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We Paint Mansions

Tuesday, 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.

 

Getting Ready for Exterior House Painting 2017

Wednesday, 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!

KBPINC roof washing after

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 .

How to Choose An Exterior Paint Color

Tuesday, 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.

Yelp & Angie’s List Rate Kevin Palmer Painting 5 Stars

Monday, April 27th, 2015

We love YELP*! We love Angie’s List! We love all consumer-based referral sites that help people make intelligent, informed decisions. At Kevin Palmer Painting we believe customers are our best form of advertising. To be successful, businesses today have to go beyond ordinary and give consistently superior service and results. The painting professionals of Kevin Palmer Painting deliver! Thank you to all of our many customers for their kind words.

 

Beverly W. of Granby, CT had this to say about Kevin Palmer Painting:

 

“Kevin Palmer and his crew were wonderful to work with recently. I hired him to have the first floor of our condo painted and they did a excellent job. The crew was there at 8 a.m. on Monday to start and were finished on Tuesday at 11 a.m. I was amazed since Kevin said it would be one to three days at the most. I couldn’t believe it when they were finished so fast and did such a beautiful job. Did a great clean-up and put any furniture they had to move – especially the TV, stereo and CD – back in place and hooked up. This was very helpful as I would not have been able to do it myself. I’m already making plans for staining of new windows that will be installed. Kevin Palmer Painting is now my painter to call.”

 

Sharon G. of West Hartford, CT had this to say about Kevin Palmer Painting:

 

After researching several available service providers, we chose Kevin Palmer painting to work on our property.  It was an excellent decision!  From the first visit to assess our home’s painting needs, to the very fair and detailed work estimate, to the impeccable completion of the work, we were thoroughly impressed and completely satisfied.  Drew arrived on time as promised and power washed our entire home.  It sparkled!  Rusty, Jonathan and Jeff did a beautiful job painting. All work was done so professionally, using the highest quality products, with great attention to detail.  Each day the cleanup left the area immaculate and spotless.

I recommend Kevin Palmer Painting to anyone who appreciates great craftsmanship performed by a dedicated and well-trained crew.  Their work is meticulous and it is clear they take great pride in their work.  Since our home was painted last month, I have received calls from neighbors complimenting how beautiful our home looks, and Palmer Painting has painted 4 additional homes on my street!

I highly recommend Kevin Palmer Painting to any homeowner wishing to restore the original beauty of their home.”

 

John G. of Avon, CT had this to say about Kevin Palmer Painting:

 

“Spring of 2014 we sought to have our house in Avon power washed.  We liked the fact that Kevin was quick to respond (email and on the phone), and that their quote was competitive when compared to other estimates we obtained.  The power washing, which took approximately 4 hours, was professionally done – on time – on the day we agreed upon.  We found Kevin Palmer Painting to be an excellent choice and would not hesitate to recommend him to others.”

 

Kevin W. of Bloomfield, CT had this to say about Kevin Palmer Painting:

 

“This is the second time we have used Kevin Palmer Painting (the first was for my father’s house). I am extremely pleased with the work his crew provided: detailed preparation, a clear explanation and recommendation on what paints to use, maintaining a clean work area, not rushing the job and a strong focus on safety. They are professional in all ways and in the end we received a beautiful result.

In addition, we used Kevin to clean our roof shingles – it came out looking like new!

We give Kevin Palmer Painting our HIGHEST recommendation.”

 

Doug E. of West Hartford, CT had this to say about Kevin Palmer Painting:

 

“Kevin and his team exceeded our expectations in every way.  There was no comparison to any other organization.  He’s very responsive, professional, and the quality of work was perfect.

His team was very pleasant, we barely knew they were here and they left no sign of their presence when they left except that the house looked great!

Next time we need someone to do any painting, we will be calling Kevin.”

 

Anne S. of Granby, CT had this to say about Kevin Palmer Painting:

 

“Kevin Palmer Painting first painted the exterior of my home in Simsbury and most recently painted the interior of my new apartment in Granby. The quality of the work (and workmanship) was excellent. His painters were professional, thorough, knowledgeable about the paint products they were using and the application process. From start to finish they kept their work area neat and paid great attention to leaving my house in the same condition as it was before they started the job. His painters, and Kevin Palmer, took pride in their painting and the finished product highlighted their standards. I thank them for the long lasting, beautiful painting they did for me.”

