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Preparing the Greenway Wall at Dewey Square Park

Arch Painting has begun the process of removing and preparing the Greenway Wall in Boston’s Dewey Square Park for a new mural. The new 70-by-76-foot temporary mural on the Rose Kennedy Greenway will be painted by artist Shinique Smith after Arch has finished scraping, cleaning, and priming the wall. The mural will be installed over seven to ten days, September 8th–18th, and will be on view for a year. We’re proud to be involved in such an exciting project! Don’t miss out on the…

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Spring is the Perfect Time for a Fresh Coat of Paint!

Spring is finally upon us. With spring comes longer days, warmer weather, and of course, spring cleaning. As you start to reorganize, refresh, and spruce up your home or business for the coming months, remember, nothing leaves a better impression than a fresh coat of paint. Spring is a time of new beginnings, and according to experts, it’s the best time to paint exteriors, because the temperature is ideal for the paint to properly settle and dry. So, don’t miss…

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Paint Problems: Peeling

Peeling: Loss of paint due to poor adhesion. Where there is a primer and a top coat, or multiple coats of paint, peeling may involve some or all coats. Possible Cause: Seepage of moisture through un-caulked joints, worn caulk or leaks in roof or walls. Excess moisture escaping through the exterior walls (more likely if paint is oil-based). Inadequate surface preparation. Use of lower quality paint. Applying an oil-based paint over a wet surface. Earlier blistering of paint (see blistering)….

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Paint Problems: Nailhead Rusting

Nailhead Rusting: Reddish-brown stains on the paint surface. Possible Cause: Non-galvanized iron nails have begun to rust, causing bleed-through to the top coat. Non-galvanized iron nails have not been countersunk and filled over. Galvanized nailheads have begun to rust after sanding or excessive weathering. Solution: When painting new exterior construction where non-galvanized nails have been used, it is advisable to first countersink the nails then caulk them with a top quality, water-based all-acrylic or siliconized acrylic caulk. Each nailhead area…

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Frequently Asked Questions About Paint Problems… #1

Q. What is the proper method for applying paint over new stucco surfaces? A. Prime the stucco with a primer designed to handle a high pH, such as Sherwin-Williams Loxon Masonry Primer. Then follow with a premium quality exterior paint, like Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint. For more information about common paint problems, visit our website:  www.ArchPainting.com.

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Paint Problems: Blistering

What is Blistering ? Bubbles resulting from localized loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface. Possible Cause: Painting a warm surface in direct sunlight. Application of an oil-based or alkyd paint over a damp or wet surface. Moisture escaping through the exterior wall (less likely with latex paint than with oil-based or alkyd paint). Exposure or latex paint film to dew, high humidity or rain shortly after paint has dried, especially if there was…

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Low VOC Paint

What are Low VOC Paints? Low VOC Paints are paints that have low or no volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), are categorized as environmentally friendly because the emission of VOC’s into the air is a type of air pollution. Generally, non-flat paints with no more than 150 grams of VOC’s per litre (g/L) of product are considered low VOC, regardless of any lack of certification, such as one from the United States Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org), which rates and certifies projects….

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Paint Problems: Poor Galvanized Metal Adhesion

What is Poor Galvanized Metal Adhesion? Paint that has lost its adhesion to a galvanized metal substrate. Possible Cause: Improper surface preparation, such as inadequate rust removal. Failure to apply a primer before application of an oil-based or vinyl latex paint. Failure to sand baked-on enamel finishes or glossy surfaces before painting. Solution: Any rust on the metal should be removed with a wire brush; then, an acrylic latex corrosion-resistant primer should be applied (one coat is usually sufficient). New…

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Welcome to the Arch Painting Blog!

Welcome to Our Blog! Welcome to The Arch Painting blog! We are very excited about our new blog and look forward to sharing our ideas and experience on a variety of industry topics. We will add regular blog posts discussing everything from various paint applications to how-to topics to industry trends. Arch Painting History Arch Painting was founded in 1997 by Joseph Giacalone, who sought to apply his decade of residential painting experience to launch a full-service painting company focused…