Professional Painting Equipment: How The Right Tools Affect You

Which professional painting equipment is right for your job?

Professional Painting Equipment 101

If you’re a pro and have been a pro for years, you know first hand the affect that the right professional painting equipment can have on the job. Your painting equipment has the power to make or break the final design of a space. No matter how much money you spend or save on that paint, it all comes down to the application.

Download our equipment guide for a more in depth break down of each of these application methods.

You can take your time and follow the install instructions to the T, but if your painters are ill-equipped with the wrong equipment you can say buh-bye to all that hard work and start over.

First and foremost: when you land the bid for the next hot project with a specialty paint spec, check with the manufacturer on what equipment is needed for the job. They will be able to provide all the necessary information to you so you and your painters can ace that installation. Many times they’ll also be able to locate a provider of this equipment should your team not already have it on hand.

What Equipment Is Necessary?

HVLP, airless and conventional… sounds like a bunch of mumbo jumbo if you’re not a painter, but since you’ve been around awhile this is pretty much painting 101 to you. Specialty finishes have been developed and tested an immeasurable amount of times by their manufacturers, so be sure to follow the equipment suggestions from the manufacturer to achieve the desired aesthetic. Ultimately, the manufacturer is going to know what equipment achieves the correct and intended look. We’ve seen time and time again installers use the equipment not recommended and then have to deal with unhappy clients, and ultimately end up re-applying the product all over again.

Professional Painting Equipment

Brushes And Rollers

Let’s start with the easy equipment: brushes and rollers. Pretty much everybody has painted with brushes and rollers and is familiar with them. They are the most simple, least disruptive and most cost effective form of application. Make sure you use the right brush for the right paint and surface you are painting. When it comes to roller covers you are going to want to make sure you get the roller with the right nap for the job.

Spray Equipment

Spray equipment is where painting equipment can get confusing. You have  Conventional, HVLP, Hybrid, Airless and Electrostatic all in your arsenal. Let’s make sure you know which ones are best for which jobs.

Conventional setup offers maximum control over the look of the finished product. It’s low capacity makes it a setup better for smaller jobs.

HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) is very versatile and portable, making it ideal for small and tight spaces.

The Hybrid setup offers a high degree of control that’s suitable for applying a wide variety of products.

The most commonly used spray method, no surprise, is the Airless setup. Preferred by painters as a fast and economical installation method, it also creates very little overspray. This is best for large jobs that don’t require a ton of precision.

Electrostatic application produces little to no over-spray or lost product, this is better for OEM paint jobs that are difficult (such as wrought iron or other fencing).

Download our equipment guide for a more in depth break down of each of these application methods.

Where Do I Get Painting Equipment For Your Finishes?

Which professional painting equipment is right for your job?

Not sure where to get the right professional painting equipment? Not sure what painting equipment you need?

Easy – once again, just check the finish application guides or give the manufacturer’s customer service team a call. If they don’t know, something is very very wrong and you probably shouldn’t be using their products. We really recommend Binks equipment and you can usually find it here.

Most of Scuffmaster’s finishes use conventional, airless or simply a roller for application. Follow our guides and make sure you have the right professional painting equipment and everything will go over smoothly – your finished product will be B-E-A-utiful.

Download our equipment guide for a more in depth break down of each of these application methods.


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2017 Color Trends: Our Favorite Colors For Interiors

It’s that time of year again – time for all of your favorite paint companies and color labs to choose their favorite 2017 color trends. Color us excited.

We put a ton of effort into researching our favorite color trends each year; inspired by images across the world, runways, interiors new and young, and (of course) nature. Every year we make sure our collection is full of beautiful rich colors that can stand the test of time (nobody wants to paint a 3000 sqft. project with a color that is going to be dated in 2 years). Scroll through to see some of our picks for 2017 color trends.

Get our 2017 color trends lookbook here.

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

This hint-of-blush is the perfect tone to use when looking for a soft neutral. We definitely saw this color coming when we chose a similar shade for our Fall ’16 colors.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

Do beautiful rich gold tones ever go out of style? We’re loving this shade for 2017. Try it out in a bold metallic finish.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

Pearly whites are the go-to for many designers, and for good reason. This year we see white becoming more of an accent, with dusty blush tones being used more for neutral areas. Check out some great pearl whites here.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

This deep chocolate with a hint of red tone is a gorgeous deep neutral, adding some rich color to your interiors.2017 color trends Scuffmaster

You may have seen by now that Pantone’s Color of The Year is Greenery. Whilst not as bright, we are also feeling inspired by nature and the changing world around us for 2017. A deeper, more subdued shade of green is on our list for this coming year. This beautiful olive can almost get away as a neutral tone. How will you use it?

