What Happens When it Rains in the Middle of Exterior Painting?

Many years ago, at some point in the mid to late 90s, we were painting a home I believe in Northern RI (I want to say either Lincoln, RI or Cumberland, RI) and while we were working on the home, we got caught in a flash rainstorm. It was one of those that pop up […]

How to Prep Peeling Exterior Paint on Modern Homes

When approaching painting the exterior of your home, it is no secret that proper surface preparation should be the single most important focus in order to best ensure maximizing the longevity of the exterior paint coating. Obviously, there are other factors involved as well (quality of paint, etc.), but correct surface preparation more so than […]

How to Get Paint, Tar, Gum, etc. Out of Clothing

Recently I received a somewhat frenzied call from a good friend of mine who frantically asked, “What’s a great product to remove paint stains? Got some on my jacket and fighting to get it out completely.” Clearly, he had just received an unwelcome dose of a paint product he had been working with, marking itself […]

An Exterior Caulking No-No…

Many years ago, we were working on a project in Providence, RI that at the time when we were doing the surface preparation on the exterior of the home, we noticed there were several gaps throughout the butt areas of the home’s clapboard siding. Being an older home, this was not necessarily surprising to see. […]

What are Lap Marks?

Even though the exterior house stains of today perform much differently than their ancestors from yesteryear, they certainly embody many of their elders’ characteristics. As an example, when able to be used, long-term wise, stains tend not to be as susceptible to peeling as paint is, which has always been one of the more attractive […]

Do Curling, Warping, or Buckled Siding Shingles Need to be Replaced?

One of the more “New England”-oriented things to do when it comes to the exterior décor on one’s home is to let white cedar shingle siding weather. When using the term “weather”, I am referencing literally, not (or minimally) treating the shingles. The purpose of allowing the shingles to weather is typically to allow them […]

Is Painting Over Wallpaper a Good Idea?

Once in a while I get asked a serious question which is done with valid intention, but to some folks hearing it being asked, may invoke a bit of giggling until they hear an answer for it which possibly changes their tune and gets them to nod their head in approval. “Is Painting Over Wallpaper […]

How to Get Rid of Nicotine Stains

Have you ever taken a picture off someone’s wall (perhaps even your own?) and there was an outline of where the picture stood which almost made it look like the picture was still on the wall? Although this scenario could be stemming from a variety of different reasonings, one very challenging situation to correct is […]

What is Cedar Bleed?

When painting the outside of your home, there are a number of head scratching odd phenomena that can occur. Lopco Painting Co. They tend to rear their head in various forms. Some being super unsightly. Some being not really noticeable, but once you see them, they are hard to ignore moving forward. These annoying nuisances […]