What Type Of Paint Products Do You Use?
We use paints and materials from professional paint stores. These companies have indepth knowledge in paint technology and they specialize in meeting the needs of painting contractors. This ensures we get quick and efficient service, quality materials and proper paint tinting. They fully back up their products. We can quickly speak to someone or have them come to a job site if it was ever needed due to a product issue.
We determine the type of paint we will use once we evaluate the work surface. The manufacturers we deal with are Cloverdale Paint, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. Sometimes a specialty product is required from other sources. Don’t assume that all products from a particular company are of superior quality. All of the above mentioned paint manufactures have product lines with a quality that ranges from budget grade, to good and superior. We only use the higher end quality products offered by each of them. Our experience over the years has allowed us to know which products work best for a particular application. If you have a personal company preference we can see what product they offer that will be suitable for your job.
You can’t say one particular paint is the best quality, it depends what you need the product to do. Paints are evaluated by many properties including hiding capability, coverage, burnish and scuff resistance, flow & leveling, stain resistance, adhesion and fade and mildew resistance. Each paint product has its own particular balance of properties. In general you can’t go wrong choosing a top-line product from a quality paint manufacturer as long as it has the right characteristics for the job.
I Have a Colour I Love, Can It Be Matched Into Another Paint Company Product?
Paint companies match each others colours on a daily basis. If you have a paint colour you like but it’s not from one of the paint companies we use it can almost always be matched. Colour matching used to be done manually by eye, but now days computerized matching machines do the job. It can be done accurately enough that there should not be a notiecable difference. Sometimes the computers are not completey accurate, but there person whos good at their job can tweak the tint forumla to get an excellent match.
I Have A Few Estimates From Different Painters For My Home. Why Are There Drastic Price Variations?
This is as common with the painting industry as it is with many other trades. There’s no fixed standard of pricing so you may find wide variances in quotes. For more information see our article on Why Do Painting Quotes Vary So Much
I Am Having A House Built For Me, Can I Get An Estimate From You?
We don’t do a lot of new construction painting anymore. We have no interest in painting quick build spec homes where the builder is just looking for colour to be slapped on the walls. It does not fit into the way we work. If you have a custom home that is being built by a thoughtful, quality builder and are looking for high quality painters we can give an estimate during any stage of the building process. Whether it is from a blue print or house that is already framed. Contact us to find out our process for new construction painting and what information we will require from you.
Does Someone Need To Be Home During The Painting?
No you do not need to be present. We can arrange to be at your home before you leave for work or you can leave us a key. We realize that some customers are not comfortable with leaving people in their home unattended and we respect this decision. We have a large number of references from people who have not been present while we work in their home and/or have left us keys. However, please do what makes you comfortable. We have no issues either way as long as arrangements can be made that allow us to get in and out of the property to get the work done.
Do You Do Drywall Repair Or Fix Water Stains?
We do minor drywall repair and patching. What is minor? Small holes, bumps, scratches, and dents such as from furniture hitting the walls and small sections of damaged drywall. We don’t do major repairs where entire sections of walls need to be replaced. We leave this up to the drywall professionals. If the cause of a water stain has been dealt with we can use a special sealer before we paint to ensure it will not bleed through.
Do You Paint Textured Ceilings?
Yes. We will need to check if the ceiling has ever been painted before. Depending on the type of texture this will determine what steps need to be taken and the type of product that we need to use. In some cases if the space is empty we can prepare it so that we can spray the ceilings, otherwise they are cut in and rolled with a large scale roller.
I Have Wood Paneling In My Home. Can It Be Painted?
Absolutely. It may have to be washed with a solution first. We will use a special primer and then two coats of a paint that has high adhesion properties. It dramatically changes the look of a room to introduce a paint colour to the wood paneling.
What Forms Of Payment Do You Accept?
We accept cheques and e-transfers. We can accept cash, but prefer not to. It’s inconvenient to carry around and we actually get charged to desposit it into our business bank account. Payment is due upon completion of the work. We do not have the ability to accept credit cards. An invoice/receipt will be issued for all work.
Our House Needs Painting, But Our Budget Does Not Allow Us To Do It All At Once. Should We Break Up The Painting Over Time?
Having us come in to do multiple spaces at once is going to be more economical than having those same rooms painted indiviually. To come into a home on multiple occasions is going to cost more due to the time of setting up our materials and cleaning up. Working on multiple rooms at once is much more efficient. However, sometimes there’s a budget involved where painting an entire house at once is not something the client can do.