By the way – did you know humans can see more shades of green than any other color?2017 color trends Scuffmaster

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

This deep merlot has some staying power; it’s sure to be a classic and has us asking for another glass of wine (yes, please!).2017 color trends Scuffmaster

2017 color trends Scuffmaster

Deep rich shades combined with soft tones are our go-to combinations for 2017. This evolved shade of a deep emerald with a cool blue tone is one of our favorites in this collection. We can’t wait to see how you use it.

Find our colors from this palette here.

This is only HALF of our palette for 2017 color trends. Check out the rest in the lookbook below! We can’t wait to see how you combine these colors.




Color Trends 2017 LookBook


 

Why Specifying Paint Is Important

Toulouse specifying paint
It Just Is

Okay, we’ll elaborate more than that, if you insist. There are so many things to consider when you’re picking paint for your job. We’ve covered it extensively to the point you’re probably wondering why you’re reading another one of our blog posts about specifying paint. But it’s SO IMPORTANT we just can’t emphasize it enough.

Get our Specifying Paint Guide here.

Let’s make this fun. When you’re choosing carpeting for your job, you make sure you pick the grade that’s going to hold up to the traffic that the area experiences. You put a lot of effort into picking just the right commercial flooring and it’s often unnoticed. But if you didn’t put that effort into that decision, and you just chose any cheap flooring… your client, your boss, everyone who sees that space is going to notice. That’s not the attention you want and deserve.

So why wouldn’t you put the same effort into your walls? It’s the same thing. Woah. Crazy, isn’t it? If you chose any paint for those walls, chances are it’s not going to hold up and it’s going to look really crummy, really fast. Again, unwanted attention for that disaster. Avoid this at all costs! You can see more about how to pick the right paint for your space here.

Toulouse specifying paint

Differences In Paint

Paints come in all different shapes and sizes. Well, not really. They pretty much all come in 1 gallon or 5 gallon paint buckets. Maybe that was a bad analogy. Paints come in a variety of formulations, and an infinite amount of colors.

Water based vs. Oil based

Chances are you already know the disadvantages to oil based paints, and at this point with the environment in mind you’re more than likely not using them. We’ll lay out the differences nevertheless. Oil based paints often cover more thoroughly in one coat, shrink less, and take longer to dry allowing you more working time. That being said, oil based paints are more likely to crack, fade and yellow, the fumes are overwhelming and harmful, and the remains must be deposited in hazardous waste collection centers and never poured down a drain.

Water based paint on the other hand doesn’t yellow over time, is much better for the environment, dries faster, is easy to clean up and definitely doesn’t require a special trip to a hazardous waste collection center. We’re team Water Based for sure, how about you?

Toulouse specifying paint

Specifying Paint

When it comes time to specify the paint for your space (we know, more often than not paint is the last thought) make sure you actually specify which paint is right for the space. This way there’s no option for your paint selection to be flipped for a paint of lesser quality when it comes time to do the job. Keep the environment and your product’s impact on it in mind when looking to make you final decision on specifying paint.

Schools, dorms, arenas, hotels, retail outlets, and other busy spaces might be repainting as often as once yearly (or more!). Initially, going with cheaper paints will save money. But if that paints fades, peels, or cannot withstand people traffic, it will need to be regularly repainted (at great expense). Specifying the right paint, however, usually costs only a little more and will not only keep the space looking better longer, it will save time and money in the end. Factor in the reduction in VOCs from eliminating regular repaints and the value of specifying the right paint for the right job becomes clear.

For your P1 areas you’ll want to choose the paint with the best scrub rating and best ingredients, these paints will go the distance required for a P1 and protect those areas for years, saving you, your clients, etc on repainting costs. Not to mention, what a reputation saver! Whew.

Get our guide below to specifying paint.


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Success! Metallic Paint In Commercial Interiors

Metallic paint in commercial interiors on ceiling

Recipe For Success: Metallic Paint in Commercial Interiors

Commercial interiors are more than white walls, fiddle leaf figs and re-pins on Pinterest. They take your blood sweat and tears to achieve perfection (or your client’s idea of perfection). Our favorite commercial interior designs pack a punch with metallic paint. Scroll through to see some convincing reasons why you should choose to put metallic paint in commercial interiors.

example of metallic paint in commercial interiors

Metallic Paints In Commercial Interiors

Metallic paints in commercial design are a recipe for success. Timeless and elegant or bold and trendy; Metallics can make as much or as little a statement that your commercial designs need. Check out some of our favorite designs featuring metallic elements.

