{how to choose a paintbrush}

Friday Finds: What Paint Brush is Right for You?

Don’t suffer through beginner’s errors when it comes to painting; make an educated choice with your paint brush. You may not think about your paint brush as much as your paint color, but Roseville Sales Associate at Hirshfield’s, James Stoffel, believes you really should. So, what brush should you be using? It all depends on the project you’re going to tackle.

Exterior Painting Projects

Generally exterior paints are latex or acrylic based. An extra firm brush with man-made bristles will work the best. Stoffel explains that without a synthetic brush,“when it’s warm and humid the bristles will start to get soft and not follow your direction.” The cleaner line of a firm man-made brush will give you more control.

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{tips for painting exterior wood trim}

Paint Your Exterior Trim – the Right Way

In these crazy Minnesota seasons, the do-it-yourself homeowner knows that painting an exterior can be tricky. Let’s face it – we don’t want to tackle this project again until we get truly sick of the color. The majority of your home’s exterior trim is wood, which expands and contracts with temperature extremes and retains moisture once the paint film is broken. Unfortunately, this may cause your exterior paint to peel. Hirshfield’s experts Ron Clarin and Mike Adochio from West St. Paul give some stellar tips to make sure you have the least amount of maintenance as possible.Exterior Paint Peeling

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{friday finds: how hirshfield’s creates the best paint in the twin cities}

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As grownups, looking at the paint colors at Hirshfield’s can make you feel like a kid in a candy store. All of the colors, the finishes, the possibilities!

How do they create all of these beautiful, amazing colors? I was curious about how the process works and thought others might want to find out too. How does Hirshfield’s create the best paint in the Twin Cities?

First of all, it’s a large, busy operation. Did you know that they make 4,000 gallons of paint every day? Much of the paint goes to customers in the Midwest, but some goes across the world, even as far away as Japan. Here’s what they emphasize during the process.

Quality
I learned that the Hirshfield’s process starts off with high-quality raw materials and have never contained lead, crystalline silica, mercury or other unsafe materials. They realize that consumers have a number of options, so they remain vigilant in their efforts to make sure that their products are of high quality and perform to high expectations.

“If you do not have the product and it’s not of high quality and a fair price, your product is not going to be selected,” says Hirshfield’s Jason Boedigheimer. “In addition to the servicing and the commitment to our customer, we feel that we have a very strong product in the market, the quality and performance that’s needed.” Read the rest of this entry »

{expert painting tips : painting plastic shutters}

Finishing touches make all the difference when it comes to the overall look of your home. The window boxes full of colorful flowers, the paver stones winding through the backyard, and the classic shutters adorning your windows.

Even though these “finishing touches” may be subtle, they still deserve the proper attention and upkeep needed to keep them looking great, and your home looking fresh and well-put-together.

If you are noticing that your plastic shutters are in need of some touch-up work, investing in some paint and elbow grease should be all it takes to make them look like new again. However, there are a few tips you’ll want to keep in mind as you’re working.

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House Beautiful

Mark Masica, a color and paint expert at Hirshfield’s, offers these tips for painting plastic shutters:

  • Consult the guidelines: The most important thing to keep in mind when buying or painting plastic shutters is to refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Some may need to be primed, while others may require a specific kind of paint. Most plastic shutters will call for a good quality, 100% acrylic paint.
  • Choose your paint color carefully: Be cautious when going darker with the color of your plastic shutters. Darker colors absorb more light, causing the plastic to warp and ripple. You can always go lighter with your paint color, but consult the manufacturer’s guidelines or an exterior paint professional when considering going more than a few shades darker. (Check out Mark’s picks for the best exterior paint colors for your home.)
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{when is it too hot to paint outside?}

painting outsideHas the heat and humidity kept you inside this summer, forcing you to neglect some of your exterior home improvement projects? Maybe you’re feeling guilty (or maybe you’re not?) that you’ve chosen the comfort of your air conditioned home over your desire to up your home’s curb appeal. And now here we are, half way through summer and you’re wondering if those projects will ever get done…

Well the paint experts at Hirshfield’s are here to help clear your conscious. When it comes to exterior paint work, if the temperatures are too hot you may be better off spending the day indoors. The outside temperature should be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit before you start painting, but if the outside temperature is more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, the paint can end up “baking” rather than drying, resulting in a less than favorable outcome.

Wind and humidity also have an impact on whether or not you should start an outdoor painting project.  If the wind is too strong, it can blow loose debris onto wet or damp paint, and it can also dry things out too quickly. If the humidity is high then condensation can form on surfaces in the late evening or overnight.  This can cause streaks, fading, or poor adhesion to the surface. If it’s too hot with low humidity, or too hot with high humidity, you can have application issues. Uncertain? Pick up the phone and call your local Hirshfield’s paint expert!

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{top exterior paint colors for your home}

This time of year, the paint experts at Hirshfield’s are busy helping customers select the best exterior paint color for their home. So I decided to ask Hirshfield’s color expert, Mark Masica, what colors he would choose as his top exterior color picks for the season. And the results are in!

Mark says the overall trend in exterior colors reflects colors that are found in nature. There’s just something about natural colors that Minnesotans relate to! These colors make us feel peaceful, happy and at home.

Grays with a warm undertone also remain popular for interior and exterior paint. Grays with warm undertones tend to look better on a home’s exterior throughout the year, as the seasons change.

Sage green is also a popular choice for exterior paint color this year. This color reflects the “nature” trend and looks great year round in Minnesota weather.

Here are Mark’s favorite exterior paint color picks:

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0561 Indian Hills

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0568 Cloudy Today

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{gifts for mom from Hirshfield’s}

“A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”
- Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

Moms give us strength, encouragement and a loving place to call home. The least we can do in return is show our appreciation on Mother’s Day!

The team at Hirshfield’s paint in the Twin Cities and surrounding area knows that moms do a lot inside and outside the home to keep things running, organized and looking beautiful. So why not offer her a little reprieve or assistance with these tasks this Mother’s Day?

A Hirshfield’s gift card allows mom pick out the right paint, stain and/or window coverings to create the living space she has always dreamed of. And like they say, a gift card is always the right size!

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Wall: Hirshfield’s Millennium line: Still Creek

Mom might also like to be treated to a Hirshfield’s color call. Whether she is looking for a fresh coat of paint on the interior or exterior of her home, a Hirshfield’s color professional can come out for an in-home color consultation to help her select the perfect color. To read more about how a color call works, check out our blogs on Hirshfield’s Color Calls and Painting your Home’s Exterior.

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Dining room background is 0401 Bamboo Forest and 0634 Day Spa is the accent color. Bachman’s Fall Ideas House 2011.

Happy Mother’s Day from the team at Hirshfield’s. And if there are any moms out there reading this post, we would like to honor you with the Mom’s Opera Saga! (And feel free to send this blog link along to your family members as a “hint, hint” for gift ideas!)

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