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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.

05.02.16

Embarking on an exterior paint job in Oklahoma? Here are four steps to get the job done right:

1.     Buy the right paint

If you know what color you want, all that’s left is getting to your local paint or hardware store to buy paint. Don’t skimp on quality as this can have a huge impact on your results. It might seem like a cost-effective solution to buy the discount paint or cheaper brands, but you want your exterior paint job to last a long time, so invest in high quality paint products. 

2.     Consider the time of year

Heat and humidity can affect how your paint dries, which could lead to a stained look. Rainy weather, on the other hand, can render your efforts a complete disaster. Make sure you check the weather forecast before you start painting.

3.     Fix, repair and prep your exterior surfaces. 

The best paint and the latest tools won’t ensure a good job if you haven’t properly prepared your exterior surfaces. Fix and repair any damaged sections on your exterior walls and remove all types of wrinkling, flaking and peeling paint.

4.     Reconsider whether you really want to take on the job yourself

Painting doesn’t require a college degree, years of experience and a bunch of hard to find tools!   But it’s usually MUCH more work than people anticipate!  Not only does painting an entire home’s exterior take a lot of time, make you tired and frustrated, but mistakes can be costly, resulting in uneven painting, textures and surfaces. Hiring an experienced professional who utilizes the best tools and equipment makes your life much easier.

Instead of spending your weekends painting your home, why not contact the pros at Ray the Painter? Our team of professional painters will come and repaint your house in as little time as possible.

04.04.16

For many house painting services, using subbed out painters goes hand in hand. It makes sense for some companies, as they can save money by not having many people on payroll. We do things a bit differently at Ray the Painter, with all painters working for us on a permanent basis. Want to find out why we do things this way? Read on to find out more.

We want to ensure our painters are highly experienced


The average Crew Leader and Lead Painters that we employ have more than seven years of experience. We want to ensure that the person painting your house has experience and can therefore do the best possible job. When it comes to investing in your property, the last thing you want is a cheap and badly-done job.


We hold our staff up to a high standard


The jobs our people do for our customers represent our business, so if a job is not done to our high standard, that reflects poorly on us as a company. By hiring permanent staff, we can hold them accountable at all times. Ray the Painter staff are expected to put away all tools and leave a job site spotlessly clean.  Unless arranged otherwise, we arrive promptly at 8am and leave at 4.30pm. 
 

Having been in business since 1991 and when Ray Wolf bought his first brushes and rollers, we are a company that has worked our way up with care and dependability. Now with an extensive list of impressive clients, a highly-experienced team and an endless commitment to customer service, we continue to strive with high standards. We not only offer house painting services (that include exterior house painting and interior house painting) but also furniture painting and furniture refinishing. To find out more about our dedication to the best service in the business, contact us today or fill out a bid request.