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08.07.17

We all have images in our minds of long summer days spent lazing on the deck! But what do you do when your deck doesn’t quite match up to the one in your dreams?

Exposed to the elements day in and day out, your deck faces countless hours of sun, water, wind, and possibly even ice and snow. This very quickly leads to it deteriorating and fading, and in particularly bad cases, even rotting!

So how do you make your wooden deck last? Look at these top tips:

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Keep it Clean:

The simplest thing you can do to make your wooden deck last is to keep it clean. Sweep up dirt and leaves before they scratch the finish or leave stains. Gently hose off your deck with plain water to get rid of accumulated grime.

 

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Be careful:

If you’re going to clean your deck be sure to carefully lift furniture and planters, instead of dragging them out of the way. Scuff marks, scratches, and gouges may let moisture into the wood. This can cause the finish to start lifting and peeling prematurely. On that note, if you’ve got a grill on your deck, always use a grease catcher underneath to prevent grease dripping directly onto the wood and stripping away the sealant’s properties.

 

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Choosing the right stain:

With Oklahoma’s extreme temperatures, making sure you’ve got the right kind of stain to protect your wood is important if you want your deck to last. It’s crucial to use a high-quality stain for maximum protection to ensure your deck can withstand the elements for years to come.

 

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Repair it:

Don’t ignore problems. As soon as you identify one, fix it as quickly as possible to prevent larger problems further down the line. Replacing one rotted board, for instance, will prevent the rot from spreading throughout your deck.

 

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Maintain it:

Deck maintenance is no different to home maintenance – do it regularly and you’ll save yourself a lot of time and money in the long run. Of course, the type of wood that was originally used when your deck was constructed, as well as your local climate, will influence how often you need to wash, re-stain or completely refinish your deck. A good idea is to have your deck professionally checked, cleaned and sealed every two to three years for long-lasting protection.

 

Professional paint contractor

At Ray the Painter, we offer both fence and deck staining, as well as light carpentry services. As experienced house painters, we’ve come to realize that light carpentry repairs are sometimes necessary before the paintwork itself can begin. In fact, we’ll even replace any rotten wood we encounter while working on your home.

 

So, whether you’re looking for a painting contractor that specializes in deck maintenance and exterior house painting or whether you’d like a full painting service, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today to find out more.

07.03.17

Painting your home is no small task, both physically and financially! Which is why you want to make sure that your investment is going to last by choosing a house painting company you can trust to get the job done and get it done right. But how do you do that? Well, to start, ensure that your house painting company doesn’t subcontract. After all, how can they guarantee the quality of the workmanship if they’re not the ones painting your house?


Hands-on experience

Founded in 1991, in Oklahoma City, Ray the Painter is owned and run by Amy Wewers, who has years of home painting experience to her name. Amy worked her way up from Painter to Lead Painter, Crew Leader, Estimator, and President, to eventually become the owner of Ray the Painter.

Committed to our customers

We take customer satisfaction seriously. In fact, our mission statement is: “We stay until the job is done and done right.” It’s because of this commitment to outstanding customer service and professional craftsmanship, that we stand behind our work. We confidently offer a two-year warranty on both labor and material.

Workmanship guaranteed

You see, our painters are exactly that – our painters. Trained the “Ray the Painter Way”, they are not only highly experienced house painters, they’re also careful, neat and dependable.

Unless otherwise arranged, we arrive at the job at 8 am and leave at 4:30 pm. Before leaving every day, we make sure our tools are put away and that your job site is clean and tidy. 

A reputation for quality

It’s easy to see how we’ve built a reputation based on trust, quality work, and dependability. Our customers trust us with their homes and possessions - and we don’t take this lightly. Our commitment to neatness, promptness and outstanding work extends to each customer, no matter how big or small.

Professional house painters

When you hire Ray the Painter, you get a team of professional house painters who truly care about the quality of work performed both inside and outside your home or business.

 

So, whether you’re only looking for a paint contractor specializing in exterior house painting or whether you’d like a fully comprehensive house painting service, we do it all. Contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today to find out more.

06.05.17

As in the rest of the USA, the 70’s and 80’s left many homes in Oklahoma with all sorts of interior decorating classics: so-called ‘popcorn’ ceilings and walls and all sorts of ‘retro’ wallpapers. These are some of the first features (along with old carpets and fittings) that Oklahoma homeowners usually want to remove to modernize their homes. It is an essential element of home updates that a professional home painter like Ray the Painter can take care of.

