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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.  

10.04.16

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Few home maintenance projects are as valuable as exterior painting because paint and caulking form the first line of defence against the seasonally varied climate of Oklahoma. On top of which, the curb appeal and resale value of your home increases a great deal with a fresh coat of paint.

Whether your home is brick and stucco or painted from ground to roof, the moment you spot paint starting to crack, blister, or peel, it is time for you to hire a professional painting service who takes pride in their work. Turning a blind eye to these signs will inevitably lead to a much more extensive and expensive job.

Help is at hand

Using a skilled painting contractor takes the stress out of painting your home. However, finding the right house painting service requires careful consideration.

According to surveys, 80% of Americans agree that smaller companies place a greater emphasis on customer service than large businesses. We believe that stellar service is non-negotiable when taking care of our customers, which is why:

  • You get peace of mind with a two year warranty.
  • Our team of professionals truly care about the quality of work carried out at your home or business.
  • Tasks accompanying painting projects – such as light carpentry, popcorn ceiling removal, wallpaper removal – form part of the list of services we offer.
  • Our experienced painters have the knowledge to make sure that your painting project is completed without unexpected expenses or delays.
  • We have professional understanding about essentials such as surface preparation, paint application, and a material's durability – all of which are vital to the outcome of your paint job.

For more information on our services, or for a bid request, please contact us today.

09.05.16

Saving money has become a priority for the majority of us. However, there are many cautionary sayings such as, “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," and “penny wise is pound foolish.”

The fiercely competitive home improvement business is no exception. If you are thinking of hiring a painting contractor, this article outlines the benefits of working with a bonded or insured contractor.

What is a bonded paint contractor?

In a nutshell, a bond is:

  • a pre-paid savings account with a bank or insurance company
  • used to cover any expenses (up to the bond amount) required to complete the job satisfactorily
  • should the project not be completed according to the contract between the property owner and the contractor.

While the property owner can make a claim against a performance bond, it is imperative that the contract is specific about the exterior house painting or interior house painting to be completed.

Also, the property owner can request that the contractor post a performance bond if the project is expected to exceed the amounts stipulated in a regular bond. A performance bond covers the entire cost of the job and assures the home owner reimbursement for any financial losses if the project is not completed as per the contract.

What is insured paint contractor?

Another saying that has stood the test of time is, “it is better to be safe than sorry.” Which is where selecting an insured house painting contractor comes in.

Contractor employees injured on duty need to be insured. As does damage to persons or property. In some cases, the property owner could be held liable for personal injury if the contractor does not have insurance.

Rest assured

As a team of professional painters, we are suitably bonded and insured. We take such pride in our work that we offer a two year warranty.

For more information on our services, or to request a quote, please contact us today.

08.01.16

As painting contractors, we know that most home owners and DIY-ers are more concerned with the color of paint that they choose than the type of paint. The type of paint that you choose can have a huge impact on the look and feel of your new coat of paint. To avoid an expensive mistake, learn about the main types of paint for your home: 

Water-based paints 

One of the most popular types of paint is water-based paint. When you go to your local hardware store or paint supplier, you will find that most of the interior wall paint is water-based. The only time that you should be wary of water-based paint is if your existing walls are painted with oil-based paint. Talk to experienced painters to make sure that they prepare the walls properly before repainting with water-based paints. 

Oil-based paints

Most of the oil-based paints that are currently on the market are used for finished such as furniture, frames, doors and floors. If you are looking for an attractive, glossy finish for your walls, rather opt for a waterborne enamel or waterborne alkyd type of paint as this will give you the same look and feel.

Matte paint

One of the newer trends is the matte look. Matte paint is usually a very cost-effective solution because you will often only need one coat of paint to repaint your walls. One of the drawbacks of matte paint, however, is that it easily shows marks or scratches. 

Ray the Painter is a team of professionals that takes pride in their work. They offer a 2 year warranty on all their paint jobs, so instead of painting your house yourself, entrust the job to an experienced painting contractor? Contact Ray the Painter in Oklahoma for experienced home painters today.

07.04.16

Color psychology has a huge effect on our daily lives. It’s the reason why we often choose one product over another, feel comfortable in one space as opposed to a different space or feel relaxed, excited or overwhelmed within certain homes. Choosing the right paint color for your home’s interior is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here are a few things you can do to make the right decision:

Test a small area first

Instead of repainting an entire living room, choose a small section of the hallway or a small part of the wall. This will give you a good idea of what the final result will be.

Draw inspiration from your existing décor

Unless you are redoing your room’s décor from scratch, draw color inspiration from existing pieces in your room. Consider the artwork, furniture, carpeting or rugs and decide which colors appeal to you more than others. 

Consider the energy you want in the room

Do you want your kitchen to be a sociable place? How do you want to feel when working in your study? Consider your moods in different areas and choose colors that will either stimulate you, help you be more creative, excite you or calm you. 

Consider the lighting in an area

The type of lighting in your rooms will have an impact on how the colors are perceived. Natural lighting, for example, will show the truest version of the color, while fluorescent lighting brings out blue undertones in colors. 

Consider color combinations, textures and finishes

You don’t have to keep it simple when it comes to paint colors. You can use color combinations, textures and unique finishes to add a creative, personal touch to your rooms. 

Ray the Painter is a team of professionals that takes pride in their work. We offer a 2 year warranty on all our paint jobs. Contact Ray the Painter in Oklahoma for house painting services today.

05.23.16

As an experienced home painter in Oklahoma, we often get asked about painting over brick and stucco. Some people wrongly believe that they will be stuck with the color of the brick or stucco indefinitely, but if you follow these guidelines you will be able to ensure that your paint properly adheres to the brick or stucco:

Prepare the surface

Brick and stucco needs proper cleaning. Invest in a commercial cleaning agent so that all stains, mildew and any bits of masonry or debris are removed from the surface area that you are painting. Surface preparation also includes filling any cracks or holes in the surface. With brick and stucco, you shouldn’t depend on a few layers of paint to fill the voids and holes, rather redo sections of the mortar or fill holes with a joint compound. Smaller cracks can be filled with chalk. 

Make sure moisture levels are low

Brick and stucco are porous materials, so even if you experienced rainfall a few days ago, it could still be too damp to paint over. You can get a moisture meter at your local hardware store. Make sure the moisture level is below 10% for the best results. 

Choose the right primer and paint

Primer and paint combinations aren’t advised; rather choose a high quality primer that you can use before you paint your wall. Acrylic paint should be used to paint brick and stucco. Avoid oil based paints for this type of exterior paint work. 

Paint should be sprayed and then back brushed onto the wall. This back brushing technique will ensure that the paint is pressed into all the smaller holes and uneven surface spaces so that you are left with a smooth finish.

Instead of painting the outside of your house yourself, why not entrust the job to an experienced painting contractor? Contact Ray the Painter in Oklahoma for experienced home painters today.