1. To Prime or Not to Prime

    May 5, 2017 by admin

    If you’re thinking of doing a few do-it-yourself projects this year there are a few things to know. There is a lot of conflicting information out there so we have decided to give you a few do’s and don’ts for what to paint and how to paint it. This article will tell you everything about when you should prime and what to look for.


    Oil paint is one of the most common problems we run into today. With changes in regulations, it’s impossible to paint oil over oil as there really isn’t any readily available. The problem is that most acrylic paint does not adhere to oil. So how do you know if you have oil paint and if you do, does it need a primer or is there another way?


    First of all, checking for oil paint is pretty easy. While oil does have the feeling of glass compared to the slight texture of acrylic this can be hard to tell unless you have spent a lot of time around it. A simple test is to buy some acetone and rub it on the area, if paint comes off that means it’s latex if not it’s oil.


    If it’s latex you can paint as normal, no additional steps are needed.


    If it’s oil, the next thing is to determine what type of product to use in order to get a properly applied coating. The most fool proof solution is to prime with an oil primer, this will work every time and with little to no effort or worry. It does smell pretty terrible though.


    An old oil coating sometimes doesn’t need special paints or primers. The problem with oil is there isn’t much for the acrylic to stick to but as it ages it becomes rougher and more porous. If you have old oil take the paint you want to use, dab it on a few different places on the surface and let it dry. Give it a scratch, if it peels you will have to prime or buy different paint. If not, you are good to go.


    Another option is a hybrid paint like Emerald from Sherwin Williams or Advance by Benjamin Moore. While these paints offer superior adhesion they are still acrylic and can sometimes fail. We would recommend lightly sanding the area and putting a few dabs of paint in different areas. Once dried give it a scratch. If it peels, it is not adhering and if it doesn’t peel, you are good to go without a primer.


    Always make sure your surface is clean and free of contaminants.


    Primer can be used in many applications but is not needed in most, as you may be told. So when should you use primer?


    When painting bare wood it is always a good idea to use primer. The reason for this is not primarily for adhesion but also for consistency. If you have cedar or other wood known for its contaminants you should always use primer.  If you don’t use a primer the contaminants will leak out of the wood and appear as “dirty spots,” the primer prevents this from happening. While there are a lot of paints that now are paint and primer in one, we find that whites and off whites always need a thick primer coat before painting to prevent the appearance of these spots. Also if you are replacing some pieces of siding and want to have a similar finish, a thick primer can help “fill in” the wood to give it a more consistent appearance.


    When painting bare drywall it isn’t necessary to use a primer but you must always do a “primer” coat. When priming bare drywall you are doing so to let the paint or primer absorb into the drywall and therefore create a consistent coating on the following two coats. It is not necessary for adhesion and if you are using a good quality paint after three coats (primer + 2 coats) you should have a consistent coating. There is no need to use a paint and primer in one as they are more costly and do not affect the final look. Unless you are using vibrant or very dark colours.


    Let’s Talk Vibrant Colours. A primer is recommended for vibrant colours as it helps a lot with coverage. Colours that are prone to a lot of coats of paint are reds and yellows. A grey base coat can take out a few steps while painting. The amount of colourants that are needed to create these colours take away from coverage. If you start with a gray primer in most cases you will cut down the amount of coats needed from 4 + to a primer coat and two coats of the colour being used.


    Big colour change?  A primer can help while making a big change. The most extreme example is from black to white or vise versa. Use a grey primer when going from very light to dark and a white primer to go from dark to light. This also helps cut down on the amount of coats needed for consistent coverage.


    Then there are water stains and other random stains. It is always best to use a stain covering primer like Zinzzer Cover Stain in order to make sure that it doesn’t show through. This product works great every time but does have an odor as it is also an oil primer.


    Metals, vinyl and cement need different products.  Various types of paint can be used with or without primer in order to create a properly applied coating. It is always good to ask the paint store what products they have that can be directly applied to each of these coatings. With the right primer, you can use any type of paint on top depending on what you want the final look to be.


