Brushing Up on Brushing On, Part 1

Not everyone can get quality results with a paint brush. To begin with, you have to choose the right brush for the type of paint and for the area you are painting.

According to Sherwin-Williams, “paint brushes come in a variety of sizes, end types and bristles. A high-quality brush can mean a better-looking job with less effort. Why? Because a good-quality brush holds more paint and applies it more evenly, which can save you time and help you get the results you want.”

Types of Brushes

  • Natural-bristle brushes made with animal hairs are used for applying oil base paints, varnishes, shellac, polyurethane and other oil base finishes. The natural “flagging” (splitting or fuzzy tips) of these brushes creates split ends in the bristles that hold more paint and help assure a smooth paint release and finish.
  • Blended nylon/polyester brushes are easy to clean and work well with all types of latex paints. The combination of nylon’s durability and polyester’s shape retention is the mark of a high-quality brush – one that also produces a high-quality paint finish. What’s more, these durable brushes are built to handle numerous projects. So, with proper care, nylon / polyester brushes should last for years.
  • Polyester brushes are best for latex paints. These brushes hold their shape and stiffness in any paint and apply paint smoothly and evenly.

Brush Sizes

Sherwin-Williams paintbrushes are available in widths from 1 to 4 inches. The size you select is up to you, but a good rule of thumb is:

  • 1″ to 2″ – window and other small trim
  • 3″ – glossy paints for doors and cabinets
  • 4″ – large, flat areas

Brush End Types

  • Chisel Trim Brush – slanted bristles produce a good, straight line for trimming in corners and edges.
  • Square Trim Brush – the ends of the bristles are cut square and used primarily for applying paint over flat areas.
  • Angled Brush – bristles are cut to make it easier to apply paint to window trim.

Brush Styles

  • Thin Angle Sash – slanted bristles and a thin profile produce a good, straight line for trimming in corners and edges.
  • Angle Sash – features slanted bristles and holds more paint than its thin counterpart. Excellent for cutting in at the ceiling or painting trim.
  • Flat Sash – bristles are straight across and used primarily for applying paint over flat areas.
  • Trim – a flat brush excellent for painting large flat surfaces, especially exterior siding.
  • Wall – a thick flat brush that holds a larger amount of paint. Excellent for painting larger surface areas.

Weather or Not to Paint

On a recent trip to the coast we were marveling at how wet it was inside the ground level cloud known as fog. A steady drip from plants and power lines, questions like “did it rain?” and the search for rain gear had me thinking about the conditions needed for a quality exterior paint job.
Weather conditions are a big consideration for the timing of our exterior paint jobs. Temperature, precipitation and wind largely determine when and where we can paint. Doing it right the first time means, in part, doing it in the right conditions. That’s part of the call of our head painters.

June 2023 Color of the Month

Retro never goes out of style, and when it comes to pulling off a vintage look, it’s all about color. White Raisin’s muted hue delivers an eclectic dose of nostalgia as it brings the best of an iconic era into the present. It’s the ideal shade to anchor this month’s throwback palette of retro-inspired color in which we dial up the modern in mid-century styling with a fresh approach to a classic style.

Painting Dormers

A dormer is a vertical window that projects from a sloping roof. There is much more to painting dormers than one might think. First there is the matter of access. With conventional lift baskets, the roof interferes before the work surfaces can be reached and reaching is the big challenge because the walls of the dormer get tucked back up under the eaves as both planes meet.

Then there is the matter of masking (protecting all of the areas that don’t get painted). Protecting the dormer roof, the main roof, the facia and gutters of both areas and the window is no small task. Add all the necessary surface prep and caulking and you have a challenge fit for an experienced crew like ours!

Of course most people just noticed that it looks really nice. We take pride in doing challenging jobs like right the first time so your can take pride in your home. Call us for a free quote on your new construction or repaint project. Mike 541-497-3804.

Dormer access is one of the biggest challenges of doing it right the first time!

Paint Samples Applied

As we mentioned before, paint chips can be too small for some paint color decisions, which is why we picked up some paint samples from Sherwin-Williams and painted them on the wall of our new construction project.

