American homeowners face the daunting task of maintaining the painted exteriors of structures that are subject to some of the most varied and punishing weather condition in the world. Homes in our country endure combinations of conditions that include extreme heat and cold, wide variations in humidity, intense ultraviolet light, airborne pollutants, as well as rain, ice and snow.
Owners of American homes are further challenged by the broad range of wood species and grades now being used for residential construction. Few homeowners are aware of the wood variety or grade used to construct their homes. Painting methods and materials which perform well on cedar, for example, are not necessarily appropriate for mahogany or long-leaf pine. The wood species used most often on modern homes, even costly ones, is inexpensive pine or spruce, short-lived varieties known to hold exterior paint very poorly and to have a short life expectancy.
Finally, even those homes constructed of prime varieties of wood such as cedar and mahogany will not hold paint properly if they are poorly constructed or painted incorrectly the first time. In a competitive market place, American home builders frequently take shortcuts during the construction phase that impact the appearance and longevity of exterior paints for the life of the home. The most common example of such short-sighted expediency is the failure of builders to back-prime siding and trim before it is nailed in place. This cardinal rule has been ignored during the construction of 97% of American homes built since 1960! (If you are planning to construct a home we highly recommend that you insist that all wood be back-primed with FPE Oil Primer/Undercoat or ECO Primer.)
Most homeowners select an exterior painting contractor on the basis of availability and price, frequently rejecting out of hand a “high bid” which more likely includes proper preparation, quality workmanship and the quality paints that the home requires.
Fine Paints of Europe does not import a paint capable of overcoming problems caused by adverse weather, poor design, inferior materials and poor workmanship during the construction phase or subsequent repainting. Such a miracle coating does not exist.
Fine Paints of Europe does, however, offer a range of high-quality, exterior painting systems suitable for application to sound, properly-prepared exterior surfaces by professional painters and informed homeowners. If your home has successfully held paint in the past, you can expect that our house paints will beautify and protect your home for many years. If your home has experienced exterior paint failure previously, you may well experience similar problems in the future regardless of the brand of paint used.
Please do not consider the use of our house paints unless you are committed to doing a proper job and are aware of the factors which will determine the appearance and durability of the application. Members of our professional staff are prepared to assist you and your contractor in selecting the appropriate Fine Paints of Europe System for your home, and to provide detailed guidance in preparation and application.
Once you invest in good brushes, you will certainly want to care for them properly. We suggest that by following the instructions below, you will substantially improve the quality of your painting results and maximize the serviceable life of your brushes. With good care you will enjoy your brushes for several years.
1) New brushes occasionally contain factory dust and a few loose hairs. Work the bristles gently against your hand until any dust particles and loose hairs have been removed. Then rinse the brush well in good quality mineral spirits and spin briefly using a centrifugal paint brush spinner.
2) Immediately after use, brushes used for alkyd finishes should be thoroughly cleaned with Mineral Spirits and a centrifugal paint brush spinner. With a good paint brush spinner, a brush may be cleaned thoroughly in less than two minutes. A good rule of thumb is if you are stopping for a coffee break, there is no need to clean your brush. However, if you are stopping for lunch, it is a necessity.
3) Brushes which have been used in the application of oil-based finishes should NEVER be used to apply water-based finishes.
FINE PAINTS OF EUROPE is proud to import brushes from the legendary Omega Brushworks of Bologna, Italy. This venerable firm produces a range of brushes made with the famous white, “pure Setola” bristles, noted for their resilience and durability. All OMEGA brushes are handmade and packed full, without a spacer in the ferrule. Hard, vulcanized rubber – impervious to solvents – is used to set the bristles in a stainless ferrule. All OMEGA brushes are mounted on balanced, pecan handles. Quite simply, these are the world’s finest brushes.
To order fine OMEGA brushes please visit our website (link in bio)....
HOLLANDLAC Brilliant 98 Gloss Enamel possesses a mirror-like luminescence which may be used subtly or dramatically to create focus, space and light!
We are grateful for the skillful and talented finishers and designers who strive for this level of excellence - @tovmodeinc @level10finishing @jackie_paint_rep @blakeanddane @melissa.pollack.pj @phillipjeffriesltd...
“This project was incepted from a place of inspiration and travel. These clients were on a trip to Holland when they fell in love with the colorful and shiny front door style that seemed to be commonplace in the area. After returning home from their travels they did some research and discovered the Fine Paints of Europe brand. They were excited to find a Certified Painter in their area and gave us a call.
We removed the door and installed a temporary door, enabling us to perform the refinishing at our shop. After stripping the mahogany door and applying seven coats of primer we achieved the flat surface we were looking for and applied two coats of Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Brilliant in black. Now these clients have a long lasting piece of art for a front door that will remind them of their travels and sense of wonderment at the craft for many years to come.” - @shelton_painting
Shelton Painting is a Fine Paints of Europe Certified Painting company, graduating class of 2021. Thank you for your continued support of the Fine Paints of Europe brand & Fine craftsmanship!...
Backlit agate complimented by Fine Paints of Europe Brilliant! A stunning combination.💙
Thank you @ellenduffyinteriors and Fine Paints of Europe Master Certified Painting company @divincipainters for choosing the Fine Paints of Europe brand! This powder room is amazing!...
Happy Earth Day! 🌎 Fine Paints of Europe ECO releases 90% less VOCs than a conventional solventborne domestic coating and is environmentally friendly. The look of oil with the ease of ECO!
Fine Paints of Europe ECO is an exciting departure from the paint making technology of the past. It is a durable, modern, water/thinnable coating, which combines the best features of both acrylic and alkyd formulations. ECO offers the ease of application, weather resistance and easy clean up associated with first-quality waterborne coatings while providing the enhanced adhesion, opacity and beautiful finish associated with traditional solventborne paints of a classic oil-based finish. Order yours today!...
The unique self-leveling and filling properties of HOLLANDLAC Brilliant 98 result in a finish that dries to a beautiful, durable, porcelain-like surface whether applied by brush or spray. Thank you @gmrpaintingtoronto for your Fine craftsmanship and for your support of the Fine Paints of Europe brand! You know quality!...
Note: The photographs of FPE paint colors you’ll see on our website are often custom and proprietary colors crafted from our clients and designers. Since FPE offers unlimited custom colors, we do not know the exact paint color of any photograph.