We Paint Mansions

June 6th, 2017

Kevin Palmer Painting has provided interior and exterior professional painting services to residential and commercial customers for over 50 years.

Looking back upon our company’s growth and evolution, it is with a great sense of pride of accomplishment and acknowledgment and appreciation of our good fortune that we look to the future.

When Kevin Palmer Painting began business in the 1960s, oil-based paints were the gold standard, solid body stains were rarely used, and airless spray applications were unheard of.

The first home we painted was our parents’ home in Simsbury Connecticut. Our father purchased Sears Best Weather Beater paint, provided the brushes and drop cloths, and just like that, we were in business! Our mother was a perfectionist and was skeptical at best.

The house took longer to paint than we ever imagined, but we certainly learned a lot. Painting our parents’ home taught us the importance of preparation work, the need to be knowledgeable about paint products and tool usage, and an appreciation for the importance and necessity of doing quality work. We had to please our (scared to death) mom who envisioned a disaster of epic proportions.

Our hard work paid off. The job was a success! Our parent’s neighbors noticed our hard work and their beautifully painted home, and soon we were receiving calls from others to paint their homes. Our prices were fair, the quality of our work was excellent, and over time we developed a reputation for providing a superior paint job and long-lasting value.

As time progressed and our painting business grew, we needed to hire additional painters. We always hired the best persons possible and our choice of quality individuals was key to our growth and success. We trained our painters using best practices, taught everyone to pay attention to detail, and insisted that the job site always be kept neat. Our painters, some of whom have been with us for over 30 years, have been the key to our success. To a person, our painters are highly skilled, professional, honest, and very nice people.

Over the years we’ve had the good fortune of painting over 5000 houses in the West Hartford Connecticut and Farmington Valley towns. We have had the opportunity to paint some of the most beautiful properties in the area. The name Kevin Palmer Painting has become synonymous with quality work. We have painted small houses, large houses, and everything in between.

One day a potential customer introduced himself to us and remarked “I know you guys! You paint mansions!” Recognizing the sincerity of the person’s words it was not lost on us how we had established our reputation. We developed our painting and pressure washing business reputation by providing the best quality work, combined with excellent service, for the most demanding and discriminating customers in our community. By treating everyone’s home with the utmost care and recognizing that everyone’s home is their mansion, Kevin Palmer Painting has prospered.

We hope you will consider Kevin Palmer Painting for your next painting or pressure washing project. We proudly service the interior and exterior painting and pressure washing needs for customers in Avon CT, Bloomfield CT, Canton CT, Farmington CT, Granby CT, Simsbury CT, and West Hartford CT. You can find further information about our painting business at www.kevinpalmerpainting.com.

 

Your House Painting Project from Start to Finish

April 24th, 2017

Kevin Palmer Painting has been in the interior and exterior painting business for 50 years. This is a milestone of which we are very honored. We pride ourselves in providing unparalleled customer service from start to finish. We strive to provide our customers with absolutely the best paint job possible.

Each painting project begins with a free estimate. With over a half-century of experience in the residential and commercial painting and pressure washing industry, Kevin Palmer Painting has seen it all. We are able to provide painting solutions and options for a wide array of customer needs. We listens to our client’s requirements and concerns, develop a thorough evaluation of their painting needs, and provide a fair price to complete the required work in the best manner possible. 

Local references are provided as we are proud of the quality of our workmanship and our attention to customer service. Kevin Palmer Painting has full insurance coverage and can provide Certificates of Insurance for Workers Compensation, motor vehicle, and liability insurance upon request.

Paint and stain options specific to our client’s needs are discussed. A variety of premium grade paint and stain options are offered, and objective evaluations and recommendations regarding product usage are presented and explained. Kevin Palmer Painting also offers assistance with color selection on our website, including color visualization tools and leading paint manufacturer color offerings. Color samples are always made for client approval, prior to the start of painting.

A professional colorist and recognized paint expert, Mr. Thomas Mach of Thomas Mach Interiors, In The House & Through The Garden, is also highly recommended by Kevin Palmer Painting. Thomas Mach Interiors has been helping customers find the perfect color for years and is a treasure trove of knowledge and experience regarding paint, wallpaper, furniture, and design. Thomas Mach’s combination of extraordinary style and taste has benefited many clients over the years.

