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How Building Color Can Bring in More Clients

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Make Your Business Stand Out!

When customers visit a business they generally arrive with certain expectations. While courtesy and professionalism are usually tops on that expectation list, in many cases cleanliness can rank equally high. Given that nothing looks cleaner than a fresh coat of paint and that the exterior of your building marks a potential customer’s first impression of the business, maybe it’s time to consider a fresh coat of paint for your business’s exterior.

If your business has a dedicated corporate color scheme, or the building associated with your enterprise has always been the same color, the choice of paint coloring is probably dictated by past decisions. Likewise, if your business has a logo with a specific color scheme, you may need to choose building colors in a way that highlights or matches the logo. However, should your choices be more open, you should carefully consider your building colors, because the colors you choose may help bring in more potential clients and/or lead to more business.

Use Psychology in Choosing Your Building Paint Color

Psychologists have long known that colors can evoke emotional responses in people, and marketers utilize color in their efforts to influence customers. Consider that research has shown that colors can increase brand recognition by 80 percent, and that print ads in color are read more than 40 percent more than similar ads in black and white. Color can even influence the perception of temperature. Walls painted in warm colors, such as orange and red, generally make people think a room is warmer than it actually is, while cold-colored walls, such as blue and green, make people lower their temperature estimates.

People’s perceptions of—and response to—colors can and do vary. Genders display distinct differences in their color preferences, with men generally known to prefer stronger colors, while women tend to prefer softer hues. Distinct cultures may perceive colors and their meaning differently than the mainstream, and individuals may acquire subtle color biases as a result of past experiences.

Psychologists and marketers have developed various rules of thumb with regard to colors and business that may help you determine the right color choices for your building. Let’s consider a few of these rules in relation to the most common colors:

Blue

Known as the most popular color, blue is used in branding by 35 percent of the Forbes list of 100 most valuable brands. Its status as a favorite color is thought to have evolved from the pleasant association we have with seeing the blue sky, or the blue of water. Marketers believe blue is associated with trust, integrity and communication.

Red

Used in branding by 30 percent of the Forbes list of 100 most popular brands, red can send mixed messages. On the one hand it conveys warnings, such as the red in a “Stop” sign, but it can also signify anger, as evidenced by a face reddened by rage, or angering a bull with a red cape. With branding it is thought to connote power and passion.

Green

Green can invoke mixed messages, as well. Your first thought might be that it conveys a sense of nature and regrowth, which is correct, and “green” is all about the environment. In branding It also represents “money,” the pursuit of which can be diametrically opposed to green goals.

Yellow

Yellow is an interesting color in that most people don’t rank it high on their favorite colors list, but those who do like it tend to like it a lot. It is the most visible color one can see in daylight, and, while not popular with the majority of people, is considered a “happy” color.

Orange

Orange is thought to represent high energy, but is also associated with good value.

Tide and other cleaning brands use orange in their branding to suggest industrial strength; while Home Depot’s orange is supposed to be suggestive of good value.

Pink

Considered a kid’s color or effeminate, pink is also believed to have a calming influence. In fact, this influence is believed by some to be energy draining, which is why many sports teams paint their visitor’s locker room pink.

White

While it may not be considered a true color depending upon who you speak to, white is used as a color in branding (and certainly as building colors), though usually to offset other colors. White represents a bright, clean look, though marketers warn that it should not be overused as white can be suggestive of boredom.

Black

Black is not a color, and instead serves to absorb the colors of the visible spectrum. Similar to white, it can be very effective at offsetting other colors. When used in branding it is generally tied to the ideals of luxury and refinement.

Type of Business May Also Guide Color Choice

Ultimately, the type of business you are engaged in will help dictate your color choices as well. Much as toy store owners would not likely paint the exterior of their building black, funeral home proprietors would likely refrain from using a bright red color scheme. A law firm’s building might seem a bit off-putting if painted blue and yellow, but would probably look quite professional in black and white.

If you’re having a hard time choosing the perfect color scheme for your building, it might be time to call in some professional help. Serving the Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs area, FCI Painting has been helping businesses with their interior and exterior painting needs for more than 20 years. You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling (239) 435-1001.

Redecorating with Wallpaper: Can You Paint Over it?

FCI Painting Tips for Decorating with Wallpaper

Looking for an easy way to modernize your dated home décor? Consider getting some new paint on those walls. Wallpaper that was the height of elegance 15 years ago is only dragging down your style aesthetic today, so opting for a fresh coat of paint will go a long ways towards transforming your space. But is taking down wallpaper worth the effort? Most people dread the idea of spending hours stripping old wallpaper off their walls, so they delay home improvement projects for years on end. However, this is hardly necessary. Prepping wallpaper to paint over it is possible, so long as you take the time to do it right.

