Non-toxic Paints (Low-VOC and Zero-VOC Paints)
Jun 20th, 2014 by Radcliffe Painting

What does low-VOC or zero-VOC mean for your family, pets, and employees?

no-vocIt means they can all breathe easier.

Paints with VOCs are not just a headache (pun very well intended) during the painting process but can be a headache or lung-ache for many individuals. These paints will continue to release low levels of chemicals and toxins for years even after the paint is dried and cured. The newer low-VOC and zero-VOC paints can help combat health issues for those at risk: Children, pets, elderly, asthmatic, chemically sensitive, allergic, ill-health, and more.

Low and zero-VOC paints can also be a blessing if the entire indoors of a house or office is painted at once. Using these paints the occupants can remain or return to the indoor space immediately and without side effects.

These new low-VOC and zero-VOC paints are water-based and easy to clean with warm water and soap. If you have a lot of paint left over you can get rid of it easier, it is not considered hazardous waste. They also help the environment if we look at the big picture and think of how much paint is being applied across the globe.

What about durability?

Just about every brand and type of paint has a personality that goes well beyond its color. Most all low-VOC and zero-VOC paints perform just as well as their more toxic counterparts. There are some reports that zero-VOC paints require more coverage or touch-ups but it truly is all about the brand you purchase.

But low-VOC and zero-VOC paints cost too much!

The price differences between VOC and zero-VOC paints is not much when comparing the higher end brands to one another. If you were to compare a “cheaper” brand of paint to a high quality zero-VOC paint the price could be twice as much but that’s comparing, yes, I’ll say it, Apples & Oranges. The most important thing is the health of those around you.

At Radcliffe Painting, Inc we always insist on using low-VOC or zero-VOC paints for places like day cares, hospitals, doctor offices, and anywhere we feel that the public, pets, or individuals may be at risk. Call us to see what we can do for your home or office. 775-229-1547

It’s also a great idea to use a mold-fighting non-voc paint or primer that contains Microban or an equivalent.


Select Your Sheen: How to Choose the Paint Finish
May 23rd, 2014 by Radcliffe Painting

After the arduous color selection process is finally complete, there is still one small part left to choose. While the type of finish used may not seem like a big deal, the amount of shine added to a color can drastically change how it appears. But don’t worry! Figuring out the right paint finish to use is relatively straightforward and simple. And we have lots of information to help you make the right choice!

Whether you are choosing the finish for an indoor or outdoor project, the finishes used are mostly the same. While different companies use different terms to refer to the various levels of gloss, the levels are fairly universal. To figure out which finish you will need, first take a look at all of the finishes that are available. Typically, no matter what they call them, any paint manufacture will offer 4 different sheens ranging from dull to shiny. Usually the first 2 finishes are recommended for use on the walls and the remaining 2 are to be used for accents such as trim, doors, and cabinetry. Now just follow this simple guide to help you decide!

Best for Concealing: Matte or Flat Finish

Pros: With a velvety appearance, this popular standard finish will conceal blemishes and give off a more traditional feel. It can easily be touched up and will hide any surface imperfections that may exist.

Cons: Because this type of finish is porous, this style absorbs stains and is more difficult to clean than others, so marks and fingerprints will show and may not come off of surfaces.

Interiors: Great For Ceiling paint and low-traffic rooms such as closets, or for walls with “character” such as in an older home.

Exteriors: Great For Old wooden siding or siding with imperfections or scatches.

Best for Easy Maintenance: Eggshell, Satin, Silk, or Low-Luster

Pros: This is typically the favored finish for areas that get lots of use as they can easily be wiped down with a damp cloth to remove scuffs or marks and it is very low maintenance. For exterior walls it is durable and pleasant to look at.

Cons: When used to cover large areas, brush strokes or roller marks may be seen up close.

Interior: Great for a Kid’s room or almost any room, a good all-around finish.

Exterior: Great for a universal exterior finish, the subdued sheen is similar to the look of brand new siding.

