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Pigmenting Cement
Jul 9th, 2013 by Radcliffe Painting

While walking along the street, through the lobby of a fancy hotel, or hanging out by the pool on a hot summer day, you may stop and take notice of the many decorative colored concrete slabs and artistic staining work in the area. While these beautiful enhancement techniques are employed on a regular basis these days, the art of coloring and decorating concrete is a relatively new one.

During the early 1900s, experimentation with pigmenting cement became more popular, however there was still the problem of inconsistencies between batches and a number of differing methods were being explored to remedy this situation. Then in 1915, an engineer named Lynn Mason Scofield developed an extremely successful uniform mixing technique and his new company soon became the first to manufacture color for concrete. In the midst of the roaring 20s, Scofield moved his company to Los Angeles and began selling his products (including color hardeners, integral color, color wax curing/sealers, and chemicals stains) to movie stars in the booming film industry.

Scofield’s pioneering efforts and his array of products opened the floodgates for a number of thoughtful artists, architects, inventors and entrepreneurs to begin experimenting and creating. Today, if an intricate pattern or image can be dreamed up, it can be designed, colored, and executed using these fabulous techniques pioneered by Lynn Scofield and many others who came after him.

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Jul 1st, 2013 by Radcliffe Painting

Color Tips: Choosing Exterior Paint Colors
Jun 13th, 2013 by Radcliffe Painting

From the Color Experts at Sherwin-Williams: Exterior Color Selection Tips for Homeowners

 

Q: What are the most common mistakes homeowners make when choosing exterior paint colors?

A:Assuming that a colorful and imaginative color scheme will cost a great deal more for product and labor. Unless the scheme is a “painted lady” with numerous colors, this is rarely the case.

Accenting unattractive elements such as gutters, downspouts, a protruding garage door, air conditioning units, unevenly placed windows, etc.

Ignoring neighboring houses: your color scheme choice should not clash with the neighbor’s house — it’s a lose-lose situation. Choose a scheme that blends with the neighborhood or stands out in a subtle, unobtrusive manner.

Landscaping counts: consider tress that change color, flowering shrubs, flower gardens when selection colors, for compatibility. Heavily wooded lots will make colors look darker due to shade; also could camouflage homes, so attention to detail is needed. Greens are not a good choice in this situation.

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Contact Radcliffe Painting today for all your interior and exterior painting needs.  Visit us at www.radcliffepainting.com/contact-us or give us a call at 775-229-1547.

 

The Process of Painting
Jun 3rd, 2013 by Radcliffe Painting

Here at Radcliffe Painting, our goal is to give you the best finished product by taking the proper steps and only using the best materials. Although you may think painting a space is as easy as just getting the paint on the walls, there is a whole list of things that should be done before the paint is even applied. Here is some step-by-step information about the process:
  • For example, the proper steps to painting the exterior of a home is to first power wash the house. Make sure to remove all the dirt and loose paint so it’s a clean surface for the best application of fresh paint.
  • Next is to scrape the remaining loose paint chips and sand any and all non-smooth wood.
  • Then we caulk and seal all split or cracked areas of the home, and any bare wood will be spot primed with a special primer sealer.
  • Lastly, before the paint is applied, we mask and protect all the surroundings of the house – Including concrete rocks, decks, windows, etc.
Although it may seem like an easy or simple process, the steps we as painters make before even applying paint is what creates a lasting and beautiful end result. We hope that in reading these simple steps, that you will be more comfortable with the process.
Interior & Exterior Painting
May 14th, 2013 by Radcliffe Painting

At Radcliffe Painting, our goal is to provide top quality interior and exterior residential and commercial painting services. We seek to provide these services in the most timely manner, and with an ongoing comprehensive quality control program to provide 100% customer satisfaction.

Our company’s principal officers see each contract, not as an agreement between a business and its customers, but between partners that wish to create a close and mutually beneficial long-term relationship. This will help provide greater long-term referrals and repeat business.

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