7 Steps to Prep a Deck for Staining 

7 Steps to Prep a Deck for Staining 

While it certainly looks incredible when it’s done, completing a deck staining project at home is about a whole lot more than just upgrading the exterior of your dwelling. Stain acts as a barrier between wood and the elements. And as such, it slows down the entire aging process of the wood—keeping it in great shape for many years to come.

While an unstained deck can quickly incur moisture damage—which can lead to rotting, warping, cracking, and collapsing over time—have mold or mildew issues, fade from sunlight, or get infested with pests, having a stained deck virtually eliminates all of these issues. 

And with so many stains to choose from, you can select the one that best complements your siding, brings out the natural beauty of the wood grain, and provides the opacity you’ve been looking for.

Ready to get started? Our tips will help you learn how to stain a deck so well it looks like you hired a professional to do it for you.

How to Stain a Deck

The process of learning how to stain a deck is pretty straightforward. With a little prep work, the right stain, and some good old-fashioned elbow grease, your deck can get a whole new facelift in just a few short hours. 

Here is how it’s done:

Materials Needed

  • Broom
  • Painter’s tape
  • Drop cloths
  • Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Deck Stain
  • Paint tray
  • Paint brush
  • Paint roller
  • Pole extension
  • Wood cleaner (optional)
  • Deck stripper (optional)
  • Soft-bristled brush (optional)
  • Pressure washer (optional)
  • Power sander (optional)
  • 60 or 80 grit sandpaper (optional)
  • Pre-treated deck boards, hammer, power screwdriver, and deck screws for repairs (optional)

Step 1: Remove All Items From the Deck

Before you get started on your staining project, you’ll want to remove all items currently located in your outdoor space. This includes patio furniture, umbrellas, decor pieces, swings, planters, firepits, portable heaters, bug zappers, and outdoor lights and speakers. Basically, look for anything sitting on top of your deck or hanging from its railings and move it out of the way.

Step 2: Clean the Deck

Cleaning the deck well is the next important step in the process. Stain will not adhere well to any boards that are covered in leaf debris, dirt, grease, or food spills. Start by sweeping the entire deck off with a broom. Then, apply a wood cleaner with a soft-bristle brush. We recommend JoMax by Zinnser mixed with bleach. Let it soak in and wash it away with a power washer.

For newer decks, simply skip most of step 2 if it’s not necessary. In that case, a quick sweep is probably sufficient.

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Step 3: Inspect the Deck’s Condition

Once the deck is thoroughly cleaned and dried, it’s time to inspect the condition of your deck. Older decks, especially, may need to have some nails or screws driven back in or have warped or cracked boards replaced. Make any repairs now before proceeding to the next step.

New pressure-treated boards need to dry out for a minimum of 30 days before you can stain them. Staining them too soon prevents the stain from fully soaking in and protecting those boards from the elements in the future. 

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Step 4: Prep the Deck for Staining

Taking your time to prep the deck for staining is key to completing a project that looks great and lasts for a long time to come. Start by doing a light sanding with a power sander and 60 or 80 grit sandpaper. We recommend 100-150 grit max.

If your deck was previously painted, all paint will need to be removed before staining. For best results, old stain should be removed before switching from water-based stains to oil-based stains or vice versa. 

Lastly, apply painter’s tape anywhere the deck and siding meet to prevent the stain from splashing or smearing onto your siding, and lay drop cloths down on the deck’s surface.

To know if different types of stains are compatible with one another, apply a small amount of deck stripper with a towel as a test patch. After 15 minutes, wipe the deck stripper away. If the original stain can be seen on your towel, it’s water-based. If it can’t, it’s oil-based.

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Step 5: Stain the Deck Railings

After mixing your Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain well, use a paint brush to stain the deck railings with long, even strokes. For larger surface areas, a small roller may be used in place of the paint brush.  

Step 6: Stain the Deck Boards

Once all of the deck railings have been stained, remove the drop cloths and stain the deck boards. To do this, pour Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Deck Stain into a paint tray and apply the stain with a paint roller on a long extension pole. 

Move from the area closest to your home’s exterior then away from it. You want to end this project by staining the stairs, and you don’t want to work yourself into a corner.

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Step 7: Stain the Deck Stairs

As you work your way down the flight of stairs, stain each step as you get to it using a paint brush for the risers and a paint roller for the treads.

Deck Stains

Choosing the right deck stain can make a big difference both in the look of your deck and in the results you receive. 

Deciding between a transparent deck stain, a semi-transparent deck stain, and a solid deck stain is more about personal preference than anything else. A transparent deck stain is basically a clear coat that allows you to see all the grain and imperfections in the wood while a semi-transparent deck stain provides some coverage and color and a solid deck stain offers complete coverage and color. The choice is really up to you.

One thing you do want to ask yourself, though, is if the stain you’re looking at is the best deck stain for pressure-treated wood out there—as long-lasting protection against the elements is an important consideration.

Fortunately, Benjamin Moore has developed the perfect solution for your home. Their Arborcoat series of exterior stains provide a superior level of protection against water, sun, pest, mold, and mildew damage while enhancing the natural look of wood. 

With many premier finishes to choose from, you can be certain that you’ll find the perfect one to complement the exterior of your home while keeping your deck in tip-top shape for years to come. 

While decks stained with exterior stains from other brands need to be refinished every few years, decks stained with top-of-the-line products, like Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Deck Stain, need to be maintained far less often.

Make the right choice the first time and enjoy your summers out in the sunshine.  

Protect your Deck Right

Wood decks are not just a build-it-and-forget-it type of home project. They do require regular maintenance to keep them functioning well and looking great over time. Fortunately, deck maintenance can be made simple with the right products.

If you’re looking for the perfect way to treat your deck and protect it from many of the elements that can wear it down, check out Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat exterior stains. After you apply one for the very first time, you’ll wonder how you ever settled for less.  

Our Beloved Frank Heller

Frank D. Heller

June 15, 1954 – November 26, 2022

Frank D. Heller of Makawao died peacefully in his sleep on the early morning of November 26th, 2022 with his Dog Rider by his side. Frank was 68 years old. The family is deeply saddened and shocked by his sudden death. Frank was born on June 15th, 1954 in Orange, CA. He grew up in Huntington Beach, CA. He moved to Maui from Minnesota in 2000 and worked in the construction industry, as a skilled painter.

