what our customers say

"Thank you so much for the gift certificate for Star of India. That was really going above and beyond! We will enjoy a great meal there soon.

Also, thank you for the fantastic work you did in painting the entire interior of our house. Our house looks new again. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your craftsmanship and professionalism. The walls, cabinets, trims and doors look wonderful and your guidance in choosing the colors was invaluable. We will definitely spread the word about you to our family and friends and will call you again if we have a painting project in the future."
Doreen and Greg Kotsovolos

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Tips and Techniques

"Habits are created from what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not a random act but a habit. Habits make us what we are...and we are the best!" -David Grimes

Why all the different colors of painters tape?
Each brand of tape for painting varies in color to distinguish it from one another. 3M’s blue tape is the most widely used and the Duck brand works just as well. For the best results however, use the new Frog brand painters tape. Its green—like most frogs and it has a finer edge and sticks much better (sorry 3M but its true).
Look at the illustration on the back of the package. They’re telling the truth. If you have to use tape, be sure to firmly press the edge down with the edge of a putty knife. That is always the problem with blue tape—paint would seep under the edge and ruin your perfect line, if the tape didn’t come loose first.

How can I get the best painting results?
The best way is to hire me, but if you want to do the work yourself and are inexperienced, there are many excellent books available at your favorite bookstore. If you struggle with color choices, check out the Color Scheme Bible by Anna Starmer. Color Your Home by Suzy Chiazzari is a great choice for rooms throughout your home and is filled with color choices. One more—the New Color Book by Chronicle Books LLC, has many wall color/furniture/decor combinations for every room in the house.

What about learning painting techniques on my own?
No problem. Take a look at Decorative Painting and Faux Finishes by Sharon Ross and Elise Kinkead. Fifteen chapters of how-to’s and many photos that beautifully illustrate each technique. Great for the novice and/or a resource for the pro.

Can’t find the book or just want some quick advice?
Call me (602 315-1802)

HOT TIP: Cheap tools will never produce professional results.
For example, buy a high quality paint brush, clean and store it properly and it will be your friend for a lifetime.

Need advice on any painting topic?
Call me and get free help or advice from a pro who has been painting for 41 years.
I dare ya!

Go Green:

A Summary of VOCs in Paint:
Not so long ago, it was common for fumes to drive people from their homes during interior repainting. Most conventional paints—latex and oil-based—contained high levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) that produced a breathable gas when applied. The VOCs diminish air quality, and may be detrimental to your health, especially if you are sensitive to chemicals or have asthma.

Today, alternative manufacturing techniques have allowed the development of low and no-VOC paints that release no, or minimal VOC pollutants, and are virtually odor free. What you do smell is the actual ingredients of the paint like clay and colorants, not harsh chemicals.

Paints, adhesives, and other protective finishes are often formulated with solvents (or VOCs) to improve performance and durability. Additionally, paint cleanup of oil-based paints often require toxic solvents that release additional VOC pollutants. However, increased awareness of possible health risks and overall air quality concerns has led to a demand for products lower in VOCs. Manufacturers have therefore risen to the challenge, mainly by developing high-quality, latex-based coatings and adhesives for a wide variety of uses. Latex paints use water as their solvent and carrier, allowing both easier cleanup and generally lower odor and toxicity than oil-based paints. Today, latex paints are equal or better in quality and durability than conventional oil-based formulas. Many stains and clear finishes for floors and cabinets are also commonly available.

It is true that not every latex-based coating is low in VOCs. Products may be described as low-VOC when they off-gas significantly less than other products. Some oil-based paints qualify as low-VOC because their formulas have been modified. VOC levels are expressed in pounds per gallon (lbs/gal) or grams per liter (g/l). Interior paint is given a Green Seal if it has a VOC content less than 50 g/l (for flat sheen) or 150 g/l (non-flat sheen).

For persons who are particularly sensitive, have asthma, or have strong concerns about air quality, most major manufacturers now offer special no-VOC paints that are odorless and completely "VOC-free." The cost is slightly higher.

Benefits & Costs:
Because low- or no-VOC paints have less odor and less impact on air quality than higher VOC-content paints, they are excellent for use in buildings where it is desirable to maintain good indoor air quality, such as in homes, hospitals, schools, or workplaces of those who are chemically sensitive. When using latex paints, clean up requires only soap and water. Since VOC emissions may contribute to higher ozone levels, use of low-VOC paints may improve overall air quality. The higher cost of low or no VOC paint, usually eight to ten dollars higher per gallon, is a choice you can easily make. Get to work!