Once a project is slated for scheduling, a written Proposal is sent out. The Proposal describes in detail the scale, scope, and pricing of the work to be done. We always give a start and completion date so our customers can schedule accordingly. Our Proposal includes our Connecticut Home Improvement Contractor license number, our EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm registration number, and a Notice of Cancellation.

Approximately a week prior to starting work, our customers receive notification providing the date and time work will be starting. This notification helps our customers with their planning needs and provides an opportunity to answer any last minute questions. We make every attempt to work around our customer’s busy schedules, pet needs, and seasonal/situational issues; perhaps a birds nest under the deck with babies about to hatch or a graduation party ready to happen. Whatever comes our way, our professional painters accommodate our customer’s needs as best possible.

Our exterior painting projects begin with a thorough pressure washing of all surfaces scheduled to be painted. Our washing process will remove mold, mildew, and surface contaminants. Our cleansers are carefully selected to be environmentally friendly yet extremely effective. We thoroughly rinse after power washing is complete. Our rinsing is thorough and meticulous. Our attention to detail assures our customers’ homes will be clean and ready for painting.

The preparation process is the next step along the way and probably the most important part of our job. We cover and protect our client’s properties throughout the work process. Lightweight, leak-proof drop cloths capture and contain debris generated during our scraping and sanding efforts. Our professional painters carefully apply caulk to cracks and openings where moisture or insects may enter. They apply shellac to knot holes, stains, and discolorations to ensure that bleed-through will not be of concern. Kevin Palmer Painting are experts at glazing windows, and we can make look old sash look and perform like new.

The actual painting process is where all of our efforts come together. Our painters use skill, experience, equipment, and premium paints and stains to transform our client’s homes and businesses. We create beautiful outcomes that are durable and will withstand the test of time. Paint is applied uniformly and evenly. Straight lines are cut and brushstrokes follow the grain of the wood. No messes, drips, or spillage allowed. The expert painters at Kevin Palmer Painting take immense pride in their work it shows. We give our customers the best paint job possible.  Upon final inspection we welcome our customer’s scrutiny and review. The closer our clients look, the better our painters look.

 Kevin Palmer Painting has painted for thousands of customers in West Hartford, Connecticut and the Farmington Valley towns of Avon CT, Canton CT, Farmington CT, Granby CT, and Simsbury CT. We take great pride in our work and make every effort to make each of our clients a repeat customer. We hope you’ll call us for your next painting project at 860-658-2441. For further information, please visit our website at http://www.kevinpalmerpainting.com/.

Artillery Fungus Solutions from Kevin Palmer Painting

April 21st, 2017

As a power washing and painting contractor, Kevin Palmer Painting is often called by homeowners and businesses to solve problems involving unsightly and irritating surface blemishes, stains, and discolorations. Commonly, our power washing technicians deal with mold, mildew, algae, heavy oxidation, and chalking. One of the more common problems we encounter is the presence of artillery fungus.

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Artillery fungus has marred the appearance and finish of the siding on this home.

Artillery fungus, or as it is sometimes called, shotgun fungus, grows and thrives in wet, deteriorated mulch. The mulch can be fresh, recently installed, or years old. Mulch often contains artillery fungus which shoots spores that look like black pellets the size of the head of a pin onto a surface. The unfortunate victims of this attack can be almost anything: wood, aluminum, vinyl, glass. Exterior wood siding and trim that were freshly painted, vinyl siding and trim recently installed, even windows that were recently washed are all possible targets of artillery fungus.

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Beware! Mulch is often the host of artillery fungus.

As a power washing and house painting professional, we routinely see problems involving artillery fungus. The first questions we are asked by our exterior painting and power washing customers whose homes and businesses are inflicted with artillery fungus is “what is this mess” followed “by how do I fix it?” The short answer is “artillery fungus” and “hire Kevin Palmer Painting.”

Once artillery fungus spores are on a surface they are very difficult if not impossible to remove. However, Kevin Palmer Painting has options available which will leave your home beautiful and in perfect condition once again.

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Decomposed mulch is often the source of artillery fungus.

When painting surfaces afflicted with artillery fungus that are scheduled to be painted, we mechanically remove artillery fungus by scraping and sanding. A skilled application of a fresh topcoat of premium quality acrylic stain or acrylic house paint applied by the professional painters of Kevin Palmer Painting make the surface look as good as new.