Best for Durability: Semi-Gloss

Pros: The sheen allows the paint to reflect a considerable amount of light and it is also very durable and easy to clean.

Cons: While the durability factor may seem appealing, as enamel, it will highlight any imperfections in the walls such as brushstrokes or the imprint of the roller and is best used exclusively on accents.

Interior: Mostly used for accents such as trim, cabinetry, and doors, but also works well for high-moisture areas such as bathrooms and kitchens because of how easy it is to clean.

Exterior: Great for Doors, gutters, shutters, trim or any other area you would like to draw attention to.

Best for Highlights: High Gloss

Pros: Similar to lacquer but less expensive. This finish has the most durability and shine and is a brilliant finish for flawless walls. It also dries to become smooth and non-porous so dust and other dirt are easy to wipe off!

Cons: More expensive than other styles and very labor intensive to paint with, especially for darker colors.

Radcliffe Painting - Sheen options

Choosing the right sheen for your paint can make all the difference.

Radcliffe Painting - More Sheen OptionsInterior: Perfect for adding drama and creating that extra “wow” factor for a statement room such as the dining room or front hall! Also works well to highlight doors, trim or unique architectural elements

Exterior: While not typically used for exterior walls high gloss can be used to highlight exterior structural elements or accent features such as doors and shutters

As with any painting job, there is a lot of freedom to experiment, with colors and with finishes. While high-gloss and lots of drama may seem like a good idea at first, it helps to review all of the options and their intended purposes before the final decision is made. That subtle difference on the paint swatch won’t look so subtle when it’s covering all the walls of your room, so it’s best to take some care and consideration before your eyes completely glaze over from the whole process!

Of course, when you hire us, we will be certain you have all the right choices for your paint finish! Visit us on

Radcliffe Painting, Inc. – Call us at 775-229-1547
4100 Mira Loma Drive
Reno, NV 89502

Helpful in Your Home Office
May 9th, 2014 by Radcliffe Painting

Forget about covering your desk surface with sticky memos. Instead, write your reminders on a chalkboard wall. You can also use a large chalkboard surface for brainstorming, scheduling, and storyboarding.

Another helpful use for a chalkboard wall in the office is to create a kids’ corner so that clients are free to conduct business with you as their children have fun. Supply plenty of colorful chalk, which should provide ample quiet entertainment for children of all ages.

Chalk Painting for kids

All you need are some fun chalk colors and a wall for the paint.

A Terrific Kitchen Aid

One of the best places to enjoy creativity is in the kitchen, which is the heart of the home. Write menus, recipes, grocery lists, appointments, events, and phone messages on the kitchen chalkboard wall. And why not enjoy fun doodling in the kitchen?

An Environmentally Friendly Investment

Think of all the paper you can save by using a chalkboard wall to write your reminders, memos, schedules, lists, and messages. A chalkboard surface is reusable, handy, and doesn’t harm the environment.

Radcliffe Painting, Inc. – Call us at 775-229-1547
4100 Mira Loma Drive
Reno, NV 89502

Common Commercial Painting Mistakes a Professional Painter Can Help You Avoid
Apr 25th, 2014 by Radcliffe Painting

For business managers, it’s often tempting to focus more on utilitarian improvements such as insulation or energy-efficient appliances, but the actual building is the first thing that many clients see about a company. The interior and exterior appearance can affect everything from employee morale to your reputability, and a professional paint job is one of the most cost-effective ways to revitalize your brand image. But it’s easy to underestimate the importance of hiring a licensed and certified painting professional. Read to learn more about how a professional can help you avoid some potentially costly painting mistakes:

image_commericalChoosing the Right Paint.
Color is obviously a top priority for a new paint job, but professional painters also look for two other important qualities when selecting paint for high-traffic office spaces: durability and ease of cleaning. Glossy coats are generally easier to clean, but it’s more important to use high-quality paint and primer to ensure a long-lasting coat. And if you have specific concerns about mold or VOCs, a professional painter can assess your building’s specific needs and provide a recommendation.