If you can only have a portion of your house painted a good place to start is a room or rooms that are used most frequently. This will provide you and your family with a space you can spend time in and enjoy. You can work from this room or rooms to create a colour scheme for the rest of your house in the future. This can be a good way to see how you like a certain colour before committing to putting it throughout your entire home.
You may only need certain aspects of your home painted. If the trim work, baseboards and doors are in good condition then perhaps you only need your walls painted. Or sometimes the home owner or new owner just wants to change the colour of the walls.
If your trim work needs painting you want to have it done at the same time as your walls. Wait until you can afford both. This is because the trim work gets painted first and then the walls.
Painting the trim work only is not something we usually suggest. It’s is more time consuming if it’s not done in conjuction with painting the walls. We have to change the normal process of how we paint the trim work and the caulking has to be done in a different manner or not at all. We also don’t think the final outcome is as aesthetically pleasing.
The same goes for ceilings. If you’re ceilings need painting don’t paint your walls first and plan to have the ceilings done later on. To do the ceilings alone and not inconjuction with the walls is a time consuming process and therefore costs more. Have the walls and ceilings painted at the same time. See our article on How To Save Money On Painting Costs.
I’m Selling My House, If I Can’t Have All Of It Painted Which Areas Will Make The Biggest Impact?
Painting your house in preparation to sell will probably have the greatest overall impact. Considering it can transform every space it’s of good dollar value. See our post on Painting For Resale for more information.
What Paint Finish Or Level Of Sheen Is Best?
This depends on the room and what it’s intended use is and what kind of look you prefer. We can discuss and talk about the different options when we do the estimate. Some people like the look of a matte or flat finish for their interior walls, while an eggshell sheen is the standard. Rarely would someone want more sheen than eggshell on their walls. For example, the days of needing to go with a higher sheen than eggshell for bathrooms or ktichens is long gone. Paint technolgy has greatly improved. Even matte paints have been developed for bathroom use.
In general the more sheen a paint has the easier it is to clean. However, there are high quality paints available now that have a matte or flat finish with improved durability that can stand up to washing and be put into rooms with high humidity. A flat finish on the interior walls is becoming increasingly popular. It provides a luxurious, rich look and because there is little light reflection it offers the truest look of a colour. The flatter a paint finish the more it is possible to hide flaws and unevenness in older walls, but the finish can tend to mar or mark up easier than a finish with a bit of sheen. See our article on Paint Sheens for more information.
How Often Should The Exterior Or Interior Of My Home Be Painted?
There is no set rule for exterior house painting. It is not a good idea to wait until signs of stress have started such as peeling, cracking, harsh fading or exposure of wood.
Some areas of a home won’t need painting for 5 to 7 years, maybe even longer. Other areas that are exposed to harsh sunlight, extrme weather or if they are within close proximity to ocean spray may need painting much more frequently, as often as every 2 to 3 years.
Inspect your house regularly to see how it is weathering. Once a year in the spring is a good rule of thumb. See if any areas of concern have become visible. Remember that paint is not just for aesthetics, it provides protection. Don’t forget about your decks, fencing and sheds, if you don’t keep up with re-painting and staining they will be exposed to the elements and deteriorate faster.
If you know the exterior of your home is in desparate need of painting make sure you get quotes set up early in the spring. The exterior season is short and many times homeowners find all the good painters are booked up with no space to fit them in that year.
For the interior of the home it will depend on the usage and traffic volume in the space. Some rooms may have little occupancy and can go for years and years without needing to be re-painted. Other high use areas such as entry ways and hallways, kitchens, bathrooms, children’s bedrooms or play areas and recreation rooms may need re-painting every couple of years. It depends on your level of tolerance for marks and dings in your walls and trim work.
Sometimes it’s not the paint that has become the issue, but the caulking in and around the trim work that has started to deterioate and fail over a long period of time. This becomes notiecable as gaps or cracking within the trim work show up where it has joints or where the trim work meets up with the walls. Examples would be the top of baseboards, baseboard joints, door trims, window trims and crown molding.
Will You Do Small Paint Jobs?