Popcorn ceiling removal

Popcorn ceilings were created with the addition of a gravelly texture to an ordinary drywall ceiling. This was a popular treatment in its day. Thus, popcorn ceiling removal should today be a core service offered by a professional home painter. Although you can do it yourself, it’s one of those things best done by interior house painters with experience as it’s easy to damage the drywall in the process. It’s not easy to scrape a ceiling. If not done properly, the process of repainting could become a nightmare. Once the popcorn feature has been removed, your painting contractor can simply repaint or apply a new texture before unmasking and clean up – making the whole process of revamping your ceilings relatively smooth and quick.

 

Wallpaper removal

Similarly, wallpaper removal can be a messy job that may result in damage to drywalls if not done carefully. House painters with experience in wallpaper removal can do it quickly and cleanly, removing all residues and adhesives without leaving a scrape on your wall. It’s not always easy to remove wallpaper cleanly, particularly if it has been there for decades. It may require special equipment and solvents. So, once again, it’s a job best left to professional house painting services.

 

Contact Ray the Painter for information on how we can help you upgrade your home, or fill out a bid request.

05.01.17

If you’re a DIY home improver planning on painting the outside of your house, then it’s worth spending a bit of time up-front prepping the surfaces. When it comes to exterior house painting, if you’ve got the foundations right, not only will your paint stretch further and look better, but it will last longer too – up to eight years on average!

 

Step 1: Prepare

 

Inspect your house from top to bottom, taking note of everything that needs to be repaired such as doors, windows, wood trims and fascia boards. Then get your wood filler, glue and whatever else you need and get to work fixing and repairing.

 

Step 2: Scrub, sand, and wash

 

New paint won’t stick to dirty surfaces. So, be sure to scrub, , sand or wash away dirty areas to be  painted and smooth out rough patches before you paint. A wire brush on an electric drill will make quick work of rust and paint. Let the surfaces dry thoroughly before you start painting. 

 

Step 3: Prime

 

In the past, you would more than likely have applied primer before applying your color. Depending on your surface material, this is still a good rule to follow. The latest paintshowever, have combined primer and paint, which means you don’t have to apply so many coats. If you’re not sure what type of paint you’ve bought, give your local exterior painting contractor a call for advice.

 

Step 4: Paint

 

Once you’ve done your prep, all that’s left to do it start painting! Depending on the area to be painted, you may use a brush, roller or sprayer. Start at the top and work your way down toward the bottom to reduce unsightly streaks and drips.

 

There’s no doubt that a well-prepared surface leads to a well-painted finish, so if you’re in any doubt at all, why not chat to a professional exterior painter, like Ray the Painter, about your concerns. Whether you’re only looking for a painting contractor specializing in exterior painting or you’d like a fully comprehensive painting service, we can do it all. We have many positive reviews from satisfied customers. Look at our testimonials to find out more.

 

 

So, if you’re in need of house painting services or if you’re looking for an independent painting contractor to help lighten the load, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today.

04.03.17

When it comes to both interior and exterior house painting, there are three main reasons why paint may start to peel relatively soon after it has been applied. We, as expert house painters in Oklahoma City, explain below.

Poor quality paint 

The quality of the paint you use really does make a difference. In this regard, spending a little bit extra on good quality paint will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.


Inadequate surface preparation

Before paint is applied, the surface should be properly cleaned and any unevenness removed. It should also be allowed plenty of time to dry. Without proper surface preparation, the paint will not adhere to the surface as well as it should.

Moisture

There is a reason why expert house painters will avoid painting your home during the rainy season. It is because moisture can have a huge negative effect on the longevity of a paint job. Not only does it make it nearly impossible for the paint to dry properly, but it also weakens the paint’s adhesive properties, leading to unsightly peeling a couple of weeks or months after application.

Do you want to ensure that you avoid having to deal with peeling paint? Then get in touch with the professional exterior and interior house painters at Ray the Painter. Take a look at our testimonials to find out more as to why we are the painting contractor company you know you can count on!

 

If you’re in need of expert painting services, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today.

03.01.17

If you are enthusiastic about home DIY and want to paint the interior of your house, you will need to calculate exactly how much paint will be needed in order to get the job done with as little waste as possible. Let’s face it – paint can be expensive, so you will want to save as much as you can without sacrificing on quality. Ultimately, when it comes to interior house painting, the goal is to ensure that it lasts for many years to come, and cheap paint definitely won’t cut it in this regard. Here’s how to reduce costs by accurately calculating how much paint each room needs:

  • How big is the room?