Frank became a small business owner in 2009. He owned and operated Da Kine Painters contracting business and Da Kine Paints supply store with his daughter, Michelle. Frank poured his heart and soul into work, which showed to all customers and patrons of D.K.P.

Everyone who knew Frank knew his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He absolutely loved being a grandpa. Frank Heller is survived by Carl (son), Michelle (daughter), Juliet (granddaughter), James (grandson), and an abundance of friends. We will miss him more than words can say.

We will lay Frank to rest with a burial service on Sunday December 18th, 10am at the Makawao Cemetery; followed by lunch & Bud Light toasts to celebrate his life at our home in Makawao. Please come share some memories.

Color Trends 2023 Overview

Benjamin Moore Color Trends 2023 Overview

Color is an essential element of good interior design. You can completely transform a room by changing its overall color or draw attention to a certain feature by adding a splash of color in just the right place. And you can even modernize the entire look of your home, simply by staying on top of the latest color trends—which is why they’re so important.

As we look towards 2023, this year’s most popular colors are all about personality. Think beyond all the traditional colors you’ve seen in the last couple of years and envision bold, expressive colors that look like a work of art. 

2023 Paint Color Trends

Benjamin Moore is an industry leader when it comes to selecting color trends that make a big impact. And for 2023, they’ve chosen a color palette you have to see to believe. 

Marked by hints of coral, red, orange, and pink, Raspberry Blush (2008-30) has been handpicked as the 2023 Color of the Year and for good reason. This bold beauty isn’t like any other rosy color you’ve ever seen. It livens up walls, trim work, arches, and even ceilings while still pairing well with a variety of neutral hues, creating a noticeable sense of magic and allure. 

For more subtle tastes, Benjamin Moore also offers up Conch Shell (052) this year—a charming and whimsical pink inspired by the gentle beauty of nature. This preciously pink color can soften any room, and while it’s much prettier than any ordinary beige, it lends itself well as a neutral so you can carry it throughout your home as well. 

For those who love rich oranges and browns, this year’s color palette also includes Cinnamon (2174-20) and Wenge (AF-180). When comparing the two think cinnamon stick versus dark chocolate. Both of these paint colors have lush undertones that really set them apart from similar hues, and they can be used as an adventurous neutral or as a prominent accent color.

Next up for Color Trends in 2023 is Savannah Green (2150-30). When you think of this color, picture sunshine meeting grass. This gold-toned gem of a paint color is the perfect choice for living rooms, bedrooms, and even bathrooms.

But perhaps you’re looking for a much softer shade that truly inspires tranquility. Look no further than New Age (1444), a dreamy purple with gray undertones. This paint color is the perfect complement to smaller spaces, like stairways and bathrooms, as well as larger spaces like living rooms and dining rooms.

And for those who adore jewel-toned blues, Benjamin Moore has selected Starry Night Blue (2067-20)—a luminous shade of navy that can even transcend walls, becoming a daring choice for those who want to liven up their kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanities. 

Lastly, North Sea Green (2053-30) is a delightful teal hue with trace elements of grey mixed in. Reminiscent of gemstones, succulents, and peacock feathers, this gorgeous paint color invokes balance and renewal. Consider using it to brighten up an old brick fireplace, give new life to a decorative door, or provide a punch of color on traditional wainscoting.

2022 Paint Color Trends

Looking back on the 2022 paint color trends, you’ll notice a huge shift from last year to the present.

While the color trends for 2022 were all about going light and bright, with a palette full of soft greens and yellows that felt dreamy, soothing, and organic, the color trends for 2023 are noticeably bolder and brighter. 

Last year, October Mist (1495) was the breakout star as Color of the Year—with its sagey green tones. This shade worked particularly well for bringing the beauty of the great outdoors to the inside in a seamless and carefree way.

It paired well with other natural pops of color like those found in yellows, pinks, purples, and browns. And it gave you a subtle reminder of the bounty found on Earth, from a sprig of flowers to a blade of grass and a ray of sunshine.   

In essence, 2022 paint color trends were both calming and restful. You could incorporate them into any space with a pleasant gracefulness. But just like any other trend, the 2022 paint color trends were sure to evolve. And the color evolution that has taken place in 2023 is now daring and adventurous.

Paint Color Samples

With so many great options to choose from, the whole task of picking new paint colors for your home or office can go from fun to stressful in a matter of moments. And that’s where paint color samples come in handy.

Fortunately, you don’t have to rely on taping paint color swatches or individual paint chip samples all over your walls and squinting to see which ones look best in your space. Instead, you can purchase half-pint paint samples at your local paint supply Kahului store

Not only are they affordable enough that you can easily try out several different colors on each wall at a time, actually painting a color you’re considering onto the wall helps you see that color in different lighting and against the trim work you already have.

We recommend painting a large enough swatch, such as a 2 x 3-inch rectangle, so that you can truly experience what that particular color will look like in your room day or night, how the appearance of the color changes based on the texture of your wall and the current paint color underneath it, and how it pairs with architectural elements in the room like wainscoting, a fireplace, or shiplap.

Another option you have is to purchase peel-and-stick paint samples. These 9 x 12-inch color samples make it easier than ever to see a variety of different color options in a room at any given time. And you don’t even need a paintbrush to use them.

Simply select the peel-and-stick paint samples you like at your local Benjamin Moore paint store, bring them home, peel the back off, and stick them in any location you like. It couldn’t get any easier than that. Plus, they are easy to remove when you’re ready to start your painting project, they don’t leave behind a heavy residue, and you don’t have to worry about covering up any dark paint swatches you may have painted on the wall. 

Just be sure not to skip this important step. While certainly helpful, a paint chip in a store is not a good representation of how that same color will look in your home or office. Picking up half-pint samples or peel-and-stick paint samples is a much better option than painting an entire wall and only then realizing that the color you’ve chosen isn’t exactly how you’d like it to be. 

With either of these paint color sample options and the expert advice you can receive from our team members at Da Kine Paints, you can find the perfect color for your room without all the hassle.


benjamin moore 2023 paint color trends

The 2023 color trends palette is inspirational, to say the least. These rich hues encourage creativity and bold expression. And they transform any space from just an ordinary room into a statement piece. 

