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What should you expect from the exterior paint used on your home?

“It’s just paint. How complicated could paint be?” Many people think that the exterior paint type used on their home doesn’t matter as much as the color, or the quality of the work put into painting. While those people are not completely wrong—Crash of Rhinos does offer great service and color consultation, after all—we’d ask them to reconsider the unsung hero of the exterior painting process: the paint itself.

Here are some things you should consider when selecting a painting company. Crash of Rhinos uses Dunn-Edwards paints because we believe they offer exceptional quality that is tailor-made for the conditions here in Phoenix and the Southwest. Ask if your paint is the following:

It has to be built tough

Phoenix Home PaintingIf it’s going to last for years to come, the exterior paint on your home needs to be tough enough to stand up to the sun. In Phoenix, we enjoy beautiful sunshine for 85 percent of the year. All those rays are great for your personal sun tan, but your home takes in a tremendous amount of UV in the summer. It also gets hit by late summer dust storms, monsoon moisture, and high winds.

If your paint isn’t made with these things in mind, it’s going to start wearing down long before it should.

It should stand on its own

Besides being able to resist wear-and-tear from sun, wind, and rain, your exterior paint needs to be mildew-resistant and durable, so that you don’t have cracking or peeling paint. The advantage of picking a paint with extra binding by default is that it sticks better to a professionally prepared exterior wall surface, and is less likely to have problems down the road.

Finally, you’ve done your homework to pick the perfect color for your home. The last thing you want is for that color to fade only years after the paint is applied. Pick an exterior paint that is fade-resistant.

It should be safe for your family and the environment

Unfortunately, paint is not always created with the best ingredients. Some paint formulas use chemicals that negatively impact human health and the surrounding environment, and are created in factories that emit those same pollutants into the atmosphere.

You have a choice in your home’s paint, so select one that is free of ethylene glycol and has no VOC colorants.

We use Dunn-Edwards exterior paint

Exterior Paint ApplicationCrash of Rhinos Painting is a proud partner of Dunn-Edwards Paints. Since 1925, Dunn-Edwards has been the best paint manufacturer in the U.S. Southwest, and has created formulas specifically designed to stand up to the intense sunshine we receive here. Because of this, their paints are designed to last 10-15 years without fading—far longer than most paints.

Plus, Dunn-Edwards is committed to environmental sustainability, starting with the world’s first LEED Gold paint manufacturing facility—located right here in Phoenix. We stand by Dunn-Edwards paints, and we’re proud to use them on all of our exterior painting work.

Interested in learning more? Check out why Dunn-Edwards continues to lead the industry in developing better, more effective paint.

Crash of Rhinos honored by Angie’s List

Crash of Rhinos 2015 Angies List Super Service AwardCrash of Rhinos prides itself on being Arizona’s most trusted painting company, and we are proud to announce that we are a recipient of the 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award. This honor recognizes our superb record of customer satisfaction. Let’s review how we got here, and then talk about how we plan to keep moving forward.

About the award

The 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award is only awarded to a city’s top 5% of businesses in their category, putting Crash of Rhinos in elite company among Phoenix companies. The award is, in part, decided by our customers: your reviews on Angie’s List—along with your support elsewhere—gave us the “A” ranking that was a prerequisite for this award.Choosing House Colors in Phoenix

Angie’s List itself is a highly reputable service review site, with a foundation built on more than 10 million reviews. It’s a site that prospective customers respect and enjoy commenting on, and we’re honored that they helped us achieve this award. We couldn’t have done it without you.

What are some of the elements that help us stand out?

This award is a reflection on our values as a company. At the core, we’re about combining exceptional paint, an efficient quote process, a strong warranty, and a commitment to customer service.

What’s our secret?

We paint the exterior of stucco homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Think of us as exterior painting specialists: we have the experience and expertise to handle the tough jobs, and to do them right—the first time. This focus allows us to create a detailed process, which, in turn, reflects our commitment to quality.

So, what is the process?

There are five steps to our process:

  1. Inspection and quote
  2. Color consultation
  3. Preparing a house for painting
  4. Painting
  5. Follow-up and quality assurance

Inspection and quote

In order to provide our customers with the most accurate proposal for their exterior home painting, our inspection needs to be as thorough as possible. In order to accomplish this, we utilize many tools such as as a sketch of your home from the County Assessor, a comprehensive inspection, and a video to gain insight and get a clear picture of the project.

