the trim in most
or all areas. If your trim isn't that old or damaged, you may be able to get away with just repairing problem areas
here and there, and then sanding, priming, and repainting the rest. If you're lucky enough to have the old
fashioned wooden moldings or window frames, often detailed and beautifully constructed, and you want to keep them,
you could have them stripped and then refinished. But you should know that this is intensive and expensive
Applying a primer to your walls is highly recommend, and sometimes
unavoidable. Primer acts like a glue, and it helps hold the paint to the walls. If you did any wall repairs, or if
you want to paint a lighter colored paint over a darker color, then you must apply primer. But even if you're walls
didn't need repairs, or your painting the same color that was there before, we still suggest priming the surfaces
for longer-lasting results.