Looking to capture that elusive wow factor everyone else is going for? You can do just that by selecting any of the eye-catching colors included in this year’s vivacious color palette. And you don’t even have to buy all new furniture or decor pieces to make that happen.

Better yet, mix and match several of these colors to revitalize your home or office. Make this the year you say goodbye to drab and hello to fab.

Benjamin Moore Advance Paint vs Scuff-X

Benjamin Moore Advance Paint vs Scuff X

Wondering about the difference between Benjamin Moore Advance and Benjamin Moore Scuff-X?

Both promise a durable finish that is easy to clean and are intended for interiors. These paints have a low-VOC formula, no matter how much colorant is used thanks to the patented Gennex color technology from Benjamin Moore. However, there are some key differences between the two. Here’s what you need to know about the differences between these products and which one to use for which applications. 

Advance Specs 

Oil-based paint was once common for trim, baseboards, and doors. It was durable and dried to a smooth, hard finish. However, there are environmental concerns that have made oil-based paints far less common than they once were – plus, oil-based paint has a strong odor. 

Luckily, you can get similar effects with today’s waterborne alkyd paints such as Benjamin Moore Advance. It has many of the qualities of oil-based paint, but it’s eco-friendly and easier to clean up. You don’t need paint thinner or solvents like you would need with oil paint. Advance is a great, innovative product that is especially popular for painting trim.

Here are some of the features of Advance:

  • Good for wood trim, doors, cabinets, furniture, etc. 
  • Available in matte, satin, semi-gloss, or high-gloss finishes
  • Easy to clean up brushes, rollers, etc. after painting 
  • Excellent impact resistance – can stand up to slamming doors and other forms of impact
  • Durable even with frequent cleaning and lots of use 

However, Advance may not be perfect for every project.

  • Has a noticeable odor when it is still wet 
  • Longer dry time
  • Not available in an eggshell finish
  • Not designed for foot traffic, so it’s not the best for floors, despite its durability 
  • Trickier to cover a large surface area – not great for walls

The key aspect separating Advance from Scuff-X is its dry time. The longer dry time has benefits, though: you can take your time painting and not worry about the paint drying too soon. It also makes the paint more self-leveling, which reduces the chance of brush marks or texture left behind from your painting tools.

When using Advance, remember that it takes time to cure and fully set. You can get dings and dents for a few weeks after painting because it will take up to a month to harden fully. But once it cures, you will have a highly durable finish for years to come!

Scuff-X Specs

Perhaps you have children or pets who make it difficult to keep your house clean. Maybe you want to paint your home a light color, but you know it will get smudged and marked. No worries – Benjamin Moore Scuff-X is a scuff-proof paint that will make your worries a thing of the past. 

Whether you’re worried about wear and tear due to frequent cleaning or you’re concerned about your walls getting bumped, scratched, marked, and scuffed, Scuff-X is a great choice. It’s not just for homes, either – Scuff-X works well in commercial or public spaces that get a lot of use. You can even use it to paint gymnasiums, schools, offices, and more. 

Here are some of the features of Scuff-X:

  • Versatile—use for walls or trim, doors, etc.
  • Available in matte, eggshell, satin, or semi-gloss – no high-gloss 
  • Low odor 
  • Dries quickly
  • Easy cleanup with just soap and water
  • Will last for years, even with frequent cleaning and heavy use
  • Easy to touch up

Despite its benefits, Scuff-X isn’t the perfect choice for every project.

  • Not available in high gloss finish
  • Not quite as self-leveling as Advance, so may show brush strokes or texture
  • Not designed for foot traffic, so it’s not good for floors or stairs

Scuff-X is a great scuff-proof paint for walls, especially in messy areas that need to be cleaned often. It’s good for homes and commercial spaces alike. It’s very versatile, so you can use it on your drywall, cabinets, baseboards, and more. The fast-drying time is a great bonus as well. 

Paint for high-traffic areas 

If you are searching for paint for high-traffic areas, either Advance or Scuff-X will work beautifully. Again, if you are painting walls, go with Scuff-X. Alternatively, you can use either Scuff-X or Advance if you are painting woodwork; cabinets, doors, or furniture. 

Paint for cabinets 

When it comes to painting cabinets and cabinet doors in the kitchen or bathroom, Advance may be a better choice. It dries to a hard, smooth finish that will hold up to dents slightly better than Scuff-X will. Scuff-X is good for cabinet doors as well, since it’s durable and easy to clean, but it may not look quite as smooth, depending on how you apply it.

Paint cure time 

For some people, paint cure time is the top priority. If you want a project that can be done in a weekend, choose Benjamin Moore Scuff-X instead of Advance. Scuff-X will dry much more quickly. You will be able to do a second coat in just a few hours. 

When you use Advance, you are advised to wait 16+ hours before starting a second coat. If drying time isn’t a concern for you, either paint is fine. 

How to know which paint to choose

Here’s a quick guide to Benjamin Moore Advance paint vs. Scuff-X:

  • If you’re painting drywall in high traffic areas, choose Scuff-X.
  • If you’re painting baseboards, trim, doors, or cabinets, either one will work.
  • If you want an eggshell finish, choose Scuff-X.
  • If you want a high-gloss finish, choose Advance.
  • If you want high impact resistance, choose Advance.
  • If you want quicker drying time, choose Scuff-X.
  • If you’re painting an exterior surface, neither product is suitable. Go with an exterior paint instead. 

Stop your local paint supply Kahului store with Da Kine Paints  to get all the paint and supplies you need for your home improvement project! We carry both Benjamin Moore Advance paint and Benjamin Moore Scuff X. If you still aren’t sure which paint is best for your needs, we would be glad to help.

Benjamin Moore Cabinet Paint

The Best Types of Benjamin Moore Cabinet Paint

Painting your cabinets is a great way to update your home. Whether you’re dealing with dated honey oak cabinets or old chipped paint, painting the cabinets will breathe new life into your kitchen or bathroom! 

However, painting cabinets isn’t quite the same as painting your walls. Cabinet paint needs to be more durable than wall paint, and it can also be harder to paint cabinets because of all the nooks and crannies. 

Picking the right Benjamin Moore cabinet paint will make the process go much more smoothly. Here’s what you need to know about cabinet paint, including Advance and Command paint for cabinets. 

