Now that it's exterior maintenance season, the subject of deck care is a hot topic at Daly's.
We suggest our 1-2-3 system of deck care:
1) Daly's Deck & House Cleaner
This is a concentrate that you use to clean off the build up of debris, gunk, sludge and dirt that have accumulated on the deck.
Mix 1 part cleaner to 4 parts water, use a garden sprayer to apply the solution to the deck, agitate with a deck brush to loosen grime, and rinse well with water.
2) Daly's Wood Brightener
If your deck is aging, you may notice it looks gray and weathered, even after a good cleaning. Wood Brightener is a great step to take to restore the look of you wood to get it ready to accept stain.
You don't need to do this every time, but it's a great step to take if your deck is looking 'tired'.
3) Daly's DeckStain
A penetrating oil-based stain designed specifically for decks. The best part? We only want you to apply ONE coat! For most situations, expect to re-stain every 2-3 years. Available in clear and colors.
We typically recommend Daly's DeckStain for decks, but sometimes people are looking for a solid stain solution. C2 Paint makes a high quality water-based solid stain, available in any C2 Paint color.
Why do we try to encourage you to use a semi-transparent stain instead of a solid stain?
Solid stains do not penetrate like semi-transparent stains, instead they sit on the surface of the deck, more similar to a paint. Semi-transparent stains tend to wear off over time, without cracking, peeling or blistering.
Horizontal surface, like decks, are often the most exposed parts of your home and take a beating from sun and weathering. Solid stains look great when first applied, but tend to require more frequent maintenance and application than semi-trans stains.
Exotic Wood Decks
Ipe decks are stunningly gorgeous. With a rich red tone, tight grain and smooth finish, Ipe is a design spluge that adds that wow factor. One of the challenges for homeowners is how to care for Ipe. Traditional deck care products are not compatible with this naturally oily, dense wood because traditional deck stains cannot penetrate into Ipe; they simply puddle on the surface, which leads to future chipping, flaking and failures.
In the meantime, that rich beautiful deck is slowing graying out, needing some care and attention to maintain that special look.
Daly’s Ship’n Shore Sealer is a much better option than traditional deck stains; both for protecting your beautiful investment, and keeping it from greying out too quickly. Unlike stains, Ship’n Shore does not leave a surface film, so it won’t chip, crack, chalk, bister or peel.
The best part of it all is that Ship’n Shore brings out the natural beauty inherent in the wood, so it will keep that unique look for a very long time.
It's fun to pop into the paint store and check out the latest color trends, imaging the magical transformation a new paint color creates. There is no other tool in the designer's kit that brings a bigger bang for the design buck than fresh paint.
However, there's nothing worse than a near-miss when it comes to color. Sure, the all-out color disaster would qualify, but how often does that happen with paint? Not nearly as often as those near-misses. We see them them often.
To keep you from heading towards disaster, keep the following tips in minds as you dream of stunning new color...
Tricks the Pros Use When Choosing Color:
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One of the most frequent questions we get asked is, "What are the most popular paint colors?"
Guess what? I can tell you!
C2 Paint has the technology to keep track of every single color that's tinted; this means we have real-time accurate information to tell us what colors we are actually using, not just what paint chips folks take home to try.
No surprise, White is the most popular color family, and not just because it's been a dominate color trend lately. It's also used extensively for ceilings and trim, which means that white always pops to the top of the list.
Ah... but which whites?
C2-516 Architectural White is the most popular, followed by C2-692 Milk Moustache, C2-804 Sheer, C2-612 America’s Cup, and C2-932 Coconut.
There's an interesting feature that all these whites have in common: even the palest of tints are made using color recipes comprising of multiple pigments to create colors that are always rich and compelling, even white! C2 uses a full-spectrum approach to designing color; utilizing multiple pigments that represent more of the color wheel and never any black pigment, even for black paint!
After the popularity of white, where are we headed? Check it out; Warm Neutrals are occupying center stage. Gray is still going stong as part of the color conversation, but warmer neutrals, like Shiitake, have never left the conversation.
C2-928 Paper Clip is the leader followed by C2-911 Shiitake, new entry C2-912 Smidgeon, C2-992 Seraph, and C2-994 Grout.
One of the lovely new colors that has been showing up is C2-851 En Pointe. This enigmatic neutral along with C2-849 Buttermilk, dominate the choices on page 76 of the fan deck.
White isn't the only big color trend we are seeing.
Stalwart shade C2-965 Stout is joined by newcomers C2-885 Jabberwocky, and C2-981 Aperture in the deep toned accent space.
(Interesting little story about the color Aperture: this was the last color in the line-up to get named. We really struggled with how to name a color that looks like black, but has no black pigment. It was down to the wire, time to go to the publisher and we still struggled. Name considerations ranged from Darth to Deep Space 9. Yikes. When Aperture was proposed, there was a visible sigh of relief. Yes! The name Aperture is compelling and lets you know it's both elegant and mysterious, perfect for the C2 Paint color name vibe.)
Blue toned neutrals such as C2-989 Esoteric, C2-959 Bel Canto, and C2-977 Wellspring are making their presence felt as well.
