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5 Fall Painting Tips

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Autumn is finally here. There is a chill in the air and the leaves are starting to fall. No more fighting the brutal summer heat. It’s the perfect time to check your to-do list and finish those projects you’ve been putting off all summer. A simple, fresh coat transformation may be just the upgrade your home needs. The colors that we see emerging during the fall season can be an inspiration for your next painting job for either interior or exterior. There are many benefits to painting during this time of the year, but it is important to be aware of the proper conditions required for the best results. Follow these five tips to make your fall painting project successful. 

1. Be Aware of Cold Temperatures

Fall is a great time to paint your home, however, most exterior paints and stains should not be applied in temperatures lower than 50°F. You should plan so that temperatures do not drop below 35°F for 36 hours after application to allow for proper drying. However, at Ricciardi Brothers, our 100% Acrylic Latex House Paint is a premium quality paint fortified with alkyd resin, designed specifically for the low-temperature applications. 

2. Paint During Optimal Hours

The best hours to paint during the fall season are between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm. As a general rule of thumb, paint your way around the house by following the sun in order to speed up drying times. This is the opposite of the technique you would use in the summer months. Luckily for you, Ricciardi Brothers sell the best exterior paint such as, Regal® Select Exterior Paint, which is equipped with fast-drying ability. 

3. Wait to Apply a Second Coat

Since paint typically dries more slowly in lower temperatures, you should wait at least 24 hours before applying a second coat, if needed. Provided that the surface is in good condition, exterior paints from Ricciardi Brothers are able to cover in one coat. However, if you are going for a completely new look and the color change is drastic – you can always go back in at a later time depending on the level of humidity, heat, and ventilation (for interior projects).

4. Watch the Dew Points

The dew point is the temperature at which the air must be cooled in order to become saturated with water vapor. Primers, paints, and stains should not be applied unless the surface temperature is at least 5° higher than the dew point. If dew forms on a painted or stained surface that haven’t had a sufficient amount of time to cure, you may experience water spotting or streaking. 

5. Check the Wind Speeds

During the summer, a light breeze is refreshing and most likely harmless to your painting project. However, it is important to be extra cautious around this time of the year, as even a 10 mph wind can blow falling leaves right into your wet paint job. 

Paint this Fall With Ricciardi Brothers 

The Ricciardi Brothers are known as the family-owned and oriented paint and decorating people that 43 convenient locations in NJ, PA, and DE have come to know and love. We look forward to being your destination for all of your paint and related needs within your local community. Our expert staff promises first-class service and helpful advice, no matter what your skill level. Need ideas for your paint project this season? Ricciardi Brothers provide customers with the hottest color trends of the year. If you would like to set up a design consultation, inquire about products, or if you have any general questions, contact us today!

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Top Tips for Painting Your Walls

Girl making her walls green with man helpingSo you have your paint and are ready to get those walls painted – Not so fast! There are some tips you should keep in mind to make your life a lot easier when it comes to your next painting project. These tips will save you time, money and lots of headaches in the future!

Check the Weather

Even when you are painting interior walls, weather can play a crucial factor in the quality of your finished project. Most people prefer to have their windows open when painting to ensure proper ventilation, however, when it is rainy or damp outside this moisture is not good for the paint job. If you must paint on a rainy day, be sure to tightly close all windows to prevent further moisture from getting in. Your paint may also have a preferred temperature and humidity application level. This will provide the ideal environment for applying a coat of paint, and can help you choose when to start your project.

Do a Thorough Inspection Before Starting

Prior to starting your paint job, be sure to complete a thorough inspection of the walls that are getting painted. You should be looking for cracks, chips, and any other imperfections on the walls before you start to paint. Be sure to clearly mark where each imperfection is (with masking tape or a sticky note). When this task is completed – address each spot so that you have a smooth surface to work with and achieve the best results. You might have to fill in cracks and/or sand down any other areas that are an uneven surface. When finished, you will have a smooth and even surface to paint to create a more professional result.

