Entries for the ‘Painting’ Category

“Manor Hall” Exterior

Sunday, May 6th, 2012

In a recent post, I mentioned that I have been using Pittsburgh Paints for most of my projects. Due to rising paint costs, I was put in a position to shop around, so to speak. When I started my business in 2001, I used Pittsburgh Paints exclusively, and always had 100% confidence in their projects.

Over the years, I’ve had to use other companies, based on customer request, but I always seem to end up back at Pittsburgh Paints.

Recently, we painted the exterior trim for one of my great customers, and we used “Manor Hall” exterior in a flat finish from Pittsburgh Paints. I was very pleased at how this paint performed. It was so easy to apply, and it dried in nicely. This paint is as durable as any paint I’ve used.

We have a couple of other upcoming exterior painting projects, and without a doubt, this is the product that I’ll use. If you are looking for a really good exterior paint, for any surface, try “Manor Hall” exterior from Pittsburgh Paints. And for interior projects, “Manor Hall” is a great choice, as well.

Dave Tingle

10 Phrases You Never Want To Hear Your Paint Contractor Say!

Sunday, March 18th, 2012

By: Dave Tingle

If you’ve ever hired a paint contractor, you might have heard them say a phrase or two that is on the list below. Some painters have an unwritten language that they use from time to time. Although I’ve heard every one of these phrases during my painting career, the intent of this list is meant to be lighthearted and fun, but don’t be surprised if you hear your painter use any or all of these phrases. Hopefully you won’t.

1)  (Uh Oh)  or  (Oh No)

Although these words sound bad, they could be just a reaction to a small mishap, but still startling to you. The other option is that something really bad happened and they’re still in shock trying to figure out their next move.

2)  (You’ll have that)

This is a phrase that you might hear from your painter when you point out something that you don’t like, such as a paint drip on the wall, and he doesn’t want to take the time to fix it.

3)  (That’ll wipe right up)

This is usually said when you point out that there is paint where it shouldn’t be.

4)  (You can’t see it from my house)

This is a sarcastic phrase that one painter may say to another painter about something that doesn’t look quite right, but figures that the homeowner will never notice. If you ever hear this phrase, pop your head in and ask, (Can’t see what?) and then make them fix it.

5)  (That looks like a great place for a picture)

Either there is an imperfection with the wall, and the painter just can’t get it fixed quite right, or the painter is trying their hand at interior decorating.

6)  (Wow, the last painter did a terrible job)

This is another phrase that one painter may say to another about something that they probably won’t fix. They will usually say this when they know you will hear it, hoping that it will let them off the hook. Either they’ve now gotten your attention and sparked your curiosity, or they’ve completely insulted you because you were the previous painter.

7)  (That’ll cost extra)

Now if you were provided an estimate in writing detailing all of the work to be done, you should never hear these words. In my experience, the only time there could be a surprise, is when removing wallpaper. In this case, the painter should give you a best case and worst case scenario beforehand, to prepare you for this. Everything else is right before your eyes and the painter should see everything he needs to provide an accurate estimate.

8)   (What a nightmare)

This is a phrase that your painter may use when he does discover something that he should have noticed when he looked at the job, but didn’t. He knows that he has to fix it and that it’s going to take extra time. The painter may try to slip in (Phrase 7), so stick to your guns.

9)   (You better check your shoes)

Again, another phrase that painters say to each other when one discovers paint tracked through the house. If you discover this first, You’ll then hear (Phrase 3).

10)  (Have you got a plunger?)

Oh Boy!


Paint Options

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

By: Dave Tingle

If you’ve read through my blog, it’s no secret that I’ve always been a fan of Sherwin Williams products, and in fact, I still am, but I would like to share a little bit about another company that I’ve used in the past, offering my readers an alternative when choosing a paint for their project.

In previous posts, I’ve talked about the rising costs of paint and the reasons for these increases. Because these prices are rising so rapidly, I’ve started talking with a company, that I’ve used in the past, to see how they are handling this situation.

When I first started Tingle Painting, I used PPG Pittsburgh Paints for all of my jobs. Pittsburgh Paints offers quality paints and stains at a very reasonable price. “Speedhide” is their top contractor paint, “Pure Performance” is their mid-grade paint, and “Manor Hall” is their top-grade paint. These are all excellent paints, they come in all sheens, and Pittsburgh Paints offers a wide range of colors.