 

We would like to thank our painting customers for the wonderful reviews. They are much appreciated and hopefully will help others make an informed decision.

 

At Kevin Palmer Painting we promise to give you a paint job that looks better, lasts longer, and offers the ultimate in beauty and protection. We have been servicing the interior and exterior painting,  power washing, and 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 nearly a half century. For further information you can reach us at (860) 658-2441 or visit us on the web at www.kevinpalmerpainting.com .

Extreme Deck Refinishing

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Nowadays everything is extreme… extreme sports, extreme weight loss, and if you can believe it, even extreme pizza!

 

Not to be outdone, the exterior house painting professionals at Kevin Palmer Painting recently undertook an extreme deck refinishing and restoration project.

A beautiful setting. Deck restoration done by the house painting professionals of Kevin Palmer Painting.

A beautiful setting. Deck restoration done by the house painting professionals of Kevin Palmer Painting.

The deck we were contracted to restore was actually a stunning wooden bridge spanning a flowing brook. Refinishing and preserving the wood decking and railings presented a number of issues which our exterior painters had to address.

Paint preparation is the key to a long-lasting exterior painting project.

Paint preparation is the key to a long-lasting exterior painting project.

The bridge was built prior to 1978 which presented concerns about lead paint. Kevin Palmer Painting is a Lead-Safe Certified painting contractor with long-term employees who are Lead-Safe Certified Renovators. Our painters are trained and understand the necessity of completing all work, including power washing and preparatory work in an appropriate manner.

 

Attention to detail. The house painting experts at Kevin Palmer Painting work as a team. Good work Dru and Jeff!

Attention to detail. The house painting experts at Kevin Palmer Painting work as a team. Good work Dru and Jeff!

Power washing was the first order of the day. The fact that this pressure washing had to be done on a wood deck suspended over water required experience, expertise, and more than a little bit of ingenuity. Our power washing experts used a wash system that thoroughly cleaned the wood surfaces of all mold and mildew all the while protecting the ducks, fish, and brook below. A containment hammock was suspended above the water and beneath the bridge to collect all chippings, residue, and debris.

 

Painting preparation takes time. Jeff makes sure everything is ready to go (and the fish are protected)!

Painting preparation takes time. Jeff makes sure everything is ready to go (and the fish are protected)!

Next came the preparatory work. All scrapings were safely collected, contained, and ultimately disposed of properly. The house painters of Kevin Palmer Painting have always taken great pride in giving our customers a properly prepared surface that creates the foundation for a beautiful long-lasting finish.

 

Deck refinishing in a picture perfect setting. The gazebo received some TLC too.

Deck refinishing in a picture perfect setting. The gazebo received some TLC too.

As part of the preparation work, the painters used their experience and expertise to remove stains and discolorations. Rust from nail heads was removed and the rusting nail heads were treated with a rust inhibitive coating. Wood stampings and markings were removed as part of the painting preparation process.

 

Exterior preparation and painting pays off  - a well protected and preserved deck and railings, expertly restored. Kevin Palmer Painting. An Avon CT exterior painting project of which we are very proud!

Exterior preparation and painting pays off – a well protected and preserved deck and railings, expertly restored. Kevin Palmer Painting. An Avon CT exterior painting project of which we are very proud!

Once the bridge was power washed and preparatory work was complete, a protective deck coating was applied. The painters had done such a nice job power washing and preparing the deck floor and railings that the homeowner wanted to preserve the natural look with the best wood preservative available.

 

From every angle this deck restoration looks beautiful. The house painting experts at Kevin Palmer Painting collectively had 75 years painting experience on this project  to draw from!

From every angle this deck restoration looks beautiful. The house painting experts at Kevin Palmer Painting collectively had 75 years painting experience on this project to draw from!

Using our experience with different manufacture’s products, Kevin Palmer Painting chose and applied a clear wood finish that protected the wood and enhanced its character and beauty. The finish results were spectacular!

 

The fish are safe - can you see them? The deck preparation and preservative application preserved and protected this beautiful bridge.

The fish are safe – can you see them? The deck preparation and preservative application preserved and protected this beautiful bridge.

Wood decks need regular maintenance to preserve and protect the beauty and integrity of the wood. For your next deck refinishing, staining or exterior house painting project call the professional painters of Kevin Palmer Painting. We will give you a paint job that looks better, lasts longer, and offers the ultimate in beauty and protection. Now that’s extreme!

