Posts Tagged ‘Exterior Painting’

Artillery Fungus Solutions from Kevin Palmer Painting

Friday, 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 or better yet, give us a phone call at 860-658-2441.

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.

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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, 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

Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

For those who think a paint job is just a paint job and all contractors are the same, think again. While other painting contractors may copy our signs, and still others may try to attract with marketing slight of hand and gimmicks, other painters can’t duplicate our consistently high quality workmanship and service.

Kevin Palmer Painting – Assurance of the best paint job possible.


As other painting contractors come and go, individuals wanting the best paint job possible owe it to themselves to consider the recognized industry leader, Kevin Palmer Painting.

Where other companies cut costs by cutting quality, Kevin Palmer Painting creates value by offering painting services that look better, last longer, and offer the ultimate in beauty and protection.

The “secret” to our success is our commitment to our customers. Quite simply, we give our customers the best paint job possible.

Simsbury painter: Rusty is the best house painter in the business! A pro’s pro.


No gimmicks. No giveaways or tricks. We rely on hard work, skill, experience, and attention to detail. Our goal on every home we paint is to exceed our customer’s expectations.

Our recipe involves employing only the best painters in the business. Our painting company values our employees as our greatest asset and strength. Kevin Palmer Painting has collectively well over a century of painting experience within the ranks. On average our men have been employed by Kevin Palmer Painting 17 years. Many of our men have spent the majority of their career with Kevin Palmer Painting.

Avon Painter: Rob is a magician with a brush. A house painting professional without equal.


Our professional painters have a wealth of knowledge supplemented by comprehensive training programs, safety and environmental training and licensing, and a work environment that fosters a synergistic approach. Our team of pros together is greater than other individuals working in a vacuum.

West Hartford Painter: Interior painter, exterior painter, window glazier. A professional painter without equal. Wald can do it all!


Experience counts. Often times we have painted a client’s home previously. We know the construction of the home, and we are familiar with its maintenance history.We have a vested interest in satisfying our client’s long range painting needs and the knowledge and skills to do so.

Farmington Painter: Charlie is THE BEST!! Knowledge, skill, and experience are a winning combination and why customers choose Kevin Palmer Painting.


Kevin Palmer Painting has provided premium interior and exterior painting and staining services to residential and commercial clients for nearly half a century.

There is but 1 choice for those wanting the finest painting service in West Hartford and the Farmington Valley – Kevin Palmer Painting.

At Kevin Palmer Painting, we have been servicing 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 nearly a half century. If you are considering investing in the best 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 .

What Makes A Paint Great?

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Use Premium Quality Paint for Best Painting Results

Customers call Kevin Palmer Painting to receive the best interior and exterior paint job possible. Having been in the painting business for nearly a half century, we have the knowledge, experience, and skillsets necessary to select and apply only the best and most appropriate paints from the world’s top manufacturers. Here are some of the things we consider when selecting a premium quality paint for your home:

Adhesion to a properly prepared surface is paramount. If a product does not adhere to the surface, nothing else matters. If a house shows evidence of moisture problems, we will select an appropriate product for that concern. Some coatings tend to offer optimum breathability and permeability. As moisture is the leading cause of paint peeling problems, the ability of a coating to permit moisture transfer without bubbling and blistering is important. Using a premium quality paint in a high moisture environment increases the probability that the coating will remain intact and protect the surface while decreasing the probability of future peeling problems.

Resistance to mold and mildew is a vital consideration if a freshly painted home is going to retain its good looks. At Kevin Palmer Painting we always power wash prior to painting to make sure the surface is free of mold and mildew before we paint. Then we select a coating that will be resistant to the future regrowth of organic elements. We also recommend proper actions on homes afflicted with artillery fungus.