Prep All Necessary Areas

Taking the time to carefully prepare all the necessary areas is extremely crucial when it comes to painting your walls. The prep process includes making sure your flooring is protected by tarping it so that you do not have paint droplets on your floor when you are completed with painting. You should also use painters tape or masking tape to carefully line all areas that will not be painted – such as, door frames, trims, baseboards, etc. This will help you achieve a clean finished project.

Invest in High-Quality Supplies

It is incredible what a difference a high-quality paint and roller can make. When you are painting a wall by yourself, higher quality supplies will ensure a more professional looking finished product. A high-quality paint will have a smooth, silky look to it. It will typically require fewer coats of application, as well. You also want to choose the right brushes and rollers for your paint project. Different rollers will provide different effects on the wall, and some pair better with glossier paints while others are best for a matte finish. Ensure you invest in the right tools and supplies for your specific paint project.

Use a Primer

Primer is not always necessary, but in most cases, it does not hurt to apply. If you are painting drywall that has never been painted, you absolutely need a primer applied first. You should also use primer when painting over a wall that has a semi-gloss or gloss paint on it. Most painters will not need a primer if painting over a flat-paint coated wall, however, it is recommended to use a primer.

Work with a Paint Specialist

Do you want to know our number one tip for painting walls? Work with a paint specialist. When you come into a Ricciardi Brothers paint store, you are greeted with expert care. We want to ensure all of our customers are prepared to complete their paint job with ease and professionalism, equipped with the supplies they need to make their project perfect. Stop by one of our locations or contact us today to learn more about painting your walls!

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4 Reasons to Do Interior Painting in the Summer

A common painting misunderstanding is that it’s advised for all inside paint jobs to be done during the winter. In contrast to this general belief, any time of the year is actually very suitable for interior projects – especially summer time. The hot weather should never be a deterrent for giving your home that long anticipated makeover.

When you think about it, there’s no better time to paint than right after your spring-cleaning efforts, so why wait another six to seven months to begin your new and improved home design vision? To help you get the ball rolling, here are 4 reasons to interior paint in the summer.

The Perks of Summer Painting

Open the Windows to Air Out

One of the more obvious and well-known benefits of interior painting in the summer is having the ability to open up the windows and air out the house. Paint can often leave a distinct aroma around the house. Starting your paint project on a beautiful summer day allows you to eliminate lingering fumes altogether. Open up those windows and point some fans to circulate the air out of the house. This will help the walls dry faster while helping keep humidity levels to a minimum, as they can affect the quality of the paint.

Warm Weather Means Quick Drying

The warm weather of the summer means you’ll be able to expedite your painting endeavors at a rate you won’t be able to accomplish in the winter. With this in mind, painting in the summer contains a unique two-part benefit. The first perk can be found by limiting your prep time. Before any painting can begin, you must spackle and prime the walls wherever necessary. The temperatures in summer provide the perfect drying conditions so you can get to painting much quicker. Just the same as prep work, the paint will dry at a similar speed, further allowing you to apply multiple coats in 1 day. Remember, the summer warmth is your friend, but avoid intense heat as it can negatively affect the paint quality even while it’s still in the can.

Thinner Paint

The summer weather provides yet another added benefit for interior paint jobs, as warm temperatures can thin out the paint both on the walls and in the can. This may seem strange to consider a benefit; however, this prevents the paint from being to viscous or difficult to mix to the ideal consistency. Application is made much easier with a better result in comparison.

Using Natural Sunlight to Your Advantage

Arguably the most popular trait of the summer season is the bright sunshine that we see just about every day. Yes, we all love to bathe and relax in the warm rays, but the sun can also play a useful role in selecting the best color for the inside of your home. Natural sunlight reflects much differently through the windows than the artificial lighting in your home. This will help you determine all of the possible options that may work best with every aspect of light, shadows and shadings in mind. Even though the sun does shine brightly in the winter, it’s just not the same. The sunlight can reveal a lot about your home’s interior aesthetics, so use it to your advantage in every way you can.