Kitchen Paint

Kitchen cabinet paint needs to be easy to clean and durable. 

They get a lot of use in most homes, as you likely open and close them several times a day. Additionally, you have to clean kitchen cabinets on a regular basis to get rid of splatters, spills, and grease. This means your cabinet paint will need to be protected against a lot of wear and tear. 

Cabinets look best with a smooth, furniture-quality finish that doesn’t show brush lines and imperfections. A cabinet paint should also have excellent coverage and hide, especially when used over stained wood. 

To avoid nicks, scratches, and chips, a high-quality Benjamin Moore cabinet paint is a must. Advance paint for cabinets is a popular choice in kitchens. 

Bathroom Paint 

Bathroom cabinet paint needs to be moisture-resistant and durable. 

Even with good ventilation, bathrooms are prime locations for moisture. Your paint has to withstand steamy showers, wet towels, and the occasional splash of water. If the paint doesn’t protect your drywall or cabinets properly, you can get permanent damage or mold and mildew growth.

To obtain moisture resistance, the best bathroom paint has higher levels of resin than regular paint. The moisture-resistant ingredients help to prevent blistering, peeling, and bubbling, even with frequent cleaning. Bathroom paint may also contain higher levels of mildewcide to help slow the growth of mold and mildew.

One of the most popular paints for bathroom vanities and cabinets is Benjamin Moore Advance. With its excellent durability and coverage, Advance paint for cabinets will hold up over time even with heavy use. 

Another highly-durable, water-resistant option is Corotech Command paint, also by Benjamin Moore. Command paint for cabinets is incredibly tough and fast-drying. It’s a good option if you want to be able to use your cabinets right away without waiting for the paint to cure. 

How to paint cabinets

You can DIY your kitchen cabinet refresh using Benjamin Moore Advance paint or Corotech Command paint, both of which are available at your local paint supply Kahului store, Da Kine Paints.

Advance is a high-quality low VOC paint that is easy to apply with a brush or a roller, even if you’re not a professional painter. It applies evenly, covers thoroughly, and comes in countless colors. Since it’s waterborne alkyd paint, it can be cleaned up easily with soap and water. Here’s what you need to know to paint your kitchen cabinets or bathroom vanity.

  1. First, remove drawers, doors, and hardware
    Removing the drawers, doors, and hardware will make it easier to paint. Lay the drawers or doors on a flat, clean surface, such as a drop cloth in your garage.
  2. Next, clean and prep the surfaces
    Using a grease-removing cleaner, clean the entire surface that you’re going to paint. If your cabinets have a glossy surface you may need to lightly sand them. Don’t sand them enough to remove the previous finish, just enough to make the finish rough enough for the primer and paint to adhere to.
  3. Apply primer
    A good primer will help hide the previous stain or paint while making it easier to apply the paint. Roll or brush on a coat of primer and let dry for at least 24 hours before moving to the next step.
  4. Sand with fine-grit sandpaper
    After priming and drying, lightly sand the surface with 120-grit sandpaper. This helps create a smooth, even finish. Wipe away dust with a damp cloth and let dry.
  5. Apply the first coat of paint
    Now, you can apply your first coat of paint! Apply the paint evenly and take care to avoid drips or pooling. 
  6. Sand again with fine-grit sandpaper
    Sanding your first coat of paint will help eliminate brush marks and imperfections in the paint job. Again, use 220-grit sandpaper and sand lightly over the entire surface. 
  7. Apply a second coat of paint
    Applying a second and final coat of paint will help ensure full coverage and a smooth, even finish.
  8. Let dry for a few days
    Lastly, it’s important to let the paint dry for at least 24 hours, or better yet, two to three days. Ensure the area is well-ventilated for a quick dry time. If the paint isn’t fully dry, the doors and drawers will stick upon reinstallation. 

Paint colors for cabinets

The paint color you choose will depend on your individual style and how you want your home to look and feel. 

If you feel your space is too dark, you might want to brighten it up with a coat of white or light-colored paint. Light colors are great on cabinets, especially if you have a lot of upper cabinets. 

If you want to add more color and interest to your space, you may want to go with a less-common color like sage green or coral. With thousands of paint colors available from Benjamin Moore, the sky is the limit! 

If you love a moody look, a deep shade of gray or navy blue might be perfect for your kitchen or bathroom cabinets. 

Stop by the paint supply Kahului store

Get all the paint and supplies you need on Maui at Da Kine Paints. We carry a wide selection of Benjamin Moore paint, including Advance and Corotech Command paint. We’d be happy to help you figure out the best paint products and colors for your upcoming kitchen or bathroom cabinet project. Visit our paint supply Kahului store or reach out today

What is Nursery Safe Paint?

What is Nursery Safe Paint?

Creating a calm, safe space for the new baby is at the top of many expecting parents’ to-do lists. This often means painting the walls or furniture to match the look you’re going for. At Da Kine Paints, your local Maui paint store, we love helping our customers choose the perfect paint color for their baby’s new room! 

While paint is a fantastic way to freshen up your nursery, you’ll need to consider air quality. Indoor air quality is especially important where babies are concerned. Freshly painted indoor surfaces can increase exposure to toxic chemicals. 

You can eliminate these risks by choosing nursery safe paint and ensuring good ventilation. Here’s what you need to know!

Choose no-VOC, water-based paints

Are you painting the walls in a soft color or a calming neutral? Refinishing an old dresser to use as your changing table? If so, you’ll want to choose a water-based, no-VOC interior paint. 

What are VOCs?

VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are commonly found in paint and other household products. They are emitted as gasses while paint dries.

VOCs have been linked to a variety of issues including lung irritation, eye and throat irritation, headaches, nausea, nervous system damage, and more. Some VOCs can even be carcinogenic or toxic in high concentrations. Since babies and children are more sensitive, it makes sense to limit VOC exposure as much as possible. 

What are low VOC and no VOC paints?

Low VOC paint has less VOCs than other common paints. However, we don’t recommend low VOC for nurseries. While VOCs are unlikely to cause harm in low amounts, it’s better to be safe when it comes to a baby’s room.