You only pay when the job is 100% complete. The quote you receive for us will contain everything in writing, including all pricing information. You will know exactly how much everything costs before you agree to anything. Once you hire us, we’ll get to work and you don’t have to pay anything until the job is complete.

Color consultation

It’s picking your home’s color, and much, much, more. For instance, Crash of Rhinos will:

  • deal with your HOA
  • save you hours of work
  • apply sample colors to your home
  • include digital renderings
  • consult with you, one-on-one, about color

Preparing a house for painting

This is one of the most important steps, and it’s extremely critical that it is done correctly. You can expect us to:

  • Pull away rocks: We make sure that all rocks and landscaping are pulled away from the walls in order for us to paint below the surface of your landscaping.
  • Pressure wash: Removes any loose paint, dirt, debris, pollutants, or chalking—the degradation of the old paint that will leave a residue.
  • Conduct stucco and drywall repair: We will identify any areas in the structure that have been damaged and correct the areas with necessary repair work.
  • Apply scaping and DRYLOK: Along the stem walls, we make sure that we scrape off any old paint and apply DRYLOK®. This waterproofs the area so no moisture can absorb through the soil around the house that would cause the paint to fail.
  • Remove all fixtures: In order to give you added protection, we make sure to remove all fixtures around the areas that will be painted.
  • Put up masking: The masking process ensures that objects and areas around your home are well protected before the paint process begins.
  • Apply primer: Our crew will prime any raw structuring of your home including wood, stucco, and drywall to ensure a strong base for the paint to adhere to. The priming step is crucial to creating a quality paint job.

These steps are going to be taken on every residence, and ensure a quality end-result for the painting. They’re a sign of our commitment to quality, and to your home.

Painting

We use only the best Dunn-Edwards paints, which are built to withstand the toughest of elements, year-after-year. The climate in the Sonoran Desert and Phoenix can be tough on a home: besides the blistering summer heat, monsoon winds and dust storms take their toll on paint. It’s why we use the good stuff with a UV-blocking formula, and it’s also why we provide you with a paint that is:

  • Resistant to mildew, cracking, and peeling
  • Eco-friendly
  • Fade-resistant, for colors that last
  • Offers better binding to walls for long-lasting adherence

Follow-up and quality assurance

Prepping for Painting in AZAfter we have completed the painting, we will replace all fixtures and put everything back the way you had it. Then, we will do one last walk through with you to make sure you’re happy with our work and service. We take one last look at the work in detail, to make sure it meets our own standards of excellence—and yours.

What’s next for Crash of Rhinos?

Winning the 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award means so much to us, but what really makes us proud are the glowing reviews left all over the web by our customers. We appreciate your support, and we’re glad you had a great experience with us.

How can I contact you about starting the process?

You can request a painting quote from us online, or give us a call at (602) 483-6199. We’d love to hear from you, and would greatly appreciate your business.

DIY exterior house painting, is it right for you?

Is it time to paint the exterior of your house again? Do you have the right equipment and preparation technique to do it by yourself? While you may enjoy improving your house, let’s see if DIY house painting is the smart way to go.

Painting a house is not as simple as it seems at first glance. The specific temperature that we have here in the Southwest, and especially in Phoenix, requires more than just painting the walls.

For the best results, you are required to do some preparation work before the painting process begins. The walls, their edges, and the land around them has to be cleaned and cleared properly before applying the paint. You also need to protect your property well, so it won’t get damaged while you are painting.

Another essential thing you should pay attention to is the paint itself. When it comes to exterior house painting, the colors you pick are secondary in importance. It’s more important to use high quality paint that will protect your walls from UV radiation and high temperatures. After all, that’s the entire point of painting your house exterior.

All in all, painting your house by yourself requires a lot of time and knowledge of all the details that need to be taken into consideration. If you are not entirely confident about doing it, you might end up wasting a lot of time and energy. Moreover, if you do something wrong, you’ll have to call a house painting professional to fix the damage. This will make your house painting project a lot more expensive than it should be.

What’s the best solution when it comes to exterior house painting?

