The illusion behind Paint + Primer In One.

We have all heard about a 2 n 1 paint and primer product that amazingly helps you skip the dreaded step of using primer. Some of them even claim to cover in one coat, saving you lots of time and money. These days, whether you’re at a big box store or any paint retailer, you will see this being advertised. This feature seems to help sell a lot of paint and we hear about it every day. The downside, is that it does not always deliver what it claims to be able to. Should you use “Paint and…

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Maintaining a Beautiful, Long Lasting, Garage Floor.

Next to the exterior of your house, your garage may be the first thing you see when you come home each day. For some families, your garage may be where all of your vehicles are kept, for others it might be used for storage. A garage can also be a major selling point. Most people do not know this, but having a bare concrete floor in your garage can be very harmful. Bare concrete absorbs anything that is introduced to it, such as oils spills, chemicals, water, salt, etc. These things are very harmful and over time will…

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What should I do with my exterior wood rot in White Lake, MI?

Michigan can have some very unpredictable weather; it can go from a nice 60 degree day, to snow literally overnight. As the weather changes and stuff starts to thaw, you’ll start noticing the outside of your house again. You may find that your home is in need of exterior painting. One major concern regarding homes when it comes to the preparation of painting is wood rot. Wood rot is not very appealing, and can do more future damage if not attended to right away. Why does it rot? Wood rot occurs mainly from aged wood that is exposed…

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Deck Staining Maintenance

Here in Michigan it is hard to tell what day we will be shoveling snow, or jumping in the pool. This harsh, extreme weather: cold or hot, means the exterior of our homes, take a beating. Our patios and decks probably take the most abuse. Most people want to have friends over, grill out, and relax on their deck during the summer. if your deck is rotted or too slippery because of the mildew buildup, this can be an embarrassing event. On the bright side, deck maintenance can be very simple if it is kept up from year…

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It’s Not Always Black and White

When we first bought our house it was full of color. Unfortunately not any colors that we even kind of enjoyed. As a professional painting contractor, my fiancé wanted us to repaint every room, so it felt like home. Picking colors proved to be challenging for us. We are apparently pretty neutral people. We decided to stop living in the black and white, we decided to stop being afraid of color, and to start taking some chances! Our first thought was, what we can do, to still keep the house pretty neutral for: if, and when we decide…

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Custom Staircase With These Easy Steps

Customized staircases are on track to be a major trend in 2016. It’s a fun, and stylish way to make something as mundane as a staircase, personalized to your style. This project has several steps, but is broken down into 2 main sections. The first section is the tread (or top) and handrail, that will be the stained portion. The second section will be focused on the riser (or back), spindles and stair stringer (sides) which is the painted part. Steps may vary, depending on the look you want. The 1st major step in this project is picking…

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Choosing the Right Contractor. Commerce Township, MI

It is a good rule of thumb when getting any work done, to get three different estimates. This is true, whether you are looking to have your car fixed or hiring a contractor to work in your home or office. When getting estimates from different contractors around the area, not only do you get to compare pricing, but also see what each company is about. Not every contractor is a good fit for every home or business owner. In comparing the estimates, it is important to decipher what each contractor has to offer. Sometimes going with the lowest…

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5 Simple Steps to Your Dream Cabinets

The process to have your cabinets refinished (painted) can be very simple, or can create chaos. Here we will outline the 5 steps Armor Tough Coatings takes, in order to transform your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, garage, or any room, and make them look brand new. Step 1: Cabinet Material The first step is to determine what material that the cabinets are made of. This can range from real wood, to laminate, to thermofoil (mdf wood wrapped with laminate sheet). This step is important as the correct primer will need to be used in order for the topcoat…

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Our Story

How we started: The Dream Armor Tough Coatings was founded during the early winter months of 2014 in White Lake, MI. The founder, Joe Elmore, had just separated from his employer of 8 years and was ready to put his skills to the test. He spent every working day of the prior years managing interior and exterior painting crews and finally felt that he had just the right amount of knowledge, courage, and leadership abilities to create his own company. Joe was finally ready to make his dreams a reality! The Struggle It wasn’t easy, though. Joe made…

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Should I buy the paint myself before hiring a painting contractor in White Lake , MI?

To buy, or have them supply, that is the question. In today’s research then do-it-yourself culture, homeowners often find themselves with this question or a question very similar. On one hand, you have the freedom, flexibility, and potential for a great online or print coupon deal by buying and supplying your own paint. On the other, you have the convenience, expertise, and supplier discounts that accompany a trained professional. This post will give you the pros and cons of buying your own paint vs. having a contractor supply the paint when tackling your next home painting project. There…

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