Creative uses of metallic paint in commercial interiors

Metallic paints can fit in with your designs or stand out as much as you need. From covering all walls in beautiful metallic paint to selecting a few accent walls or architectural features, there’s a place in nearly every project for a metallic paint. Need something a little unexpected? Don’t stop at the walls, try a metallic finish on the ceiling for a unique touch.

Metallic paint in commercial interiors

Pair your metallic walls with a metallic ceiling and metallic finishings like pendant lighting and shelving!

Metallic paint in restaurant interiors

Metallic paints pack an extra punch in commercial interior designs where eggshells would fall flat (literally). This is one of the many benefits of specifying a specialty paint like a metallic finish. Add dimension and flair to your designs with a metallic paint that would catch anyone’s eye.

Metallic paint in commercial interiors on ceiling, walls and columns

Get Ideas For Your Commercial Designs

Think your commercial interior design could use a metallic paint? We think so too. Check out our lookbook on designing commercial interiors with metallic paint below, or check out our finishes to find beautiful metallic finishes in a huge range of colors here!

metallics-lookbook

Scrub Cycles: What You Need To Know

What you need to know about scrub cycles

They’re Actually Important

There are a number of things you need to know when you start to work on a new paint project. Your paint’s scrub rating is one of them, and it matters in nearly every situation. There are a lot of misconceptions around scrub cycles and what ingredients are in your paint products.

Download our guide to choosing the right paint product here!

Scrub cycles are based on the American Society for Testing and Materials ASTM D2486 test. This is the agreed upon scrub test in the paint industry. What this scrub rating number means is how many times your paint can be scrubbed before reaching failure (paint coming off the wall with cleaning, etc.).

To do this test a machine scrubs the surface with a brush and an abrasive compound repeatedly and keeps count of how many times the product is scrubbed before failure. It’s pretty boring, but it’s pretty important too.

 

Scrub cycles are an important factor in choosing the right paint for your project

How They Affect You

What this means to you: the higher the scrub rating of your chosen paint product, the longer it’s lifespan on your walls. If you have a high traffic area, you’re going to want to make sure that product you’re using has a high scrub rating or you can guarantee you’ll be re-painting shortly. Figure out what the lifespan of the project is (or what your client expects in the future) before making a final paint decision. You’ll want to make sure the scrub rating reflects the expectations so nobody is surprised down the road. If you’re going to be applying the product, make sure you buy what was specified instead of flipping it out for something cheaper. It really does matter in the long run.

What Do VOC’s Have To Do With This?

Have you been wondering if VOC’s have anything to do with this? No? Just us? Well, not surprisingly, VOC content does play a role in scrub ratings. Lowering the number of VOCs in your paint products often means lowering your scrub rating. Taking that many ingredients out can weaken the integrity of the paint’s surface. Low VOC’s are great, but weakening the paint ultimately means re-painting and releasing more VOC’s and creating a vicious cycle. Make sure you know which is more important for each job.

 

Pick the right paint product for your scrub rating needs

How To Choose The Right Product

You’ll have to figure out on a case per case basis what product you need based on scrub cycles. If it’s a low traffic area, you can certainly get away with a low VOC and low scrub rating paint. Steady to high traffic areas will need something a little tougher that can hold up the wear and tear and last for your space’s entire lifespan. Make sure you have a conversation with the client and don’t flip the spec.

Download our guide to choosing the right paint product here

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Current Paint Trends: Fall Color Report

Blue trends for fall

Seasons come and go, and with them, the “it” colors of the moment. (You can see more of our thoughts on ‘color of the year’ and such here.) We like to find trending colors that can last awhile, so your designs can live on walls without feeling dated 3 months later.

Get our free Fall ’16 Interiors LookBook here!

We’re constantly watching color trends across the globe. From interiors to fashion to technology to Pantone’s color report, we have an eye on it all. Scroll through to see our favorite current trending paint colors to splash on your walls for fall 2016 and beyond.

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Not sure how to use these in your commercial designs? Download our free Fall ’16 Interiors LookBook below!

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High Traffic Schools Need High Scrub Paints

You probably already know that paint is the simplest and most economical change you can make on an environment. But it’s time to dig a little deeper. How long do you want your design to last? How long does your client want the design to last? This is where high scrub paints come into play.

Check out our checklist on 8 Steps To Choosing A Product For Your School Design!

British International School and Scuffmaster's ScrubTough

Back To School

Since it’s time for school to start, we thought we’d focus in on those school classrooms and hallways in particular. Hundreds of thousands of kids run through schools everyday. Books, bags (maybe even bullies?) can really damage those walls. Scuffs and stains, you name it, those school walls have seen it. So what’s a designer to do to protect their design, meet their client’s expectations and budget, all while creating a beautiful space for learning?

