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Jeff Green has spent the past 18 years painting in the Hudson Valley of New York where he has earned an excellent reputation from rural farmers to suburban homeowners to the weekend set in their private lake communities or their mansions overlooking the Hudson River. After a series of life-changing events he's downsized his life and business and has moved to Van Buren county for a simpler, quieter life, bringing his skills and talents to southwest Michigan.

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Folks,

Whenever I do a job the customer almost always asks me what the best pai
nt is and it's not the easiest question to answer. There are many high-quality brands of paints and stains out there and there are many low quality ones as well. And though the customer may think they're saving money by going with a cheaper brand, the finished job rarely looks 'right' and the colors don't retain that well over time.

The answer also requires that we consider colors and intensity of colors as well as the formulas different brands use to create those colors. Here's an example:

I recently completed re-staining a home that used a color, "Indian Corn" and decided to go with the Benjamin Moore equivalent as I've had excellent results with the same product at a home completed just previously.

First, where there was bare wood after washing and sanding I used an oil based primer tinted to the top-coat color. In the image here that's the 'pink' color you see on the top clapboard. With the intensity of the red, pink is as close as you can get with primer and it's a common issue when intensity is involved.

But the Benjamin Moore didn't do a very good job of covering even after two coats (see bottom clapboard where you can still clearly see the primer) so I tried the same color in a Cabot stain.

In the middle clapboard, the left side is after one coat of the Cabot stain while the right is after two coats and the coverage of the primer is excellent.

Does this mean Cabot's is the better stain? No. What it means is that the amount of dye needed to tint Benjamin Moore's base color to "Indian Corn" is so much that it 'thins' the stain. Cabot's on the other hand, starts with a darker base so less colorant is needed and its 'hiding' ability is that much better.

As I said earlier, I had rather excellent results from the same Benjamin Moore product - but in a less intense color - which, after the above example, explains why choosing the best paint isn't by price point or reputation alone, but by many more factors that a qualified professional would know and understand.

Lastly, the summer painting season is rapidly coming to a close so take a walk outside and look at your home. If it hasn't been painted or stained in the past 5 or 7 years it's most likely time for another coat or two. And, as the winter is coming on, getting the clapboards tight and the windows properly caulked will save you money on your oil and heating bills this winter.

Call (845) 554-5119 for an estimate. You'll be glad you did.

Best,

Jeff

http://www.taconicarts.com/

Or visit our Facebook Page TaconicArts !

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By: Jeff Green

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There are just a few weeks left to give new life to your dining room or to get that guest room spiffed up for family! Call now.

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Folks,

You're about to spend the next several months inside your home so spiffing up a room or two will make that time indoors a little easier. A new color here or some fresh trim there can really brighten your day.

Maybe you're finally repairing the hole little Jason made in the wall with his Hot Wheels last year? Maybe the in-laws are coming for the holidays and you want your home to look its best? Perhaps you're a weekender and want to come back to a freshly painted home at the end of a tough work week downstate? Maybe you just want a crisp, fresh look? Whatever your reason, now is a better time than you'd think to have some painting done.

But the holidays are coming! I can't have my house a mess!

You're right. But for a bedroom we're in and out, usually in two days and we're going to leave the place cleaner than when we started. Who knows? When we move the chest away from the wall we may just find that ring you lost three years ago!

A living room can take up to three days, a kitchen, a couple. That guest room? We're there for less time than your Aunt Sarah because we make short shrift of the job.

And, as we clean up after each workday, you can use the rooms that very evening.

At TaconicArts we use only the highest quality materials: Benjamin Moore or California, and we prefer Sikkens for outside stains and decks - and we pass our contractor-rate savings on to you.

Call Jeff Green at TaconicArts for an estimate today.

Whether it's getting the inside of your house ready for yourself for the winter or preparing for guests over the upcoming holidays, this is a good time to paint.

Call:

914 589-6966
845 554-5119

Or visit our website:

www.taconicarts.com

At TaconicArts we take pride in the quality of our work and strive towards 100% customer satisfaction on every job. Homes • Offices • Businesses • Interiors • Exteriors Licensed (PC#3611) & Insured

All employees are covered by NYS Workman's Compensation Insurance.

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