Painting your home shouldn’t disrupt your everyday life. It needs to be done quickly and smoothly, without any damage. So, DIY house painting is a smart solution only if you have the proper tools, knowledge and experience. Otherwise, the best way to go is choosing a professional and reliable company that can have your home painted in no time.

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There are numerous painting companies down here in the valley, and you may find it difficult to make your choice at first. But, it shouldn’t take you long to see how Crash of Rhinos Painting stands out. We specialize in exterior residential painting. Having painted numerous homes throughout the years, we know how to provide both quick and quality service.

Our staff consists of professional men who can get the job done in as little as one day. We are confident about the quality we provide, so we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We also provide a 7-year warranty on our painting services. But first, let’s go through some details about the practical benefits that we offer to help you get the best house-painting service in Arizona.

Professional paint advisor

Since colors appear differently on paper and walls, it’s very easy to make the mistake of choosing the wrong color for your house. There is nothing worse than getting all excited about having your home painted, only to discover that you are not happy with the color when you finish the job.

As soon as you give us a call, we’ll help you overcome this risk. We will schedule an appointment and meet with you in person, so that you hear our expert advice. We have a professional paint advisor who will assist you in choosing the right color for your home.

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Our advisor can also get in touch with your homeowners’ association to obtain any pre-approved color palettes for you to choose from. We know that HOAs can be sometimes quite difficult to deal with. Since we want to take away all your painting-related worries, we are responsible for the entire communication with them. We know exactly who to talk to, what paperwork to fill out and what house look the HOAs expect.

We provide digital renderings for clients to be able to visualize different colors on their home. Our professional paint advisor can map out your entire home, so as to produce and send you different digital renderings and help you make the best color choice.

Detail oriented prep work

The preparation work is one of the most important steps of any home painting project. In fact, the preparation process is as important as the final code of paint. At Crash of Rhinos Painting, we make sure that your home is perfectly prepared for the painting and that it will look wonderful and fresh in the end.

We start by clearing the area. We pull back all the rocks and landscaping from the walls, so we can paint below the surface. If there are any trees or plants, we protect them with cover. After that, we pressure wash the entire house to remove any chalking, loose paint, dirt, debris, or pollutants. We are also specialized in stucco and drywall repairs, including micro fractures, larger cracks, woodpecker holes and other similar damage.

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Before we apply the paint, we protect the entire area around your house. At first, we make sure that all the fixtures are removed. What follows is masking the objects and areas around your home that need to be protected, so that nothing gets damaged throughout the house painting process.

Before we start painting, we prime any raw structuring in your house, such as wood, stucco, and drywall. The point is to have a strong base to adhere the paint. This step is crucial and we pay special attention to it.

Best quality Dunn-Edwards paint

As soon as the preparation is finished, we start using premium grade Dunn-Edwards paint. For more than 90 years, Dunn-Edwards have been offering the best paint for the diverse climate of the Southwest. This paint provides the best protection against the strong UV radiation in the summer, rain and wind gusts from the monsoons, and the dust storms that are common in Arizona.

Dunn-Edwards are dedicated to producing high-quality exterior paint using a superior formula that offers long lasting results and durability. It offers the most advanced levels of protection and preservation.

Another important characteristic is that this paint has the longest fade resistance. Experience has shown that Dunn-Edwards paint can last up to 15 years. In other words, our customers get to enjoy the look of vibrant and beautiful paint on their home exterior for years to come.

Phoenix Professional Color Consultant: Get Help Choosing Exterior Paint Color

Color can be deceiving. Even though it seems simple to visit the Dunn-Edward Paints website and choose the color you like, the same color can look much different on a computer or on a color sample card, than it does on the exterior of a home. Often times, it is rather difficult for homeowners to decide on the best color for your home. In some cases, the wrong color choice is made, and the results are catastrophic, not to mention difficult to look at! It is also true that in Arizona, many homeowners have to go back and forth with their HOA to have their color choice approved. A simple solution to help you choose the right exterior home paint color and manage the back and forth with your HOA is to: consult the advice of a Professional Color Consultant!

A Professional Color Consultant makes things easier

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On average, a skilled Professional Color Consultant can save a homeowner between 8 to 12 hours of work that they would normally have to do themselves. This is a huge benefit, as many homeowners have busy lives and they do not want the headache that comes with HOAs and researching paint samples. Here are a few of the ways a Professional Color Consultant will make your life easier during an Arizona exterior home painting project.

