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    "Eric and his crew did a masterful job of painting the walls to perfection and making sure that our chestnut woodwork was protected. He oversaw the refinishing of our living room and dining room floor that now glows. He fixed all sorts of things that got our beautiful home ready for sale. All of this Eric did with heart!"

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  • More Than Smearing Paint on a Surface

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    Summer is usually a time when college students grab some buddies and look for work in the painting business. For most homeowners, summer is a perfect time to fix up your home, and tackle projects that you need to get done while its nice out. But when it comes to painting your home, most people assume it's as easy as picking a color, smearing it on a wall, and writing a check. Bob Tedeschi of The New York Times explains more in his article "Don't Rush The Painter."

    Every summer, thousands of homeowners entrust their homes to college-age painters, possibly on the theory that if you're smart enough to matriculate, you can smear paint on a flat surface. Seriously, how could you mess it up?

    To the dozens of customers who asked precisely that question in the 1980s, soon after my college buddies and I left the job: you're about to find out.

    I recently embarked on an exterior painting job on my home, and given my experience in college and after, I had more hubris than you can dump in a five-gallon bucket. Partway into the project, I decided to call on a few painting experts -- not to get advice, mind you, just to trade war stories.

    Instead, I learned everything that my old bosses never taught me, tips that can easily make the difference between a two-year paint job and a 12-year paint job.

    My new mentors were Carl Minchew, the director of color technology at Benjamin Moore; Chris Ring, regional sales manager for ProTect Painters, a nationwide company based in Ann Arbor, Mich; and Randy Schuetz, a vice president at Valspar.

    The first task, my panel said, is to determine whether you really need a paint job. Phrased differently, How long does paint last?

    ''That's the eternal question,'' Mr. Minchew said. ''The eternal answer is, it depends.''

    Roughly, many homeowners will go between seven and 10 years before they notice fading or chalking, both of which signify that the protective quality of the enamel is diminishing. Protection is the key. Old or damaged paint is ugly, but it also exposes raw wood to water. Rotting wood attracts carpenter ants, and carpenter ants, as everybody knows, attract second mortgages.

    Read more at New York Times

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