No VOC paint is far safer by comparison. It’s nearly odorless and will only off-gas a very tiny amount of chemicals. These will dissipate once the paint is dry. No VOC paint is better for indoor air quality and better for the environment. 

If you want to avoid the new paint smell and keep toxins out of your home, you’re in luck. Benjamin Moore is committed to VOC free paint. The interior paint options are ideal for anyone who worries about indoor air quality. 

What are water based paints?

Water based paints release fewer fumes than oil based paints. This means they are low odor, low or no VOC and more eco-friendly. If you get paint on your skin or other surfaces, you can easily wash it away with soap and water. 

Acrylic paint and latex paint are both water-based. 

What nursery safe paint is available from Benjamin Moore? 

Benjamin Moore offers several nursery safe paint options. Any of the following zero VOC interior paint options are a great pick for your nursery: 

We highly recommend Benjamin Moore Eco Spec for its environmentally-friendly formula and AURA for its quality. 

In addition to having easy-to-use, durable formulas, the patented Gennex colorant used in these paints is also zero VOC. You can choose any color you want without worry.

What are the other benefits of zero-VOC paint?

In addition to being safe for your nursery, there are other benefits of high-quality Benjamin Moore paints! Formulated with safer chemicals, this paint can reduce contaminants in groundwater and landfills. If you want the “greenest” option possible, Eco Spec is a great environmentally-friendly choice. 

With all these zero VOC options, it’s easy to find the right paint for your needs and budget. At our Maui paint store, we can help you choose the perfect paint for your child’s room!

Ventilate for better indoor air quality

Even when you choose a water-based, zero-VOC paint for your home, you should be mindful of the painting process. Painting can release chemicals into the air. When using some types of paint, the VOCs in the air can skyrocket to over 1000 times higher than outdoor VOC levels. 

Whenever you’re painting, it’s a good idea to open your windows to keep the air flowing. This is helpful even if you’re using a low-VOC or no VOC paint. After all, even zero-VOC products can have a small amount of VOCs in them.  

If you want to take an extra step towards clean air, you can invest in an air purifier or open the windows for a few minutes each day. Changing or cleaning the filters in your air conditioning system is also a great way to filter the air. 

Consider paint dry time

If you need the room to be ready as quickly as possible, we recommend choosing a quick-drying paint. Paint will release odor and a small amount of airborne chemicals as it dries. These will dissipate once the paint is completely dry.

To help your paint dry more quickly, there are a few things you can do. First, apply light coats and don’t paint your second coat too soon. Use the instructions on the can of paint to figure out how soon you can paint a second coat.

While the paint is drying, you can run a fan, a dehumidifier, and/or your AC. Open the windows for airflow if it’s not humid outside. If you’re using one of the nursery safe paints we recommended above, it should be dry to the touch within just a few hours. 

If using a fan, try not to point the fan directly at the wall while the paint is drying. Indirect airflow is best. 

Once you are certain the paint is completely dry, it is safe for your child to be in the room. 

Choose the perfect paint color and design

There are thousands of colors to choose from, but here are a few favorites for nurseries.

  • Looking for a beautiful blush pink? First Light is a perfect soft and rosy pink.
  • Need a calm neutral? Sterling is a lovely light gray that will look good with many other colors. 
  • Green is trending this year! Woodland Green is a beautiful pick for a nature inspired nursery.
  • Blue Haze is a soft blue that will give the room a calming ambience.  
  • A sunny yellow like Wildflowers might be the perfect cheery color for your nursery.

If you want to use more than one color, you have several options. You can do an accent wall, do paneling on the lower half, or do stripes of different colors. Frog Tape and Delicate Surface painter’s tape by 3M are both great choices for these designs. 

Get Nursery-Safe Paint at Da Kine Paints

Questions or concerns about the paint you should use for your child’s room? Get in touch with your local paint supply Kahului location at Da Kine Paints. 

We carry Eco Spec, AURA, and a variety of other high-quality paint. If you’re having trouble narrowing down the color or type of paint you want, we’re here to help. We’ll do whatever we can to find you the right paint and supplies for your next project! 

How to Paint Garage Floor

How to Paint Garage Floor

If your garage or workshop needs some TLC, garage floor paint can make it look fantastic again! Not only that, but it’ll make the floor easier to clean while protecting it from spills, stains, and moisture. 

If you’re on a budget or you enjoy doing projects yourself, painting your garage floor can be a DIY job. It’s a relatively easy and inexpensive way to totally transform your garage into a clean, fresh-looking space. Here’s everything you need to know about prepping and applying garage floor paint.

Is your garage floor a good candidate for painting?

If it has lots of divots, serious cracks, or loose chunks of flooring, you may need to get the floor resurfaced before painting. But if you just have a few minor cracks or chips, you should be good to go. 

If the floor is currently painted, you will need to remove old paint to ensure adhesion. New concrete must be aged for at least 30 days before painting. 

Choose the right concrete paint or epoxy garage floor paint

Benjamin Moore offers a few different options for concrete floors. These flexible paints are great at adhering to surfaces while also resisting cracking and peeling. Even with heavy foot traffic and parking vehicles, Hot Trax® Garage Floor Paint and Corotech® Command are extremely durable.

If you want an epoxy garage floor paint, Hot Trax® is an epoxy fortified acrylic that is designed especially for concrete floors. And, if you want an industrial-quality concrete paint that dries in just 24 hours, Corotech Command paint is the ideal choice. Both are available at Da Kine Paints, your local paint supply Kahului store. 

Figure out what supplies you need

First, you’ll need to figure out what supplies you need to complete your garage makeover project. Measure your garage dimensions to figure out how many gallons of primer and paint you need. As a general rule of thumb, one gallon of paint or primer can cover about 400 square feet. You’ll need: 

  • Cleaning supplies (broom, stiff scrub brush, bucket, bleach, hose or pressure washer)
  • Protective equipment (goggles, rubber gloves, boots)
  • Crack filler
  • Concrete etcher
  • Paint (We recommend Hot Trax® Garage Floor Paint, Corotech® Command paint, V440 Waterborne Amine Epoxy. Or, if you want a clear coat, use V500 – Aliphatic Acrylic Urethane Gloss)
  • Primer (V156 Moisture Tolerant Quick Set Epoxy Sealer or V155 100% Solids Epoxy Pre-Primer if using the V440 or V500) 
  • Painting supplies (rollers, trays, extension pole, etc.) 