High scrub paint is your answer. Paint CAN hold up to the bullying those high traffic areas have to endure, you just have to make sure you’re picking the RIGHT paint for the project. If you’re choosing a standard eggshell with a scrub rating of 300, the product is going to fail and the client is going to have to repaint. That’s a situation neither parties want to be in. Paints with a scrub rating of at least 3,000 scrubs can transform those busy areas in school and keep them looking nice and tidy, while also being cleanable for years to come. The higher the scrub rating, the more durable the paint. This means that your design will last for many a good washing.

Scuffmaster's High Scrub Finishes

But High Scrub Paint Sounds So Industrial…

It does sound industrial, and a little intimidating. But it’s not! High scrub paints can look like your typical eggshell paint (but it’s secretly going to last forever), but also offer options like unique textures and metallics. Check out what specialty paints offer high scrub ratings and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with your options. Durable paints CAN also be beautiful!

Your Client's Budget Loves High Scrub Paints

Client’s Budget

You may be thinking, “specialty paints are so expensive, my client’s budget doesn’t support that”, but have you figured out how much it costs over its lifespan? Think about it. If you use a cheap paint in your client’s budget, they’re going to spend easily 2x+ repainting their space when that paint doesn’t hold up to the high traffic. A more expensive paint with a high scrub rating will actually SAVE them money over the lifespan of the space.

Competing Products Leave Your Walls Scuffed and Damaged

Competing Products

Right now you might be thinking that epoxy or a vinyl would be a good option for your project. Maybe… but what does the cost of the product over the lifespan of the space come out to? Epoxy and vinyl are more difficult and expensive to install than a high scrub paint, so you’re spending more of your client’s money right off the bat, let alone calculating the product’s lifespan. What is the lifespan compared to a high scrub paint? How much are you spending over the years patching and touching up? These are all things to consider when picking the final product for your school design’s high traffic areas.

 Wow, That’s A Lot To Think About

Not really, we crammed a lot into this post to make sure you’d have all the information you’d need, but in reality it’s pretty simple. Establish your client’s budget, determine what the lifespan of the products should be, research your high scrub rating options, calculate the cost over the products lifespan, then choose your product! Don’t forget to pick just the right color either. Easy.

Check out our checklist below on 8 Steps To Choosing A Product For Your School Design (seriously, it’s free)!

High Scrubs Checklist

The Colors of the Olympic Rings

The Colors of the Olympic Rings

Olympic Rings and Colors Meaning

The Olympics are one of the most recognized (and protected) brands in history. The signs, songs, and symbols of the Modern Olympic games stir the emotions of people on every continent. And while competition is at the heart of the Games, the design of the Olympic symbols was driven by a spirit of unity.

Check out our colors of the olympic rings.

Considered the father of the Olympic Games, Pierre de Fredy, Baron de Coubertin was a French educator, historian and founder of the International Olympic Committee. A bit of a polymath, the modern Olympic Games are the international spectacle that they are because of Pierre de Coubertin and his dedication to uniting people through sport.

What do the rings mean?

The 5 rings might be the most well known symbol in the world. But what do they actually stand for? And how were the colors chosen? Created in 1912 by Pierre de Coubertin the five interlocking rings originally represented the 5 world continents: Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania. Laurel or olive wreaths were popular decorative elements in the 19th century and were said to be handed over by goddesses of victory. It is expected that these wreaths and the goddesses of victory were inspiration for the ring motif. This symbol of interlocking rings was meant to symbolize the union of the five continents of the world coming together to watch as their best athletes compete at the Olympic Games.

The 6 colors of the olympic symbol

Flags

Coubertin says in an April 1927 issue of Messager d’Athenes:

“The great Olympic flag is hoisted up the same pole that it is to remain on for the duration of the Games. It was criticized when I designed it. Today everyone likes it. It is white, as you know with five interlinked rings, blue, yellow, black, green, red, representing the five parts of the world united in Olympism.”

Officially debuted at the Games of the VII Olympiad in Antwerp in 1920, the rings also represented all 6 color combinations of every country’s flags without exception (in regard to the year 1913).

Although no ring is meant to symbolize a continent or country exactly, the combination of them covers all countries. On it’s debut, Coubertin stated in August 1912’s edition of Olympique:

“…the six colors (including the flag’s white background) combined in this way reproduce the colors of every country without exception. The blue and yellow of Sweden, the blue and white of Greece, the tri-colors of France and Serbia, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, America, Germany, Belgium, Italy and Hungary, and the yellow and red of Spain, are placed together with the innovations of Brazil or Australia, with old Japan, and with new China. Here is a truly an international symbol.”

