Interior Painting Techniques


Using good painting techniques is key to achieving professional-looking results. Another tip is to use enough paint. Get into the habit of going to the paint can often. Let the paint do the work, and you’ll save time and get the finish you want.

Using a Brush

1. Hold a brush near the base of the handle.

2. Dip half the bristles into the paint and tap on the lip of the can. Don’t wipe it on the side.

3. Paint with enough pressure to bend the bristles slightly — don’t bear hard on the brush.

4. A 1″-2″ brush offers good control so it is well-suited for detail work such as cutting in around windows or painting molding. To apply paint to larger surfaces such as doors, use a 3″-4″ brush.

Using a Roller

1. Roll the roller slowly into the paint in the tray. Then, roll it back and forth until roller cover is evenly coated with paint.

2. Roll onto the tray’s ridges to remove excess paint.

3. For smooth surfaces: Cover about a two-foot-square using the N pattern shown. Cross roll to spread the paint. Finish, with light roller strokes in one direction, at a right angle to the cross roll.

4. If the surface you are painting is porous or textured, use a heavy-nap roller cover (1/2″ or more). Use a 1/4″ nap to maximize sheen on a smoother surface.

Painting Double-Hung Windows

1. For double-hung windows move each sash to the center of its track and paint the inside sash, starting with the crossbars. Then, paint the frame. Don’t paint the top edge of the inside sash; you’ll use it to move the sash. Next, paint the top half of the outside sash, starting with the crossbar, then the frame.

2. Close the sashes to within several inches of the closed position. Paint the rest of the outer sash and the top edge of the inner sash. Paint the window casing, then the sill.

3. Paint the check rails. Move both sashes down as far as they will go, then paint the upper rails. Once the paint is thoroughly dry, move both sashes up and paint the lower rails of the window.

Casement or Awning Windows

1. Open the windows and paint the top, side and bottom edges.

2. Finish with the crossbars, frame, casings and the sills.

Paneled Doors

1. First remove all hardware or cover it with masking tape. If paint does get on metal parts, wipe it up immediately with a soft cloth.

2. Start by painting the panels, working from top to bottom. For each panel, paint panel molding first, then the interior, using up and down strokes with your brush.

3. Next, paint the rest of the door, finishing with the outer edges. If the door swings out, paint the hinged edge. If the door swings in, paint the lock-side edge.

Flush Doors

1. Paint the edges first.

2. Then fill in the center area, working from top to bottom.

3. Finish with the frame and jamb.

Types of Stain to Use for Fiberglass Doors


Fiberglass doors are great additions to the home because if they are maintained they can last for decades. They are durable and can be bought with a wood grain, thereby giving off the the elegance of wooden front doors but with the durability of fiberglass. As you change the look of your home the front door usually has to change with it. One of the problems associated with fiberglass doors is picking the right stain to use in order to refinish them. There are several stains that can be effectively used on fiberglass doors with great results and other stains should not be used on fiberglass doors. The following information will layout which stains is best used on fiberglass doors and which ones are not.

Gel Stains

Many people that stain fiberglass doors as part of their job often use gel stains with much trepidation. Even though manufacturers say it gel stains work on fiberglass, there are some problems with them. Stains work because they have something to latch on to and bond to the door. Fiberglass doors are made to not accept added moisture, which is why they make great doors. Gel stains are very fickle and require great care to apply to fiberglass doors. The main trick to applying a gel stain is to follow the instructions precisely thay are on the can. The directions for gel stain application can vary depending on the manufacturer so do not assume all gel stains are the same.

Oil-based Stains

This type of stain is probably the best for fiberglass doors. In addition to the stain, you will always want to seal it with a layer of polyethylene. However, when you do, make sure the polyethylene is also oil-based. Not every oil-based stain on the market will do the job of covering fiberglass doors. It has to be high quality so do not cut corners by using a cheap brand. The stain also has to be opaque in nature. Stains that are transparent or semi-transparent will not work on fiberglass doors. The last thing that you need to make sure of is that the oil-based stain is heavily pigmented. The stain needs to be able to grip to the fiberglass.