If you have any questions about what supplies you need, ask your paint supply Kahului store for assistance. 

Prepare your space 

You’ll have to clear everything out of your garage until the paint is completely dry, which may be difficult if you store a lot of items in your garage. Luckily, it’s only temporary, and you should be able to move everything back in a couple of days. 

Before you begin, it’s also a good idea to make sure your garage is well-ventilated. Keeping the garage door open is highly advised. If you have any windows, open those, too. 

If you feel you don’t have enough ventilation, box fans can help. The more air circulation, the better.

Clean the floor thoroughly

After clearing everything out, it’s time to clean the floor thoroughly. Dirt, debris, and oil stains will prevent the paint from adhering to the concrete. It’s an essential part of the process if you want a high-quality, long-lasting paint job. 

  • Sweep away all the debris, making sure to get into every corner. 
  • Scrub away stains and the remaining dust with bleach and water. Use a degreaser like TSP if oily or greasy stains remain. 
  • Lastly, rinse the entire floor with clean water, using a hose or pressure washer if possible. 
Fill in cracks and imperfections

Once the floor is clean, you can get to work repairing any cracks, small divots, gouges, or low spots in the floor. If you paint without filling in cracks, moisture could get in under the paint and cause it to peel off. Follow instructions on the concrete crack filling product packaging. 

Apply concrete etching solution

Once the floor and the filler are completely dry, you can apply a concrete etching solution. This will roughen the concrete help the paint to adhere better and last longer. 

Follow instructions on the concrete etcher package and wear proper protection, including goggles, rubber gloves, and boots. After etching, neutralize the acidic etching solution with a mixture of water and baking soda. Finally, rinse the surface very thoroughly with clean water. 

Prime the floors

Once the floors are completely dry after etching and rinsing, it’s time to prime. Just like the previous prep steps, priming will help ensure a durable, long-lasting, high-quality paint job. 

We would recommend applying primer with a paint roller on an extension pole. Roll an even layer of primer over the entire surface. Again, let the floor dry fully before moving on to the next step. Check the manufacturer instructions on the primer to find out how long it needs to dry before painting.

Apply garage floor paint

After all that prep work, it’s time to start painting! After mixing the paint thoroughly, apply the first coat using your roller and extension pole. Be sure to wait 24 hours, or the recommended recoat time on the product packaging. Finally, apply a second coat for full coverage with total protection. 

Lastly, let the paint cure 

If you’re using Benjamin Moore’s epoxy garage floor paint, Hot Trax®, here’s how long you’ll need to wait before you can start using your garage or workshop again. 

  • Light Foot Traffic – 24 hours 
  • Heavy Foot Traffic – 48 hours
  • Cool Tires – 5 days
  • Hot Tires – 7 days

If you’re using Corotech Command paint, you can start parking your car in the garage after just 24 hours!  

  • Dry to Touch – 15 minutes 
  • Heavy Foot Traffic & Vehicles – 24 hours 

If you’re using any other product, refer to the product information or ask your paint retailer. 

For more information about garage floor paint, visit us at our paint supply Kahului store! 

Benjamin Moore Advance vs Command

Benjamin Moore Advance vs Command

Are you planning to paint your kitchen or bathroom cabinets? Painting cabinets can make a huge difference in the look and style of a space. The trick is, you have to use paint that is durable enough to be touched many times per day and wiped down frequently.  

Today, we’re going to discuss the pros and cons of Benjamin Moore Advance vs Command. These two paints are popular with painting contractors and homeowners alike for their durability. However, there are some key differences between them. Read on to learn more about these two paint options from Benjamin Moore. 

Cabinet Paint Options

If you’re looking for Benjamin Moore cabinet paint, Advance and Command are two of the options that are available to you. Both Benjamin Moore Advance and Command will dry with a hard, durable finish that’s great for cabinets.

Here’s a brief side-by-side comparison of the two paints:

Benjamin Moore Advance vs Command: A Side-by-Side Comparison

Advance Paint for CabinetsCorotech Command Paint for Cabinets
Available in thousands of colors
Dry Time Touch: 4 hoursDry Time Touch: 15 minutes
Dry Time Recoat: 16 hoursDry Time Recoat: just 1 hour!
Low odor/low VOCSlightly higher VOC
Easy to applyEasy to apply
Cleans up easily with soap and waterCleans up easily with soap and water
Great for residential settingsGreat for commercial, industrial, and residential settings
Waterborne interior alkydWaterborne acrylic urethane
Great adhesionGreat adhesion
Can be brushed, rolled, or sprayed onBest when sprayed on
Suitable for: interior doors, trim, cabinets, walls, ceilings, plaster, masonry, wood, metalSuitable for: metal, concrete, vinyl, laminate, fiberglass, masonry, wood, drywall, plaster
Sheens: available in matte, satin, semi-gloss, and high-glossSheens: available in satin, semi-gloss, and gloss

The Main Differences Between Advance and Corotech Command

You may notice that the biggest difference here is in drying time. 

Advance paint for cabinets will take about 16 hours to dry, which makes it pretty much impossible to get two coats done in one day. It’ll be a multi-day project. Corotech Command paint is ideal for any application where you need something that dries very quickly. It offers minimal disruption to your day because you can apply a second coat in just an hour. 

Advance paint dries a bit more slowly, which allows it to self-level so you don’t have much texture from brush strokes or rollers. Command, on the other hand, tends to show more imperfections like brush strokes and tiny bubbles. Command can get tacky if overworked, so you’ll need to work more quickly.

Command paint has a bit of a stronger odor until it is completely dry. If you’re concerned about fumes or harmful chemicals, you may prefer the low-VOC paint Advance. 

That being said, Command does have an advantage when it comes to durability. It’s designed to take a lot of use and abuse in commercial and industrial settings. This makes it more than durable enough for your home cabinets, even if they tend to get a lot of wear and tear. 

Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Need to upgrade your kitchen? If you have outdated wood or laminate cabinets, painting them can be a fantastic way to update them and transform the look of your kitchen.

When painting kitchen cabinets, you need a smooth finish that will be easy to clean. Usually, a semi-gloss or satin finish is a good choice for kitchen cabinets, as it’s easy to wipe away food splatters, spills, grease, and fingerprints.  