The rings today

It is to be noted that the colors are not intended to refer to a continent specifically, more so represent each possible combination of participating countries’ flags. If you ignore the varying shades of blue, red, green and yellow seen across modern flags, the colors in the rings still don’t quite cover all countries’ colors today. The orange tone that is seen in flags of countries such as Bhutan, Armenia and Sri Lanka is not one of the 5 colors of the Olympic Rings. Considering the symbol’s creation in 1913 was over 100 years ago, it is incredible the relevance the symbol still carries, and the power of the 6 combined colors.

Find even more information on the Olympic Rings here

Olympic Samples

Designing With Pearl Paint

Smooth Pearl, Pearl Interior Paint

Designing With Pearl Paint

Designing with pearl paints can add an unexpected element to your spaces that other products such as wall covering or eggshell paints can’t. Pearl paints, depending on the product, can also offer other benefits that metallic paints cannot. Let’s explore the benefits.

Download our Designing With Pearl Paints Look Book.

pearl in an oyster shell

Why Would You Choose a Pearl Paint?

If you’re looking for a finish that adds a little something extra in your space that an eggshell or wall covering simply can’t achieve, a pearl paint may be the answer for you. Pearl finishes play beautifully with lighting elements, adding special features to your walls when eggshells and wall covering wouldn’t. Often times metallic paints can’t get as vivid as pearl paints and certainly can’t get very light either. If you’re looking for a pure white but want to up the sophistication with your lighting elements, a pearl finish may be a great option for you. If you’re looking for a vibrant corporate color to up the branding in your space you may also find that the pearl paints can meet that need as well.

Pearl finishes add a level of sophistication and sparkle to your designs without overpowering your spaces. Added bonus, they also are the cleanable and durable option when high traffic solutions are being considered.

Added Benefits of Pearl Finishes

Because pearl finishes often require a protective clear top coat they tend to be more cleanable and durable (like this smooth pearl finish), saving you, your firm and your client money and headaches.

Usually a more subtle and sophisticated appearance than metallic paints or decorative wall coverings, pearls can fit in with more designs without becoming overpowering.

Smooth Pearl Paint

Recap

Why would you choose a pearl paint?

  • Looking for a decorative finish that sparkles, but need a vivid or light color
  • Need a cleanable and durable solution
  • Looking for a wall solution that accentuates directional lighting
  • Don’t want a finish that will take over the space
  • Need a finish that makes a statement, but isn’t overpowering
  • Wall covering can’t reach the aesthetic you are looking for
  • Metallic finishes feel too cold or heavy for the space you’re designing
  • Don’t have the budget for wall covering

Download our Designing With Pearl Paints Look Book below!

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Create a Perfect Mid Century Modern Interior

Mid Century Modern Interior

Designing a Mid Century Modern Space

From Mad Men to NeoCon 2016 in Chicago, Mid Century Modern influence is everywhere in the interiors business. Looking to design your own mid century modern interior space? Whether you’re looking for commercial or residential, here’s the essentials.

Get your own Mid Century Modern color palette here.

Mid Century Modern Interior Eames Chairs

Key Features of Mid Century Modern Design

A key feature of mid century interiors is the classic (and famous) Eames furniture and furniture with clean simple lines. Furniture from this era can be identified by the straight clean lines complimented with smooth curves and a typically wooden construction. Pair this with statement lighting (artichoke pendant, anyone?) and graphic patterns to really hit home. This can be done in a number of chic ways. For a lobby or waiting room design try choosing furniture featuring minimalist design with sleek lines and very little features. Go with a bold color like tangerine to spice it up. Pair this with a graphic rug or pillows in one of the era’s popular patterns, such as the atomic pattern you can see below.

Mid Century Modern Interior

The Color Scheme

The Mid Century color scheme is perhaps the most recognizable nod to the era, so make sure to pay extra attention to the color palette you’re choosing for the job in order to create the perfect space. The mid century color scheme often featured darker neutral tones and saturated accent colors. Color has the ability to transport us to different times and places, so if you’re looking for the 60’s vibe, make sure to study up on the chic colors used. Some of the most popular colors from this era are Avocado, Mustard and Tangerine. These colors were used throughout interiors as well as the fashion world, from walls and appliances to skirts and textiles. Don’t be afraid to splash these paint colors on your walls, paint is one of the easiest ways to transform a space. Get your own Mid Century Modern color palette below (for free!).

Mid Century Modern Color Scheme