The problem arises when artillery fungus has attached itself to a prefinished item such as vinyl clad windows, prefinished trim, or factory finished siding. Although we commonly paint these items, it is discouraging for the customer to realize that a finish that was supposed to be “maintenance free” for 20 years will either remain unsightly or will need to be painted. Fortunately, we are also able to paint aluminum and vinyl siding, achieving excellent, long-lasting results.

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Pachysandra and myrtle offer an attractive ground-cover alternative to mulch. Artillery fungus problems will disappear.

Kevin Palmer Painting recommends eliminating the source of artillery fungus. The first step to eliminating artillery fungus is to remove decomposed mulch from around the afflicted area. Replacement with groundcover such as pachysandra and myrtle is worthy of consideration. These plantings are an attractive alternative to mulch, and once established, require less maintenance than mulch. Some people replace mulch with decorative stones which is another alternative. Others use fungicides in an attempt to kill artillery fungus. Kevin Palmer Painting does not recommend the use of chemical alternatives to eliminate artillery fungus due to health, safety, and environmental concerns. Our painting and power washing customers appreciate our expertise and honesty and are relieved to have solutions and options.

Kevin Palmer Painting has delivered professional painting, power washing, and roof cleaning services to customers in Avon CT, Canton CT, Farmington CT, Granby CT, Simsbury CT, and West Hartford CT for over a half-century. We offer the finest interior painting and exterior painting available. We have an unrivaled commitment to painting and pressure washing excellence. We strive for 100% customer satisfaction, and we will do everything possible to make your experience with Kevin Palmer Painting the best ever. We hope you will consider us for your next painting or power washing project. For additional information please visit KevinPalmerPainting.com or better yet, give us a phone call at 860-658-2441.

Getting Ready for Exterior House Painting 2017

March 29th, 2017

With spring around the corner, it’s time for Kevin Palmer Painting to transition from interior painting projects to power washing, roof cleaning, and exterior house painting.

 

All of our professional painters are anxious to once again be able to work outdoors. Sunshine and fresh air do wonders for the spirit. Before we can begin our exterior work, however, there is much to do to get ready.

 

One of the first orders of business is to make sure all of our equipment is ready to go.

 

We thoroughly check our trucks and vehicles for safety. We make sure that everything is mechanically sound, inspecting the tires, brakes, and all mechanical systems. We check the ladder racks to make sure everything will be secure. All doors must latch properly and the vans must be loaded with the necessary equipment, sundries, and supplies.

KBPINC vans on the job

Kevin Palmer Painting work vans on the job – safe, maintained, and ready to work!

We check the drop cloths to ensure they are clean and will protect our customer’s property. Old drop clothes are discarded as necessary and replaced with new canvas drop cloths. Plastic, masking tape, roof brackets, specialized primers, and tools are all loaded aboard and ready to go.

KBPINC spraying in progress

Kevin Palmer Painting covers and protects our customers homes during painting.

We check our power washing equipment, hoses, and attachments for leaks or any sign of disrepair. Old equipment Is replaced as needed and any necessary repairs are undertaken to ensure our customers will receive the ultimate results on their power washing project.

KBPINC power washing

Kevin Palmer Painting power washing. Pressure washer and hoses in perfect condition. This beautiful home will be CLEAN!.

Our roof cleaning equipment is likewise thoroughly inspected. Roof washing is tough on equipment so it is particularly important to thoroughly examine all pumps, hoses, and connections. Only after our thorough and exacting examination has been completed will equipment leave the shop. This attention to detail will pay off when our roof cleaning projects are undertaken. There is nothing more transformative than cleaning moss, mold, and mildew from a roof and giving our customers a totally new look to their home.

KBPINC roof washing before

Kevin Palmer Painting roof washing transformation before. Now is not the time to hope your equipment works!

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Kevin Palmer Painting roof washing transformation after. Voila! A new home!

Ladders are carefully and thoroughly inspected. All ladders must be structurally sound and in perfect operating condition. Extension ladders are examined to ensure they are straight. Any ladder with a bow or structural imperfection is discarded. Stepladders are checked for stability including close inspection of the ladder rungs. Step letter trays must be secure and in good working condition.

 

Each of our painters will be issued a set of new brushes. Kevin Palmer Painting has always used only the finest brushes available. Nylon bristle brushes are used for acrylic paint and China bristle brushes are used for oil-based products. Close attention to the condition of our brushes ensures that we can give our valued painting customers the finest finish possible.