Preparing the Surface.
Many commercially available paints come pre-mixed with primer, but they generally won’t work as well as separate and professionally applied coats of primer and paint. Primer adheres to the wall and provides a uniform and even surface for the paint to coat, and professional painters have the tools and skills to avoid common paint imperfections such as running, peeling, brushmarks, bubbles, or color inconsistencies. A professional can also solve minor imperfections such as drywall dents, doorknob holes, or issues with the molding or ceiling. And if you do encounter any reapplication issues, an insured and certified professional will provide total peace of mind.

These are a few of the issues we at Radcliffe Painting can help you with. With over 31 years of experience in residential and commercial painting, we’ve built a reputation as a trusted, certified, and insured painter in the Northern Nevada area. To learn more about our services, contact us online or call 775-229-1547 today.

Office Facelift Using Graphic Painting & Striping
Apr 22nd, 2014 by Radcliffe Painting

Written by Jillian Pearson on behalf of Radcliffe Painting, Inc.

Check out this photo. Here’s another example of our work. We were hired to give this office space a new look. The client wanted to stay with their logo colors and had been dealing with a very faint, pale-grey coat of paint. This grey spewed into the ceiling and back into the floor boards leaving everything looking drab and unfinished.

The work we have done to rectify the situation here is called “Graphic Painting and Striping.” This photo shows the new look. We also received a YELP review from our client stating how happy they are with the work we performed. See for yourself and then call us for all your residential and commercial painting projects. We are locally owned and family owned and we take great pride in everything we do!


Radcliffe Painting Office Job

Tips for Painting your Kitchen
Mar 12th, 2014 by Radcliffe Painting


Adding a splash of color to an otherwise bland color scheme creates a dramatic kitchen.

It’s always nice to give the interior of your home a fresh look from time to time. Of the home being a castle, American chef and writer Mario Batali says, “The kitchen really is the castle itself. This is where we spend our happiest moments and where we find the joy of being a family.” And since some of childhood’s strongest memories emanate from the kitchen, there’s no better place to focus on creating an updated visual feast.

Whether you love the kitchen because you’re a natural home chef who enjoys preparing meals for your family on a regular basis or whether your kitchen is simply a showpiece in your home where the microwave gets the most action, it’s potentially the most functional and striking room in the house. There are many ways that you can professionally paint, wallpaper, and otherwise decorate the kitchen in order to make the environment even more inviting, warm, stunning, or whatever else you’re going for.

The colors on your walls, ceiling, and trim should perfectly complement the layout of the kitchen, including the amount of cabinet and wall space it has. Some things to consider as you choose paint color include:

• The prominence (or lack of it) on trim and windows.
• The color of your appliances.
• The shade of your kitchen furniture.
• The accent, trim, and wall colors should create a balance between subdued and intense shades, if you want an eye-catching kitchen.
• Save especially bright or intense shades for your trim; otherwise, the bold colors can detract from the look of your kitchen by having an overwhelming effect.
• For a vibrant kitchen, you don’t want to choose off white walls, not unless you go bold with off white on the cabinets, counter tops, and walls and then add coordinated splashes of color.

blackandwhiteDo you have white counter tops and cabinets? If so, you should go with colorful walls and trim, to rejuvenate the look of your kitchen. With kitchen painting, no shade is off limits. You can go with purple and green, the remarkable colors of an eggplant. The following are more ideas for painting your kitchen:

For a sunny, mood-lifting kitchen that also has an airy feel, choose a playful yellow for the wall, white cabinets, an ornate ceiling, and a muted backsplash.

Kitchen Colors:

No color is off limits for kitchen painting, even a simple black and white kitchen can make a lasting impression.

You can’t go wrong with soothing green in the heart of your home. Evoke calmness and homey comfort by choosing a soothing, crisp apple green shade for your walls. Combined with stainless steel appliances and subtle kitchen cabinetry, you can create an organic look that your family is sure to enjoy.