This should be the first thing that you work by measuring the length (you only have to do this once) and width of each wall. The general rule is that one gallon can of paint will cover up to 400 square feet, which is ideal for a smaller room such as a bathroom or a small study. Two cans of paint cover up to 800 square feet, which is perfect for slightly bigger rooms, such as the kitchen or living room.

 

  • How many windows and doors?

If two rooms are of the same size, but one has more windows or more doors than the other, it will require less paint overall. Measure the width and height of each window and door and subtract it from the conclusion of your calculations that you came to when measuring the walls themselves.

 

  • How high are the ceilings?

If you live in a home with very high ceilings, you will require more paint than you would for a room of the same size with lower ceilings. To give you some perspective, the average ceiling height in the USA is between 8 – 9 feet. Keep this in mind before visiting the paint store.

 

If you would prefer to let the experts handle the interior house painting job, Ray the Painter is the painting contractor to contact. Whether you need exterior house painting or interior house painters, we have many positive reviews from satisfied customers. Take a look at our testimonials to find out more.

If you’re in need of expert painting services, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today.

02.06.17

Nothing can detract from the attractiveness of your outside areas like wooden fences and decks that look old and worn. Not only do wooden surfaces that haven’t been maintained look shoddy, they also run the risk of becoming damaged over time. Oklahoma can have extreme weather and temperatures, making maintenance essential to avoid damage.

 

Ray the Painter offers house painting services that include fence and deck staining. With over 20 years of experience as a residential and commercial painting contractor (and with crew leaders and lead painters with an average of over 7 years’ experience each), we boast superior

workmanship. 

We use only top quality products that enhance your fence and deck’s appearance while

protecting thoroughly from the elements. In addition to staining your fence and deck, we also offer light exterior carpentry services and repairs such as replacing siding, trimming boards, fascias, soffits and cutting the rotten ends of faux beams.

 Only the best quality equipment and materials

Better quality products lead to a better finish that ensures longer lasting protection for your wooden fence and deck. Cheaper products may do the job, but the high-end brands such as Sherwin-Williams that we use offer a visibly superior finish that requires less maintenance.

 

Excellent service with a 2-year warranty

We pride ourselves in ensuring an excellent painting service with high-quality workmanship. We are dependable and organized, sticking to an 8:00 am to 4:30 pm schedule (unless otherwise arranged by our customers). We ensure minimal hassle to our clients by keeping work areas neat and tidy. Because we have such confidence in our abilities, we are prepared to back-up our quality and service with a 2-year warranty. Other house painters offer warranties, but not many are confident enough to offer a warranty for this length of time.

 

20 Years of experience with great references

Ray the Painter has been in the house painting business since 1991. This means that we have over 20 years of excellent experience as well as many happy customers. Look at our testimonials to see all the positive reviews from satisfied clients who chose to paint their homes the “Ray the Painter Way”.

 

If you’re in need of expert house painting, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today.

01.03.17

The New Year is upon us, and you might be thinking it’s time to freshen up your home with a new coat of paint. While many people may want to DIY their own house painting, for a superior and lasting paint job, its best to call the professionals.

 

If you’re looking for an excellent paint contractor, Ray the Painter has extensive experience. Plus, all of our painters are full time employees and are trained the "Ray the Painter Way” - to be careful, neat and dependable. Here’s why else you should choose Ray the Painter for your next painting project:

 

Over 20 years of experience

We have extensive experience in commercial and residential painting going back to 1991 - so we’re really the house painting experts. In addition, our crew leaders and lead painters average over 7 years painting experience.

 

We use high quality paint and materials 

At Ray the Painter, we use only the best paints and products from top brands and manufacturers such as Sherwin-Williams. Better quality paint means a longer lasting finish.

 

We offer a 2 year warranty

If you’re looking for a home painter that’s serious about service, look no further. This is our motto: We stay until the job is done and done right! Satisfaction Guaranteed! And we are prepared to back up our quality promise with a 2 year warranty, something that other house painters may not offer. We’re also bonded and ensured for your peace of mind.

 

We are reliable and dependable 

At Ray the Painter, we like to keep things organized and on schedule. We arrive at 8 am and leave at 4:30 pm (unless otherwise arranged) and tidy up properly at the end of each day.

 

We have great references

Whether you need exterior house painting, or interior house painters, we have many positive reviews from satisfied customers.  See what our clients have to say and read our verified reviews.  Take a look at our testimonials to find out more.

 

If you’re in need of expert house painting, contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today.

