Interesting Residential Painting Facts!!

Interesting Residential Painting Facts!!

Residential painting seems to be something that has really been with us for hundreds of years. There have been samples of residential painting found in caves dating back to when humanity can be traced to originate! Here are a few interesting facts that we’ve borrowed from a friend in the mid-west about residential painting (with a few bonuses snuck in, which are not about residential painting, but we couldn’t resist! ☺ )

  • The first major union of painters was called the Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers. Founded in London in 1502, it standardized residential painting practices and guarded trade secrets!
  • The first residential painting was cave art; the oldest known example of this is in the El Castillo cave, in Cantabria, Spain.
  • About 10% of all paint purchased in the USA is eventually thrown out (according to the Environmental Protection Agency), and the majority of this figure goes to residential painting. That is over 60,000,000 gallons! Let’s be creative about how we can reduce that!
  • Probably the oldest form of residential paint was made with milk, mixed with lime and colored earth. Even the famous Egyptian Pharaoh’s tomb, that of King Tut, was painted with milk paint!
  • Over 43,000 Americans make their living from some stage of paint production. Be kind to your neighbor; paint your house!
  • The best artist’s brushes come from the Siberian and Mongolian sable, a member of the mink family. The premium brushes can only be made after an especially long, cold winter, and some artists will put their names on long wait lists to get these. And you thought you had it bad waiting through the checkout line at Home Depot!
  • Residential painters used to be expected to grind all of their color ingredients with a mortar and pestle; I hope they weren’t charging that by the hour!
  • Split ends are good! Even synthetic bristle brushes can be made to have split ends, just like human hair can get. This is beneficial because of the way it picks up and retains the paint. So when you’re washing out your brushes, don’t use conditioner!
  • The first paint brushes were often made with sticks, split palm leaves, whalebone or wood shavings. Let us know if you find a step-by-step set of instructions for making them!

Whether you live in a cave, a castle, a yurt, or a yacht, you may likely have questions about residential painting or be in need of residential painting services at some point soon. LOPCO Contracting would love to help you out with any of your residential painting questions regardless of whether or not you are located in the RI or Southern New England areas, so please reach out to us!

Whether your questions may be about restoring residential painting cave art such as that in the El Castillo cave or simply what the best way is to get rid of paint from long ago residential painting projects – call us at 401-270-2664 or e-mail us at:

If you happen to have a residential painting project that you would like to talk to us about perhaps helping you out with Click hereand we can start guiding you through our estimating and consultation process. Just please don’t request that we use paint still made from milk 😉

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