Make white-on-white walls and cabinetry look as yummy as a fruity parfait by adding modern accents in raspberry shades. Create sharp contrasts by adding splashes of fuchsia on barstools, placemats, and wall décor.

Create a comfortable, broken-in look in your kitchen with a generous spattering of red. Give the room an open and breezy look at the same time by painting the ceilings white and placing gleaming surfaces which reflect the light all around.

If color is not your primary kitchen concern, you can also consider changing your cabinetry. You’re never locked in to your current cabinetry’s looks, your cabinets can be expertly refinished by the crews at Radcliffe Painting. Professionally refinishing your kitchen cabinetry is another great way to update the kitchen and create the exact environment you are looking for.

Let our professional color consultants help you find the perfect paint shades and room design to give your kitchen a whole new look. A fresh look for your kitchen can create a gathering space perfect for creating family memories.

Why You Need a Professional Painter
Nov 13th, 2013 by Radcliffe Painting

Unusable House

Don’t do-it-yourself and render your house unusable.

Do you consider the careful monitoring of drips to avoid getting them on the floor, windows, and furniture the biggest hassle of an interior paint job? If so, there may be more to consider than you’ve realized. While painting your interior walls is a cost-effective way to give your home a beautiful facelift, there are many things which could potentially go wrong on a do-it-yourself paint job. The more you know, the better you can avoid problematic results on your painting project.

A professional interior home painter knows that protecting the home and limiting the disruption caused by the painting job are two high priorities for the homeowner. Your home and furniture will always be kept clear of any paint drips or other damages, but the best part of a professional painter is the swiftness of the job. The floor to ceiling sheets will not be a longtime fixture in your home like some do-it-yourself projects turn out to be.

Professional painters also know how to navigate the following additional painting sticky situations:

Blisters or Paint Bubbles

Dripping Paint

Let Radcliffe Painting, Inc. take care of all your painting needs before you try and do it yourself. Avoid Drips

The trickiest thing about paint bubbles is that they may not form until after the paint on the wall has already dried.
There are steps you should take to prevent bubbles from popping up.

When paint separates from the surface it’s applied to, that’s when blistering or bubbling occurs. There are a number of
possible reasons why paint film lifts, such as:

• The painting surface is damp, hot, or dirty
• Latex paint is exposed to moisture soon after the paint dries
• Alkyd or oil-based paint is applied over latex paint
• There is excessive moisture in the room

Sticking Paint

If you’ve ever had doors that stick in the doorway, you may know what a nuisance paint blocking or sticking can be. Paint blocking boils down to being an adhesion problem created when freshly painted surfaces are pressed together and stick. When the surfaces are separated, they show peeling or paint transfer.

Paint blocking can occur because low-quality gloss or semi-gloss paints are used or because not enough time is allowed for the paint to cure before windows or doors are closed.

In-Can Problems

There are quite a few reasons that you could have in-can problems with your paint which affects the outcome of your paint job. Examples of in-can problems include:

• If a sheet of skin is stirred or shaken into the paint, the skin is dispersed into many hundreds of tiny lumps. Skinning can occur for several reasons, including leaving the paint can open. WHAT IS PAINT SKIN? ANSWER: Skinning in paint Resene has done extensive research on the causes of skinning in paint and has identified that as the temperature starts to increase outside the pail, the air between the lid and the bulk paint will heat up quicker than the bulk paint. The paint on the lid will also heat up quicker than the bulk paint because it is not as well insulated. As the paint on the lid starts to warm up, water will leave this surface and condense on the surface of the bulk paint. As the paint on the lid loses moisture, it will start to dry, forming a film. This film of dry paint on the lid is referred to as skinning.

Paint SkinningWhat we now know is that it is not the temperature per se that causes the skinning effect, it is the change in temperature that causes the problems. Even a change in temperature of 10°C can be enough to cause skinning. The more rapid the temperature change, the more likely skinning will occur.