The commonality of all these colors? We prefer color that falls within the realm that we call "complex neutrals". The color itself can range from pale to deep, but we gravitate towards liveable, timeless color that makes us feel good.
C2 Paint has created one of the most comprehensive and thoroughly vetted color palettes of sought-after hues.
Check out the palette for yourself and see why C2 Paint colors are special.
Today we worked with not one, but two customers who are grappling with painter issues because they went with the low bid to save some money.
The first is an extensive exterior job that happened this summer, and the painter used "contractor grade" paint (read: inexpensive) for the siding. I think you can guess where this is going: Already, after just a couple months, the paint is not holding up and it started to crack in high exposure areas. Not good.
The painter then brilliantly solved the problem by applying a thicker coat of paint to those cracked areas, in hopes of filling in the gaps. Instead, they worsened the situation because now the paint film is bubbling annnd cracking.
The homeowner is now in the process of hiring a quality painter to remedy the situation, and any cost savings they wanted have completely evaporated into repair and repaint costs.
This was a $30,000 exterior paint job, so quite extensive, and the price difference between the quality paint that was originally specified and the contractor-grade paint that was actually applied boils down to about a $400 difference in material costs. Ouch.
Think about this: the labor and prep costs the same, regardless of the grade of paint that is applied. Why would you shave dollars off on the paint when it's the paint that provides the protective barrier between your house and the elements? It makes no sense.
The second customer was faced with a painter who didn't want them to buy quality paint and he started to behave very aggressively to the client, in front of the interior designer who had specified the paint! You see, the painter had low-balled the bid, and didn't want to factor in a different paint cost. Even though the homeowner offered to buy the paint themselves.
In the paint world there are time and materials bids, so the cost of paint is easily flexed. And there are bids that are all-inclusive, and both are reasonable ways to work - just make sure you understand the parameters when hiring a painter. If you find yourself in a situation where the paint bid is so tight that you cannot choose the products you want put into your own home... That is problematic. Remember, you are the one who has to live with the result, long after the painter is gone.
Actually, there is a THIRD painter issue, and this one has to do with application quality. Homeowner did not want to pay $18,000 for an interior repaint, so they went with the lowest bid. Which turned out to be a low quality paint job, to the point where it has to be entirely repainted! It is now costing well over the $18,000 they did not want to spend! Plus, the first painter is now MIA, won't return calls, and won't refund any monies spent for an incomplete job.
I'm not saying you must go for the most expensive bid or else catastrophe ensues, or that you should always avoid inexpensive painters. But, DO understand who you are hiring, what you are buying, and what control you have in the process. Painters come in all stripes: many have a lot of experience and know their products inside and out, while others are looking to make a buck quickly and easily.
It's always rewarding to receive a little recognition from your peers. One day, a number of months ago, I got a call from a reporter at Seattle Magazine because they were doing a feature on paint colors. I spoke a few times to the author then completely forgot about it until friends started calling me because they saw the article. Fun!
The color being discussed is WHITE.
Which is the right white? It's pretty easy to know when white paint is wrong, but how do you start off in the right direction when it comes to this shade?
Click on the link to read the story: http://www.seattlemag.com/right-shade-white-every-room
Thanks for the color love, Seattle Magazine!
Does this happen to you: do you find that when you are passionate about a subject it seems that you could go on forever, exploring ideas, thoughts and opinions? Someone I enjoy plunging down the design rabbit hole is my friend Renate Ruby, Seattle interior designer and owner of Adorn.House.
Renate and I have spent hours going deep, so we decided to take our personal conversations and share them with fellow design hounds via Facebook Live. We're calling our endeavor Friday Focus with Renate and Robin - every other Friday around 11:30am we go LIVE on various topics that we think you'll learn a little something more. Next episode is this Friday, and we are focusing on color!
Please do me a favor and "Like" our page, Friday Focus with Renate and Robin.
A good thing just got better - but hurry, Rebates only run through September 18, 2016
Did you know that Daly's has represented Pratt & Lambert Paints for over 30 years? Quality products are very important to us, and Pratt & Lambert has staked their reputation on the side of quality since the mid-1800's. They are actually the oldest operating paint brand in N. America.
Right now is a great time to pick up some Pratt & Lambert and swing a great deal on the good stuff.
There's no denying that summer has finally arrived in Seattle, and with the great weather we see a huge upswing in people working on their decks. If you've put off some of your own maintenance until now, don't worry, you're in good company!
There are two different paths most people take when it comes to deck care at Daly's:
1) Daly's 1-2-3 System of Deck Care
2) Daly's Ship'n Shore Sealer
Let's break it down so you can make the best choice for your deck.
Daly's 1-2-3 Deck Care System
This is a great option for most decks, and it's designed to both protect the wood and be easy to maintain over the life of your deck.
Step 1: Daly's Deck and House Cleaner
Formulated for use on all painted, stained, unfinished or weathered wood surfaces. Use to remove mildew, mold, dirt, algae, and in some cases, deteriorated stains. Also great for routine cleaning in a diluted form.
We suggest cleaning your deck annually, to keep the grime at bay.