Communicates with the HOA

You would not think that picking out a color to paint the exterior of your home would be such a hassle, but when a home is under the management of an HOA, it can become….well, frustrating to say the least. A Professional Color Consultant will obtain the pre-approved color palettes from your HOA, gain approval for the color that you have chosen, and submit all necessary paperwork on the homeowner’s behalf, so they will not have to worry about a thing!

Produces Digital Renderings

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Choosing a color for the exterior paint of a home can be tricky. To help with this decision, a Professional Color Consultant will lay out a digital map of the actual home with all of the details included! Once the digital rendering of the home is completed, the Professional Color Consultant will make contact with the homeowner to get their input on the different colors that they, the homeowners, prefer. Then, they will apply these different paint samples to the rendering. The ability to visualize a paint color through a digital rendering is extremely helpful to the homeowner. It allows them to see the maximum paint options available and to be more certain of their paint color decision.

Keeps the Lines of Communication Open

Throughout this process, the Professional Color Consultant will be contacting the homeowner consistently to make sure they are well informed of the progress and status of the project. When going through an HOA specifically, the process can take some time; and it is important for the homeowner to be well informed.

Provides a One-on-One Color Consultation

A Professional Color Consultant will schedule a time to meet with the homeowner at their house to discuss exterior paint color options. They will arrive with a few samples to put up on the home to give the homeowner a better idea of what the paint will actually look like when it is applied to the exterior and has dried. They will also give expert advice by examining all aspects of the home, pointing out elements such as the color of tile or fixtures, to make sure that the color will compliment all areas of the home. Then, they will sit down with the homeowner to narrow down the options until a final color decision is made.

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Phoenix Professional Color Consultant, an Affordable Option

Exterior house painting can be an inconvenience in itself to a homeowner: having to work out schedules and meetings, and dealing with a mess for a few days until the project is complete. However, when you add in the paint selection process and having to go back and forth with the HOA, a home painting project can quickly go from an inconvenience to a large headache that can take hours of work!

A Professional Color Consultant is an optional service that is offered to homeowners. For only $129, the homeowner is freed up from hours of work, the hassle of dealing with the HOA, submitting correct paperwork, and the burden of choosing the correct exterior home paint color on their own. This small fee is well worth the time and energy that is saved.

Choosing a Professional Color Consultant Makes Sense!

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Unless you are in the business of choosing paint colors, it is very difficult for a homeowner to be experienced enough to independently choose the best-looking color for the exterior of their home. Many homeowners have an idea about what they want for their paint color; but often times, the colors they envision are too light or dark, and also, out of place here in Arizona or in their community. There is always that one house on the street painted a bright yellow, which has everyone exclaiming, “What were they thinking!” As a homeowner, you do not want to have “that” house.

This is where a Professional Color Consultant will come in handy. They have the knowledge to take the necessary steps with HOAs, the experience to know what colors will make a home look outstanding, and what colors a homeowner should avoid at ALL costs. Without their help, a homeowner could find themselves in the disastrous situation of hating their paint color, and having to make the choice to either deal with it or pay to have it painted a 2nd time! Both scenarios present a lose-lose situation.

Ask about a Professional Color Consultant

Make sure to ask your Phoenix, Arizona painting company about Professional Color Consultant services. Some companies offer some sort of advisement service, but Crash of Rhinos Painting is one of the only painting companies in Arizona that offers the services of a Professional Color Consultant, whose sole responsibility is making your life easier through the exterior home painting process.

For more information about our Professional Color Consultant, please give us a call at Crash of Rhinos Painting today! 602.540.7471

House Painting Phoenix Professionals: How to Paint a House Exterior

Nothing can give your house an instantly better look, than a freshly painted exterior. And its not just that you get a better “look” for your house. Consider all the protection that quality exterior paint provides for your home. If you are planning on painting your house exterior, consider these recommendations from our house painting Phoenix professional team.

Things to consider before painting a house exterior

Before painting a house exterior, there are a few crucial things to consider. Here’s a list of important thing to keep in mind when preparing to paint your house exterior.

Square footage of exterior surfaces

The first thing people usually consider is the square footage of the exterior, in order to determine the painting costs. However, this isn’t the only factor that determines the cost of the house painting; there are some other factors to consider as well.