This research work culminated in a modified pail lid to reduce skinning in Resene pails. This modified lid retains a thicker layer of paint on the lid to reduce skinning. The lid is textured, which increases the surface area of the lid, thus increasing the amount of paint which remains on the lid. The more paint held on the lid, the less likely it is to skin.

Preventing the conditions that cause skinning is still the best way to solve skinning. A large proportion of the skinning issues are caused after the paint leaves Resene and is due to the way the customer stores the paint. Paint is best stored at a constant temperature of around 15-20°C out of direct sunlight. Differences in storage and handling methods is why some contractors in the same regions have more skinning problems than others. If they store large volumes of paint in their van in the heat of the sun and then the temperature drops rapidly overnight, skinning of the paint is likely.

• Besides the possible problems with skin, wet paint can develop lumps, though this is a less common problem. Lumps are a sign of a stability problem with the paint; and there are various causes, including mixing paint with a non-compatible material.

It’s frustrating to go through all the effort of painting your home’s interior only to end up with less-than-pleasing results. Our painters are highly skilled in the business of headache prevention. One of the best reasons to hire a professional painter is because we understand all of the many factors which come together to produce a successful and lasting paint project. We allow our customers to rest easy until it is time to enjoy the pristine painting. For a sleek paint job from start to finish in only a few hours and without a mess, get the job done right with the professionals at Radcliffe Painting, Inc.

Radcliffe Painting, Inc. – Call us at 775-229-1547
4100 Mira Loma Drive
Reno, NV 89502

View our Work!
Nov 13th, 2013 by Radcliffe Painting






this is another before picture of midtown apartments

this is another before picture of midtown apartments

This is a Before picture of midtown apartments.

This is a Before picture of midtown apartments.

This is what it looks like after we got finished

This is what it looks like after we got finished

This is what it looks like after we got finished

This is what it looks like after we got finished



We painted to business in the last two week one was Milan Institute the other Biomat right here in Reno, NV

We painted to business in the last two week one was Milan Institute the other Biomat right here in Reno, NV





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Paint Shelf Life
Aug 8th, 2013 by Radcliffe Painting

Have you ever found yourself out in the garage; staring at that old can of pink paint you used to decorate your newborn daughter’s room; when the realization hits you that your daughter will be starting high school next week? You’re not the only one.

While household paint will last for many years if stored properly, it’s usable life can only last so long, and after that time has passed, it’s important to dispose of your expired paints properly. In the US alone, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that most people have between 3 and 4 buckets of unused paint in their homes – 10% of which ends up in landfills. All too often, other cans of paint that don’t make it in the trash end up being poured down the drain – a frightening thought when you consider that many older paints contained lead or mercury.

To properly dispose of old paints, you must first identify the type of paint you have – either latex or oil. This is important information to have, as different bases require different disposal solutions. A paint’s type can usually be found on the can’s label and you can only hope it’s still in a decipherable condition. Once you have identified the type of paint you’re dealing with, follow the simple instructions below:



Paints with an oil base are considered to be hazardous waste, and as such, they must be taken to a proper facility where they can be processed in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner. The reason for this classification is due to the array of toxic and often flammable pigmentations, solvents, and resins that help give these paints their attractive colors and textures. Unlike latex-based paints, air drying oil-based ones in not a healthy or safe way to dispose of the unusable product. To find a paint disposal facility in your area, you can contact your local disposal service provider, search for one at, or call 1-800-CLEANUP (1-800-253-2687).



While oil-based paints are viewed as being hazardous, this is not the case with latex. These types of paints can be disposed of by first finding a safe place (away from children and pets) where you can leave the top off the can so it can air dry. Other options include adding kitty litter and/or shredded newspaper can also be helpful in the drying process. You can also use one of the environmentally-friendly hardening agents (available in hardware stores) which make it inexpensive and easy to properly dispose of old latex paint. Once you’ve successfully changed the liquid paint into a solid, it may then be disposed of with the remainder of your household trash.

Call Radcliffe Painting for all your commercial and residential painting needs at 775-229-1547