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Are you looking for a way to give your home a fresh new look without spending a lot of money? Are you intimidated by the thought of painting your own home? Don’t be! In this blog post, Diamond Star Painting in Lincoln will discuss four easy house paint projects that will give your home a facelift. Painting your home can be a fun and rewarding project, and it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. So what are you waiting for? Read on to learn more!

Paint Your Front Door

Painting your front door is a great way to add curb appeal to your home. A fresh coat of paint can make a big difference, and it’s a project that most homeowners can tackle on their own. Just be sure to use a high-quality exterior paint and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Paint Your Cabinets

Painting your kitchen cabinets is another great way to give your home a facelift. This project can be a bit more time-consuming than painting your front door, but the results are worth it. If you’re not confident in your ability to paint cabinets, you can always hire a professional painter to do the job for you.

Paint Your Interior Walls

If you’re looking for a project that will really make a difference, painting your walls is the way to go. A fresh coat of paint can brighten up any room, and it’s a relatively easy project for most homeowners. Just be sure to choose the right paint for the job. If you’re not sure what type of paint to use, work with our professional team of painters to get the best options for your home.

Paint Your Exterior

Painting your home’s exterior is a great way to give it a fresh new look. This project can be a bit more challenging than painting your interior walls, but the end result can be stunning. If you’re not sure how to paint your home’s exterior or you simply don’t have the time to devote to the project, you can always reach out to our friendly and professional painters to help you with your home painting.

When you need the best painting services in Lincoln and the surrounding areas, you can always count on Diamond Star Painting. Reach out to us today for a quote for your upcoming project!

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When looking to hire a potential contractor for a painting project for your home or business, there are several important factors to consider and questions to ask. Like many contractors, painting contractors range in experience levels, and there are a lot of “contractors” out there who are inexperienced, unlicensed, uninsured, and unqualified. Fortunately, Diamond Star Painting has been providing quality, reliable commercial and residential painting services for over three decades to the residents and business owners of Lincoln, CA, and the surrounding areas. We have seen and repaired a lot of “contractor specials” over the years and want to equip you with the skills necessary to select the best contractor for your painting needs. Keep reading to learn more about the four top questions you should be asking potential paint contractors before hiring them for your project.

“Do You Have Insurance?”

Legitimate painting contractors should have two types of insurance — comprehensive business liability and workman’s compensation. The comprehensive business liability protects your home from any damages by the contractor (s) while the workman’s compensation insurance protects the crew (and you from liability) while they are working on your property. At Diamond Star Painting we would be happy to address any insurance concerns with you beforehand and provide documentation.

“Should I Be Concerned with Your Crew in My Home?”

Whenever you have a project that requires a professional contractor such as residential or commercial, interior or exterior painting projects, it is critical to know who is in or around your home or business for your safety. Unfortunately, there have been cases across the country where a homeowner or business owner hired the wrong contractor and found themselves a victim of burglary, injury, or worse. As a homeowner or business owner, you can ask your contractors about their hiring process and whether or not background checks are performed. If you have any questions in regards to Diamond Star Painting’s crew, please do not hesitate to reach out. We are all about providing you with transparency and peace of mind.

“Do You Subcontract Jobs or Will Your Crew Be Project Employees?”

Many painting companies tend to use subcontractors due to their flat rates, but fail to tell their customers that a subcontractor will be performing their work. Subcontractors are more likely to cut corners, most likely do not carry insurance such as workman’s compensation, and may not have been thoroughly checked out by the company via a background check.

“What Kind of Materials Do You Use?”

The type of materials that a home painting company uses makes all the difference, especially when going from interior to exterior painting projects. At Diamond Star Painting we only use major brands such as Sherwin Williams and Kelly Moore to provide an excellent finished product.


As a homeowner or business owner, there are a lot of factors that go into finding a reliable paint contractor. At Diamond Star Painting we make it easy! With over three decades of experience in the painting industry, we have built a reputation across California for providing the highest quality of interior and exterior painting services for both residential and commercial properties. Don’t settle for a “contractor special.” Reach out to the professionals by calling Diamond Star Painting for a free estimate today.

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Spring is a time of renewal. Trees are budding, flowers are blooming, and everything feels fresh. It’s no wonder many people’s thoughts turn to renewing their homes as well! If you’ve been considering repainting your home this year, there’s no better time than the present.

