What Paint Manufacturers Do You Get Your Product From?
We buy our supplies and paints from the reputable paint retailers of Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Cloverdale Paint. These businesses specialize in serving the needs of painting contractors and have extensive knowledge of paint technology. We get prompt, effective service, high-quality products, and accurate paint tinting. We have a local designated contractor representative for each company that we can easily contact with concerns or inquiries if the retail personnel are unable to address them.
What Paint Manufacturer Has The Best Paint?
You can’t say “X” company makes the best paint across the board. Even the most well known paint companies have product lines ranging from economy to superior. All paint manufacturers have a lower cost paint known as a builder or contractor grade.
There is also no one paint that can be considered the best overall, it depends on what you need the product to do. Each paint has its own particular balance of properties. They are evaluated by hiding capability, coverage, to resist burnishing and scuffing, flow and leveling, stain resistance, adhesion, fade and mildew resistance. In general, you can’t go wrong with a paint from a reputable paint manufacturer in the upper price range of their product lines. You don’t have to buy the absolute most expensive paint to get a quality product.
What Quality Of Paint Do You Use?
We use the paint at the higher end of the product line offered by each of the above mentioned suppliers that we deal with. Our professional painting experience comes into play when choosing a paint. We know the nuances of different products and evaluate the surfaces to be painted and the environment to determine which product will be most suitable.
I Have a Colour I Love, Can It Be Matched Into Another Paint Company Product?
Paint companies frequently match each others colours. These days computerized matching machines do the job. However, the matches don’t always come out correct from the start. In this case the tint formula has to be tweaked. If there’s an experienced person at the store they can get a good likeness, but not all colours are suitable to be matched. In some cases it’s best to purchase paint from the manufacturer that you chose the colour from. An experienced painter should be able to tell you when it’s not a good option to do a colour match.
I Have A Few Painting Estimates For My Home. Why Are There Drastic Price Variations?
Painting Cost Variances occur just as they do with many trades. There’s no standard of pricing and with the exception of a few types of painting, there’s no mandatory training or certification required. Therefore the skill and quality of work are very inconsistent.
I Am Having A House Built For Me, Can Parnell Painting Provide A Quote?
We don’t do a lot of new construction painting anymore. We’ve never had an interest in painting quick build spec homes where there is no time or budget to have high quality painting done. This is not a fit for our company. If you have a custom home 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, in most circumstances you do not need to be present. If it’s not convenient for us to arrive before you leave for work you can leave a key with us or provide a temporary pass code. We have a numerous references from customers who have entrusted us with their home while they are at work or on vacation. However, we realize that some customers may not be comfortable with leaving people in their home unattended and we respect that. We have no objections either way, as long as we can make arrangements to get in and out of the property as required to get the work done.
Do You Offer Drywall Patching And Repair?
Minor drywall patching and sanding is a standard part of the preparation for all our quotes. What is minor? This involves filling and sanding scratches, nicks, and dings as well as holes left by artwork, pictures and wall decorations. Other drywall repairs, such as drywall-anchored shelving, curtain rods and glued-on mirrors that have been removed are not included unless specifically discussed and agreed upon. Depending on the degree, anomalies resulting from improperly installed drywall, bulging, cracking, irregular mudding, failing drywall tape, etc., may not be something we can address or feasible to repair.
We don’t do major repairs where large pieces or entire sections of a wall need to be replaced. We leave this up to the drywall professionals.
Do You Address Water Stains?
If the cause of the water stain has been dealt with we can use a sealer before we paint to ensure it will not bleed through. As far as stains go we can deal with any type of stain, there will be an appropriate type of sealer for the specific issue.
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 is required. In some cases we can prepare the space to spray the ceilings, otherwise they are cut in and rolled with a large scale roller.
Should We Break Up The Painting Over Time If Our Budget Won’t Allow Us To Paint All Of Our House At One Time?
Bringing in supplies and setting up for painting requires time and effort. Therefore, painting the entire house, or at least a significant part of it all at once will save money on painting costs versus having a painter coming back multiple times. At the very least, complete a few rooms at the same time. The key is to come up with an overall plan or colour scheme that ensures the house will flow seamlessly once it is done in its entirety.
There are times when only one aspect of your house interior needs painting. Perhaps the trim work and doors are in good shape and only your walls need painting. However, if you’re trim work needs painting or your ceilings, the best time to have the work done is when the walls are being painted. This is because the ceilings are painted before the walls and most painters (including ourselves) paint the trim work before the walls. Painting the ceilings on their own when the walls have already been painted takes extra preparation effort and therefore costs more.
I’m Selling My House Should I Have It Painted?
