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Feb 08, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

Expert paint advice from a successful local painting contractor

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Tim Benger Painting & Decorating Ltd. in Kanata, Ontario, has been specializing in interior and exterior painting projects for the last 37 years. The company works on residential and commercial properties and takes on jobs both large and small.

Thanks to this wealth of experience, the contractor has lots of expert advice to share with customers. Here are his top three painting tips:

1. Insist on using the highest quality paint.

Benger agrees with the philosophy “a workman is only as good as his tools.” This is why his company only stocks, uses and recommends the highest quality paints in the industry. Sherwin-Williams® and Dulux™ brand paints are the products he works with exclusively.

2. Be sure to select the right sheen for the area you are painting.

Here are the major differences between finish, or sheen, types that you need to know.

•    Gloss: Has an extremely hard and shiny finish. It’s also the most light-reflective. Gloss paint is easy to wash; you can usually just wipe it clean. It works great on cabinets, doors and wood trim.

•    Semi-gloss: Also has a reflective quality and is very durable. It works well in areas that need to be cleaned often, like kitchens, bathrooms, utility spaces and trim.

•    Satin: This finish has just the slightest shine. It does allow for some cleaning, so it suits those high-traffic areas where stains, nicks and scuff marks are likely to accumulate. Satin paint is good for children’s bedrooms, kitchens, family rooms, hallways and main entrances.

•    Matte and flat: These paint finishes soak up light rather than reflecting it. They also hide any surface imperfections you may find in your walls. Matte and flat paint work best in adult bedrooms, in areas where there won’t be a lot of kid traffic and on uneven or textured walls.

3. Keep your walls looking great with careful spot cleaning.

Stains or scuff marks are inevitable, but do your best, if you can, to remove them promptly. Try mixing together a paste of baking soda and water. Gently rub this solution over the problem area with a sponge, rinse lightly, and then dry with a soft cloth.

If the stain is harder to remove, like kitchen grease, use grease-cutting dish soap mixed in warm water. Of course, always read the product label carefully first to make sure you won’t risk causing further damage to the paint.

For more information, please visit Tim Benger Painting & Decorating Ltd. at, call 613-293-8682 or send an email to

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