In this case, we placed our samples where we could see them near the garage doors and near the facia trim of our metal roof. We decided that the color on the right was too similar to the roof color and decided to go with the color on the left. It’s called Cyber Space from Sherwin-Williams.

Paint Samples

Color chips are notoriously small for making such a big decision. A larger area is needed to get an accurate read on the right color.

Choosing a new paint color for the exterior of your home can be fun and a little scary. To keep it fun and make it less scary, you can get some paint samples from Sherwin-Williams and test them on your siding.

There are lots of ways to narrow down your paint color. Pay attention to other houses in your area as you go about your daily business. What catches your eye (in a good way)? How do you think this color combination would look on your house? How does it compare with your neighbors’ houses? You probably don’t want to use the same color as a next-door neighbor.

Once you’ve narrowed down your color choice, go to Sherwin-Williams and find the color on their charts with the help of an employee. Now you probably need to narrow down the shade of color you want and this is where some actual paint samples come into play. Color chips are notoriously small for making such a big decision. A larger area is needed to get an accurate read on the right color.

Ask for samples of your top two or three colors. The staff will mix up quart-sized color samples, which you can take home and test on your walls. Be sure to paint a sizeable area so you can get a real feel for what the color will look like on the entire house.

Of course if Paint Doctor’s Painting is your contractor, Mike would be glad to help with this process 541-497-3804.

April 2023 Color of the Month

Sherwin-Williams says their Color of the Month palette is a playful blend of the cozy-warm, welcoming vibe of a countryside cottage with a more thoughtfully refined sensibility. Capture the homey feel of a cottagecore look with comfy layered textiles and throws to help bring the feeling of fireside warmth to your space. The tonal shades of Malted Milk and Emerging Taupe add to the soft glow and bathe the room in natural beauty. There’s an effortless elegance beneath the sweet surface of Malted Milk that carries the look in its own unique way.

When something is delicate beyond words, we do the best we can and call it ethereal. That’s the essence of Malted Milk. Though outwardly elegant and romantic, there’s a lightheartedness in the shade that embodies the beautiful simplicity of the everyday. Even as an accent, the whimsical charm at the heart of this dainty hue softens the more sophisticated side of the cottagecore look with a characteristic wink of quirky fun. With Snowbound playing main attraction, you get the perfect airy backdrop for a space that feels both elevated and eclectic.

How Often Should I Paint the Exterior of My House?

In general, houses need a thorough paint job every 5-10 years. The key is to not wait to long. Once paint house reaches obvious signs of deterioration it will cost more to get it back up to specs. According to BetterHomes & Gardens, “The trick to saving money when it comes to painting your home is scheduling a paint job before it becomes an issue—not after.”

A big part of a quality paint job is preparation. The longer a house goes without new paint the more prep work is required in cleaning, scraping, sanding, priming and caulking. Sooner is better. Give us a call and we’ll get on it and get it done right the first time. Mike 541-497-3804


According to Sherwin-Williams, “Until a few years ago, painting needed to done when temperatures were going to be above 50°F. However, with advances made in waterborne technologies, products like Duration®, Resilience®, SuperPaint®, A-100®, in addition to WoodScapes® products can be applied when temperatures are as low as 35ºF.

Please note that surface, air and product temperatures must be at or above 35ºF and that environmental conditions during and after painting need to be considered. Stable conditions and temperatures above 35ºF are needed early in the paint’s drying schedule. The first 48 hours could be critical to successful drying.”

We’re ready when you are. Give us a call so we can give you a bid on your exterior house paint project. Mike 541-497-3804

March 2023 Color of the Month Kestrel White

Sometimes opposites really do attract. When it comes to Modern Traditional style, you get the best of two vastly different worlds, and in the middle, you find a beautiful hue like Kestrel White with just the right blend of cozy sophistication to carry the look. The warm, inviting vibe of this stunning white effortlessly balances elements of traditional and modern design. It’s perfect for playing host to a family gathering space where you want to sit and stay a while. Play up the earthiness in the tonal colors of this palette, layering Dhurrie Beige trim and a Kestrel White wall with warm wood tones to fully embrace the authentic charm of this style.