    All in all and in most cases, a primer is not used for adhesion but to make a job easier or give the surface a certain look. A primer is only used to prevent failing when used on metal, vinyl, cement and oil paint.

  2. Final Pictures for our Charity Paint Give-Away

    May 1, 2017 by admin

    The Mustard Seed Street Church’s new warehouse has been finished.  We will be posting more information on the warehouse soon on our Facebook page as well as here, on our blog. In the mean time check out these great before/after pictures. Thank you Sherwin Williams for your paint donations and to our painters for making it possible!

  3. And the Winner is……

    March 1, 2017 by admin

    The time has finally come to announce your 9th Annual Charity Paint Giveaway. This year we will be painting the warehouse front at The Mustard Seed Street Church’s new warehouse. As always it was a hard choice as so many wonderful people made nominations. Thank you to everyone that sent in a nomination and helped to make this another great year!

    We are hoping to have the work done in March, so let’s hope for some good weather! I can’t wait to see the finished project how about you?


    The Mustard Seed Street Church is a worthy charity that provides food to over 5,000 people per month with more than 50 volunteers that help keep things running. In 1975 The Mustard Seed started out as a church ministry that wanted to find a way to help their community. Since then, services offered through the Mustard Seed Street Church have grown. This includes the largest food bank on Vancouver Island, a Family Center that offers valuable training and resources for families in need, a Hospitality Program that offers meals, clothes and immediate service to those in need, and Hope Farm Healing Centre, a working farm and 12                                                                                 bed recovery program for men recovering from substance misuse.

    So what will this warehouse be used for? Check back for after pictures and a full story on the warehouse.

    Find out more about The Mustard Seed Street Church here.

    Check out their Facebook page here.

  4. What to do with your Pets While Painting?

    by admin

    Painting can be stressful for your pets, unlike with other family members you can’t give them a heads up. Here at White Knight Painting we are pet friendly and want to do whatever we can to make the process a simple as

    So what can be done to keep your pet happy?

    If your pet is up for it we would love to meet them!
    By letting them say hi they now know who’s in the house. A lot of dogs (and cats) like to meet new people and calm down quickly after meeting them.
    Is there a trick to get your pet feel comfortable with new people? Let us know, we will do our best to accommodate them.
    What do we recommend during painting inside? While we are painting in your home it is recommended to keep them separated from the room we are painting. Animals are very curious and we want to keep the paint on the walls. A painted cat is not a happy cat.
    What do we recommend during painting outside? Although most animals will spend their time outside in some cases a dog will need to be in the same area as our painters. Please work with our painters so they are aware of when the dog is outside and that the dog is supervised at all times by you to prevent mishaps.

    All in all we want your painting project to go as smoothly as possible and to make
    sure everyone of your family members are comfortable during the process.

  5. Now Accepting Nominations for our 9th Annual Charity Paint Give-Away

    November 3, 2016 by admin

    Help us bring joy to someone this holiday season with our 9th Annual Charity Paint Give-Away. As we grow we want to say thank you by giving back to our wonderful community. This year we are giving away EVEN MORE painting services.  Every year we look to our community to nominate an Individual, Organization or Institute that would benefit from our $5,000 Charity Paint Give Away.
    Nothing compares to walking into a room after it is painted. By changing the colour of a room you change the whole dynamic of the room. Imagine how good it would make someone feel to be able to walk into a freshly painted space. .To nominate an Individual, Organization or Institution please click here. 
    Tips for a successful nomination.
    • Be as detailed as possible.
    • Make sure the nominee is aware that they are being nominated.
    • Get your friends, family and co-workers involved, the more nominations the better.
    • Get your nominations in by January 15 2017

    Check our last years winner, Pacifica Housing’s before and after pictures.