You Can Paint Wallpaper, But Strip When You Can

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always a décor faux pas to paint over wallpaper. Sometimes, it even makes sense. Not only can painting over wallpaper save you money and hours of prep work, it’s sometimes a smart choice for the durability of your walls. However, most homeowners shouldn’t paint over their wallpaper, so keep reading to learn if layering paint onto preexisting paper is a smart choice for your situation.

You should always attempt to strip your wallpaper before deciding to paint over it. The reasons for this are simple. First, paint usually looks better when put on a stripped wall. Otherwise, you risk seams from the wallpaper showing though, and raised designs may be emphasized with a coat of paint. Painting over wallpaper may also pose problems in the long run, as peeling paper will take your paint job off with it too and make frequent touchups a necessity. This means that it’s important to strip your paper before painting when you can, as the process of stripping painted over wallpaper is much more difficult.

When to Paint Over Wallpaper

Sometimes, stripping wallpaper won’t work for your walls. If any of the following conditions describe your home, you might be better off painting over your paper instead.

    • Too many paper layers: If your walls have multiple layers of paper on them, stripping off every layer yourself might be impossible and leave the walls an uneven texture in the process.
    • Minimal Time: Stripping wallpaper can be a drag, so if you’re on a tight renovation schedule, painting over the paper is a time saving option.
    • Crumbling drywall:  Taking wallpaper off drywall sometimes leaves it damaged and crumbling, so keeping it in place on older walls will ensure they stay intact.

How to Paint Over Wallpaper

If you decide to paint over your wallpaper, it is crucial that you carefully prepare your walls to prevent the result from looking shabby. Look over your walls, remove any loose paper in sight, and restore damage spots from nail holes. By taking the time to get your wall is as smooth as possible, you will get the best result.

Next, add a thin line of clear caulk around the edges of your wall, paying special attention to the places were the paper meets the floor and ceiling. This seals the edges and prevents the paper from peeling after it’s been painted.

After the wallpaper is secured, cover it in a coat of oil-based primer. This seals the adhesive in the paper and keeps it away from the moisture in the paint, which is otherwise likely to cause it to bubble or peel.

Once the primer is fully dry, inspect for gaps in the wallpaper seams these may need to be skimmed with drywall compound, sanded and re primed then you can paint your walls like normal.

 

When it’s time to call a professional painter

Feeling overwhelmed with the scope of your painting project? It might be time to call in some professional help and use the services of a painting company like FCI Painting. FCI Painting will never take the easy route on your renovation project and will strip off years of old wallpaper to give your walls a fresh look. You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling (239) 435-1001.

Never Power Wash Your Roof Again – Here’s Why!

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If you aren’t familiar with soft washing, you should be! This system was designed to be minimally invasive and significantly more effective than a traditional roof power washing. If you’ve had pressure washing before – prepare to be amazed at the efficacy and ease of this incredible system. This treatment is available in almost any climate, from the humidity of Florida to the arid air of Arizona. But what exactly makes soft wash different? Instead of potentially damaging your roof with the powerful water pressure it takes to clean it, soft washing is a gentle chemical alternative that treats for mold and algae and leaves your roof cleaner than ever.

What Exactly Is Low Pressure Cleaning?

Regardless of where you live, you have dirt, dust, and mold growing on your roof. Organic material like leaves and soil accumulate in the nooks and crannies of your roof. While traditional power washing uses a high psi to remove the surface of the mold and algae, it does not solve or treat the underlying problem.

Similar to how a gardener treats their plants to prevent bugs and harmful fungi, soft wash utilizes a gentle cleaning solution that kills the unwanted organic life hiding in your roof. Additionally, soft wash leaves behind an inhibitor that helps to prevent the growth of new fungus and mold. Where traditional pressure washing will damage your roof and fail to treat the entire problem, soft washing shines as a quick and effective treatment to clean and protect your home.

You may be asking yourself, how does power washing damage my roof? It can damage it in a few ways. One way is that it may strip the paint or protective coatings that prevent weathering. Additionally, it can break down or destroy important parts of your roof that deflect heat from the sun. Most homeowners have what is known as a composition roof. Typically, a composition roof includes a warning from the manufacturer against any aggressive cleaning of the surface. Overall, improper pressure washing on your roof could lead to the breakdown and erosion of the roofing material.

Is It Dirt…Or Something Else?

