Stop, Drop and Roll

You should include some quality drop cloths in your homeowner painting and remodeling kit. Hardly a painting project can be done without this vital protection to the floor surfaces in your home or office.

Several runner drops designed for hallways and room perimeters should be the backbone of your drop cloth supplies. These are commonly available in 4 feet by 12 feet or 4 feet by 15 feet and are very versatile for many of your touchup projects. After getting your runners, decide how large your room size drop cloth should be – perhaps a 9’x12′ or 10’x20′

Good drop clothes are heavy enough weight to stay in place, have a canvas absorbent side and a moisture blocking side. We recommend that you buy good quality and plan to keep your drop cloths for years of use.

Of course to get a good long life from your drop cloths, you need to take care of them – making sure they are clean of debris and dry before putting them away. Be sure to store them in a dry location as well. Our rainy area can cause stored drop cloths to deteriorate if they are not kept dry.

As we often say, painting is mostly prep and drop cloths are a big part of the prep before you take the lid off of that paint can!


Here at Paint Doctor’s Painting we are thinking about the change of season and how it impacts our painting projects. We are very careful to make sure the atmospheric conditions are ideal when applying paint products to our clients’ buildings. Temperature plays a key role when deciding when to apply paint on exteriors and fortunately Sherwin-Williams has developed a new product to broaden the range of acceptable temperatures.

FlexTemp Exterior gives us more flexibility in our exterior painting schedules. With their new ExtremeTemp Technology™, Sherwin-Williams has made painting in extreme temperatures, from 35° F to 120° F, possible. FlexTemp provides excellent adhesion and long-term resistance to flaking, peeling and weathering and can be tinted in VinylSafe® paint colors.

SuperPaint Germ Killing Tech

This project was done with Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint® with Sanitizing Technology. According to Sherwin-Williams, “The exceptionally durable and trusted interior latex paint has the performance of SuperPaint® and offers your customers an additional tool to help combat certain harmful bacteria on painted surfaces. This paint goes on fast and provides ongoing antibacterial action day and night. Available in 540 beautiful hues from the Living Well™collection.*EPA registered paint that kills 99.9% of Staph (Staphylococcus aureus), E. coli (Escherichia coli), MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), VRE (Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecalis) and Enterobacter aerogenes on painted surfaces within two hours of exposure, and continues to kill 90% of bacteria for up to four years when the integrity of the surface is maintained.”

Bungalow Bath

Using the trim paint color for both the door and the wainscot give this bathroom a bold two tone look that transformed this space.

Whites are never really white, are they? In this case the Alabaster white provides a toned down version for those sleepy morning eyes.

Cabinet Creative

Here’s another idea from the Sherwin-Williams Color Postcard collection: “Give an old cabinet new life with fresh paint. Using a vibrant color inside the hutch will help highlight your collections.”

Here are the colors used for this project:

The Paint Doctor, an Albany, Oregon painting contractor, can help with your creative interior projects.

One Color Interior

We like to help our clients figure out different ways to save money on their projects. One thing we suggest for those with rental properties is using one paint throughout the interiors. This helps avoid confusion, speeds the touch up and repair process and saves money on applications.

The most efficient form of this concept is using the same paint on walls, doors and trim. Surprisingly, the trim looks like it is a different shade because of the difference in texture and the added contour of shadow lines. This is an obvious time saver when touching up and repainting the unit.

This approach requires the right choice in paint, especially sheen, but it can provide excellent, long lasting results when done according to the Doctor.

Seal Team

We’ve talked about primers here and the important role they have in coverage and adhesion. There are times when you need to add an additional characteristic to the primer: stain sealer. Some stains and naturally occurring components in wood products like to make their way through standard paints. That’s what an oil based sealing and stain blocking primer is all about. The Paint Dr knows when it’s needed and the best product to use for your application.

Caulk it Like You Mean It

As we often say at Paint Doctor’s Painting, painting is prep, which means you can’t get a quality paint job without all of the necessary preparation done well. One of the critical steps in paint preparation is caulking.

The importance of properly applied caulk cannot be overstated. It seals, smooths, protects and greatly increases the lifespan of both the paint job and the building. Good caulking covers minor imperfections and provides a beautiful transition between trim and wall, between baluster and rail, between adjacent corners. Caulking also provides a very useful adhesive that gives strength to the fasteners and glues that keep construction components in place.

Our professional painters know what caulking product, when to use it and how to apply it for the best protection and presentation of your project. It’s a very real skill set. If you’ve every seen someone try to caulk that doesn’t possess the skills or if you’ve seen the results of an unskilled caulker, you know what this looks like and it’s not pretty.

Proper caulk, you know that’s a real thing, right? Call the pros at Paint Doctor’s Painting.

Painter or Chemist? Yes!

When top professional painters talk chemistry they are in their element. To get the desired results (bonding, coverage, leveling, sheen, UV, protection, etc.) we need to know the surface type, environment during application and the ongoing environment of the finished product.

For example, you may want a painted look on your kitchen cabinets and choose a color. We know the look you want, but it’s unlikely we’ll use paint to achieve it. We may choose to use a polyurethane product beginning with Sayerlack Polyurethane Basecoat Thixo, which is a two-component solvent based polyurethane primer with excellent characteristics for kitchen cabinetry:

High speed of drying, allowing early recoating with topcoat
Excellent manual sandability
High thixotropy and hence reduced dripping at the bottom edge of picture frames or into convex parts
Improved building/hiding power on sharp edges
Uniform absorption between grainy and compact parts of wood

This all adds up to a great finished surface with excellent and consistent coverage, water resistance and durability. To the casual observer it’s just the color they wanted, but to us it meets the high standards that upholds our reputation as the best painting contractor in our area.

The Paint Doctor knows surface coverage chemistry to make sure your project has all the right stuff!