Although exteriors can be painted nearly year-round, springtime tends to be the best time to paint. Fall can be too chilly and damp, while summer can be too hot and humid. Spring, however, tends to be just right—not too hot, not too cold—which means the paint has a chance to cure properly. Exterior paint forms the most durable, protective finish when the weather is mild, ensuring you have a longer-lasting paint job. However, that’s just one benefit!

6 Benefits of Painting Your Exterior in the Spring

1. Repair Winter Damage and Prepare for the Extremes of Summer

Harsh winter weather can cause severe damage to a home’s exterior. Constant exposure to the elements wears away your existing paint, leaving your siding and trim vulnerable to moisture and wood-boring insects. Winter weather can also make your paint crack, blister, or peel. Even if your paint held up well over the winter, the intense heat and UV rays of summer are right around the corner, ready to add more stress to your exterior. Painting your home in the spring allows you to repair any existing damage and get your home ready to face the extremes of summer.

2. Prevent More Extensive Repairs

The temperature fluctuations of spring can also make winter damage worse. It’s not uncommon to have very cool days followed by moderate heat waves. When the temperature changes quickly like this, it can cause the paint to expand and flake off, which can make existing issues, like damaged siding, worse. If you wait until summer to address these issues, you’ll likely need more extensive repairs. Just like taking your car in for regular oil changes helps prevent serious engine problems, painting your exterior is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep your home well-maintained and repair costs down.

3. It’s Easier to Paint Before Gardening or Landscaping

If you’re planning to landscape or garden this season, it’s much easier to have your house painted first. That way, you don’t have to worry about painters working around delicate new plants or drops of paint on fresh mulch. As summer rolls around, many trees and bushes fill out, which can also make it more difficult to paint your home without trimming or damaging them.

4. A Fresh Coat of Paint Deters Pests

Warm spring weather rouses more than just trees and plants—it also brings the return of insects, including powderpost beetles, a type of wood-boring beetle that can cause significant damage to homes. Fresh paint deters many different types of pests from burrowing or nesting in your exterior. There’s even some evidence that different colors of paint can help repel a variety of insects.

5. Free Up Your Summer Schedule

Many people find themselves busier than they expected during the summer months. Kids are out of school, families go on vacation, and the longer days make it a great time to work on outdoor projects. By painting your house in the spring, you can free up more time in your already busy summer schedule.

6. Get Your Home Ready for the Busy Real Estate Season Ahead

If you’re planning to sell your home, spring is an ideal time to paint the exterior. Although the real estate market never stops, summer tends to be the busiest time for buyers and sellers. By having your house painted in the spring, you can increase your home’s value and curb appeal in time for the busy season ahead.

Schedule Your Exterior Paint Job with the Pros at Diamond Star Painting

Whether you decide to paint your home in the spring or later in the year, it’s important to make sure the conditions are right, and that all surfaces are properly prepped. This will give you a longer-lasting paint job and ensure your paint looks smooth and consistent. At Diamond Star Painting, we take pride in providing exceptional service and superior results. We handle all the prep work using our 14-step process, which includes spotless cleanup of walkways, sidewalks, and other unpainted areas. With over 30 years of experience, you can trust you’ll have a beautiful, long-lasting paint job you can enjoy for many years.

Contact us today at (916) 424-4008 to book a free consultation!

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Since the interior of your home is essentially a controlled environment, it can generally be painted any time of the year. But what about the exterior?

The issue with painting exteriors is that the weather needs to cooperate. If it’s too hot outside or raining, the paint won’t cure properly. Summer is often too hot and humid; spring can bring showers and morning moisture. Winter has several challenges, including frigid temperatures that will prevent the paint from curing, as well as rain and frost.

Autumn is Ideal for House Painting

That leaves autumn. Fortunately, the fall tends to be the ideal time to tackle exterior painting projects. Extreme temperatures can cause paint to dry unevenly, but autumn brings cooler air and more temperate temperatures. This type of weather isn’t just ideal for the paint, either; it also allows our painters to complete their work quickly without overheating.

Autumn weather is also helpful for painting the interior of your home because you can open the windows to help remove the paint fumes. Once wintertime rolls around, it becomes more difficult to find a time when the conditions are good for painting.

Moisture is an important factor to consider while painting your home. Whether for an exterior or interior, you need a dry surface for the paint to bond and dry properly. Not only can humidity affect the application of the paint but its longevity as well. As the seasons change from summer to fall, the humidity dissipates. Painting your home in the autumn will help the durability of the finish and the paint will look better overall for longer.