Those dark streaks on your roof likely are not only dirt. Those are most likely a bacteria known as Gleocapsa Magma and are the leading cause of roof stains in the United States. Organisms that live on your rooftop wreak havoc on your roofing materials by breaking down and decomposing them. In states like Florida, soft washing has seen a meteoric rise in popularity because hot and humid climates are where your destructive rooftop organisms like to thrive. Many of these organisms are able to feed on the material that your roofing is made out of. In fact, a typical shingle contains limestone, which contains nutrients that mildew and bacteria are able to grow and populate more of your roof.

There is some good news, these annoying bacteria can be removed safely with the use of the soft wash!

What Can Algae and Fungus Do To My Roof?

Besides the discoloration of shingles and other roofing materials, these harmful fungus and molds can do more damage to your roof than you may have believed possible. As mentioned above, the bacteria known as Gloecapsa Magma can thrive on surfaces like wood, concrete, and even aluminum! As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to know exactly what these little pests are capable of. Gloecapsa Magma will create a miniature ecosystem for itself and will produce an acidic waste that is powerful enough to destroy the materials around it, further allowing the bacteria to flourish.

Another common form of contaminant that can live on your roof is a blue-green algae. Some of these are known as “nitrogen fixing algae.” What this means is that they are able to subsist in environments that would otherwise be unable to support life. This blue-green menace creates a root system for itself and once attached to your roof or surface, the root system will begin to break down the area by creating cracks and fissures.

Spray and Forget!

Soft washing goes beyond a surface treatment. A soft wash will eliminate destructive bacteria and mold while preventing new growth from occurring. It is an incredibly simple process – a trained professional uses a soft wash system to evenly coat your roof with a powerful mixture of bacteria and mold fighting chemicals. The next step is easy – forget! Gone are the days of an invasive and loud power wash that damages your roof and doesn’t treat the mold. Welcome to the future of total roof cleaning with the soft wash system.

Choosing the Right Company

Finding a company that provides your home with the soft wash it deserves can be difficult. There are many contractors out there that claim to soft wash your roof, but will use bleach, or simply use a lower psi on a standard pressure washer. That’s why you should call FCI Painting! We deliver an incredible cleaning solution to your roof with minimal hassle to you and your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling us at (239) 435-1001.

 

 

The Life of a Paintbrush

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If you are preparing to paint your home or business, you want a new look that will POP! Part of producing a stunning, new look is working with first-rate materials.  You have probably given a lot of thought to the colors and types of paint you want to work with, but you should also carefully consider the paintbrushes you use.  With the right paintbrush, you can achieve a creamy, smooth texture that will appeal to the eye as well as the touch, and last for years.

Depending on the quality of your paintbrush, their lifespan can range from a few days up to three to four years! For the standard interior paint brush, there are two types of bristles: synthetic materials—like nylon or polyester—and natural hair.

The lifetime of a paintbrush often depends on the material the paintbrush is being used to spread. For example, the higher quality, natural bristle brushes work best when used with enamels or topcoats (these should never be used with latex-based paints). On the other hand, synthetic brushes will typically hold their shape better and can be used to paint with nearly any material.

While they may be expensive initially, we recommend premium polyester paintbrushes because, with proper care and maintenance, they will last an extended period of time.

Average Lifespan

  • Natural Brushes – Made with natural animal hair and used for applying oil-based paints, natural brushes can last 3-5 years with proper care.
  • Blended Synthetic Brushes – These brushes are easy to clean and maintain, especially when working with latex paint. These brushes are typically made of nylon and polyester, which offers premium durability and excellent shape retention. These brushes should last you 2-3 years with proper care.
  • Polyester Brushes – Ideally used with latex paint, these brushes will retain their stiffness and shape with almost every paint and will apply evenly and smoothly. With regular maintenance, these brushes should last 6 months to a year.

The lifespan of your paintbrush can be greatly extended with the proper care and maintenance, regardless of what kind of brush you use! We recommend using soap and water on latex brushes and mineral spirits on natural oil brushes.

Paintbrush Maintenance

Oil Paints

You should always make sure that you’re closely following the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning your brushes. Typically, the instructions will ask you to use a specific cleaner or solvent. To clean with a solvent, you should pour it into a container that will easily accommodate the brush—a very clean, used paint can works well. After pouring it into your container, work the thinner throughout the bristles by dipping it in the container repeatedly until the excess paint has come off. If necessary, spin the brush a few times until no material remains on the bristles.

Latex Paints

Latex paints are less difficult to clean off. These paints can easily come off with a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Clean the brush by dipping it into the mixture and working the soapy water into the bristles with your hands, followed by a rinse of clear water. Repeat the process if necessary.

Tools & Gadgets

Paint Brush Comb

After you’ve washed your brushes, you may still find yourself with some dried paint on the bristles. This is where a brush comb comes in handy. The comb is especially useful because it allows you to carefully remove dried paint without damaging the bristles. Just a few strokes with a paint brush comb, and your brush will be virtually like new!