Most people aren’t as familiar with Pittsburgh Paints because you won’t see an ad on television, and their stores aren’t open during the evenings or on Sunday. They cater more to the contractor than the homeowner, but homeowners are just as welcome.

Most paint companies have contractor, mid-grade, & top-grade paints that are comparable, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how Pittsburgh Paints’ prices compared to other companies.

If you are planning a painting project this year, and are working with a strict budget, you might want to talk to the folks at PPG Pittsburgh Paints. It might help you save a few dollars on your project, without sacrificing quality.

Until Next Time!


Spring Painting Projects!

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

It’s almost March, and now is a great time to start thinking about those Spring painting projects. If you are going to hire a professional, you should call soon, because most good paint contractors are scheduling for Spring. I would try not to schedule the actual project until after the first of April, because it’s best to make sure that the low temps for the day are above freezing. Of course with interior painting, anytime is good, but contractor schedules are still booking up, so call soon.

If you are going to do your project yourself, right now is a great time to prepare. Whether you’re painting inside or out, you might be pondering your color choices. You might also be trying to figure out the type of paint to use. There’s a lot to think about, and this is why you should start now to prepare.

I feel that making a list of all questions concerning the job should be written down on paper and answered to your satisfaction before starting the job. As mentioned earlier, the colors, the type of paint, the time needed for the job, the tools needed, and, the preparation that needs to be done, are all things that need to be considered.

Once you’ve answered all of these questions, you should have a good plan on how to attack your painting project. Always remember that your local paint professionals are ready to answer any, and all, questions. If there is any way that we can be of assistance, let us know.

Good Luck with your project!

Dave Tingle

Painting Is An Honest Profession!

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

The other day, I was watching a little television, and there was a commercial from an identity theft protection company, that caught my eye.

The commercial showed an interior house painter, complete with his white bib overalls, climbing down from his ladder, looking around suspiciously, and when it appeared that no one was watching, he opened a desk drawer and started going through some papers. He then took, what the narrator described as, a bank account document. The narrator then explained that this document was all that was needed to steal someones identity.

I remember thinking to myself, “This can’t be good for business”. The more that I thought about it, the more it aggravated me.

I know that identity theft is a real problem in the world today, and I’m not trying to make light of that. The problem that I have, is that they used an honest profession, my profession, to make their case.

Since identity theft is a criminal act, then why didn’t they show a criminal committing the act, like a thief that just broke into the house. I don’t imagine that any thieves are going to speak out in disgust. There are probably a lot of other painters out there that feel that their profession just took a hit because of the commercial.

There are a lot of dishonest people in the world, in all types of professions, but I also know that there are a lot of honest people too. I’m sure that somewhere, this commercial created some doubt in some peoples minds. Its hard enough for contractors to build trust with folks without something like this out there.

I just felt that this needed to be said.

Dave Tingle

Interior Painting E-Book

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Over the past few years, my interior painting e-book, “Paint Like A Professional, The Tingle Way”, has generated a lot of positive feedback. I’m excited that it has helped many people with their interior painting projects.

Doug and Margaret write:

Thanks for sending along the “Paint Like a Professional” e-book. After you and your team finished painting the newly renovated living and dining areas of our house, we took on the old kitchen ourselves. By following the tips in the book, like using flat paint on the ceiling, working down from the top, and so on, we felt confident in doing the work, and we’re very happy with the results. It looks more “Professional” than anything we’ve done in the past!
Thanks again and keep up the good work.
Doug and Margaret
Columbus, OH

The idea for the book came when one of my good customers asked how I achieved such straight lines around all of the woodwork. I showed him a simple technique that I use, and he decided to try the tip in one of the closets that we weren’t contracted to paint.

The next day he told me that he was amazed at how easy it was to do, and before we were done with the project, he had painted all of his closets. He said that it was fun for him, and told me that I should teach my techniques to anyone interested in learning them.

This was my inspiration for writing the e-book.