 

Exterior  house painting. A picture is worth a thousand words. The house, gazebo, and bridge all carefully and professionally painted by Kevin Palmer Painting.

Exterior house painting. A picture is worth a thousand words. The house, gazebo, and bridge all carefully and professionally painted by Kevin Palmer Painting.

At Kevin Palmer Painting, we have been servicing the power washing and deck staining 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 nearly a half century. For further information you can reach us at (860) 658-2441 or visit us on the web at www.kevinpalmerpainting.com .

 

From Painting to Perfection

Friday, October 11th, 2013

From Painting to Perfection: An Interview with Kevin Palmer Painting

We recently received an interview request from ConnecticutForSale. The interview was intended to provide real estate customers with helpful advice and a better experience when selling or purchasing a home. Kristen Bosse is the interviewer:

Please describe a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

Kevin Palmer Painting provides the highest quality professional interior and exterior painting services to our customers in West Hartford, CT and the towns which make up the Farmington Valley. We are a full-service residential and commercial painting company dedicated to satisfying our client’s painting needs. We have been in business since 1966. Our top priority is to give our customers the best paint job possible. We offer airless spray, brush, and roller applications, power washing, and low-pressure roof cleaning services.

What is your position at Kevin Palmer Painting?

I am the founder and president of Kevin Palmer Painting. I started the business in high school. To date we have painted for over 5000 customers as well as hundreds of commercial businesses. Most of our business is from referrals and repeat business.

What makes you different than other painting contractors?

We are absolutely committed to providing the best quality paint job possible to all of our customers. All of our employees are obsessive in their commitment to detail and workmanship. All of our work is done in-house. We do not subcontract anything. This gives us complete quality control. All of our painters are full time professionals who average 17 years working for Kevin Palmer Painting. Longevity of employees in the work place is something of which we are very proud. We have the best painters in the world working for our company. Our customer service is exceptional. We have been in the business long enough to develop the experience necessary to properly address any residential or commercial painting project.

What are the advantages to having a fresh paint job on your house?

A properly prepared and painted home looks attractive and increases a property’s value. Painting minimizes deterioration from the elements, sun, rain etc. and decreases the need for premature, costly, and avoidable wood repair and replacement.

What is the best time of year to paint your home?

Our exterior season starts in April and continues through October. We closely watch weather daily conditions and forecasts to always paint within manufacturer specified temperature and humidity ranges.

How often should the average homeowner get their house painted?

For exterior residential painting we recommend recoating between 5 – 7 years. Decks should be properly preserved very 2 years. We recommend power washing every 2 – 3 years. Interior painting longevity tends to be a function of wear and tear and quality of the previous coating.

What qualities should people look for in a good painting contractor?

A quality painting contractor should be honest, dependable, and reliable. Skilled, experienced painters are a must. Meeting insurance and licensing requirements is a necessity, as well as meeting EPA Lead-Safe requirements.

Are there any green products you have been utilizing in recent years?

Kevin Palmer Painting uses “green” products where appropriate and beneficial to our customer’s needs. Low or no VOC products are used when appropriate. Our company participates in recycling, establishing the most efficient route to job sites, carpooling, and minimizing our carbon footprint wherever possible. We strive to decrease our impact on the environment by minimizing waste and maximizing quality and durability. Minimizing excess, preservation of resources, and knowledge and application of environmentally friendly painting procedures are very important to Kevin Palmer Painting.

It is sometimes said that picking a color is the most difficult part of the painting project. What assistance, if any, do you offer your customers in choosing a color?

We offer our customers color decks, paint samples, on-line color visualization tools, as well as the services of a professional colorist if requested or helpful. We have the ability to match any color, and we always make a sample brush out for customer approval prior to starting any project. Most importantly, we never rush our customers into making a hurried selection. Our patience with color selections insures that our customers will be happy with their choice of color and sheen and with our finish results. Color selection for our customers is straightforward and unhurried.

How does your business help new home buyers or those looking to sell?

We best assist homeowners in the selling process by keeping their property in impeccable condition. This indicates to potential buyers that the seller has made a commitment to properly maintaining their residence and that there are high standards usually in all aspects of the property’s condition. We best assist buyers by providing honest realistic estimates for painting needs of the property after the sale.

What’s the best way for people to get in contact with you?

For information regarding interior and exterior painting, power washing, and roof cleaning customers can reach us at (860) 658-2441 or visit us on the web at http://kevinpalmerpainting.com.