Exterior Stains

Since fiberglass doors are used for exterior use, you need a stain that is made for that purpose. It should meet with the other requirements of stains for fiberglass doors. This means that the stain should not be semi-transparent or transparent but opaque. You’ll also need to look at the UV rating on the stain as UV rays cause doors to fade in the sunlight.

Semi-transparent and Transparent Stains

Stains that are transparent or semi-transparent cannot be used on fiberglass doors that aren’t textured. The idea behind these stains is that they add a layer of color to a wood door so that the natural grain can still be seen. Fiberglass doors do not have a wood grain or a porous texture that can absorb the stain. However, some of these can be used with an undercoat.

6 Color Palettes That You are About to See Everywhere in 2019


Ever wish you could peek into a crystal ball and see what decor trends are headed your direction? We do have a little insight into what colors are going to be dominating homes everywhere. With six unique palettes of inspiration, it goes a long way toward telling us what 2019 is going to look like. Each palette evokes a mood and a personality, with a cool mix of bold accent hues and versatile neutrals to make the look work in any space. Thinking of painting soon? Consider this your cheat sheet for 2019.

1. Rich Blues and Golds: This combo has definitely been on our radar, ever since the explosion of dark cabinets and brass trim hit kitchens earlier this year.

2. Maximalist Greens, Reds, and Yellows: Minimalists, your time is drawing to a close. The fun factor of maximalism, with its bright and cheery prints and super-saturated shades, is just too good to resist.

3. Tropical Greens and Pinks: Another score for our ongoing plant obsession! “The Naturalist palette is a posh take on muted and nature-inspired neutrals, with blossoms of floral pinks, yellows, and deep greens

4. Elevated Neutrals With Character: Neutral lovers, rejoice! The latest neutrals reside in the mysteriously murky taupe family, with subtle tinges of purple bringing just the right alluring character to these shades.

5. Muted-yet-Moody Pastels: Pastels are for grown-ups too. Airy purples and blues stay grounded with the help of some richer hues, lending a glam feel to the entire effect.

6. Worldly Earth Tones: Eclectic is the name of the game here. Earthy clay tones draw inspiration from handcrafted souvenirs and special travel finds.

Exterior Home Projects You Should Think About Now Part 3


If you’re like most people, you always have a home project either on deck or in the works. But when summer turns to fall, the focus is usually on the exterior of our homes because we want to be sure things are squared away before the weather turns. These types of exterior projects fall into to three basic categories: 1)  painting, 2) carpentry, and 3) power washing.

Power Washing 

There’s nothing more satisfying that watching that built up dirt, mold and mildew get washed away! A professional power wash is a key step in preparing your home for exterior paint, but it’s also great for cleaning natural wood siding. A deep water clean will dramatically improve the visual appeal of your home, simultaneously preventing the growth of new mold and mildew. It even removes those unsightly balck streaks from asphalt roofs.

We use an environmentally-safe combination of bleach & Jomax. A low pressure wash is usually used to clean your home’s exterior; a high pressure wash is used when removing peeling paint and heavy growth of dirt and mildew which is commonly found on roofs and decks.

Exterior Home Projects You Should Think About Now Part 2


If you’re like most people, you always have a home project either on deck or in the works. But when summer turns to fall, the focus is usually on the exterior of our homes because we want to be sure things are squared away before the weather turns. These types of exterior projects fall into to three basic categories: 1)  painting, 2) carpentry, and 3) power washing.


Painting is only part of what we do. Ville Painters Inc. offers complete carpentry services. Exterior work that can be done this time of year might include:

  • Exterior trim & rot repairs
  • Shingles & siding replacement
  • Replacing or installing new clapboards or rake boards (the edge of a gable roof that gives it a finished look)
  • Inspecting the caulking and seals around windows to make sure they are weather-tight

Exterior Home Projects You Should Think About Now Part 1



If you’re like most people, you always have a home project either on deck or in the works. But when summer turns to fall, the focus is usually on the exterior of our homes because we want to be sure things are squared away before the weather turns. These types of exterior projects fall into to three basic categories: 1)  painting, 2) carpentry, and 3) power washing.