Another one of our recent customers sent this message:
“I used Dave Tingle’s E book and Dave as a “painting coach” for my last painting project and it was a wonderful experience! Dave was easy to understand as he walked me through some of the techniques that he demonstrates in the book. I specifically used his coaching with the taping and caulking portion of the project and am very happy with how it turned out! My home painting project looks like a pro did it! I am already looking forward to using Dave as my coach on the next painting project”.
Billy M. (Columbus, Oh)

And another satisfied customer sent along this message:
“Although I was extremely pleased with your work as a painting contractor, I’ve found that, because of today’s economy, I have more time than money. Being a perfectionist, however, I’ve never been happy with the results of my previous painting projects. I found your eBook ‘Paint Like A Professional’ and our e-mail exchanges were extremely helpful. I used your tips to paint a bedroom and it truly looks professional. Instead of dreading the thought of painting another bedroom, I’m actually looking forward to it” .
Gary L. (Columbus, Oh)

I have always enjoyed painting for people, and seeing the looks on their faces as we’ve transformed their homes, but it is exciting to see how satisfied folks are when they do it for themselves, and helping them to achieve that, is really special.

With our e-book and coaching packages, we offer many ways to help you with your interior painting project. With our email support, custom videos, and phone consultations, I’m feel comfortable that I can help you to paint your home like a true professional.

Visit my e-book and coaching page to learn more about our different coaching packages and let me teach you how to “Paint Like A Professional, The Tingle Way”!

Dave Tingle

Why Wait Until Spring?

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

By: Dave Tingle

Another holiday season is over, and another year has begun. Most of us are looking ahead to Spring and the various projects that we’d like to accomplish this year.

Every year, I try to impress upon folks that Winter is a great time to paint the interior of your home. A lot of people feel that it is best to wait for warmer weather so they can open those windows and let the air blow through. When we let the outside air in, we are also letting the humidity and moisture in, as well. I like it better with the windows closed, and either the furnace or the air conditioning on, because it creates a better temperature, and quality of air to allow for a better dry time with the paint.

This being said, why wait until Spring to do your interior painting? When the weather gets warmer, we’re going to want to get outside. Now is a great time to get the interior painting projects out of the way. As for paint odors, with “low” and “no” VOC paints, there is hardly an odor at all. For those who don’t know, VOC stands for (Volatile Organic Compound), which is basically the pollution that is in some paints. With all of the improvements made to paint in the last few years, there is really no need to plan your interior painting around the weather.

There are people who have specific allergies and sensitivities to paint, and in these cases, I would suggest waiting until the conditions are right for you.

We are offering 10% off all projects until the end of February, so take advantage of this special pricing, and get that interior painting project out of the way. Spring is the time to get back outside, Right?

Until Next Time!


We Now Accept MasterCard, Visa, & Discover!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

At Tingle Painting, we’ve always accepted personal checks, business checks, and cash, as a form of payment for all painting projects. I’m happy to announce that we now accept MasterCard, Visa, & Discover as a form of payment.

Call Today for your Free Estimate!


15% Off All Painting Projects!

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

With the holidays upon us, and Winter coming soon, we’re, once again, offering our special Winter pricing on all painting projects. From now until the end of February, we are offering 10% off of all painting, with an additional 5% on projects that are scheduled by 12-31-11. All estimates are good for 1 year.

These prices make it even easier to give painting as a gift. As mentioned in an earlier post, we offer gift certificates for interior painting, and with rising paint costs, 15% off is a substantial savings.

Act quickly and call today to schedule your free estimate. Don’t miss out on this special pricing.

Dave Tingle

Tingle Painting


A Fun Little Staircase

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

By: Dave Tingle

This past week I had a fun little project finishing a basement staircase. First, I took a palm sander and sanded all of the treads.

After removing all of the dust and cleaning the treads thoroughly, I applied 1 coat of Minwax  oil stain.

Before Staining

Before Staining

The next day, I applied the first coat of high gloss polyurethane. The following day, I light sanded the treads with a fine sanding sponge, then cleaned the surface thoroughly, and then applied the second coat of polyurethane.

After StainingAfter Staining

Finally, today, I primed and painted all of the remaining wood with Pro Classic Gloss from Sherwin Williams. This project took a few days because It’s best to let the stain dry thoroughly before sealing, and you need plenty of dry time between the 2 coats of polyurethane. I really enjoy projects like this because there is such a major change from start to finish.

Until Next Time!

Finish Product

Finish Product


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