{bogo: weather king II exterior paint}

Jay LaMotte and Peter Goldsmith hard at work.

Did you get your exterior painting projects finished this summer?

I’m still working on mine; I think we can all use the same excuse; the weather did not cooperate at all. It was too wet, for way too long, then too hot; but these past few weeks have been perfect painting weather.

I called the professionals after I noticed a couple spots starting to pop on the south side of my house. After checking out the house, only the south side needed a new coat of paint, as the rest of the house was still in good shape. (Yeah) The shakes on the house are sixty years old and we waited too long before we painted the last time, and we did not want to make the same mistake. Shame on us.

If you’ve got an exterior painting project you’ve been putting off all summer, now is the time to tackle it! Not only does the cooler weather make for perfect painting conditions, but a buy-one-get-one-free offer from Hirshfield’s doesn’t hurt either!

Our premium quality professional exterior 100% acrylic paint is specially formulated to provide low temperature application and quick curing, resulting in good resistance to early moisture exposure. Gives a mildew resistant coating. Weather King II paint uses the latest advances in 100% acrylic latex waterborne technology, which allows professionals to extend the painting season with confidence.

Features & Benefits
• 100% Acrylic Latex
• Low Temperature Formula – 35º and above
• Dries quickly
• Resistance to rain, snow, dew and fog
• Resistance to roller spatter
• Covers most surfaces in one coat
• Excellent color retention
• Mildew Resitant – treated with mildewcide to protect the paint itself from the growth of mildew
• Resistance to fume staining and attack from garden chemicals


Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hudson, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minneapolis at 325 E. Lake St., Monticello, Rochester, Roseville, St. Cloud, West St. Paul and Woodbury.

Offer good through September 29, 2011.

{prepping your home’s interior and exterior}

March 20 marked the first official day of spring, and that means it’s time to start your spring cleaning! Now that the days are longer and the sun is shining abundantly, you’ll want your home’s exterior in great shape to show off your house. When the inevitable April showers arrive, focus on improving your home’s interior. These tips can help!

Old Man Winter spent a lot of time visiting this past season, and exterior finishes were ravaged by the harsh conditions. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way in rejuvenating a home battered by ice, wind, and snow time and again this winter.

Outside, use lush landscape to highlight your home’s best features, whether it’s a large lawn or bay windows. Greenery and bright blooms will add color and vibrancy to your lot, which will continue to flourish as spring turns into summer.

This Old House

Another way to boost curb appeal is through simple changes. Give your windows a good cleaning. Power wash decks and patios. Paint or replace your front door to give your home a whole new look.


Design Buzz

Inside, give each room in your house a thorough cleaning. Get rid of clutter and place items you no longer use in storage. Create shelving units or find furniture, baskets, or containers that can keep books, magazines, and remotes out of sight and free of dust.

Architects for Life

For a new, refreshed look in your home, rearrange the layout of your furniture or add slipcovers to give your space a makeover with new patterns, designs, and styles. You can also restore floors by waxing linoleum and steaming carpets.

Update your kitchen and bathroom by replacing hardware. Change knobs, handles, and fixtures with different sizes, shapes, or colors for a whole new look.


Kitchen Improved

Make your house the most beautiful on the block! What plans do you have to invigorate your home this season?

{pre-snow to-do list: finish up your exterior painting}

Although it’s been getting colder in the Twin Cities — as evidenced by the snow covering the ground this week — there’s still time to finish up your exterior painting projects before winter arrives.  Fall can be an excellent time of year to paint the exterior of your home — you can paint in temperatures as low as 35º — but there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure the success of your painting project:

  • As a general rule of thumb, the best hours of application are between 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Start your painting on the sunny side of your home and follow the sun around.  (In the summer months we recommend just the opposite – painting in the shade.)
  • Lower temperatures mean slower drying and longer curing times.  Be sure to allow ample time between coats, generally 24 hours.  This is especially critical when using darker colors (more colorant) or when applying a latex paint over an alkyd primer.
  • Watch those dew points!  The dew point is the temperature at which moisture will condense on a surface.  Paints, stains or primers should not be applied unless the surface temperature is at least 5° higher than the dew point. Remember that all surfaces to be stained or painted need to be clean and dry.  If dew forms on a painted surface that hasn’t had a chance to cure properly, you may experience some water spotting or surfactant leaching problems, especially in darker colors.
  • Remember all surfaces to be painted or stained need to be clean and dry.

Be sure to follow all label directions, or for more information consult the paint experts at your nearest Hirshfield’s store.

{how much scraping and sanding is really necessary?}

As a morning runner I spend a lot of time looking at houses and exterior paint and there is a home on my route that has had ladders outside for the last year. The owner is an acquaintance whom I know through my kids’ sports. When he began the project a year ago he had mentioned in passing that he was painting the exterior. Well, it appears that he has been scraping paint for 6 of the last 12 months. It doesn’t look like the house has any rotted wood that needs to be replaced or any structural issues, but it makes me wonder – how much paint is he going to scrape? How much paint do you need to scrape before you can begin priming and painting?

I took the question to my local Hirshfield’s manager, Grant Richards, and he gave me the following guidelines for prepping (and scraping!) exteriors:

  • How much scraping is enough? As a standard rule of thumb, when there isn’t any more flaking you’re in good shape. Remember, your paint is going to bond to the surface and if that surface is loose and flaky, then the new paint has nothing to cling to. Be sure that the surface is clear of loose paint chips and debris to get the best adhesion.
  • Do I need to sand after scraping? If you’ve done a good job of scraping away loose chips, most people will not be able to detect the edges of pre-existing paint on the surfaces. Certainly, various wood has unique qualities, but overall, you should not need to sand your exterior prior to painting. Another alternative to endless scraping is a product Grant recommends called “Peel Bond” by XIM. It’s an adhesive that goes on clear and bridges over the edges and essentially glues down the edge of pre-existing paint.
  • Do I have to apply a primer? If so, what kind? In the old days, this was a given. However, there are a number of new paints out there that are actually self-priming. Try products like Hirshfield’s Platinum exterior or Benjamin Moore’s Aura exterior. Both are self-priming and with a couple of coats you’ll be in good shape.
  • How late in the year can I paint my exterior? Grant tells me painters work on exteriors into early November. That said, we’re talking about weather in the upper Midwest, so you need to consider two things: Temperature and dew point. If temperatures are in the upper 30’s or 40 degree range it’s possible to paint exteriors, but to be safe, check with local painting professionals for their advice.

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