You may have heard that fall is not an ideal time to paint the exterior of your home, since the temperatures can fluctuate so much from day to night. But fall can be a great time to paint outside. There are excellent products (such as Sherwin-Williams Resilience®) that allow you to paint down to 35° F – and even the threat of rain or dew will not slow down or delay the job because it is specially formulated to resist moisture. With these advances, the painting season can be extended for a month or more.

That being said, there are a few guidelines to follow to help ensure the success of a fall exterior painting project:

  • Make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before painting
  • Prime fall painting hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Start painting on the sunny side of the house first
  • Understand that the time between coats of paint may be longer – lower temps mean slower drying times

Even if you don’t have time for a full-blown exterior painting project, you can still give your home a face lift by doing some touch up work. Applying a fresh coat of paint to just the trim will still make a big difference in your your home looks.



LANCASTER, PA – May 2, 2018

Lancaster-based painting contractor, Ville Painters, Inc. is celebrating 30 years in business. Three decades have passed since Steve Dietrich opened his company in Millersville, PA, initially hiring ambitious college students, hence the name ‘Ville” Painters.

Fast forward to 2018, the company has grown to a staff of 18, including 14 craftsmen. In the early days, Dietrich hired college students but quickly shifted to professional painters to provide the high quality clients expect. Ville Painters also looks towards the future by providing internships to Career & Technology Center students as they prepare to enter the workforce.  He attributes their success and staying power of his family-run business to superior workmanship, commitment to customer service, and cultivating strong relationships with clients and partners. Ville Painters now serves the needs of hundreds of businesses and residents across Central Pennsylvania.

To celebrate, Ville Painters hosted a 30-year anniversary “thank you” celebration for clients, partners, and friends at the Lancaster Country Club last week. The event featured a towering paint can-inspired cake, branded chocolates by Evans Candies, hundreds of job photos, and ended with Dietrich donating $3,000 to Schreiber Pediatrics.

“Although much has changed in thirty years, one thing has not – and that is our dedication to serving our clients and community to the very best of our ability,” says Dietrich. “I deeply value the relationships we have built over this time… relationships with our teams, clients, partners, friends, and the greater business community. We could not have realized this milestone without their support, and see this anniversary celebration as a small way to express our sincere gratitude.”

The future looks bright for Ville Painters as they strive to diversify and expand their services, continually train their staff, and grow their clientele. “Thirty years in business is just the beginning,” says Dietrich, who looks forward to the next generation joining to reach even higher goals and aspirations.

About Ville Painters, Inc.

Ville Painters, Inc. specializes in commercial and residential painting for both interior and exterior spaces. Our experience and craftsmanship, coupled with our attention to preparation and detail has continued to develop our reputation as professional painters and ever-growing client listing.

Services Provided

  •  Interior/exterior painting
  • Drywall & Plaster Repair
  • Hot Plaster Remedies
  • Water Seal Basement Walls
  • Water Damage Repair (We will work with insurance companies and service companies.)
  • Mildew Proofing Bathrooms, Kitchens & Laundries
  • Cathedral Ceilings
  • Decorative Finishes
  • Wood Staining
  • Color Consultations
  • Accent Trim & Carpentry | Follow us on Facebook!

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4 Colors That Will Transform Your Kitchen Without the Price Tag of New Cabinets


Kitchen cabinets are one of the largest focal points that can make or break your kitchen design. Choosing a new cabinet color can be overwhelming no matter if you’re renovating the entire kitchen or updating the color. Here are some colors to help you spark your kitchen creativity:


PROS: White cabinets are classic. If you’re looking for a timeless kitchen, this is your go-to option. A white kitchen can be a backdrop for colorful accessories or kept minimal for a contemporary design. It is a cheerful color that reflects light, making the room feel bright even when there is little sunlight.

CONS: The obvious downfall of white cabinets is upkeep. Dirt, dust, or stains will be an issue for this color. Most of the time, this can easily be combated when wiped down regularly. If standing alone, white can also have a clinical feeling when warmer accents are not added.


PROS: If you want to add character to your kitchen without going too crazy, blues are good compromise. Shades of blue tend to give us a sense of relaxation, space, or luxury. Navy blue will add richness to your kitchen while an aquamarine will give that tranquil beach feeling; and there are a million colors in between.