Current condition of your house surface

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Another essential element to examine before painting your house exterior is the type of house surface. In case there are some cracks on the exterior surface, they need to be repaired before painting.

If your house hasn’t been painted in a while, there might be some holes in the outside walls. Before painting, all the cracks and holes should be repaired. These repairs are necessary if you want to be happy with the final outcome.

Peel-off surfaces

Another thing to inspect is if any of the house surfaces peel-off, which usually happens with the porch ceiling. If your house is old, there may be some gyp wall that needs to get fixed and prepared for painting.

Remove all items that can get in the way  

When preparing to paint your house exterior, it’s advisable to remove items such as the address plaque, mailbox, and outdoor furniture. If there are items that can’t be removed, try to protect them by covering them up with plastic cloth. Make sure to cover anything that is not going to be painted.

Check the weather

Weather conditions are one of the most important factors to consider when painting outside. For this reason, you should consider the time of year when you plan to start painting. The local weather should be favorable, so it’s advisable to start during dry periods of the year.

Dry periods are great for such work, since there is little to no rain at all. Humidity is also pretty low during dry periods, which is important for house exterior painting. Paint needs some time to dry, and paint doesn’t stick well to wet or humid surfaces.

Scrub the dirt

For paint to adhere to your house surfaces, they have to be cleaned of mildew and dirt. Scrubbing the surfaces with a stiff bristle brush is very effective and usually doesn’t take long. There is also a special sprayer you can use to accomplish this task.

Strike the nail heads

The next thing to do is tap all nail heads with a hammer, and fill any holes with exterior wall putty. If you apply caulking around your doors or windows, it’s good to use a paintable caulk. If previously painted surfaces are in good condition, you can start painting directly over them. In case there is a bare wood surface that you want to paint, you need to use a prime coat.

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When all your preparations are accomplished and the prime coat is dry, it’s time to paint. You can paint with a roller, a brush, or you can use both. A brush is great for the doors and corners, while the roller is great for other surfaces.

House painting should be done professionally

Even though it may sound simple and easy to do it yourself, painting a house exterior can be a challenging experience. If not done properly, a DIY painting job may turn more expensive, as you spend money to repair accidental damage. It can end up more expensive than having outsourced it in the first place. For this reason alone, it’s always good to hire qualified house painting professionals.

House exterior painting should be done professionally because it greatly improves the final appearance of a house. Our professional house painting Phoenix team has the skills and experience to make your house beautiful and add value to it.

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Speaking of value, another reason to hire the best house painters Phoenix can offer is to make sure your house is preserved properly. If you plan on selling your house, its exterior will have a huge impact on the first impression your potential buyers get. Our painting Phoenix team ensures you get good results and enjoy the view of your house both on the outside and the inside.

Qualified painters guarantee good results

Painting your home exterior takes time and money. It’s a long-term investment, so it’s important to take care of all the details first. If you pay attention to the quality of your house exterior painting, your house will look great for a really long time to come. For this reason, you need to ensure that your house exterior is painted by reputable house painters.

Our qualified painters have adequate skills and experience in exterior house painting. Feel free to contact us and check out our suggestions. We only use quality paint from reputable paint manufacturers to guarantee your satisfaction.

We provide a seven-year warranty on our painting; five years longer than what is legally required. We offer you exterior paint color schemes that match your house and the environment around it.

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In order to provide high quality results, our painting Phoenix professional team uses only high-quality paint. Quality paint doesn’t fade after painting. Low quality paint is known to fade, leaving the house exterior with an uninviting look. It’s wise for house owners to allow our house painting Phoenix professionals to pick the right paint for a house exterior.

Our qualified professionals will also help you select the right colors for your house exterior. Selecting the right colors plays a great role in how your house will look afterwards, when the painting process is over.

It’s always desirable to choose colors that match your house and its environment. It is good to remember that the colors used for interior painting may not always work well on the house exterior.

Our painters ensure that your house surfaces are clean before the painting process even starts. This is a key process which determines the outcome of the painting process. Our team takes all of the necessary steps to make sure that the prep work is done properly. These steps may include actions such as repairing, scraping, and pressure washing. Surface preparation work is the key to successful exterior house painting.