Although it can rain any time of year, it typically doesn’t rain as much in the fall as it does in winter or spring. Beyond creating bonding and drying issues, rainy days can delay your project. Scheduling your painting in the fall means the job is much less likely to be delayed by weather issues.

Other Considerations

The winter months are typically a busy time because of major holidays, family gatherings, and entertaining. One benefit of painting your home in the fall is you can refresh the look of your home before the hustle and bustle of the holidays take over. The holiday season can also be busy for painting contractors, so scheduling your project as soon as possible will ensure everything is complete before your friends and family visit.

Many people tend to have their houses painted in the summer, which can make scheduling difficult. Fall is often a slower period with less demand, which means we’re more likely to have the flexibility to accommodate your scheduling needs.

Choose Trusted Painting Professionals for Your Project

Regardless of when you choose to paint your home, it’s important to make sure the conditions are right and all surfaces are prepared properly. At Diamond Star Painting, our signature 14-step process ensures your paint is smooth, seamless, and free of drips, runs, or other inconsistencies. With over 30 years of experience and a skilled, dedicated team, you can be confident your new paint will look perfect for years to come.

Take advantage of the autumn weather on the way; contact us today at (916) 424-4008 for a free consultation!

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Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to start thinking about the exterior paint on your home. At Diamond Star Painting, we want you to have an exterior you’ll be proud of – and that all starts with three main components: preparation, product, and application.

Preparation

Preparing the exterior of your home properly is extremely important. The first steps we take are to remove any mildew with a bleach solution and then pressure wash your home to remove any dirt, dust, mold, and cobwebs. This helps the paint adhere to the surface properly and go on evenly, which ensures it will have lasting durability. It’s also an important step to take for aesthetics. Once the paint dries, any dirt or dust on the surface will cause areas of the exterior to look uneven. After the surface has been thoroughly cleaned, we let the exterior dry.

Once everything is dry, we scrape and sand areas with flaking paint or exposed wood, which creates a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. This is also the perfect time to inspect the exterior for any signs of damage and reset loose nails on the siding, trim, and eaves. We’ll go through and patch any cracks in the stucco or boards, repair leaky gutters, and remove and replace any fixtures as needed.

Caulking is another important step for non-stucco homes; not only does this help to enhance the appearance of the paint after it dries, but it also helps to keep your home insulated. Beyond that, it also prevents insects from coming in, prevents condensation buildup on the windows, and keeps the moisture out of nail holes. We also fully cover all windows and gardens prior to application to ensure everything stays clean and paint-free.

Product

Once all the preparation has been completed, we can start the application process. For the best results, however, it’s important to choose the right product. Like most things, you get what you pay for when it comes to paint! Lower-quality paints may save you money in the short run, but long term, you’ll likely be unhappy with the results.

High-quality paints are meant to last in all types of weather conditions for many years because they use the best binders (or resins) available. These adhere to surfaces better, giving you a more attractive paint job and preventing peeling, cracking, blistering, fading, and chalking. They also inhibit mildew and mold growth. Another benefit of high-quality paint is that it has more pigmentation than low-quality paint, so it offers better coverage, color, and depth.

Using high-quality paint also reduces how often you’ll need to repaint your exterior. Cheaper paint may last anywhere from a year to several years, whereas a high-quality paint can easily protect your home for 15 years or more. For this reason, we use only high-end, 100% acrylic products from Sherwin Williams and Kelly Moore.

Application

Like the preparation stage, the application is incredibly important for achieving beautiful results. All bare areas are primes, including metal gutters and downspouts, stucco, and wood.

An important factor to consider is that we’re applying paint with the proper thickness and the right type of paint for the surface.

We take the time to make sure we’re working with paint with the proper thickness and the right paint for the surface. For the trim, we use Sherwin Williams duration and a high-end Sherwin Williams acrylic. Of course, if you prefer Kelly Moore, we’re happy to use that instead! When it comes to exterior paint you have the choice between flat and low-luster. We use a semi-gloss for doors and satin for the trim.

Once all the details are worked out, the preparation is complete and the primer is dry, we can begin painting your home, taking care to ensure there are no drips, sags, or runs. Once all the painting is complete, we make sure to clean all your walkways, sidewalks, and unpainted areas, so your exterior looks flawless!

Hopefully, this has given you a better idea of what to expect with your home’s exterior painting! If you’re planning to re-paint this year, give Diamond Star Painting a call at (916) 424-4008 or visit us at diamondstarpainting.com. We also provide interior and ceiling painting, cabinet and deck refinishing, and commercial painting. We’re always happy to answer any questions you have or provide a free quote!