Colour & Design, DIY, Exterior, Featured

Vinyl Siding Transformation

June 2, 2017
Vinyl Siding Paint

What do you do when your “maintenance free” vinyl siding is looking dated and down in the dumps?

While you might be hesitant to consider painting your siding, if it’s done right, painting it will give you up to 10 years of stunning results –at a fraction of the price of new siding.

HC-104 Copley Gray

Painting your vinyl siding is a fool proof way to update your home’s exterior and enhance it’s curb appeal. If you have limited funds, nothing will transform a dated exterior as quickly or dramatically as paint.

When it comes to exterior building materials – Stucco, Brick, Wood, Aluminum and Vinyl siding are all surfaces that accept paint exceptionally well.

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DIY, Exterior, Featured, How – To, Uncategorized

Making an Entrance:Home updates to tackle this weekend

June 1, 2017

Weekends are a treasured time to spend catching up on chores or relaxing with friends and family, but they’re also the perfect time to tackle some of those small projects that will make your space more functional and inviting. Updating your front door with paint and hardware is a simple and impactful project that can be completed over a long weekend.

Here are some tips on how you can give your front door a facelift.

Do the prep work: Like any paint project, preparation is critical. Ensure the door is clean, dry and sanded smooth before starting, and prime if necessary. If possible, remove all hardware from the door and protect glass or areas you don’t want painted with painter’s tape.

Make a grand entrance: When selecting a paint colour, context is important, so keep the neighbourhood landscape and architectural style in mind. “Choosing a colour can be overwhelming, so use an edited palette that has been curated specifically for front doors. “To really make a statement, Venetian Sky and Wild Blueberry are my go-to choices,” adds Grech.

Choosing a product that’s designed for use on front doors is just as crucial as selecting the right colour. Grech recommends waterborne alkyd enamel, such as Aura Grand Entrance, which offers durability and a lustrous finish.

Paint like a pro:

  • Remove the door off its hinges and place it on the ground if you can. If that’s not possible, be sure to look out for paint drips on the hardware and clean them up right away if you see them.
  • Paint any recessed or paneled areas first and work top-down with a low-pile, high-quality roller.
  • For the smoothest finish, let it dry completely and lightly sand any imperfections.
  • Remove sanding dust and then paint the final coat.

Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize: Select hardware that matches with the overall colour scheme and texture of your home. “Bronze continues to be a trendy metal in home design, so consider updating your door handle, knocker or mail slot with this designer favourite.

Hardware, like jewellery, is the perfect finishing touch to make a statement with your front door,” says Grech.

To find out more visit Barrydowne Paint or book an exterior colour consultation.

Industrial & Commercial, Spray Equipment

Pressure Loss and the Effect on Spray Patterns

April 14, 2017

If you’re experiencing poor spray patterns and can’t figure out where the problem is, one often overlooked cause of the problem might be pressure loss through the hose.  There are many factors, which contribute to this loss.  Here are some of those key factors: and the correct method for checking pressure loss between your Graco Airless Sprayer and spray gun.

Hose Diameter

The bigger the diameter of the hose, the smaller the pressure loss.  For airless spraying, 1/4” ID hose is the most common.  The next hose size is 3/8” diameter.  3/8” ID hose is substantially more expensive and heavier than 1/4” ID hose.  But the pressure drop in a 3/8” hose is substantially less than in 1/4”.  Consider the benefit versus cost when choosing hose diameter.  Below is a chart showing the pressure drop difference between 1/4” ID and 3/8” ID hose at 2,000 psi.

Flow Rate/Tip Size

When there is no flow, there is no pressure drop.  This is a static situation.  With no flow, the pressure in the system is the same at every point.  Different size tips result in different flow rates – the larger the tip, the greater the flow rate.  With material flowing through the hose, the system is now in a dynamic situation.  The greater the flow rate, the larger the pressure drop.  The chart shows how pressure drop increases as the tip size is increased.


