Author: Rhea Bailes

Do You Need To Paint Your House? Here’s General Info You Won’t Read Anywhere!

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House painting is an operation you certainly do more often than renovate. When I was a child, my father packed up the whole house every four or five years and started to paint big strokes of white. Once the job was done, the house looked transformed: from dirty and dark to bright and shiny.


However, since renovating the house has become my job, I have learned from house painters Portland and painters that redoing painting is something more complex than taking a brush and starting to paint. Now when a client asks me for advice on which is the best material to use for the walls of his house, I tell him that he must contact a painting expert who studies the existing background, assess the type of paint already present, see if it can hold up. New paint, if on the other hand, it is necessary to eliminate it or simply apply fixatives, and overcome all the problems. Only at the end of a study I wait will he be able to indicate the suitable painting. And I assure you that, no matter how many walls I have seen, a professional painter (one of the serious ones though!) Knows a thousand times more than me.

The same applies to a house that simply needs to be repainted and to a completely renovated house and will be finished from scratch.

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And I assure you that surprises are never lacking: a few years ago I was following the renovation of an Portland apartment which involved making some traces for the systems on the part of the walls. I was hoping to get by simply plastering the parts of the wall on which we had intervened and given a “coat of white” everywhere. Believing it to be trivial, I underestimated a thorough analysis of the old dye. When the painters arrived on site, we had a bad surprise: the old paint was coming off like a skin … it would not have been possible to do the new finish before to have peeled everything off and given a good coat of fixative.

Since then, I have carefully looked at what’s on the walls of the houses I renovate, but I pay particular attention to carefully choosing the paints suitable for the needs of the house and my clients.

Remember that the paint that covers the walls and ceiling is the most extensive finish you will find in your home, and if it is not of good quality, it can even be harmful to your health.

Water-Based Paints For Whitening Home

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I’m not telling you that there are no solvent-based paints in Portland, but the problems they cause are such (pollution, stench, VOC, low breathability) that they are practically no longer used.

In any case, not all water-based paints are the same. Here we will see those mainly spread according to the needs and characteristics. It is understood that we are interested in the version for whitewashing the house, that is, those that give a white finish. Which, however, are the most widespread.

Tempera paintings

Let’s start with a painting that is not properly considered water-based paint. In reality, water is also the solvent for tempera paints, occupying between 25% and 30% of its total volume.

It was the most used painting until the 1950s and still has a good diffusion today, it is called tempera as it is based on a procedure that involves dissolving (wetting) powder in water. This process was once done by hand, now with a helix drill.

This finish presents some not indifferent problems: both the binders and the pigments are of poor quality as they tend to form a very thick film. In particular, the pigments give the white color more for the thickness than the ability to cover.

The result is a paint that tends to flake or peel off after a short time. It also has the flaw that it cannot be painted over a previous tempera painting. Therefore it is necessary to eliminate it before giving the new finish.

Of course, it has none of the characteristics that are currently required of interior paints, and the only reason it is still widespread is its cheapness and ease of installation.

It is recommended for ceilings or low-traffic areas (cellars and closets). I do not recommend it to any environment.

Portland Breathable water-based paints

Breathable Water-based paints are called transpiring as they allow the wall to let water vapor penetrate (and naturally escape). This might seem a negative feature, while, in reality, it is normal and indeed essential for the health of the walls.

When you buy a breathable water-based paint the main elements that compose it should be the following in these percentages (approximately):

  • Water between 24% and 22%
  • Emulsion (of resins) between 7% and 9%
  • Titanium dioxide between 9% and 10%
  • Kaolin between 8% and 13% (finest white pigment)
  • Calcium carbonate between 50% and 43%

It is good for all rooms where normal use is expected. It might not be recommended, due to the lack of resistance, near the kitchen or in the lower part of the walls of the offices (the chairs hit them constantly …).

Washable water-based paints

Let’s start with the brush strokes parameter that I bet you can’t wait to know: washable water-based paints have to withstand more than 10,000 brush strokes before they start to flourish.

This leads to the average composition of washable paint to be as follows:

  • Water between 25% and 23%
  • ulsion (of resins) between 14% and 19%
  • Titanium dioxide between 10% and 13%
  • White Meudon between 10% and 12%
  • Kaolin between 8% and 13% (finest white pigment)
  • Calcium carbonate between 30% and 17%

As you can see, the percentage of emulsion has increased considerably, particularly doubled compared to a breathable one. In order not to increase costs, a percentage of Bianco Meudon has been added, much cheaper than other pigments, even if it is not always present.…

Painting The House: Who Is Responsible For The End Of The Lease?

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For the painting of the house walls, it is not uncommon to hear that the owner of the apartment has withheld part of the security deposit.


How are things actually?


What do the rules say on the subject?


Who has to paint the walls of the house at the end of the lease? The owner? Or maybe the conductor?


Painting of the walls of the apartment, the legal regulations

The issue of painting the apartment at the end of the lease does not find a specific discipline in the laws: in short, to answer the question, we must look at the general rules, the content of the contract, and the practice on the subject.

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What are the obligations of the Portland owner?

Here we refer to the so-called 4 + 4 contracts and those for leasing for use other than residential since for those 3 + 2, of a transitory nature and university students, we will say further.


Surely the state of a painting of the walls falls within the concept of the good state of maintenance if they are very dirty or otherwise damaged. Normal previous use does not require painting. End of year condominium adjustment what does the tenant pay?


The fact that the walls, over time, get dirty is something that concerns the deterioration due to normal use; however, this assessment must also be made in the light of the content of the contract and the practice, it is understood that normal deterioration can never match excessive dirt due to carelessness. (Who pays for the painting of the stairs?)


Painting the walls of the apartment

The practice, in many contexts, provides that if the house is delivered with painted walls, the tenant, at the time of return, must do the same. Conversely, no-obligation incurs on the tenant if he has received it with the walls not “freshly painted,” except in the case of deterioration exceeding normal use.


Concerning practice, it may be useful to consider what is prescribed in the collections of customs and practices held at the Chambers of Commerce.


However, the content of the contract comes first. Very often, the parties also regulate this aspect of the lease (e.g., walls painted by the owner at the time of the start of the lease that must be left by the tenant in the same state at its end, i.e., final painting by the latter)