School District Painting

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We have had the pleasure of working with the School District of Lancaster for many years. This summer we completed two projects which we believe had a positive impact on the students and the administration.

The first project was preparing and repainting all of the walls in the music rooms and all of the corridors throughout the three floors. These walls had been defaced with no. 2 pencils and ball point pens. The day I went to look at the project, we witnessed first- hand Junior High students walking down the halls with “pen-in-hand”, writing on the walls between periods as they proceeded to their next class. The previous coating was not specified to withstand the beating. When the halls cleared you could see long stripes about shoulder to elbow high throughout the campus.  The maintenance staff was at their wits end because nothing they tried, whether it be cleaning solutions, magic erasers and the like would remove the markings.  The team of Ville Painters was charged to recoat the walls and remove this unwanted “artwork”.  After careful preparations, we used a special 2-part epoxy from Benjamin Moore which was designed to produce a harder finish, allowing maintenance to effectively remove more of the markings.  The project came in on-time, with the material quantities we budgeted for.  We believe it was a success!  We will re-visit the project at Christmas break to see if our solution worked!

The second project we were solicited to do involved magnetic paint and dry erase finishes in specified administration / IT offices and a large conference room.  The magnetic paint required 3-4 coats to be effective.  Two coats of the eggshell enamel to match the existing color served as the undercoat for the dry erase clear coat.  The dry erase product we used was from Sherwin Williams and at a cost of just under $500 per gallon kit!  The staff was very cooperative as we dodged in and out of many offices applying a multitude of coats.  There was also the issue of the odor emitted by both the magnetic finish and the clear coat.  While VOC compliance is part of our calling card, sometimes proprietary products like these, would not work effectively where they to be low V.O.C. (volatile organic compounds).  Again we were able to come in slightly under our materials and labor budget saving the school, and the residents / businesses of Lancaster, valuable tax dollars.  We look forward to the next adventure the School District of Lancaster wishes to send our way!!!

Painting Terms

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Your painter is talking to you and using “Painting Terms”. You are trying to grasp what he is saying but it’s just not working. No worries! Here are a list of some terms to help you understand the painter’s lingo.

Anti-corrosive paint: A paint designed to minimize rust or corrosion when applied directly to metal.

Bleeding: The migration of material from substrate, causing discoloration of the paint.

Blistering: The formation of dome-shaped projections of paint.

Burnishing: The formation of shiny areas on a painted surface, as a result of rubbing or washing.

Diluent: A liquid that is blended into a coating, and can be used to reduce its viscosity. A diluent is not necessarily a solvents for the binder.

Dry tack-free: Drying stage of a paint film at which it is not sticky to the touch.

Elasticity: The ability of paint or caulk to expand and contract with the substrate without suffering damage or changes in its appearance.

Intercoat: A layer of paint that is “sandwiched” between two others. Also refers to something occurring between coats, as in “intercoat adhesion”.

Mildew resistance: The ability of a paint or caulk to resist mildew growth on its surface.

Oxidation: A chemical reaction with oxygen. For example, the drying of oils in oil-based paint, or the rusting of iron or steel,

Viscosity: The fluid thickness of a coating.

Volatile: The easily evaporated components of any coating or caulk composition.

Terms credited to APC Magazine, The ABCs of Painting, Part 2 Article by Debbie Zimmer

A Memorable Job

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IMG_1586Ville Painters has just finished a memorable project that we take great pride in. Through High Construction Services, a long-time commercial partner, we had a second opportunity to work on Neffsville Mennonite Church.  This time we helped re-vitalize Fellowship Hall.  The designer did an extraordinary job of updating the space by combining style and functionality. The sound soaking ceiling and wall panels as well as the downward sound reflecting properties of the 23 suspended “clouds” are a perfect example of style and functionality coming to life.

This project involved some things we never had done before. One of the most challenging parts was using a wallcovering product by 3-M called Di-Noc on the suspended “clouds”. Installing a kind of contact paper upside-down, on a lift, while the substrate is swaying proved to be an almost impossible task. Our installer Doug Binkley, with the aid of project superintendent Jerry Bigelow, did a phenomenal job with minimal waste and we commend them both for their effort.

The ceiling had a sound soak foam material applied by another specialty contractor which looked awesome. The walls were two-tone both above and below the large chair rail. The ceiling line boasts a large crown molding on each side elevation.  We even painted a screen wall which required a different color and sheen to IMG_1582accommodate films and other projected images.

 

We have been painting Churches for over 20 years. Typically they are more traditional and conservative in their décor.  This project broke through that stereotype and truly enhances what was a “sanitary” look environment and gave it that “wow” factor.  It is truly inviting for the parishioners and guests alike.  We were pleased to have been involved and look forward to the next challenge.

 

 

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Maintaining Your Shutters

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IMG_1495We have been painting older and historic buildings in the Lancaster area for 28 years. There are so many beautiful architectural styles that help to remind us of our past. As a painting contractor, one thing I noticed to be a common thread is the use of shutters. They are typically not used for their intended purpose but add character and charm.  They also can require additional maintenance.