12.05.16

Commercial spaces do not always have to be bland and boring. A recent University of Texas study found the color of paint you use on your walls has a direct impact on how people feel while working there and how productive they are. You also want the paint job to be perfect and polished – a professional way to present your business to clients. Use these tips to help you create that polished paint job you are looking for:

  1. Avoid lap marks: Simply roll paint across the length of the wall to the ceiling in one swipe.
  2. Use a primer to avoid a blotchy finish: Blotchiness occurs over the holes and cracks you patched with a filler or drywall compound. It is when the color is the same but the sheen is different. The porous fillers absorb the paint, dulling the surface. When light hits these dull spots, they look like blotches or mistakes. The smooth patch also stands out in contrast to the slightly bumpy texture of the rest of the wall.A quick coat of primer is all it takes to eliminate flashing and texture differences by sealing the patch so paint won’t sink in and look dull. Mix a small amount of topcoat paint into the primer for an even color throughout.
  3. Use tape: Tape along the edge of the walls to help you “color in the lines.” When the paint dries, simply cut the tape lose. This will help you paint freely and accurately.
  4. Use material drop cloths instead of plastic cloths to avoid a sticky mess. This will also prevent you from slipping and falling.
  5. Don’t paint over dirty or oily surfaces: This causes paint to easily chip or peel off. Use a heavy-duty cleaner to fill in nicks and holes and sand the surface before painting it.
  6.  Sand between each coat: Sanding between coats removes that grainy texture. Use a fine-grit sanding sponge to get into the nooks and crannies you cannot reach with normal sandpaper. This will ensure you have that smooth, professional finish you want.

If you are not keen to do all this hard work by yourself, our team of professional painters can help you out. Based in Oklahoma, we take pride in giving you quality interior painting and light carpentry services. We are even willing to offer you a two-year warranty to ensure you get the service you are looking for.

Contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request if you think need our expert help.  

11.07.16

Painting your trim and molding can be tricky, delicate work. If you want a quality Do It Yourself job- take a look at these handy tips so you can get that smooth, crisp finish you have been dreaming of:

Choose the right tools

-          Use a lightbulb. Shine a light to detect loose paint, rough edges and other blemishes in the surface to determine what needs to be filled. Circle problem areas with a pencil

-          Choose the right sanding tool. Folded sanding paper is fine for most areas but a sanding block with give you a comfortable grip and apply even pressure to stubborn areas like windowsills. A sanding sponge, on the other hand, gets in between curves and crevices.

-          A 1-1/2-inch flexible putty knife is essential for cleaning out tight areas. Push to get under the loose paint and work across until you are under the tighter paint.

-          Use 320-grit sandpaper to feather out filled areas

-          Use tape. Stick tape on the edges of the trim so you can worry about the smooth finish rather than painting over the lines. Rather cut the tape off than tear it at the end of the job just in case the paint is not fully dry yet. Use tape to protect your carpet as well.

-          Use paintable acrylic caulk to fill cracks between moulding pieces.

-          Use extender to stop water-based paint from drying too quickly.

Test for lead

Lead dust and paint can be incredibly dangerous. Use a lead test kit to conduct a dust wipe test. Send the samples to an EPA certified lab and you will receive results in two weeks.

Sand the trim between each coat.

Regular sanding will avoid a grainy texture. Make sure you clean up after each layer has been completed. Remove the dust with a paintbrush first and then a vacuum cleaner.

Repair dents and holes.

Rather use hardening-type two-part wood filler on large holes and spackling compound on smaller ones. Be sure to apply at least two coats of spackling compound as it shrinks when it dries.

You are now ready to paint. Painting is the last stop to a smooth finish. Keep these few tricks in mind:

-          Paint the trim before the walls. You do not have to worry about being neat when painting the trim. It is easier to apply tape to trim as opposed to the larger wall surface area so rather make sure the finish is smooth.

-          Spot-prime to stop blotches. Use a stain-sealing primer over patchy areas and marks left by crayons that could bleed through the paint.

-          Use a brush first- then a roller. When painting the edges- use a paintbrush and then smooth the job by applying paint with a roller afterwards.

-          Slap- don’t wipe. Slap the paintbrush gently at the edge of the bucket to get rid of excess paint. This will make sure more paint clings to each brush strand.

-          Fill edges first- then paint in the middle. This will make it easier to be more accurate with the brush.

-          Lay-on, lay-off. Wipe the paint-filled paintbrush to one side- then to another before it dries. This will smooth the paint.

 

If you are not keen to do all this hard work by yourself- our team of professional painters can help you out. Based in Oklahoma, we take pride in giving you quality interior painting and light carpentry services. We are even willing to offer you a two-year warranty to ensure you get the service you are looking for.

Contact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request if you think need our expert help.