Save on Interior Paint with Memorial Day Savings

Saving your interior design work for the summer not only makes the process a lot easier, but also provides your wallet some relief as well. Ricciardi Brothers is excited to announce another annual Memorial Day paint special starting on May 16th, 2018! For total savings of $50, we’re now offering $10 off per can on your Benjamin Moore Regal Select interior paint purchase. With unique colors, shades and finishes for the best results, every room in the home can get the brilliant new look it deserves – and it all starts with a visit to Ricciardi Brothers. Contact us today to learn more about the promotion and any current sales on our other painting supplies. We encourage you to ask any additional home design questions and we’ll be sure to get you the answers you need. Stop in today at a paint store location near you and get started on your project today!

House Painting

7 Ways to Paint a House Fast

House Painting

Repainting your home will be a priority at some point in the future if it hasn’t already. A common homeowner typically wants to expedite the process in any way possible due to the considerable amount of planning and labor. To help give some insight on the best house painting tips, the following will describe 7 useful ways to paint a house fast.

Speed Clean with a Power Washer

Before the very first drop of paint touches any siding of a home, the house must be washed down. Cleansing the walls will get rid of any dirt clinging on to the exterior paneling. This initial step must be performed so dirt and grime won’t be trapped in between layers indefinitely after being painted over. Washing the house by hand is an approach that’s much too time consuming for any homeowner or contractor. To expedite the process, consider purchasing or borrowing a pressure washer to knock out large chunks of siding in need of cleaning. This tool will allow you to begin painting significantly faster.

Speed Up Prep-Time

Painting a house doesn’t come without some form of preparation – and the more effort you put in, the easier the work will be. Prepping isn’t always the most colorful activity, however it’s important not to spend too much time at this step. Only prep the bare minimum but do it quickly and efficiently. Cover all necessary windows and doorways to avoid splatters and only prime areas of focus. Setting up hastily with accuracy in mind will inherently reduce time spent on the whole paint job.

Choose Exterior Paint Carefully

Certain colors will vary in application difficulty and exterior paint will play a huge role in how long it’ll take to paint your home. The general rule of thumb is that a house in need of a serious paint job should be painted the same color or darker. This will reduce the time spent on the home simply because only one coat will be needed for a full effect. Lighter colors will require multiple coats to fully mask the previous shades from poking through.

Spray As Much As Possible

Utilizing a paint sprayer provides a massive benefit to anyone painting a home’s exterior. This eliminates the added effort of rolling and painting by hand on large, flat areas. The preparation time in regards to protection of non-paintable surfaces is a bit longer compared to other methods, however spraying will cover walls at an incomparable speed. The caveat to a sprayer is that it only applies thin layers. Even though the job may require painting two times over, it’s still faster than conventional methods. Keep in mind to avoid house sidings that face concrete – getting paint off of pavement is much more difficult than grass.

Plan Accordingly

An obvious way of painting a house fast is planning the job accordingly with the weather. Many paints now are quick-drying, but it’s just a precautionary measure. Nice sunny weather will make application easier, better light to work with in finding spots that need attention and a better working experience altogether.

Roll Flat Surfaces

Similar to spraying pain, consider rolling all flat surfaces. Since a paint roller is made for fast paint application, it only makes sense utilize the tool as much as possible. Houses aren’t always suitable for rolling but any area where it’s possible is worth the time spent. It beats hand painting in virtually every comparable factor. Think of it the same way you’d paint a wall inside with interior paint. You wouldn’t want to use a single brush for the entire wall other than trimming. It would defeat the purpose of getting the job done quickly.

Get a Professional Design Consultation

Part of wanting to get the large task of painting out of the way as quick as possible is taking as little time as possible deciding between colors. Arguably the most difficult part of the entire process, choosing a color requires a lot of mental effort while sorting through shades and hues that look fairly similar on the sample. Seeking professional assistance from an expert design consultant will help you select the perfect color for your home’s exterior. At-home color consultations will allow a design specialist to analyze the home’s features with your preferences and narrow down the best color choices available. Eliminating the stress of color choosing, matching and repeating will allow the home to get painted much faster.

High Quality Paint & Supplies Near You

Painting a home doesn’t have to be difficult. With the experience from a Ricciardi Brothers paint store near you, all design projects can be simplified. Our compassionate guidance and service will advise you towards the best solution that fulfills the entirety of your paint design needs. If you’d like to learn more about Ricciardi Brothers, please contact us and we’ll be happy to assist you with any how-to’s and questions you may have for us.