  6. To Stage or Not to Stage

    by admin

    The housing market is CRAZY out there and a lot of homes are being bought and sold. When selling your home you always want to get the best price possible. Recently we painted the interior of a home of one of our customers who was getting ready to sell. Being one of Victoria’s top realtors she definitely knows what she’s doing. When getting ready to sell the most important rooms are kitchens and bathrooms. Amber Simpson went with updating her kitchen which is the main focus of her top floor.

    Instead of replacing her cabinets she called us in to paint them as well as paint the walls and ceiling. We have a specialized system for cabinet painting that saves money and gives a near spray finish.







    So what are some things to help you get the most out of your house?

    1. Choose neutral colours for your home. Bright or dark colours can detract from the space and are more of a personal touch. By sticking to neutral colours you’re helping a potential buyer picture themselves in the house.
    2. Make sure the house is exceptionally clean and de-cluttered.  The less stuff in a room the bigger is feels. Polish your stainless steel and glass in the bathroom and kitchen for that extra sparkle, clouded shower doors detract from the over all look. 
    3. Rejuvenate Cabinets. Kitchens and bathrooms are a big part of selling your home. Freshen up your cabinets without breaking the bank by giving them a nice paint job.
    4. Make sure each room has a clear purpose. Multi-use rooms can turn off potential buyers because it makes it hard for them to picture themselves using the room.  In order to stage the room pick a theme, like a home office and remove any extra items to give the room a clear purpose.

  7. Choosing Colours

    October 20, 2016 by admin

    One of the hardest parts of painting can be something as simple as choosing a colour. There are so many things to take into account from the size of the home or space to the decor in the room or scenery around the house. The colours you choose are expressions of yourself and it is sometimes hard to find a colour that reflects that. Here are a few tips to help make choosing colours a bit easier.

    1. What types of colours do you like? The first step is identifying colours you like, looking around your house can help. Do you have a favorite area rug, picture, or maybe even a flower? Don’t be afraid of being bold. There is always a way to merge punches of colour without going over board. You can add them as a front door, accents, decor or accent walls.
    2. What are you painting? Once you have decided on the colours you like it’s time to think about the space you are painting. The darker a colour the smaller it makes things, the lighter the bigger.  If you have a small rancher it would be better to stay on the lighter side. Where as a large multi-level house would be able to handle a darker colour. When choosing colour for interior spaces it is always good to go with lighter colours in spaces like bathrooms and hallways. The only time I would recommend a dark colour in a smaller space would be in a bedroom as this is a place of rest.  Other things to take into account are the lighting, items in the space and how many windows. A lot of large trees around your house can make it feel closed in if you choose a dark colour, the darker the space the lighter the colour should be.  Yellow lights warm up your colours and White light Cools them down.

    At this point you should have a vague idea of what you are looking for. The colours that interest you as well as the general shade you want to stay in. 

    3.  Choose your colour scheme.  There a few different choices of colour schemes, by choosing a colour scheme you are helping to make sure colours that flow together. I have added a basic colour wheel to help.

    a. Complimentary Colour schemecolour-wheel

    A complementary colour scheme is colours chosen from opposite sides of the colour wheel. For example, blue and orange or purple or yellow. When choosing this type of scheme make sure you very the shades and saturation levels. If they are at the same level they start to compete with each other.

    b.  Split Complimentary colour scheme

    A split complimentary colour scheme is colours chosen from one colour and then two others together but opposite of the colour wheel from the first. For example, yellow, blue-violet and red-violet or red, blue-green and yellow-green.