No matter what paint you choose, it’s very important to prep your cabinets properly. Remove the doors and hardware for a more professional-looking paint job. Clean your cabinets thoroughly, sand,and prime them with a fast-drying primer. When you complete these steps, your paint will adhere better, and you’ll have great results.

For kitchen cabinets, both Advance and Corotech Command paint are good options. The choice depends on the homeowner’s and the painter’s preferences.

Painting Bathroom Cabinets

For bathroom cabinets, moisture is the main consideration. Steamy showers, kids splashing water, frequent cleaning – a bathroom paint needs to be durable to withstand it all. It needs to have excellent adhesion to make sure it doesn’t peel away from the surface, even in a humid environment. 

You also need your cabinets to be easy to wipe clean, much like kitchen cabinets.

Prepping bathroom cabinets is the same as kitchen cabinets. Make sure to remove the doors and hardware, clean everything thoroughly, and lightly sand the surface. Using a fast-drying primer before painting will help the paint adhere better. 

For bathroom cabinets, both Advance and Command can be great options. Both of these paints are durable enough to withstand plenty of use. That being said, Advance is generally the top choice for cabinets, while Command excels on high-traffic surfaces such as floors. 

When can I use my cabinets after painting?

When you’re painting a highly-touched surface like drawers and cabinets, make sure you let the paint cure fully. While the paint may be dry to the touch within a few hours, it hasn’t fully hardened yet. You can use your cabinets, just do your best not to ding them up or get them dirty for about 2 weeks. 

Where can I get Benjamin Moore cabinet paint on Maui?

Da Kine Paints is the place to go for cabinet paint on Maui. You can choose from a wide selection of Benjamin Moore paints for your interior and exterior walls, trim, cabinetry, and more. We can also help you choose the right paint for your project and budget. 

If you have any questions, reach out to your local paint supply Kahului location of Da Kine Paints. We’ll do whatever we can to find you the right paint for your next project!

2022 Paint Color Trends Overview

2022 Paint Color Trends Overview

As we move into 2022, there is a lot of buzz around the color green. Consumers are seeing green options integrated more and more into their interior design choices. Design experts predict shades of green will begin showing up more and more on store shelves in the coming 12 months. 

It makes total sense that paint manufacturers would begin creating palettes to accommodate this decorating shift. A favorite paint choice among designers is Benjamin Moore, which is known for its high-quality formula and continues to wow customers with its on-point 2022 paint color trends palette. 

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2022 - October Mist

Benjamin Moore would like you to “make room for color” in 2022 with cool neutrals, comfy corals, and touches of buttery yellows. This year’s 2022 paint color trends palette features organic, botanical hues that combine seamlessly for endless decorating possibilities. Staying on trend, its Color of the Year is none other than the beautiful October Mist (1495), a soft, warm sage green. 

October Mist is a versatile paint color choice sensible for bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchen cabinets alike. While not the most adventurous color, October Mist certainly makes the 2022 green paint color trend accessible to a wide audience. 

As a matter of fact, six out of the fourteen color options chosen for Benjamin Moore’s 2022 paint color trends palette are green or have green undertones. These colors are distinct on their own yet can be matched with so many other colors like reds and yellows. 

This choice by Benjamin Moore is telling, given how positively the overall market has signaled in favor of the color green. Their 2022 palette also provides Hint of Violet, a beautiful compliment to green, suitable for many accent purposes. The overall feeling of Benjamin Moore 2022 paint color trends palette is organic and approachable.  

2021 Paint Color Trends vs. 2022

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2021 - Aegean Teal

After years of flat grays, last year brought us a shift to warmer spa-like moods with 2021 paint color trends. Paint manufacturers were focused on feelings of wellbeing when releasing their palettes. Gray tones were certainly not gone, but they were mixed with shades of teals and blues. 

Benjamin Moore led the way by naming its Aegean Teal (2136-40) as the 2021 Color of the Year. A tranquil aqua teal blue, this color pushed trends in the perfect direction from serene grays to pallets of reflection and relaxation. As we moved into 2022, the paint color trend story continued seamlessly as organic greens replace the sanctuary of gray-blues. By understanding our customers moods, our color and design experts can provide color options to best fit every customer.    

Benjamin Moore Color Samples

Curated paint color trends are very inspiring but can also be overwhelming when you are faced with so many choices. Narrow your search and focus on your favorites. Paint has a huge impact on a space so choose to live in what you love. 

Two helpful visualization tools offered by us, your local paint store Kahului, are half pint paint samples and peel & stick paint swatches. These samples allow you to take paint colors you are considering into your home and visualize how they will behave. Every home has unique space and lighting. By utilizing samples, you can be 100% confident you are making the right decision before taping and rolling. 

Half Pint Paint Color Samples

Give your Benjamin Moore color samples a test run before you purchase a larger quantity. With these small versions of colors, you can replicate exactly what your paint will look like in your home. A best practice is to make sure you have an acrylic paintbrush (or several) small enough to fit into the half pint can sample(s). Then, choose a wall in the space you are planning to paint and brush on at least a 2-ft by 3-ft rectangle each of the colors you are debating. 

You will want to position the colors next to one another, but not quite touching. It may also be beneficial to paint color samples on several areas of your home, if your goal is to cover a large space. Colors change based on which direction the wall is facing and what base paint color is underneath.  

Allow the colors to dry and then look at them at different times throughout the day. Colors will change shades in sunlight and at nighttime. They will also look different depending on what types of lightbulbs are cast upon them. 

Once you’ve had a few days with your Benjamin Moore paint color samples, go with your gut and choose the color that makes you happy – which could be none. Don’t be afraid to admit that you might need to go back to the drawing board and find new inspiration. Afterall, the worst-case scenario is painting your home with a color you dislike.  

Peel & Stick Paint Samples

We offer a step above traditional paper paint chips – peel & stick 12×12 samples. Actual paint has been applied to these large-scale color swatches. Repositionable, the peel & stick samples adhere directly to your wall and are available in the most popular colors. 

For example, try the color in your bedroom and then move it to your kitchen for maximum decision-making versatility. The peel & stick samples are also flexible enough to be wrapped around corners and into wall edges. Removing these color samples is simple. They will not damage existing paint or leave residue.

