PaintSource Guide. Best way to Paint a New House.

Painting New Construction Home

Hardwood Floors

Polyurethane finishes look “plastic”, are prone to scratching, and need to be recoated frequently. Choosing a Finish for Hardwood Floors.

Coordination and sequencing of Floor finishes and Wall finishes many times leads to damage to walls by floor finishers, or damage to floors by painters.
More on sequencing finishing of wood floors.


Failure of inferior Deck Coatings, and improper drying and preparation of new wood leading to subsequent cupping, splitting, and warping of treated decking material.

Driveways/ Concrete Patios

Improper mixing of ingredients, and incorrect water ratio leads to widespread irreparable weakness in a majority of residential applications, including stamped concrete installations. Learn about Crete Defender

Mold Prevention and Cleaning

Most homes suffer crawl space and attic mold that can be easily prevented. We explore options for mold cleaning and mold prevention. Contact us about your project to learn about your options for mold prevention.

Drywall Preparation & Finishing

Drywall finish problems lead to unacceptable paint finishes, and Nail-Pops lead to inconvenient and generally unacceptable repairs for the builder and new homeowner.

Drywall Dust is a controllable nuisance. Homeowners should encourage their contractors to utilize dust-free solutions for all drywall and pre-paint sanding.

Studs must be dry before drywall is installed in order to prevent most common Drywall Finish Problems.

Learn about Bejamin Moore’s Drywall primer

Paint Failures Exterior Wood Trim

Exterior Paint Failures resulting from the use of finger-jointed or Pre-Primed exterior wood siding, windows, and trim.

Oil Based or Acrylic?

Use of Oil-based Paint on exterior wood leading to a brittle and non-breathable paint film that will crack and trap moisture; resulting in costly repaint, and wood deterioration or rot.

Interior Paint Problems Cold Weather

Failure to maintain a constant temperature or using temporary heat during paint application, or painting in low temperature leading to inability to match color when Touch-up Paint is applied at higher or normal temperature leading to problems for the painter, builder, and new homeowner.

Exterior Wood Clear Finishes

The use of Marine Spar Varnish and other Exterior Polyurethanes on wooden entryways and doors leading to moisture entrapment, brittle film cracking, and guaranteed coating failure on exterior wood surfaces. Check out our Playlist on Youtube.


Moisture damage to a variety of surfaces and substrates resulting from the common use of inferior or incorrect Caulking Products, or the “one caulk does it all” approach.

Fiberglass Doors

We can help you choose the best finish for Fiberglass Doors

Mildew Resistant Paint for Kitchen / Bath

Problem: Improper preparation, and incorrect coating and caulking selection for Bathroom Walls.
Solution: We see excellent performance from Perma-White Mildew Resistant Paint.

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