A paint product’s ability to overcome the problems associated with chalking and erosion is critical. Chalking results when paint oxidizes and washes off. Over time excess chalkiness results in this oxidized film washing down onto surfaces below. Chalking creates discoloration and is easily avoided with proper paint product selection. Likewise, when a gutter overflows or there is excess water runoff onto a home’s siding, discoloration will mar the painted surface. Proper product selection and usage eliminates these issues.

Paint’s successful ability to deal with the issue of color and gloss retention is critical to maintain a paint job’s visual appeal, Sun, rain, and Mother Nature conspire to wreak havoc on a home’s exterior. Oftentimes one exposure of a home becomes a different color than another. Likewise the sheen of paint will diminish over time, resulting in a loss of gloss, particularly noticeable on windows, shutters, doors, and trim. Touch-up of these areas if needed can be difficult because of the variations of color and gloss. The selection and use of superior paint products helps make these paint problems a non-event.

Washability, scrubability, durability are also important considerations in the selection of a paint. They affect a paint job’s longevity and ease of future maintenance. Anyone who has ever tried to remove dirt from a painted surface can certainly attest to the importance of these considerations.

Finally, at Kevin Palmer Painting our commitment to the environment is paramount. Wherever possible, we paint using “green” products, formulated to have low VOC’s or no VOC’s. These premium quality paint products minimize odors, and help everyone concerned with good stewardship of the environment.

Premium Quality Paint

Let me close by restating that premium quality paint is important to the overall outcome of your painting project. At Kevin Palmer Painting, we’ve had exceptional results in pairing product selection with surface conditions. Our expertise and knowledge of paints and stains enables us to give our customers the best paint job possible.

Kevin Palmer Painting is proud to service the interior painting, exterior painting, house staining, and power 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, commercial painting, or power washing project you can reach us at (860) 658-2441 or visit us on the web at .

House Painting Offers A Great Return On Investment. Get Ready Now!!

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

Exterior house painting done properly is probably the single most cost effective action a homeowner can take to preserve and protect their biggest investment, their home. The return on investment of a quality paint job is among the best investments a homeowner can make. Not only does your home look great, but painting increases its marketability and value.

This lovely West Hartford CT home absolutely sparkles after being painted by the pros of Kevin Palmer Painting!


Quality house painting offers a great return on investment by increasing a home’s curb appeal. A well maintained properly painted home stands out in a crowd. When people see an expertly painted house, they appreciate that the property has been properly cared for. Regular high level care for a property significantly reduces future maintenance expenses. Costly and time consuming repairs are minimized when a home is well maintained. A great paint job is the perfect way to showcase a home’s loving upkeep and attention to detail.

Pretty as a picture. Kevin Palmer painting was proud to paint this Simsbury CT beauty!


When people see a home that needs painting they shy away from further involvement. The thinking is, “if these are the problems I can see, what am I not seeing that will come back to haunt me?” Tom Hanks and The Money Pit come to mind. People appreciate a beautifully painted home and understand that painting usually signifies the home has been regularly and properly maintained.

Attention to detail and exceeding customer expectations. Here Rusty puts the finishing touches of this immaculate Bloomfield CT home.


A home in need of painting has greatly diminished value. People are very concerned about the expenses that will be incurred when painting the neglected house, and they move on to the beautifully painted home, perfect for immediate, hassle free occupancy. Just add furniture! Those people who don’t move on usually discount the unpainted house’s value, often far in excess of the actual cost of the necessary house painting.

Kevin Palmer Painting was contracted to paint this lovely Avon CT home. World class service and old world painting skills combined to create magic!


When selling a house, one of the first things a Realtor will suggest is a fresh coat of paint. Real estate professionals know that a professionally painted home will “show” better, sell faster, and ultimately close for a higher price. A painted home is much easier to sell because of its appearance and the immediate impression that this is a home well cared for.

Painting this Farmington CT home will preserve its value and enhance its beauty.