Pressure Drop

Tip Size      Flow Rate         1/4” Hose**           3/8” Hose*

.015               .20 gpm                 125 psi                      45 psi

.017                   .27 gpm                 140 psi                    50 psi

.019                   .34 gpm                 160 psi                     57 psi

.021                   .41 gpm                 182 psi                     65 psi

.023                   .48 gpm                204 psi                   73 psi

.027                   .67 gpm                  248 psi                    90 psi

*gpm at 2,000 psi  ** Pressure drop was tested using 50 ft of hose with latex paint S.G. 1.36

Understanding the Chart

If you’re spraying with a .023 tip, the sprayer is maintaining 2,000 psi at the pump.  With 100 feet of 1/4” hose, the pressure drop will be 2 X 204 or 408 psi.  The pressure at the gun will be 1,592 psi.  You probably will notice tails in the spray pattern at this pressure.  If you use 3/8” hose, the pressure drop will only be 2 X 73 or 146 psi.  The resulting pressure will be 1,854 psi, enough pressure to atomize most latex paints.


The thickness and viscosity of the material is also a major contributor to pressure drop in hoses.  The pressure drop with stain is less than with block filler.  Temperatures also play an important role in material thickness and viscosity.  Just like motor oil, paint will become thicker and more viscous as the temperature is lowered.  The pressure drop in a hose will be greater at 50oF than at 90oF.

Hose Length

With all other variables being equal, the pressure drop with a .023 tip from the chart below is 204 psi in 50 feet of 1/4” hose.  It follows then that the pressure drop in 100 feet will double to 408 psi and will be 612 psi ( 204 psi X 3 ) with 150 feet of hose.  So, if you have 2,000 psi at the pump, the pressure at the gun using 150 feet of 1/4” hose while using a .023 tip will be 1,388 psi.


Contrary to what most people think, elevation does not have a significant effect on pressure.  For average latex paint, the pressure drop due to a 100 ft. rise in elevation is only 60 psi.

So, if you are having trouble atomizing the coating you are spraying, the problem may be pressure drop.  Understanding the possible causes of the problem is important to being able to solve it.  A fluid filled pressure gauge rated at 4,000 psi minimum is essential in tracking down pressure related problems.

Connect the gauge at the pump outlet and measure the pressure while spraying or in the dynamic situation.  Then install the gauge at the inlet to the gun and again measure the pressure in the spraying or dynamic situation.  The difference in pressure is the pressure drop.  If the pressure drop is significant, look at what you can do from the list below to reduce this difference.  If the difference is small, but the pressure at the gun is too low to atomize paint, you have a different problem which could be a worn tip,  a tip that is too large, worn pump parts, or a clogged filter in the gun and/or pump.


By Tim Whelan

Originally Published in the November/December issue of ‘The Scouting Report’ an ALLPRO Publication.

ALLPRO Corporation is a B2B purchasing cooperative comprised of a network of independently owned paint and decorating products retailers. We currently serve over 280 such member retailers who represent approximately 1,400 store fronts located throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and parts of Europe.

Our mission is to provide our membership with a distinct competitive advantage in today’s marketplace. We do this by seeking out only those programs and initiatives that will help improve their operations, market position, and profitability.

Colour & Design, Featured

Benjamin Moore Neutral Shades: Top Interior Designers’ Picks

September 14, 2016
Benjamin Moore's best Neutral Colours

You creativity and personal style should be sources of inspiration when considering design ideas to transform the look of your home or office. There is, however, no harm to be done in doing a little research to see what others are doing.

This is especially true when considering the correct shade (or shades) of paint to use in a space. How much is too much colour? What colours act as perfect compliments for a design style? When and how should neutral shades be used?

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Colour & Design, Colour Trends, Featured

Interior Design Ideas Using Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl

September 7, 2016
Benjamin Moore

Gone are the days of relegating gray to the bottom drawer of drab colors, taken out only for fairy tale orphanages and dungeons needing extra layers of blah. Today’s savvy at-home designer knows there is an array of options covering the bases of every imaginable gray colour scheme, and it would seem they all can be found in the Benjamin Moore colour gallery.

When you’re deciding on the perfect gray for your personal interior design, consider the ever popular Gray Owl, which has a range of colour compatibility that is versatile and distinctive. Understanding that versatility will help you design a space in your house that at once soothes you and excites you to be home. Consider the following ideas as you begin your design journey and let Benjamin Moore make your gray days vibrant.

