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11.06.17

The paint color you choose for the exterior of your Oklahoma City home has one of the most profound impacts on the curb appeal of your house. Not only does curb appeal give your home that exceptional quality which elicits compliments from others, but it also gives you the first warm and fuzzy feeling when you arrive home.     

Exterior Paint Offers An Impressive ROI 

Considering how reasonably priced exterior house painting is compared to other renovations, selecting an exterior paint color for your home is an important return on investment decision. You may be tempted to flash your personal favorite color for all to enjoy, but for a look, you will love for years to come, you may want to consider these elements before painting outside of the house.

Your Neighbors 

Unless you live on a huge piece of land, the color you choose for the exterior of your home impacts your neighbors. While driving through your area, note which colors work well in your environment and climate.

Your Setting 

Would you like the exterior painting of your home to blend in with a natural landscape? Or stand out in an urban statement?

Your Landscaping 

House painting services are only a good return on investment if you do not have to completely change or update landscaping elements such as stonework and masonry, pathways and driveways. Let your exterior painting contractor draw on his experience to suggest ways to harmoniously blend these elements with your new color scheme.

Ray the Painter 

 

If you are in need of an expert painting contractorcontact Ray the Painter or fill out a bid request today. Our team of professional painters truly care about the quality of work performed, and can help you to upgrade your home with exterior painting.

10.30.17

The arrival of a new baby is one of the most exciting events. A buzz builds up with all the anticipation, along with nervousness of the unknown. One way to reduce any anxiety you may be experiencing is to keep busy. What better way to keep busy than to paint your nursery using these tips from Oklahoma City finest house painters?

Do You Need a Painting Contractor? 

Hiring interior house painters gives you peace of mind that your paint job will be done properly and on time. Using a team of professionals who truly care about the quality of work performed allows you more time to attend to the inevitably long list of things to get done before the baby arrives.

Elements of A Perfect Nursery 

Air quality is one of the most important considerations of your baby’s nursery design. Indoor air pollution may not have crossed your mind, but it leads to adverse health effects which are more threatening to young children and babies. Not only does your choice of interior wall paint have an impact on the quality, but also your furniture and flooring material.

Before you start, determine whether your house has had mold. If so, ensure that the paint you select contains antimicrobial agents that help keep away mold and mildew. Choose a water-based paint for the nursery, and check that it contains zero VOCs (volatile organic compounds).

After painting of your nursery is complete, allow the room to thoroughly air out until the VOCs are gone.

Color has the hugest impact both psychologically and physiologically. To enhance the mood of the nursery space, err on the side of calm, relaxing, neutral colors. While it may be tempting to go all blue or all pink, the trend is to decorate for the benefit of the caregiver – especially as they will be spending exhausting hours in baby’s room. Bright and high-contrast colors can be overstimulating.

Remember the ceiling! It will look shabby next to newly painted walls, and it is the job you want to do first.

Ray The Painter 

 

Whether you are looking to paint your Oklahoma nursery, or you are in need of exterior house painting, rest assured that Ray the Painter offers professional service from a team of experts. Please contact us today, or fill out this bid request online.

09.04.17

Cabinet Refurnishing

Giving your home a facelift may seem like an expensive, time-intensive task. While many home renovation projects are a lot of effort for a little reward, kitchen cabinet refinishing is one of the best ways to update your home without spending a fortune. After all, your kitchen should be one of the happiest and inviting rooms in the house! It's where you create mouth-watering meals, enjoy a glass of wine after a long day and where you bake yummy cookies with the kids. It is a room in which to create memories that will last a lifetime. Luckily, cabinet refinishing services from Ray the Painter can help to make those memories even sweeter!

What is Cabinet Refinishing?

Cabinet refinishing refers to the process of sprucing up your already-existing cabinets, as opposed to replacing them and starting from scratch. Obviously, cabinet refinishing is the best possible option for those home owners on a budget who also wish to enjoy a few much-needed updates and renovations.

What is Usually Included in Cabinet Refinishing Services?

Generally, the kitchen cabinet specialist painting contractor will begin by stripping the kitchen cabinets and sanding them down to ensure a smoother surface. They will fill in any cracks that may have appeared over time. To ensure that the new paint adheres properly to the surface, they will take time to prep it with the help of a high-quality primer. Once the primer dries, it will be time to paint or respray, completing the process with a slick of sealant for a perfect finish.

Where to Find the Best House Painting and Cabinet Refinishing Services in Oklahoma City

When you’re in need of a professional cabinet refinishing or house painting service, you need not look any further than the team at Ray the Painter. As leading residential and commercial painting professionals in Oklahoma City, you can rest assured that we will always provide you with the best. Contact us today for more information or a free estimate!

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:

1.   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.

2.   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.

3.   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.

4.   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.

5.   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.

6. 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.

07.10.17

House painters

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.