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We've been selected to display our ad in December's Angie's List magazine's Honor Roll. We're one of nine companies in the DFW area chosen so, needless to say we're honored to be apart. Here's a sneak peak for our customers!

Angie’s List Honor Roll

We earned the 2015 Super Service Award from Angie’s List. The Award reflects consistent high levels of customer service. Check our reviews at www.AngiesList.com

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Brand New Door

We've had an influx of front door re-finishing projects lately. So in this update we thought a step-by-step guide to keeping that front door looking new would be in order.

Door Finishing

First off, we'll start with the tools and materials needed to complete the project. A clean work pot and few cloth rags are a must. An oil brush is needed, here, you'll see we use three inch Purdy brand "Plato" style oil brushes. Two styles of sandpaper. We like to use black 120 grit paper for the first sand and a finer grit sponge for sanding the clear coat. A tack cloth is important for getting a dust free surface. On this project we're using Old Masters brand gel stain "Provincial". For the finish we're going with Minwax brand Spar Urethane. Which is essential to protecting wood in this Texas weather.

Here we can see where the sun and weather has faded the finish. Below is the lower half which is almost completely bare due to evening sun.

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The process, in a quick nutshell, is to sand, stain, clear coat, sand and final finish coat.

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Sanding

First take the 120 grit black sand paper and sand the entire door. The idea here is to get anything that's failing or flaking away off the door. A dust mask is suggested as it will produce a good amount of dust. Use a rag to quickly dust the door off and then follow up with a tack cloth to ensure all dust is completely removed.

Staining

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Take the stain, pour into the work pot and use the brush to apply fairly liberally. The amount of dry time here can really decide how dark the stain come out. Wipe quickly for a lighter color and wait a few minutes for a darker color. Use clean cotton cloth rags and wipe the excess stain off. Be sure to wipe with the wood grain and to double check the corners. Rags should be disposed of in a separate work pot with water to avoid fires. At this point the door is stained and needs a good twenty-four hours to dry.

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Clear Coat

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Once the stain has dried use a cloth rag to dust the door off and brush on the clear coat. You should work the same way you brushed on the stain and take extra care to watch for drips and runs. Again the first clear coat needs another twenty-four hours to dry.

Sand and Finish

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After its dried up again, take the finer grit sanding sponge and lightly sand the door again. This levels out the first coat of clear and helps the final coat bond better. Again it should dust up so a dust mask is advised. Use a cloth rag and tack cloth follow up to achieve a dust free surface. For the second time brush on a coat of clear. This coat will take much less material and is more apt to drip or run.

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Following this technique will reward you with a beautifully stained door with a glass smooth finish. It won't only look great but will stand up to the weather as well! We hope you enjoyed our guide. If you find yourself in trouble don't hesitate to contact Pure Painting! We'd love to complete the project at hand.

Five Easy Steps to an Eye-Catching Exterior

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Pressure Washing

This will remove most of the built up dirt, grime and bugs. Plus, paint adheres much better to a clean surface. Always remember to work from top to bottom when pressure washing.

Prep

Prep work is always key to a great finish . Once you've got it clean; it's time for caulk, putty and prime. Use caulk and putty to fill cracks and nail holes for a much more solid and finished look. Last but not least step for exterior painting prep work would be priming. I't important to scrape away any loose or chipping paint and to prime not only those areas but all raw wood. It's important to seal that wood with a coat of primer and also provides a better surface for the paint to adhere.

Summer time is here and it's an excellent time to get that exterior painting done and looking great before your next pool party or BBQ.

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cover

Use drops! Covering the ground where you're painting guarantees there'll be no messy paint spots left behind. Bushes, grassy areas and landscaping should always get covered. Another good idea is to use paper and tape. Cover the lights, windows and electrical boxes. Remember the idea is that if it's covered it can't get paint on it. In the end this saves time and ensures a crisp, clean look.

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Painting

Now your ready to get some paint on the walls. A brush and a roller will work for most jobs. A good tip though is roll large complete areas at a time. Here the window provides a good cut off point to stop. Painting from the door to the window bay as one area will make sure the finish is even and sheen looks great. Use an exterior paint brush to follow behind and paint whats left behind.

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Clean-up

The painting is done but the job still needs a little oomph to upgrade from nice to eye-catching. Taking some time to do another pass with a brush is a good way to make sure all the corners are painted and lines are straight. A quick window wash and that new paint job is sure to pop.

It's that easy! Five steps and you'll have that eye-catching exterior paint job. These last photos are the before and after of the house used in the above examples. Pure Painting saved this faded, old paint job with not only a look that's sure to collect compliments but also a fresh coat of paint to help protect the house underneath!

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Starting Off on The Right Foot

I wanted to start this blog off right with a post about prep work! Prep work is key to fantastic end results. Not only does it ensure a good finish but actually makes it easier to attain those fine finish interior paint jobs. You'll see in the featured photos from today that the prep work is a top priority at Pure Painting!

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Today was an easy day for us. Masking off or covering up a smaller kitchen before priming and sanding the cabinets. We took some extra time and used blue tape to show the general process and idea of masking off with tape and paper.

Here you'll see another example of masked off floors and windows. The difference here is the size and scale of the job but the process stays the same. Prep, Paint, Clean. Each step vested in how well you performed the prior.

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Here you'll see another example of masked off floors and windows. The difference here is the size and scale of the job but the process stays the same. Prep, Paint, Clean. Each step vested in how well you performed the prior.

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Good prep work makes all the difference in a job well done and a fantastic finish that will wow your guest.