Because they are exposed to the elements on all sides, the coatings tend to break down faster than on most components of your home’s exterior. Moisture works its way into the joints and takes its toll.  On many occasions clients or homeowners may only have painted the outside face because that is the only side you see.  This is not recommended!  The entire shutter should receive full treatment if they are going to last for the next generation to enjoy.

Once you see areas beginning to fail, touch them up if you can. Keeping bare wood protected is the best defense.  We often will remove and refinish shutters in our shop over the winter.  For contractors it is a perfect “inside job” to help keep everyone busy during the slower season.  Ambitious homeowners can also make this a satisfying winter project. You may call us or email for tips on preparation (the most important part of any paint job). We also can place aluminum capping on them to help longevity by keeping snow & moisture off the top rail.

Shutters are an important and esthetic architectural component of your home. Whether your shutters are in need of a full overhaul or just a color change, let us come to assess your needs and recommend a maintenance program for you.

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Ville Painters Needs You

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Our team works hard to keep Ville Painters Inc. the leading painting company in Lancaster. We need your help! As someone familiar with our work, we’d like to ask you to write a review of our business. Reviews are vital to our company’s future and you can make a difference.

It shouldn’t take more than a minute or two of your time and if you have an appreciation for our hard work, we’d love it if you shared. Below is information and directions to a few sites where you can post a review.

Google Review

Google is one of the best places for local reviews. Check out our Google+ page while you are writing your review.

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Angie’s List is a website where you find great local businesses. We have a wonderful page where you can post a review if you are a member. Not a member? No Worries! We have attached a form Here you can fill out and mail. Everyone’s reviews matter!

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Spring Walk-Around

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Spring has sprung! Winter’s cold seems to be losing its firm grasp on us. NOW is the perfect time to inspect the exterior of your home.

 

Your rain gutters & roof valleys may have been put to the test with the one heavy snow we experienced. Damaged gutters might mean water going where is not welcome. You want to check your soffits & fascia for signs of peeling paint. This could indicate a potential moisture problem, which we want to catch before it creates bigger problems! Window sills are the most vulnerable area worth inspecting. Rain & snow collect and sit there. The constant freezing and thawing can create cracks in the surface and around caulk joints. This, combined with the sun’s powerful UV rays, can break a coating down. Once wood becomes exposed to the elements, it is prone to decay. In older homes, it may mean interior problems beneath the windows as well. Another place to look is the shady side of your home or building. Mildew thrives in these environments and feeds on ingredients found in some paints. You may not have seen it yet, due to cooler temperatures, but as it warms up the mildews comes to life! It too can accelerate coating failures. Another helpful hint is having shrubs cut back to improve airflow and sunlight. This helps to inhibit mildew growth. Let us come out to conduct a free inspection with you. Together we can assess if you are in need of a full repaint or simply a maintenance painting.  Many of our clients have us conduct regular maintenance, significantly extending time between full repaints. This saves $$$ !!!

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Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color Trends

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With the New Year, comes new trends for paint colors and home decorating. This year, Benjamin Moore chose the beauty of the white palette with their “Color of the Year” being Simply White OC-117.

Colors are designed to represent the mood of the room and pairing a white tone with a sharp accent wall can show charm and refinement. Sometimes finding the right accent color can be a difficult undertaking. Pairing with a white like Simply White OC-117 can make it a lot easier since whites tend to go with just about any other color you can imagine.

Benjamin Moore not only picked a “Color of the Year” but also put together elegant colors that complement each other. Check out the picture below to see all the color options. Consider pairing Simply White OC-117 with Enchanted 2070-50 for a beautiful guest room or sitting area. If you like a bolder palette, you might match Kittery Point Green HC-119 with Banana Yellow 2022-40 for a bright sunroom. Make sure when pairing colors, hues are complementing each other. Stick to a simple rule. The primary hues should be the same. If the primary hue is yellow, your other color should have the yellow hue, too.

One trend that is making a big comeback is simply no color at all. Sounds crazy, right? Nowadays, many clients are thinking less is more as they select one solid color throughout the common areas. Painting the walls, ceilings, and trim in Simply White OC-117 gives a crisp and clean feeling. An all white house can make a bold statement by allowing your furnishings, wall hangings, and other décor to be your room’s focal point. Imagine red picture frames with a colorful picture or an organic object like wooden canoe paddles on your beautiful white wall. They can add just the right amount of “pop”!

Painting is a great way to spruce up your home in 2016, both the interior and exterior, without creating a heavy financial burden for your family. A new paint color can brighten not only your day but your home as well. Call us to see how we can help.

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Exterior Season is Officially Here!

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It is time to spruce up the exterior of your home because spring has officially sprung. Check out the pictures to see a job we just got done with. We scraped and sanded all the wood trim then painted them a beautiful white. Repainting your trim work can make a difference to your home. Call us today! 717-396-1176DSC01434

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