So if you want to increase your home’s value and add a polished look to your house, consider Kevin Palmer Painting for a free estimate. We have decades of interior and exterior painting experience in West Hartford, CT and the surrounding Farmington Valley towns, and we are only a phone call away. We are the residential painting experts. Let us transform your home with an unparalleled paint job, and increase your home’s value with a return on investment that even Wall Street will envy!

Better than money in the bank! This beautiful Granby CT home was carefully painted by the professionals of Kevin Palmer Painting.

When your home is professionally painted, it is protected from the elements and maintains its value. Kevin Palmer Painting keeps this Canton CT stunner picture perfect!


Kevin Palmer Painting regularly services 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. If you are considering investing in the best 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 .

Spring Painting – Get Ready To Paint Now!!

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Spring Painting

Spring is the perfect time of year to start thinking about what needs to be done around the home to keep it in tip top shape. House painting should be at the top of every homeowner’s list.

Painter West Hartford CT: Get a Spring Painting check-up! Perfectly maintained by Kevin Palmer Painting.

A high quality paint job will enhance a property’s curb appeal, increase its market value, and protect a home from the wear and tear caused by Mother Nature.


Weather can be unforgiving on a home. Snow, rain, wind, and the harsh effects of the sun all create problems which need attention. At Kevin Palmer Painting we closely examine your home to look for signs of weather related deterioration, and we offer solutions and corrections for these problems.


Moisture causes more damage to a house than any other element. As such we pay particular attention to the causes, sources, and solutions to problems created by water.


We look closely for wood rot. Oftentimes window frames, door frames, and sills show signs of deterioration. If caught early enough, the skilled painters of Kevin Palmer Painting can dig out the impacted sections and repair the damage with a specially formulated patching compound. More extensive decay, often resulting from deferred maintenance, will require the skills of a carpenter to replace the damaged siding and trim.

Painter Canton, CT: Soon this water damaged window sill will be as good as new courtesy of a little TLC from the house painting professionals of Kevin Palmer Painting.


Rotted panels on garage doors are another result of water damage. This type of deterioration is often caused by splash back issues which can be corrected with adequate gutters properly maintained. Kevin Palmer Painting will assist our clients in replacing the damaged overhead door panels and offer solutions regarding gutter and drainage issues.

Painter Simsbury CT: Rob, an expert house painter with Kevin Palmer Painting brings this garage door back to “like new” condition, saving the customer from costly replacement repairs.


Areas above roofs, decks, foundations, and landscaping need to be examined closely for signs of problems. Snow sits against the house most winters and rain splashes back onto the siding causing peeling problems and potential damage. Wear and tear of this type is difficult to avoid, but thorough painting at regular intervals will protect the siding and trim from needing to be replaced and drastically reduce long-term maintenance costs.


Damage from snow and ice dams and roofs in need of repair and/or replacement are examples of water damage which if detected and corrected early enough can literally save the informed homeowner tens of thousands of dollars. The house painting professionals at Kevin Palmer Painting have decades of experience helping our painting customers recognize these issues and avoid costly repairs.

Painter Avon CT: Careful priming of exposed wood lays the foundation for a beautiful, long-lasting paint job. Rusty works his magic!


A qualified painting contractor will also look for signs of mold and mildew as they are precursors of problems to come. Our expert power washing service makes short shrift of mold and mildew issues. Followed by a great paint job with paints containing a mildewcide and fungicide additive, pressure washing will help keep the home looking perfect.

Painter Farmington CT: Mold and mildew are a distant memory after Kevin Palmer Painting power washes this beautiful home.


Paint fading inconsistently, poor color retention, excessive chalking, and erosion concerns are all issues that the house painting experts of Kevin Palmer Painting have extensive experience detecting and solving for our customers.


We hope you will pick up the phone and call us today. Ask for a spring painting checkup or audit. You will be glad you did, and your home will thank you!


At Kevin Palmer Painting, we have been servicing 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 nearly a half century. If you are considering investing in the best 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 .