Yes, we accept small jobs depending on how busy we are. A great time for small jobs is outside of the exterior season. With how short our westcoast exterior season is we never seem to have enough time. The exterior painting season varies from year to year. It’s generally from June through September, but can start as early as April or extend into October depending on the weather and temperature. Calling us in January or February can be a great time for interior painting. We’re often not as booked up in these months.
Are There More Environmentally Friendly Options For Painting?
Low or ultra low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints are now the standard. The government has set limits to how much VOC can be in paint. VOC’s are at their worst when the paint is drying. These are the compounds that are released into the air as off gasing.
Low VOC paints used to be much higher in cost and when they first came out their quality was not very good in comparison to traditional paints. Paint manufacturers are continuously working on new technology for paints that are both environmentally friendly and have the attributes that make a good quality product. Now days there are excellent low or no VOC paints.
Up until recently when you chose a low VOC paint it had VOC’s added back into it when it got tinted. Deeper and more intense colours had more tint and therefore would have more VOC’s. Although the tint portion of any paint is relatively small, it sort of defeated the purpose of having eco-friendly paint. Tints with no or low VOC’s are becoming standard throughout the industry now as well.
Smelly oil paint has become a thing of the past. It used to be that oil paint was the only solution that worked well for certain applications. Oil paint was excellent when it came to sealing a surface, having a hard durable finish and for its bonding qualities. Acrylic or latex paints have had advanced technology for several years now that has these same characteristics. Latex products have other beneficial qualities. They are better when it comes to their ability to shrink and expand and are better at accommodating fluctuations in temperature. They are much less likely to crack or peel.
The last thing to conquer in the world of latex paint was the superior leveling aspect of oil or alkyd paint. This is why it was very common up until the last decade to use oil paint for trim work and other accent areas where a glass smooth finish was desired. New and exciting hybrid paints have recently come into the market that offer the best of both worlds in a paint. They act like a latex and an oil paint in one. To get technical it’s an oil emulsified in water. It dries to a hard finish like oil paint, but washes up with water like latex and it doesn’t have the extremely strong odour of oil paint.
What Do I Do With Leftover Paint I Don’t Need Or Empty Paint Cans?
When we paint for you we take away all our painting material garbage including the empty paint cans. We usually leave any leftover paint with the customer. They usually like to have it on hand for any future use or touch ups. If you don’t want it we will take it away and recyle it for you.
If you have been doing your own painting and have empty paint cans or left over paint in the Nanaimo area you can take it to the Nanaimo Recycling Depot. Check their website for the restrictions of what type of paint they will accept. It must be labeled and identifiable. https://www.regionalrecycling.ca/ In the Parksville area paint can be taken to the Parksville Bottle and Recyling. https://www.return-it.ca/locations/parksville-bottle-recycling/ If you have useable paint that you want to donate see if the Restore that supports Habitat for Humanity in Nanaimo will accept it. http://www.habitatmvi.org/restore/
How Do I Store Paint?
The shelf life of paint depends on the type of paint, whether it was ever opened and how it was stored. Never opened latex paint that has been stored correctly can be good for many years and left over paint 2 to 3 years, maybe longer depending on the product.
Store paint in a dry, cool place but never allow it to freeze. Keep the cans away from direct sunlight or heat sources and off of concrete floors or the ground so they do not absorb moisture and begin to rust. Wipe the paint grove or rim clean before closing the can so the lid fits tight and keeps air out. Don’t hammer the lid directly you may distort it allowing air to get in. Use a rubber mallet or place a block of wood over the can and hammer the wood to set the lid in place.
To be able to properly identify the paint in the future don’t forget to mark it. Write down which rooms were painted with it and which surfaces it was used for. Put a small dab of the colour on the top of the lid. Make sure the colour name or number and paint tinting formula is written on the can as well.
How To Tell If Paint Has Gone Bad
Paints normally separate into solids and liquid during long-term storage. If you can stir the solids smoothly back into the liquid the paint is probably fine. If the solids have hardened on the bottom of the can and won’t mix with the liquid, the paint is spoiled and should be discarded. Other signs that paint has spoiled include a foul odor when the can is opened or visible mold or mildew in the paint.
Are there any bits or lumps in the paint? If they are just bits from paint that may have become too dry in a paint tray that was scooped back into the can they can be filtered out. Pour the paint through a nylon stocking or purchase a cheap paint straining cone available at any paint store. If the paint is full of lumps that are not from the above scenerio it means it has gone bad.