Decorative Painter's Notes

These are miscellaneous notes on factors which can determine the reliability of an exterior (or interior!) decorative paint finish. A durable paint finish is no 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 guarantees our work for five years, so we prefer to take no chances. 


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Best Quality Decorative Paint

Best Quality Decorative Paint


For the most durable paint film possible, we use the finest oil based paint on the market:  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 economic choice since the cost of...

Moisture Monitoring for Paint Prep

Moisture Monitoring for Paint Prep


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...

Painting Surface Preparation: Stripping the Woodwork

Painting Surface Preparation: Stripping the Woodwork


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. The Color Alchemist Company often encounters historic buildings with an excess of twenty, even thirty layers of paint. The final paint film is...