 

Attention to detail and exceptional customer service make Kevin Palmer Painting the #1 choice of West Hartford, CT and Farmington Valley homeowners seeking the best in interior and exterior house painting services.

Attention to detail and exceptional customer service make Kevin Palmer Painting the #1 choice of West Hartford, CT and Farmington Valley homeowners seeking the best in interior and exterior house painting services.

Our airless spray equipment is likewise closely inspected. All high-pressure hoses are examined for signs of deterioration or excessive wear and tear. Hoses not in perfect condition are replaced. Spray guns are inspected for leakage and any deterioration.

KBPINC airless spraying finish

Kevin Palmer Painting airless spraying in progress. This home is getting a beautiful, long-lasting finish made possible using premium tools and equipment in the hands of a professional.

New spray tips are used on all projects. This ensures that every paint and stain finish Kevin Palmer Painting applies will be uniform in thickness, sheen, and color value. It is not coincidental that our paint and stain finishes are the best in the business. Not only do we have most skilled professional painters, but they undertake their work using the best equipment possible. This attention to detail, coupled with our trained and experienced painters, guarantees the top quality paint job the customers of Kevin Palmer Painting expect and deserve.

 

So whether you need to power wash your siding, clean your roof, or paint and stain the exterior of your home, you can be assured that the professional painters of Kevin Palmer Painting will be ready when you are. We hope you will choose us to complete your pressure washing and house painting needs.

 

At Kevin Palmer Painting, we have serviced the interior painting, exterior painting, house staining, power washing, and low pressure roof cleaning needs of fine homes in West Hartford CT and the surrounding Farmington Valley towns of Avon CT, Bloomfield CT, Canton CT, Farmington CT, Granby CT, and Simsbury CT for a half century. If you are considering investing in the finest painting work possible and want to discuss your next residential painting, commercial painting, or power washing project you can reach us at (860) 658-2441 or visit us on the web at www.kevinpalmerpainting.com .

Farrow & Ball -The World’s Best Paint

November 18th, 2016

At Kevin Palmer Painting we recently received an invitation from Mr. Tom Mach to work with him on a residential painting project. The work involved updating 2 bedrooms for a valued residential customer using Farrow & Ball paint.

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Having been in the painting business for 50 years, we have used many products from virtually every major paint manufacturer. Farrow & Ball, however, was new to us. What would this “new” paint be like? Would it be easy to work with? How would the coverage be? Most importantly, would it meet the high discriminating expectations of our client?

As it turned out, the new paint was a hit with the painters and a home run with the customer.

Our 1st order of business was to thoroughly prepare the rooms for finish. We began this job by carefully covering all the floors and protecting the homeowner’s possessions. We sanded down all of the areas to receive finish, cleaned everything thoroughly, and used a tack rag to remove all dust. Open holes were filled, cracks were repaired, and all woodwork and trim were carefully caulked to ensure a seamless foundation.

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We then began painting. First we completed the ceilings. We checked our work carefully and thoroughly to make sure that the color and finish were uniform. The Farrow & Ball paint worked perfectly. Easy to use, no dragging of the brush, and a beautiful, even finish. Next the woodwork received 2 finish coats. The finish on the Farrow & Ball paint was extraordinary. The leveling and beautiful sheen gave the woodwork a beautiful, luxurious finish that was better than any latex paint we have ever used. Finally the walls received 2 coats and the room simply radiated beauty.

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The depth of the colors and the quality of the finish of the Farrow & Ball paint were beyond superb. The painters of Kevin Palmer Painting applied 2 coats to the ceilings, walls, windows, doors, and trim, and using the Farrow & Ball paint we were able to transform the bedrooms into a beautiful, warm elegant, environment.

Working with Tom of Thomas Mach Interiors was an absolute pleasure. Tom is supremely knowledgeable, helpful, and wonderfully talented. Tom’s business is located at 10 Gallagher Way, Simsbury, Connecticut. Upon entering the doors into his shop, In The House & Through The Garden, one immediately knows they are in for a treat. Tom carries a full line of Farrow & Ball paints as well as Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint.

Tom Mach goes out of his way to be customer friendly and stand by his work. His interior home design business offers specialty paints unavailable elsewhere locally. In The House & Through The Garden carries a complete line of interior and exterior specialty products, and Tom is always there to help. Tom offers wonderful advice and leads decorating workshops for customers who are DIYers. Tom is a talented color consultant and can assist clients in their selection of colors, wallpapers, finishes and furniture. His taste is impeccable, and combined with his knowledge and skill, he is able to provide his customers with extraordinary results.