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Colour & Design, Featured

Don’t Go Spinning Your (Colour) Wheels! Finding the Right Colour Scheme Made Easy

August 31, 2016

You’ve likely seen the home improvement shows where people instinctively know the best home makeover styles, the right colour scheme for their colour wheel, and yes, the true feng for their shui. Maybe you’ve even found yourself yelling at the tv, “Brilliant Blue?? Those samples are all JUST the colour BLUE.” Maybe, in the world of interior design, you feel like a single drop of paint in a very large bucket.

Whatever the case, as you stare at your own home design, you may be wondering if it wouldn’t just be easier to live with exposed sheetrock and shabby-not-so-chic yard sale finds. Where do you start? And when is a design professional coming to your rescue?

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DIY, Featured, How – To, Interior

Concrete Solutions for Ugly Countertops

August 12, 2016

Throughout my week I help countless customers select paint colours for their Kitchens and Bathrooms. In many of these cases, we are trying to work with fixtures in undesirable and dated colours. I don’t need to tell you how difficult it can be to modernize a kitchen when working with a harvest gold or moss green countertop! For many of these clients, the high cost of beautiful granite or stone simply isn’t in the budget, or they need a quick fix for resale. For these clients, I suggest exploring one of the many countertop refinishing systems available on the market.

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Decorator, Featured, Interior

Wow with Wallpaper

August 10, 2016

If all that’s old is new again, then wallpaper is the cutting edge of modern home décor.

Let’s face it, for many years wallpaper has been the unfashionable outcast among home décor options.

Many Sudburians remember the era when wallpaper reigned supreme. Anything that stayed still long enough got wallpapered. Every room in the house, all four walls plastered with everything from big prints to small prints, velvet to burlap, moiré to foil.  And to add insult to injury, the next generation of homeowners had to take it all off!

Too much of anything can turn people off and that is what happened to wallpaper.

Surprisingly, the difficulty or ease with which wallpaper is removed is dictated by the manner in which it was applied.  For example, a single coat of wallpaper “sizing” improves adhesion, reduces seam shrinkage, while making it easier to remove.

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DIY, Featured, How – To, Interior, Wood Finishing

Restore It! Don’t Strip It.

August 10, 2016
wood refinisher

Restore It… Don’t Strip It!

Anyone who owns wood furniture is familiar with the frustration caused by minor damage that detracts from the beauty and value of the wood. Now there is a way to actually repair minor damage by restoring the actual finish on furniture, without the use of harsh chemical strippers.

In most cases we learn to accept the fact that we can’t do anything about it, and live with the problem. Carefully positioning lamps, knick-knacks or tablecloths is the only way to hide unsightly damage.

With a simple wipe-on, wipe-off process, most finished wood surfaces that seem to need complete refinishing can be restored in a few minutes. White heat rings, watermarks, sun fade, smoke damage and most other blemishes can be quickly eliminated.

“Restore-A-Finish” is a unique finish penetrating formula that restores the original colour and luster to the furniture finish while blending out minor scratches and blemishes.

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Retail Paint Industry

“Paint Experts” Campaign

April 3, 2015
We had a blast making our last billboard! From left to right: Tia, Jessica, Brooke, Teena, Lindsay, and Ryan

“Expert advice, quality products, and a passion for paint!” – these three core values were at the center of our recent “Paint Experts” media campaign.

We had a blast making our last billboard! From left to right: Tia, Jessica, Brooke, Teena, Lindsay, and Ryan

We had a blast making our last billboard! From left to right: Tia, Jessica, Brooke, Teena, Lindsay, and Ryan

Behind the scenes at the photoshoot for our "Paint Experts" campaign.

Behind the scenes at the photoshoot for our “Paint Experts” campaign.

We were living on the edge in Overlagsen’s pristine studio with REAL paint on our rollers.

Ghetto Graphics

What can we say? Paint Experts might not make the best graphic designers! Tape, Scissors, and a Photocopier = problem solved!

Take a listen to some of the radio creative that was developed to support the campaign:

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