Ron's Blog

  • Coat Over Driveway Painted With Xylene Paint?

    A website visitor from Naples, Florida wrote in to ask if there driveway was painted with Xylene paint, did it need a clear coat over it and, if so, what type of clear coat?I responded by writing, “They do make clear Xylene-based sealers for Xylene-based paint, however I have never sealed a driveway I have ever painted with a Xylene-based stain. The clear sealers have no UV protection; all of your UV protection is in the paint. I would recommend talking to your local Sherwin Williams paint...  Read More...

  • Painting a Driveway

    We recently received the following message from Phyllis B. via our website:My son lives in Delray Beach, Florida and wants to paint his driveway for two reasons: it is a lot less money than paving the entire driveway and it will make the house show much better. Right now, it is gray concrete with some stains from mold.   Read More...

  • Crackdown on Unlicensed Contracting

    In February 2017, the News Press published an article regarding unlicensed contractors. The city of Cape Coral has stepped up its crackdown on unlicensed contracting. The City of Cape Coral now has a direct way for citizens to report unlicensed contractors and construction work that is being done without a permit.   Read More...

  • Repairing Areas on the Home with Rusty Corner Beads

    Many times, when we are painting the exterior of a home, we come across rusty corner beads. When the rusty corner beads are not treated in a timely manner, the rust can get out of control, it becomes very unsightly and the concrete becomes damaged as you can see in the last picture.When we run into this problem, we work to grind down the rusty corner beads and paint a product called POR-15 over the rust. After allowing the POR-15 to dry overnight, we repair the concrete; allow the concrete to cu...  Read More...

  • Repainting Outdoor Light Fixtures

    When repainting outdoor light fixtures, or anything outdoors in Florida, there has to be an extra type of care involved to ensure the paint job will endure the Florida sun and overall climate.A visitor to our website recently wrote to us:We have some really nice lights on the front of our home and the current paint job is starting to peel. What causes the paint to peel, how can we repaint them, and what paint should be used?I responded as follows:In this picture, you will see some very expensive...  Read More...

  • Properly Caulking Exterior Gaps on Your Home

    When completing an exterior house-painting project, one of the most important procedures one should ensure is done properly is the caulking that is done on your home, as well as ensuring the proper caulk is used. As you can see in the first picture above, there is a gap between the window and the wood trim surrounding this window. This picture was taken as I was caulking the exterior windows of this home and I noticed that a lot of the windows of this home had never been caulked, and the ones th...  Read More...

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