Color Matching

What if the color you love isn’t found on traditional our color samples? From clothing to interior décor pieces and even from rival paint manufacturers like Sherwin Williams color samples, matching paint color inspirations can come from all sorts of places. 

Thankfully, as your trusted paint supply partner in Kahului, we have the color matching technology to deliver the paint colors your space has been dreaming of. Simply bring the item or paint chip into our Maui paint store and allow Benjamin Moore’s paint with Gennex technology do the custom-matching. Your color will be brought to life in a matter of minutes.   

A Full-Service Maui Paint Store

Da Kine Paints offers expert paint advice and professional supplies as the only Benjamin Moore retailer on Maui. Ready for your next project? Let us help you choose the best color for your space. 

Best Paint for Steamy Ceilings

The Best Bathroom Paint for Steamy Ceilings

Between the frequent moisture, humidity, and steam, it’s no surprise that these areas require special bathroom paint to withstand those endurances. All in all, ceiling paint for bathrooms is designed to high-perform against humidity, mildew, and maintain rich color tones simultaneously.

Now, it might seem like straightforward reasoning to use moisture resistant paint for bathrooms as opposed to one that isn’t. However, not all bathroom paint is created equal. In fact, some are filled with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can hinder overall ceiling aesthetics and quality of life. 

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Below is a comprehensive overview on the intricacies of bathroom paint. This overview will offer under-the-surface knowledge of the why’s and how’s. It can also act as a guide to ensure your chosen bathroom ceiling paint offers more benefits than just moisture protection. 

Moisture Resistant Bathroom Paint

VOC-free and moisture resistant paint for bathrooms like we offer is ideal for countering the adversities of steam. We are able to offer these high-quality paint because we use Benjamin Moore Gennex paint tints. The reason is because they eliminate the risk of inhaling VOC emissions such as benzene, ethylene glycol fungicides, and formaldehyde. They also are strategically fortified to prevent ceiling degradation caused by moisture over time. 

Even more, bathroom paint is distinguishable for possessing higher levels of mildewcide. Mildewcide slows mold and mildew growth, which could harm health and cause costly structural/drywall damages if left untreated.

To optimize the quality and durability of your bathroom ceiling paint, be sure that you install proper ventilation. Proper ventilation practices such as opening windows and using ventilation fans can reduce the impacts of humidity and moisture.

A duo primer and Benjamin Moore Aura Bath & Spa matte-finished ceiling paint for bathrooms is a wonderful option to accentuate health and aesthetic longevity. You could also use a glossy finish, but that is not recommended. Overall, glossy finishes tend to be overly reflective and often highlight ceiling imperfections. 

Kitchen & Bath Satin sheen paints are also safe to use in bathrooms. This is because they have higher sheen values, are easier to clean, and offer harder finishes that help prevent moisture penetration. 

The Benefits of Benjamin Moore Zero-VOC Moisture Resistant Paint

When opting for moisture resistant paint for bathrooms, ensure that it is also VOC-free. Because when intertwining both, it enables you to unlock a large inventory of benefits ranging from health to interior quality. Some of the more notable ones include:

  • Reduced risk of facing health concerns directly related to mold and mildew growth
  • Eliminates short- and long-term health and environmental effects of VOC emissions 
  • Prevents drywall and other structural damage that can result in costly repairs
  • Avoids the need to invest in any other additives, hardeners, or thinners 
  • Offers excellent adhesion for crack proofing, color retention, and yellow coloring resistance 
  • Easy to sustain, maintain, and clean without the aid of harsh solvents 

Regarding oil paint vs. latex paint for bathroom ceilings, water-based latex is usually the better option for moisture resistance. Yes, oil paint is very reliable and durable. However, it typically needs mineral spirits to clean, requires extended dry times, and actually attracts mold. Oil paint can also leave your bathroom ceiling susceptible to yellowing in low light conditions.

Preparing A Bathroom Ceiling For Painting 

Moisture resistant paint for bathrooms is fundamental for health and appeal success. But that is contingent upon how prepared you are to optimize those outcomes. In general, there are several preparation steps to take before applying your bathroom ceiling paint. 

Step One: Verify There Are No Asbestos In Your Ceiling

Nearly all homes before 1989 had asbestos in their bathrooms, and it is important to check for that before painting. Because even though it is not dangerous when dormant, pre-painting activities could release asbestos dust/fibers into the air. To avoid this health risk, seek professional assistance and ensure your home is asbestos-free before taking the next steps. 

Step Two: Ceiling Preparation and Cleaning 

If your bathroom ceiling contains no asbestos, then you can begin prepping by putting coverings over stationary fixtures first. Afterwards, take down any ceiling lights, patch holes, and scrap off any existing flacking paint. If you notice any mold in the corners, get rid of it before applying paint. You can do this by creating a solution of 2 parts bleach and 10 parts water mixed into a spray bottle.
Remember, mold-resistant paint does not kill existing mold, and if painted over, there is a good chance it will reappear. 

Step Three: Ensure Your Bathroom Is Dry 

Once you finalized prepping, the next thing you will want to do is avoid showering or using that room. For maximum assurance, avoid using the bathroom 12 to 24-hours, and apply your first coat only after that duration has cleared. When painting bathroom ceilings, we recommend using a 2 1/2-inch angled sash brush, a 9-inch roller, and an adjustable step ladder. 

Step Four: Paint Away 

If you are using a separate primer, apply it first and give it time to dry before applying paint. This will reduce the risk of pealing and lifting from the humidity and moisture. Consider applying two coats for lighter ceiling colors and 3-4 coats for darker ones, while always keeping ventilation high. Wait at least 4-5 hours after the final coat is applied to begin using your bathroom normally. 

Summary – Not All Paints Are Created Equal 

There is no denying that choosing the right ceiling paint for bathrooms is vital to sustainable appeal and your health. This is especially true for VOC-free bathroom paint that optimizes performance and solidifies health assurance.

In summary, moisture resistant paint for bathrooms was designed specifically to keep your ceiling intact and prevent future health risks. But as noted above, not all bathroom ceiling paint is created equal and not all brands value quality. By leveraging brands that care about wellbeing and results, will give you bathroom paint will be a multi-beneficial one.