    These two colour schemes are some of the most complicated and while they can make a space stand out if not chosen with care they will overwhelm.

    c. Triad Colour Scheme

    A Triad colour scheme is colours chosen from three equal points on the colour wheel. For example, red, yellow and blue or orange, purple and green. This is great when choosing colours for multiple rooms and still wanting to create colours that go well together.

    d.  Monochromatic Colours Scheme

    A Monochromatic colour scheme is when you use colours from the same family. For example, dark green, medium green, light green. This is the most common use of colours on homes and creates a nice harmony without a lot of effort.

    e. Analogous Colour Scheme

    An Analogous colour scheme is when you use colours next to each other on the colour wheel. For Example, red, red-orange or red-yellow. While quite similar to a monochromatic colour scheme this one adds just a little more pizzazz.

    Once you have a general idea it’s time to play around with the colours chosen, here are a few quick tips to make it easier.

    • Use no more than three colours in each room.
    • The darker the colour the smaller the space will feel.
    • Don’t be afraid of colour.
    • Adding soft colours to your walls gives you the option to change the feel of a room by changing the decor and not the paint.


  8. The Final Look, Charity Paint Give Away

    October 17, 2016 by admin


    First of all I want to say what an honor it was rejuvenating the community room at Waterview for Pacifica Housing. All of the staff we met where amazing and really helped make this a wonderful experience. Pacifica Housing does so much for at risk people in our community it was nice to be able to give something back to them. With some patching and a couple coats of paint the bleak community room is now full of fun colour. On top of us painting they also were able to replace the table with a counter top to really open up the room and create a more functioning space.  This is now a bright and cheerful place where people living at Waterview can learn to cook meals and can also come together as a community.

  9. And the Winner is……

    March 17, 2016 by admin

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    Nominations have been closed and our top three nominees have been visited. Thank you for all of your nominations and getting involved in this year’s 8th Charity Paint Give-Away. It was another hard year as there are so many deserving organizations nominated every year. This year we have chosen Pacifica Housing as our winner.  In the coming weeks we will be working with Pacifica Housing to organize a make-over for one of their many housing buildings. The area we will be working on is a place where the people in the building can join together and learn how to eat healthy and live healthy.  By renovating this community hub they hope to utilize the space better and make the most out of what they have. We can’t wait to help them achieve this goal. Pacifica Housing has been helping people in need for over 30 years and has had a huge impact in our community. Not only do they find housing for people in need, they create a supportive environment to help every person be the best they can be. While looking at the community room that we would be painting we were also shown their lovely community garden. Their garden is a place where residents come together to build community and grow fresh vegetables. In addition to providing homes Pacifica offers support services and programs including Virtues Youth Group, community meals, community gardens, art therapy programs and a psychosocial work program. Pacifica Housing provides homes to over 1500 people living in Greater Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo.

    To find out more about Pacifica Housing and how you can get more involved check out their Facebook page and website at www.pacificahousing.ca.

    Previous winners include:

    2009 Macdonald House

    2010 Cridge Transition House for Women

    2011 Single Parent Resource

    2012 Bridges for Women Society

    2013 Victoria Brain Injury Society

    2014 James Bay Community Project

    2015 Goward House

  10. We are now Accepting Nominations for our 8th Annual Charity Paint Give-Away

    November 3, 2015 by admin

    Help us bring joy to someone this holiday season with our 7th Annual Charity Paint Give-Away.
    Every year we look to our community to nominate an Individual, Organization or Institute that would benefit from our $3,500 Charity Paint Give Away.
    It is amazing how much of a difference a fresh coat of paint makes. Imagine how good it would make someone feel to be able to walk into a freshly painted space. The walls look like they have had new life poured into them. The space feels fresh and new.
    To nominate an Individual, Organization or Institution please click here. 
    Tips for a successful nomination.
    • Be as detailed as possible.
    • Make sure the nominee is aware that they are being nominated.
    • Get your friends, family and co-workers involved, the more nominations the better.
    • Get your nominations in by January 15 2015


    Previous winners include:
    2009 Macdonald House
    2010 Cridge Transition House for Women
    2011 Single Parent Resource Center
    2012 Bridges for Women Society
    2013 Victoria Brain Injury Society
    2014 James Bay Community Project
    2015 Goward House