Step 2: Daly's Wood Brightener
This is where the magic happens.
It brings your wood back to looking like new again - creating the perfect foundation for applying new stain color.
You will only have to use Daly's Wood Brightener a few times over the life of your deck if you are good about cleaning and staining regularly.
Daly's Ship'n Shore Clear Sealer
A question we answer every day at Daly's Paint is this, "Why is there such a huge range in the price of paint? What is the difference between something that costs $25/gallon versus $65/gallon?"
The quick answer is that you get what you pay for, and cheap paint is a shortcut to trouble. Like most things in life, the extended answer is a bit more nuanced and detailed.
When you are buying quality paint, you are paying for many different features; durability, ease of application, plus a visual quality to the color itself. Paint is created from three main components; liquids, solids/resins and pigment. Each one of these categories may contain various levels of quality and/or cheap ingredients. The combination of all the components together and the quality ingredients for each specific category affect the final price of the paint.
Let's Break it Down:
The liquid in the can evaporates as the paint dries, so the more solvent or water your paint contains, the less actual paint film you are left with on the wall once the paint is dry. Stands to reason when you think of it that way, right? It also makes sense that your paint is less likely to perform over time, for example hold up to any sort of washing or sponging off, if the bucket contains a lot of solvent or water without enough solids left to make a strong paint film.
This is what is left on the wall after the solvent (water is considered a solvent, btw) has evaporated. Resins add to the performance of the paint and also give your paint it's specific feel; plastic-y, smooth, chalky, soft or hard, sticky… Inexpensive paints use low-quality fillers, like chalk or talc, to add body to the paint. This is tricky, because the paint can seem thick and rich when you are stirring it around in the can, but it's thickened with a product that doesn't add to the performance of the paint on the wall. Ah-ha! Chalk is also used to add "hide" to cheap paints - think about that one-coat coverage at $25 bucks stuff; rub your hand across the wall and you'll rub the color right off! Many new construction homes are painted with very cheap paint. A $1.7 million dollar new-construction home that I just toured last week is painted with crap. I get to look at that house as a potential re-paint opportunity in just a couple years; good for the painters and paint stores of Seattle, bad for the new homeowner.
Resin is usually the most expensive component in paint. It is the agent that binds the pigment to whatever surface you are painting. Both the quality and the amount of resin in the paint affect its price.
Resins affect how it feels when you are applying the wet paint. Today's quality paints barely spatter at all, they are easy to apply and you aren't fighting to get the paint rolled onto the wall. Resins, baby!
We all respond to color. A beautiful color can really set the mood. Paint pigments can be very finely ground, which gives a richer, deeper look to your color, or roughly ground – the resulting color looks dull, even bland.
Light reflects off the pigment, that is how we can see the color. Inexpensive pigments are relatively large in particle size and have rough edges, so the light is reflecting off in a more scattered fashion than with a smoother-grind, smaller-sized pigment.
Practically speaking, finer-ground pigments cost more to produce. Better paints utilize very specific formulations that use multiple pigments; up to 8 in a color recipe. Cheap paints use maybe… 3. It’s certainly cheaper from a production standpoint, but from a visual perspective, fewer pigments result in a color that is lacking in nuance and depth.
Did you know that the pigment (sometimes called "tint") that we add to make your favorite color actually affects the coverage and hide of the paint?
Here's an example that illustrates this point very well: We've all seen a situation where a stunning red wall required 5 coats of paint, because the red was so sheer you could see every lap mark, every brush stroke. That demonstrates how transparent a can of paint is - by adding the pigment you are adding coverage qualities. Finely ground pigments solve issues like red or yellow paints not covering well.
Let's do the math: 5 coats of paint at $25/gallon vs 2 coats at $65. Seems like a wash, right? Wait! We haven't added in the labor or hassle factor yet. Hmmmm..... 5 coats at $50/hr vs 2 coats at $50/hr. Boom! Money in your pocket, and you have a more attractive result.
That finer grind of pigment lends to a deeper, more luminous, look to the wall.
Tips for Buying Paint
Aim for 100% acrylic (the highest quality resin) paint
100% acrylic dries to a harder film = longer lasting, more durable finish
How do you know what you are buying?
There is a document known as a Spec Sheet that you can find online for any paint you are considering. The Spec Sheet will list the solids content of the paint, among a lot of other useful information. This is a good starting off point for comparing apples to apples beyond any brand claims that paint companies make.
Talk to your independent paint store, like Daly's. Independent dealers are a great resource to help you understand the specific paint product in combination with your specific project - they will be super helpful to find the right paint for your unique needs.
Know this, too... Most paint manufacturers offer Good/Better/Best options. Just because the brand you are using has a good reputation, that doesn't mean the specific product may be formulated as the best quality. Do your research and know what you are getting.
Back to the short answer: Avoid buying junk. It's just not worth it.
Image from Dulux Paint in the UK
Robin Daly is the 3rd generation owner of Daly's Paint & Decorating stores. She is passionate about supporting people with their home improvement projects, loves how color can transform a space and knows a thing or two about how to get things done.