Application Tips

Interior & Exterior Home Painting

In addition to choosing a colour, the right application is essential & special steps may be required to ensure the colour of the wall matches
the colour you envisioned. We at Intserv Painting will ensure the proper preparation and priming
necessary to make a dark wall light, a light wall dark, achieve a perfect white and—above all—meet your expectations.

Why Choose Us To Do Your Interior Painting?

Interior painting can be done effectively all year-round, no matter the weather. Common problems with
interior painting include choosing improper finishes and poorly cut lines along ceiling and skirtings. You can be confident that Intserv Painting’ experience will create straight lines and proper post-painting finishes.

That’s the least we can offer! To learn about our painting services or to discuss your
commercial painting project, contact us today.

How to Select the Right Paint Finish

Selecting the right finish is as important as choosing the correct colour.

The following are good rules of thumb:
Flat Finish: 

  FLAT FINISHES, are best for large areas and for concealing surface irregularities.


Satin Finish:

  SATIN FINISHES, with a low sheen, combine the best features of flat and gloss finishes, such as hiding surface imperfections and resisting dirt collection.


Gloss Finish:

  GLOSS AND HIGH GLOSS ENAMEL FINISHES are best for highlighting details, such as window frames, doors, and trim. These finishes resist dirt collection and are easier to clean.


Colour Stain:

 SOLID COLOUR STAINS have the ability to cover wood blemishes and unsightly grains. Semi-
transparent stains highlight the wood by enriching its natural grain and texture. Both stains protect wood surfaces from water damage, rot, and deterioration.



  STAINS, unlike conventional house paint, penetrate the wood. Semi-transparent stains highlight wood by enriching its natural grain and texture. Stained wood is top coated with a semi-gloss or gloss varnish or polyurethane to protect the wood.

Prep Tips for an Interior Paint Job

You can assist your Intserv Painting with interior projects by having the job space ready to prep. Moving all furniture to the centre of the room and pulling art off the walls prior to our arrival will greatly assist us in completing the job in an expedient manner.

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 Types of Exterior Paint

When painting your home’s exterior, you can choose from a variety of paints.

To help you decide what’s best for your project, consider this:

Acrylic & Latex

  ACRYLIC/LATEX offers the longest-lasting coating with the best colour and gloss retention. It is also the least susceptible to chalking—a powdery run-off below the painted area—and offers the best resistance to peeling and blistering. Latex goes on easier, cleans up with soap and water, and dries quickly with fewer odours than alkyd/oil paint.


Alkyd & Oil

  ALKYD/OIL paint has a smooth glossy finish and adheres well to slightly chalky and extremely weathered wood surfaces.You can assist your crew with exterior house painting jobs by moving any extra items away from the
home prior to our arrival. Read our exterior home paint project preparation guide.


Common Issues to Fix Prior to Painting

Even the most common paint problems are troublesome. But with a little know-how and some expert advice from an Intserv Painting representative, we can tackle them in no time!

In addition to our extensive prep work that will take care of many of the following issues:

Peeling paint

  PEELING,BLISTERING,FLAKING – These conditions are often caused by moisture from both internal and external sources such as poorly ventilated bathrooms, kitchens, leaking gutters, and poorly caulked openings. It is important to find and correct the source of moisture before repainting.
Correct the damage by scraping loose paint off at least 8 to 12 inches around the problem areas. Prime bare areas, caulk around window frames to keep moisture from getting to the surface and then apply the chosen topcoat.



  MILDEW – These fungi thrive on dampness and must be eliminated before painting. Test for mildew by swabbing spots with bleach. If spots disappear, they are mildew. Remove mildew by scrubbing the surface with a mixture of one part household bleach and eight parts water. Let the solution sit for several minutes, then rinse with clean water. Let the surface dry thoroughly before applying primer or paint.


Painted Surfaces

  PREVIOUSLY PAINTED SURFACES – Sound preparation is essential to good-looking, long-lasting
results. A properly prepared surface should be clean, solid, dull, dry, and patched or caulked.


Flaking Paint

  PEELING OR FLAKING PAINT must be removed by using a paint scraper, wire brush, sandpaper, or power washer. Remove any mildew present. Surfaces that have not been previously painted or that are exposed down to the original surface should be handled as follows:



  WOOD, WOOD COMPOSITION BOARD, HARDBOARD – These must be primed with an exterior wood primer. After priming, caulk all holes and joints.


Remember, any home painting task is a process. It is going to look worse before it looks great. But we
promise it will look great!