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Painters Traverse City MI FAQs

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) asked of Fortified Coatings painters Traverse City, MI:

Should I consider weather conditions before booking an exterior paint job?

Yes - weather conditions do matter for exterior painting. Our reputable, Traverse City MI painters will ensure your paint project is done at the optimal time. Paint dries best when the thermometer hits between 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. It is never a good idea to paint if it is raining of course, but if it is windy it can also be a problem. The paint may not dry evenly or bits of dirt or debris may end up spoiling the finish.

What does VOC mean and why should I care if a paint has low or no VOCs?

VOC is the acronym for Volatile Organic Compounds. VOCs are essentially solvents that are released into the air as paint dries, similar to how other products like adhesives or cleaners release solvents when they are used. The problem with VOCs is they are believed to cause problems for people ranging from headache to feeling dizzy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency also suspects that there are VOCs that over the long term may be carcinogenic (or cancer causing). While the federal government mandates VOCs not exceed 250 g/l for flat finish or 380 g/l for other finishes, some states are stricter. Many paint companies are choosing to strive for low or no VOCs and highlight the fact to show environmental responsibility. What is important to know, however, is how well these paints with low or no VOCs score for application and use. Some are better than others. Consult Fortified Coatings painters, Traverse City MI for details as to the best paint for your unique circumstances.

Which paint is the best to use?

The short answer is that it depends. Different paints are better for different projects and different finishes more ideal depending on the purpose. Rather than guess, consult Fortified Coatings for professional painters Traverse City, MI and get the job done right the first time.

What does sheen mean?

Paint reflects light off its surface when dry, but how much light is reflected is the sheen. This is an important consideration for any paint project because some paint sheens are better than others for certain situations. There are five sheens: flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and gloss. Your professional painter can recommend the sheen for your project and explain how different sheens impact the richness of color in the paint.

What causes surface leaching?

Surface leaching  also known as surfactant leaching or weeping when water-soluble components appear on the surface of paint  is caused by damp conditions. Applying paint on a dewy early morning or on a damp or humid day will cause leaching. Similarly, exposing the paint to high humidity (for example a shower) before it is properly dried may also cause leaching. There are also some paints that are more susceptible to leaching than others, so it is always wise to consult an expert for advice on paint selection.

Looking for advice from skilled painters in Traverse City, MI? Contact the experienced and professional residential and commercial painters at Fortified Coatings for the best in quality and service.