We hope you will consider Kevin Palmer Painting for your next interior painting project. Consider, also, making an investment in Farrow & Ball paint. You will be beyond happy with the results, and your home will thank you.

Kevin Palmer Painting is proud to service the interior painting, exterior painting, house staining, and pressure washing needs in West Hartford CT and the surrounding Farmington Valley towns of Avon CT, Bloomfield CT, Canton CT, Farmington CT, Granby CT, and Simsbury CT. For further information or to discuss your next residential painting project you can reach us at (860) 658-2441 or visit us on the web at www.kevinpalmerpainting.com .

How to Choose An Exterior Paint Color

July 5th, 2016

When painting a home, selecting a color for the exterior can be a daunting experience. The painting professionals at Kevin Palmer Painting have been helping customers choose the perfect color for their homes for decades.

Color Collections

Colors, colors everywhere. Which to choose?

 

The best approach to exterior painting color selection is to choose the siding color first. Do not concern yourself with the color of the shutters or the front door until after you have selected the main body color.

 

We recommend driving around your neighborhood and locally to find house colors that are appealing to you. Try to differentiate what it is about the house you like from the houses that you don’t like. Sometimes it’s the color, sometimes it’s the combination of colors, sometimes it’s the roof and how it blends with the siding color, sometimes it’s how the house is sited or its relationship with the landscaping.

 

Recognize that shingles, shakes, and clapboard siding will appear differently even when painted with the exact same color and sheen. Stucco and brick will also influence the way a color appears. Determine what you like about a color. Isolate the color from the structure. Try to look at houses with siding similar to your house.

Colored house ideas

Beautiful home in a picture perfect setting.

 

Look at magazines. There are many pictures of houses which may have color combinations that might be what you are looking for. Apps are another excellent option to consider. Houzz and Pinterest have many examples of different houses and will offer ideas about color possibilities.

 

Paint manufacturers offer computer programs allowing you to take a picture of your house, upload the image, and paint your home in a virtual manner. This process will give you an idea of what your home will look like with varying colors and you can switch your options with a click of your mouse. My website offers many of these tools to help you with your color selections.

Sherwin Williams snap-it-banner

Apps are a big help when choosing colors.

 

A visit to your local paint store is helpful. There you will find color decks, larger color samples, and color collections. You will find groupings of historical colors, trending colors, contemporary colors, and everything in between.

Color fan deck

Color fan decks show many color options.

 

Once the primary color for the body of the house has been narrowed down, Kevin Palmer Painting makes samples for our customer’s consideration. We make samples on different exposures so our clients get a good idea of what the color looks like on different areas at different times of the day.

Entry door

A beautiful, gracious home. Perfect color choice!

 

Perception and reality are not always the same. If you don’t like the sample color on the house after a sample is made, no problem. We will not rush you on color selection and will make as many samples as you need to assure that you love your home’s new color.

Charlie painting door trim

Charlie putting on the finishing touches.

 

When you finally determine the body color that you like the best, move on to the shutter and door colors. Often times it is very helpful to use color cards for this process. What we typically advise is to look at coordinated color cards that show compatible and complementary colors. Look for one of the colors in the group that is the same as or close to your siding color, and then look at other colors in that grouping to see professional decorator’s recommendations. There are also apps available that will help facilitate the selection of compatible and complementary accent colors. Again, KevinPalmerPainting.com offers many tools to help you with this process.

Sherwin Williams color families

So many options, so many possibilities!

 

Choosing your house color should not be a threatening or worrisome process. At Kevin Palmer Painting, we do everything necessary to help you find the perfect color for your home. We spend the time necessary and assist you in every way possible to help you select the perfect color for you.

Dream house

Perfect colors on a gorgeous dream house. So beautiful!!

 

Kevin Palmer Painting services the interior painting, exterior painting, house staining, power washing, and roof cleaning needs of exacting homeowners in West Hartford CT and the surrounding Farmington Valley towns of Avon CT, Bloomfield CT, Canton CT, Farmington CT, Granby CT, and Simsbury CT. For further information or to discuss your next residential painting or commercial painting project you can reach us at (860) 658-2441 or visit us on the web at www.kevinpalmerpainting.com.