CONS: While the blues hues are endless, you can get lost when choosing the right shade. A color swatch might be beautiful on the small scale but consider what it will look like if it’s covering an entire wall of cabinets.


PROS: If you love white but the cons are too much, gray might be a option for you. Much like white, grays are a fantastic backdrop for other elements in your kitchen but add a bit more warmth. If you get your inspiration from Pinterest, you may have noticed that gray is definitely a trending option.

CONS: Some might think that grays are too trendy and will eventually become a color of the past. In fact, gray was trending in years past.


PROS: Bright colors can bring your personality into your home while adding a surprise conversation piece for entertaining. Bold colors can add a stark contrast to your walls and other accents.

CONS: Much like gray, bright colors tend to sway toward trendy. You might swoon over a burnt orange kitchen design you saw on Pinterest, but you could find it to be overwhelming in person. When the sun goes down, be sure you also consider what this color will look like under artificial light.

Regardless if the color you choose is considered too trendy or bold, your opinion is what matters most. After all, you have to live with it! For many of us, our cabinets might have good bones but the color scheme is out of date. Luckily for us, adding a coat of paint can really transform the room without the price tag of new cabinets.

Contact our team for color ideas that work for your space!

Spring is on it’s way!!


TImage result for spring is on its wayhe recent mild weather serves as a reminder that Spring is on its way!  Now is the perfect time to take a few moments and take a maintenance walk-around of your home or business.  The constant freezing and thawing that accompany the wild swings in temperature we have experienced can play havoc with caulk joints and other substrates and leave your home vulnerable to moisture.

There are a few things in particular to look for.

  1. Look to see if surface growth or mildew has attacked your exterior. It typically occurs on the northern exposure where direct sunlight may be minimized.  This can break down the finish that is protecting your home and allows dirt and moisture to compromise wood substrates.
  2. Look for open cracks around your frames & sills, especially in older homes. Snow and rain can easily find its way to your homes interior and create numerous problems with plaster and woodwork.  It also is an open for insects like termites to nest and create another set of issues.
  3. Make sure your rail system is free flowing and not clogged or blocked in any way. This prohibits water to be directed away from your home’s exterior.
  4. Check for cracking in the finish paint,. Especially on sills and other horizontal surfaces where snow and rain can lay for days on end, seeping into the surface of the wood.

We encourage you to call and allow us to come out and conduct an inspection of your home.  While you might not be in need of a full paint job on the exterior.  You can certainly take care of the problems areas and extend the lift of your homes finish.  Call (717)-396-1176 and we will have someone with the expertise needed to make a valid assessment of your situation and offer any solutions should a problem be discovered.


2017 is coming to a close and we, at Ville Painters Inc, wanted to thank all of you for your patronage over the last 30 years.  We have been blessed with outstanding support and loyalty from you, our clients.  Repeat and referral business continues to fuel our success year after year.

Our team of professionals are focused on providing you with an exceptional experience from the initial phone call to the last day of the job. The addition of our Operations Manager, Adam, has allowed me to focus on sales and constantly work to improve Ville Painters Inc.’s service to you.

This fall, the beautiful Pennsylvania weather allowed us to keep up with client demands for exterior painting.  However, it is evident that winter has arrived.  The craftsman at Ville Painters Inc. are looking forward to moving to warmer indoor environments.  After the Holidays is an ideal time to consider repainting your home’s interior.  Once the holiday decorations come down, consider putting a maintenance coat on the walls, or a fresh new look for the upcoming year.

We appreciate the opportunities you have given us and wish to continue that relationship.  As an incentive to schedule NOW for winter work, we are offering our clients 10% discount off current labor rates. We have never been more ready and able to serve you.  Whether your painting project is at home or at the office; call to receive a free estimate while there is still room in the schedule.

If you do not currently have a project in mind, refer us to a friend or relative.  All successful referrals will receive a $25 gift certificate to Lancaster Brewing Company/Walnut Street Grill.  Give us a call at (717)-396-1176 or email us at to set up an appointment to review your project.  We look forward to serving you again.