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FAQS & How To's


What does paint & primer mean?

These types of products do not actually have primer mixed into them. Paint & Primer products use a higher quality resin (most all Benjamin Moore products use high quality resins) which allows for better adhesion. It does not mean you can skip the primer step. It is essentially genius marketing tactics.

Do I really need two coats of paint?

Yes, we always recommend two coats of paint. Paint durability is tested on a 3mils dry film thickness. To achieve a 3mils dry film thickness you need to apply two coats of paint. It is really difficult to apply 3mils (dry film thickness) with one coat.

Why is some paint more expensive than other types of paint?

Top quality paint uses top quality ingredients (pigments, resins, solvents) when they are manufactured. These have added benefits of better adhesion, hiding capability, spatter resistance, flow & leveling, touch-up capability, stain/scrub resistance, & fade resistance.

What do I need in order to get a custom paint match?

If you would like us to custom match a paint for you, all we need is a sample of the desired colour. About the size of quarter will do. Custom paint matching takes anywhere from 15-30mins.

I am not sure what colour to select? Is there someone there who can help me?

Absolutely, we have highly skilled interior designers on site, who live and breathe colour. They will assist and guide you in selecting the right colour(s) for your home.

How do I know if my stucco ceilings have been painted before?

If you rub your hand across the stucco surface, and a chalky white residue appears, your ceilings have not been painted before.

What kind of paint do I need to use if I wanted to paint my stucco ceiling?

When painting stucco ceilings for the first time you must use and oil-based/alkyd paint. If your stucco ceilings have been previously painted, you can use a water-based/latex paint. 

How to Paint a Room in 5 Easy Steps

Use a roller to quickly and easily paint a room

The idea of painting a room can sometimes be intimidating, but with these 5 easy steps, you'll see how simple it is to get great results.

The correct sequence of steps is the key to giving any room a quick and refreshing paint makeover. Tip: Start with the ceiling first and then paint the walls.

Step 1 — Clean Ceiling and Walls

Remove dust, dirt, and grease spots (which can ruin a smooth finish) with water, a little mild dishwashing detergent, and a cellulose sponge. Rinse ceiling and walls with clean water to remove the soap residue.

Step 2 — Cut in Around Edges

Beginning at the corner of the room, use a 50 mm or 60 mm trim brush to "cut in," applying a 8 cm strip of coating along the perimeter where the wall and the ceiling meet.

Cut in a section at a time, alternating between cutting in and painting the ceiling to maintain a wet edge and prevent a visible line between the cut-in area and the rest of the ceiling.

Step 3 - Rolling the Ceiling

Before you begin painting the ceiling, remove excess paint on the roller by slowly rolling it back and forth over the ridges of the paint tray.

Start painting near the corner of the room, blending the coating into the ceiling line painted previously. Paint across the width of the ceiling, rather than the length, and make sure to roll in a motion across your body, rather than along your body, to avoid straining your neck and back.

Step 4 — Painting the Walls

Once your ceiling is dry, return to the spot where you began painting. Use a trim brush to carefully cut in along the wall-ceiling line. Extend out two to three inches from windows, doors, and mouldings. Once you've cut in around an entire wall area, use a roller to fill in the field.

For efficiency, start in the corner of a wall and roll on a three-by-three-foot W pattern, then fill it in without lifting the roller. Continue in sections until you're finished. Paint one wall at a time.

Step 5 — Painting the Trim

Once the walls are completely dry, place painter's blue tape where the trim meets the wall. Paint the mouldings, baseboard and the door and window frames with a two-inch angled brush. When painting your trim, paint the tops of the doors and windows first and work your way down so that you can remove any runs as you go. Paint your baseboards last.

Visit our Colour Gallery to see our thousands of paint colors, and use our Personal Colour Viewer to see how they will look on your walls.

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