Master Painter's Notes

These are miscellaneous notes on factors which can determine the reliability of an exterior (or interior!) paint finish.  A durable paint finish is not accident.  It is the culmination of a series of procedures, each of which must be perfectly performed in order for the paint film to be durable and reliable.  The Color Alchemist Company of Painters guarantees our work for five years, so we prefer to take no chances. 


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Best Quality Paint

Best Quality Paint


For the best, longest lasting paint film possible, we use the finest oil based paint available:  Fine Paints of Europe.  Made in Holland, Fine Paints of Europe is the best paint available in the U.S., bar none.  Cutting corners on paint quality is a poor economy because paint is such...

Moisture Monitoring

Moisture Monitoring


We begin every exterior painting project with an examination of moisture levels, especially when painting exterior wooden surfaces where paint failure has previously occurred. Application of paint to a substrate which contains excessive moisture is by far the most common cause of premature paint failure, according to the National Coatings...

Paint Preparation

Paint Preparation


Exterior paint preparation is the most important element in determining the durability of paint film.  Assuming that the substrate is sound, it must be free of excessive built up paint layers.  Color Alchemist Company of Painters often encounters historic buildings with in excess of twenty, even...