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How to Pick the Best Color for Your Front Door

The front door is arguably one of the most important aesthetical aspects of any home. Its practical function of an entrance way is of course equally as meaningful, however it’s the additional physical entities that make the front door something uniquely special. Overtime, the exterior paint on the door will begin to fade as it becomes more and more weathered. When this occurs, or if you become tired of its existing color, it may be a great time to give your front door a new coat of paint. Repainting this area of the home takes some careful planning to ensure you absolutely love the color. To assist in the decision making process, here’s a few tips on how to select the perfect new color for your front door.

Understand Your Color Options

There are such a large number of paints to choose from and sifting through the abundance of options can be relatively time consuming. It may seem intimidating at first, but this opportunity is absolutely a blessing in disguise. The variations available at a local paint store allow you to specifically match the home’s existing color scheme as well as your personal preferences. If you have a specific color in mind to start off with, it’s best to work off your instinct and resort to deducing the perfect option with some help from the color wheel. The color wheel presents you with the primary colors first and selectively narrows down various color schemes. By looking into the details of one individual color, similar, complimentary or contrast colors, this will provide you with a smaller list to choose from based off of the massive amounts of hues, shades and finishes that each base color can offer your front door. Master the science of color to make an educated and lasting decision that you’ll enjoy for years down the road.

Select Colors That Fit the Home’s Style

The opportunity to recolor your front door doesn’t come around all too often, so you’ll want to make sure the chosen color fits the style of your home. Just like how we focus on our fashion style that makes us unique individuals, the same applies to your home. Every home is built and designed in a certain style (i.e. Colonial, Cape Cod, Modern, etc.). These existing architectural styles and constructs also play a major role in influencing the new color for your front door. Take note and closely look into the details of your home while considering your choice of paint. Things to keep in mind include specificities such as the materials the house is built with, roof color, exterior siding color, surrounding landscape and it’s style as described previously just to name a few.

Always Remember Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is another important concept to consider while redesigning the exterior of the home. While upkeep and meticulous design of your landscape and house architecture is pivotal to create a pleasing atmosphere, it’s the front door that brings the entire property together. Curb appeal means how visually pleasing a property is when viewed from the street. When you’re out for a walk or driving around town, you may commonly say to yourself that a certain house is beautiful, gorgeous or extremely impressive – this is exactly what curb appeal is intended to do. Even though the main purpose is for making a house enticing to purchase when it’s up for sale, being proud of where you live and impressing your neighbors never hurt either! Make an impact in your neighborhood with a one-of-a-kind front door to show those passing by your home what you’re all about and be the center of their conversation.

Popular Paints for Front Doors

Home design projects take a lot of precautionary steps before following through with the job or renovation work – and the front door is no exception. You’ll need the best tools and material to make sure your time doesn’t go to waste and that your hard work will show in the end. Other than application materials, the most important thing you’ll need is of course the paint. Here are some of the best exterior paint brands available at paint stores near you for long-time durability and quality assurance.

  • Benjamin Moore
  • Fine Paints of Europe
  • Cabot
  • Sikkens

Home Decoration and Paint Specialists Near You

Decorating a home’s interior and exterior is an exciting time for any homeowner. Visualizing the final product is one thing, but the anticipation of getting the job done delivers a whole different feeling of eagerness. Before the very first drop of paint reaches any part of your home, however, you must take some time to thoroughly plan out the process. Consider the help from the design and paint professionals at Ricciardi Brothers to get find the perfect color to deliver that “wow” factor to your home. We’ll provide you with the highest quality materials and any how-to advice you’ll need to give any interior or exterior area a new and improved makeover. Contact a Ricciardi Brothers location near you to get started on your project today.

The front door is arguably one of the most important aesthetical aspects of any home. Its practical function of an entrance way is of course equally as meaningful, however it’s the additional physical entities that make the front door something uniquely special. Overtime, the exterior paint on the door will begin to fade as it