Brush Spinner

You should never leave your brush with water on it as it can cause your bristles to warp. A brush spinner is a great solution to this problem. Once you’re done cleaning and combing your brushes, toss them into the spinner for a perfect dry.

FCI Painting Has You Covered

Painting may seem easy, but for an error-free, high quality result, you should hire an expert team like FCI Painting. Our painting company has been giving homes the perfect makeover for years! Whether you’re painting the interior or need a fresh coat on the exterior, give us a call at (239) 435-1001 or use our contact form online.

8 Painting Tools We Can’t Live Without [Plus a Bonus Tool!]

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5-in-1

5-in-1-tool – This tool is hailed by DIY and home painters alike as the must have on the job. The 5-in-1 is likely the most versatile tool in your kit as it can be used to widen cracks, remove putty and paint, and spread paint or caulk.

Handheld Paint Pail – The handheld paint pail is another favorite among professional painters and painting enthusiasts. Tired of walking to and from the paint every time your paintbrush goes dry? Handy_paint_pailIf you’re on a ladder, the process of climbing up and down to refresh can take up a lot of time! The handheld paint pail allows you to the convenience of the bucket without the inconvenient travel.

Painting Stick – Don’t have a ladder? No problem. The adjustable painting-stickextended painting stick lets you paint those hard to reach areas like the ceiling and high walls.

Paint Spout – This incredibly simple gadget performs the incredibly spoutnecessary job of keeping your paint from spilling and making a mess when you’re pouring it.

Angled Paint Brush – The angled paint brush is used for prangled-brushecise work like cutting in corners and edges, painting narrow spaces as well as edges a trim. It                                          lets you get in where other brushes can’t!

wire-brushWire Cleaning Brush – The classic wire brush is an absolute necessity for cleaning dried or drying paint off your brushes and tools.

Putty Knife – A useful tool for scraping and removing putty-knife
imperfections from walls to applying putty                                                       and filler to cracks and divots.
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Masking Tape
– Need a crisp clean edge? Look no further than the tried and true roll of painter’s masking tape.

Bonus – Your Phone – Don’t want to deal with the hassle and time spent painting on your own? Call FCI Painting at (239) 435-1001 or use our online contact form.smartphone-fci

FCI Painting’s Tips – Painting a Room!

Richard Foden at FCI Painting has noticed time and time again that a professional paint job in Naples, Florida is preferable to DIY. Once the do-it-yourself paint job turned into a disaster of spattered floors and a few too many trips to Home Depot. For the capable homeowner, however, painting doesn’t need to end in a colorful defeat. Richard at FCI Painting has over 20 years of experience painting and has shared these tips for the seemingly trivial task of painting a room.

Prepping Surfaces to Paint

The least fun but the most necessary part of getting a room ready to paint is to thoroughly prep the surface. This includes using the necessary tools, usually a scraper, to remove any bumps. Take a good look at your freshly scraped wall, if you notice any divots, channels, cracks, or any marks to the surface of what you’re about to paint, you’ll need to fill It in.

Creating a Perfect Primer

After your wall is as close to a smooth surface as a wall could be, you’ll want to crack open a can of primer and add a small amount of the color paint you’ll be using to it. This helps the primer and subsequent paint job nullify any risk of the paint bleeding through. For those thinking primer is more of a luxury and not a necessity, primer serves three distinct and necessary purposes. First, stains won’t show through. Second, you’ll use less paint, one-coat coverage isn’t unusual when primer is used correctly. Third, paint adhesion, the act of your paint actually staying on your walls. We would say that’s pretty important.

Tread Carefully – Dropcloths

Pick your drop cloth carefully. FCI Painting uses canvas almost every time. But, for the novice slip ‘n’ slide enthusiast, a plastic drop cloth will be perfect as it invariably becomes impossible to walk on due to the excess of paint. Plastic does not absorb paint. Canvas, however, does absorb paint and can be used in a variety of different ways that plastic sheeting cannot possibly hope to match.

Don’t Break Your Back!

Stop with the step ladder and get an extension pole for your brush. Nobody likes the backbreaking toil of forever stepping off a stepladder only to move it 8 inches, climbing back up, repeating endlessly. The best extension poles are those with metal cores. The metal-cored poles are less likely to bend and break.

Convenient Storage

If you’re sure you’re painting again the next day. It’s possible to store your painting stuff overnight without having to clean your brushes and rollers. Just get rid of the excess paint, wrap your items in plastic, and place them in the refrigerator to keep them from drying out. It really works.

Richard hopes these tips work for you!

Need a professional working on paint or restoration job in Naples, Florida? Call FCI Painting today.