Types of Stain to Use for Fiberglass Doors

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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.

Exterior Home Projects You Should Think About Now Part 2

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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.

Carpentry

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

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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

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.

April 2014 Ville News

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What’s New:

It has been a month since our Building Industry Association’s successful Home Show at Spooky Nook Sports Complex.  This year’s attendance was three times that of last year’s show!  We appreciate all of you who came out to visit us.  This year, as in years past, one of our visitors won our “Painter for a Day” drawing, entitling you to 8 hours of interior or exterior painting.  This year’s winner is Tim Barr.  Congratulations to the Barr family.   The following individuals won $25.00 gift certificates for the Lancaster Brewing Company for visiting our booth and filling out an information card:  Mark Heller, Bob Pennell and John Leggore.  We look forward to inviting you all to our booth at next year’s show.

We have recently added a blog to our website.  The idea of the blog is to share articles and resources we find useful in the area of interior and exterior painting.  We add our own articles and will share others that are relevant.  Please check it out and send any comments or suggestions to Erin:  erin@villepaintersinc.com.

Dining room, foyer and staircase

A beautiful dining room, foyer and staircase.

Coming Soon: 

Look for us in the May 2014 issue of Fig Magazine.  

Our website will soon be updated with new photos from our customer’s homes or businesses.  A few photos are included throughout this post.

Interior Living Room

Interior living room with tray ceilings and faux paint work on walls

Ending Soon: 

Just because spring is here, do not dismiss your home’s interior.  We are extending a 10% discount to all interior work scheduled for April.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, we should anticipate a rainy spring.  We will need warm, dry places for our men to paint!  So add painting to your spring “to do” list.  Call us to schedule a free estimate!

Bathroom photo with accent wall.

A bathroom where an accent wall adds a subtle touch of color to the room.

Spring is Here – Complete your Spring Home Check-Up!

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Spring is beginning to peek out from the wintry shadows.  As the weather warms we will start to venture outside to see what toll nature has taken on our homes and property.  It is the perfect time to do a “walk around” of our homes and assess what maintenance we will need to consider this spring.  Let me share with you, some of the things you should be looking for.

  • Make sure all of your gutters and rain spouts are clear of debris and are functioning correctly.  Water is the enemy.  Faulty rain systems can lead to premature paint failure and possibly even wood decay and serious leaking issues.
  • Before the growing season kicks in gear, be sure that vegetation is away from your home’s exterior.  Prune bushes back far enough away to ensure that, when in full bloom, there is still ample airflow to allow moisture to dry, especially on the shady side of your home.
  • While walking around, look for any loose, peeling paint.  This winter was extremely hard on our exteriors, so you may also find cracks and separation in the woodwork which will require caulking. Window sills, railings, and other horizontal surfaces are particularly vulnerable because the snow will sit there for days or weeks.
  • The bottoms of door frames and garage door frames can also be packed under snow for long periods of time.  The moisture wicks up through the bottom and pushes the paint right off the frame.  Exposed surfaces can lead to wood degradation and costly repairs.
  • After you conduct your walkthrough, call us to come out and review the integrity of your home’s exterior finishes.  While under normal conditions, a good paint job should last for several years, there are inevitably going to be some areas due to exposure or harsh elements that fail prematurely.  This is where “maintenance painting” comes into play.  Maintenance painting simply addresses specific areas of concern.  We also can refresh highly visible areas, such as your main entrance.  It protects and beautifies the exterior of your home, extending the life of your paint job for a fraction of the cost of a full repaint.

We have been doing maintenance painting for our clients for over twenty years.  We are beginning to put together our spring schedule.  Call us today for a free estimate and more ideas on how to keep your biggest investment looking its very best!