What kind of paint products do you use?
We only use paints and materials from professional paint manufacturers. These companies have their own paint stores that have a sole focus on paint technology, knowledge of what they sell and in meeting the needs of painting contractors. This ensures we get quality materials, proper paint tinting and are dealing with a company that fully backs up their products.
The exact type of paint that will be use will get determined once we evaluate the work surface. The manufacturers we normally deal with are Cloverdale Paint, Sherwin Williams (which now owns General Paint as well) and Benjamin Moore. Sometimes a specialty product is required from other sources. Each one of these companies have several product lines that range from budget, good, and superior quality. We only use the highest quality products offered by each of them. Over the years we have gained experience in knowing which products from the various companies work best in particular applications. If you have a personal company preference we can see what product they offer that is suitable for your job.
Paints are evaluated by many properties (hiding capability, coverage, burnish and scuff resistance, flow & leveling, stain resistance, adhesion, fade resistance etc.) Each paint product has its own particular balance of properties. You can’t say one particular paint is the best quality, it depends what you need the product to do. In general you can’t wrong choosing a top-line product from a quality paint manufacturer, as long as it is the right product for the job. Most of the paint companies have so many colours available now that you should be able to find what you’re looking for from what they have in their colour system. If you do happen to fall in love with a particular colour it does not mean that company has to be used. Paint stores do matching of other paint suppliers colours all the time. Feel free to choose your colours from any paint source, they can matched within reason into any quality formula from one of the companies we use.
I have a few estimates from different painters for my home. Why are there drastic price variations?
Attention to detail and the time taken to do the preparation work is usually the main reason for a price variance. The steps taken to prepare surfaces before painting are a very important part of the job. Some projects may require a great deal of preparation work, it can often take much longer than the actual painting. This is where some painters skimp on the job, often not taking the time to do the prep work.
Other factors that can make a difference are the level of the painters experience and how long they have been in business and the quality of the products being used.
Another big difference is whether the company is licensed, has full liability insurance and WCB coverage. These things all cost money so of course someone painting without them can cut costs.
Who is doing the actual painting? Did the owner of the company show up to do the quote and impress you with his experience and skills but is going to send a much less experienced person to do the actual work? Is it a company that has a constant rotation of staff? Are you getting a knowledgeable and experienced employee or the summer student?
You can’t expect that the pricing from a fully qualified and insured painting contractor is going to be the same as someone who has decided to call themselves a painter. You get what you pay for.
Get an estimate that is detailed and gives a full description of what work is going to be done. You need to be able to compare apples to apples. In addition to preparation, check to see how many coats of paint are going to be applied and what product is being used. There are very few cases where applying one coat of paint is sufficient. Our estimates always state the preparation work, the number of coats of paint that are going to be applied and what product is going to be used.
I Am Having A House Built For Me, Can I Get An Estimate From You?
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 have to be at home during the painting?
No, 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. We have several references from people who have not been present while we have been left to do work in their home, but please do what makes you comfortable. We have no issues either way as long as accommodations can be made that allow us to get the work done.
Can 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 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. This will determine what kind of product 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, e-transfers and cash. Payment is due upon completion of the work. We do not have the ability to accept credit cards. An invoice/receipt will be issued.
Our house needs painting, but our budget does not allow us to do it all at once. What are our options?
A good place to start is a room that is used most frequently or on a daily basis. This will provide you and your family with a room you can spend time in and enjoy. You can work from this room 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 painting it throughout your entire home.
We can look at options for painting just certain aspects of your home. It may or may not be cost-effective to do this, it depends on the situation. We have been asked to paint the walls only in rooms when the trim work was still in good condition or when the home owner just wants to change the colour of the walls. It is possible to paint the trim work only, but it’s more of a time consuming process and it’s often more feasible to have the walls painted as well. We have also been asked to paint the trim work only of a house exterior when it was in need of freshening up but the body was still in good condition.
I’m selling my house, if I can’t have it all painted which areas will make the biggest impact?
- A freshly painted front door and/or the foyer area will create a pleasing welcome
- Any areas that appear dingy or look like they are in need of painting
- Areas of the home with bold colours that may not appeal to the majority of home buyers, as well as children’s rooms that have had personal decorating or applications put on the walls
- Spaces with trendy or dramatic faux finishing
- Rooms with extremely outdated colours
- any areas of the exterior that look badly weathered or have peeling or chipping paint
What finish or sheen level of paint 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.
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 but also have good durability and can stand up to washing and rooms with high humidity. A flat finish on interior walls is becoming more 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.
How often should the exterior of my home be painted?
There is no set rule for this. 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 and weather may need painting much more frequently, as often as every 2 to 3 years.
Do a yearly inspection of your home. 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.
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.
Will You Do Small Paint Jobs?
Yes, we accept small jobs depending on how busy we are. Our exterior season books up quickly, it’s usually not the best time to contact us for small interior job. The winter is a great time for that.
Are there more environmentally friendly options for painting?
Yes, the low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints are becoming more of the standard now. Paint manufacturers are continuously working on new products that are more eco-friendly. VOC’s are the compounds that are released into the air as off-gassing as the paint is drying. One thing to note is that if you have chosen a no VOC paint it is most likely still being coloured with tints that have VOC’s in them so the paint is not going to be truly 100 percent VOC free.
Oil based paint is much worse than latex paint for VOC’s. It used to be that oil paint was the only solution for certain applications. That’s not been the case for several years now. The new paint technology has greatly improved the quality of latex paint.
Latex products are better when it comes to their ability to shrink, expand and accommodate changes in temperature. They are much less likely to crack or peel. They can have just as durable a finish as oil. The benefits that an oil based paint had were to seal the surface and it’s bonding qualities. The acrylic or latex paints have had advanced technology for several years now that has these characteristics.
The last thing to conquer 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 wanted. New and exciting hybrid paints have recently come into the market that offer the best of both worlds in a paint that acts both like a latex and an oil paint in one.
What do I do with leftover paint I don’t need?
When we paint for you we take away all our painting materials garbage including the empty paint cans and any left over paint if you don’t want it. If you have empty paint cans of your own or left over paint in the Nanaimo area you can take it to the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange located on Kenworth Road. Check out their website http://www.recycling.bc.ca/ to see the requirements for what they will accept. In Parksville you can take it to
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 old paint has spoiled include a foul odor when the can is opened and visible mold or mildew in the paint.
If there are any bits or lumps in the paint are they from the last time it was used? 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.