Painting your house in preparation to sell can have a large overall impact. It’s a good dollar value, considering it can refresh the look of every interior space and give your exterior a great curb appeal. of your interior and curb appeal, it’s of good dollar value. Most realtors would agree that painting is an excellent way to increase resale value.
What Paint Sheen Is Best?
Paint sheen choices are dependent on the intended use of the space and on the aesthetic look you prefer. We will discuss the options when we view your house. Eggshell has long been the typical sheen for walls but a matte finish has become very popular. The days of needing a semi-gloss for bathrooms or kitchens is long gone. The paint technology has greatly improved, there are now eggshell and matte sheen paints that are specifically developed for bathroom and kitchen use.
A matte finish provides a velvety look to the walls and because there is little light reflection it offers the truest representation of a colour. It aids in hiding imperfections in less than perfect walls. This is why ceilings are almost exclusively painted in a dead flat paint. It has almost no reflection and hides flaws in smooth and textured ceilings.
Trim work and doors are generally painted in a slightly higher sheen than the walls. A semi-gloss paint used to be the standard for trim work, but it’s become a thing of the past. Like the walls, the trend has gone to lower sheen paints. A satin or pearl sheen is the norm now, it’s a step below semi-gloss. Much of this same information applies to exterior house painting.
How Often Should I Paint My Home Interior?
The type of use and amount of traffic will determine how frequently a room needs to be re-painted. Little-used or unoccupied spaces can go for years without needing to be re-painted. High use areas like an entry, hallway or recreation room may need re-painting more frequently.
Your visual tolerance of scuff marks and dings in your walls and trim work will also determine how often you will need to paint. Caulking can also become an unsightly issue over time as it starts to deteriorate. This becomes noticeable as gaps or cracking start to appear within joints in the trim work or where the trim meets up with the wall.
There are times when painting is not necessary but you want to paint when you do not like the colour of the walls in a home you have just purchased. Or perhaps you have lived in the house for a while and are ready for a change.
There are times that are convenient to re-paint. Examples are when alterations are being made to the house such as a flooring change or kitchen cabinet replacement.
When Does A House Exterior Need Painting?
The timing to paint a house exterior has more importance because it serves a purpose beyond aesthetics. The paint and caulking provide a layer of protection. Don’t wait until there is accelerated peeling or cracking, harsh fading or bare wood exposure have occurred. A general estimate of when to re-paint your house exterior is every 7 to 10 years, but many factors that can shorten or lengthen that time frame.
Are There Environmentally Friendly Options For Painting?
Low or VOC free (volatile organic compound) paints are now the standard. Levels of VOC’s in paint are regulated by the Canadian government. VOC’s are most prevalent while the paint is drying or off gassing, but do continue to evaporate into the air for a period of time after the paint has dried.
Oil based paints have VOC’s and have a strong odour. Thankfully there have been advances in latex paint technology that have allowed it to become a replacement for situations where an oil paint used to be the best choice. Oil or alkyd paints have a superior leveling aspect and dry to a very hard finish. It used to be commonly used for trim work and doors for these reasons. Today there are latex acrylic paints that possess similar properties.
What To Do With Leftover Paint I Don’t Need Or Empty Paint Cans?
When we paint for you we take away our painting garbage and empty paint cans for recycling. We leave any leftover paint with the customer for future use or touch ups.
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 one of the Nanaimo Recycling Depot locations. Check their website for the restrictions of what type of paint they will accept. It must be labeled and identifiable. In the Parksville area paint can be taken to the Parksville Bottle and Recycling.
How Do I Store Paint?
Latex paint that has been properly stored can be good for two years or longer depending on the circumstances. Paint should be kept in a cool, dry place and should never be allowed to freeze. Keep the cans away from hot direct sun and other strong heat sources. Keep them off of concrete floors, moisture releasing from the floor can cause metal cans to rust. Before closing the can, wipe the paint in the rim so the lid fits snugly. Use a rubber mallet to put the lid on or place a piece of wood on the lid to hammer on. Don’t use a hammer on the lid directly, if you cause a dent it may not properly seal.
Don’t forget to mark the lid of the paint so that you can properly identify it in the future. List the rooms and surfaces it was used on. If none of the paint colour is visible on the can, put a small dab of it on the lid as well. Use your cell phone to photograph the label that was affixed with the colour tinting information. This keeps a record of it in case the can is misplaced or thrown away.
How To Tell If Paint Has Gone Bad?
During long-term storage, paints typically separate into solids and liquids. If you can stir the particulates back into the liquid, the paint is usually fine. If the solids have hardened and will not mix back in, it should be discarded. A foul or sour odor, visible mold or mildew indicates the paint has spoiled.
If you left paint a bit too long in a rolling tray and put it back into the can it may have picked up a few dry bits from the edges of the tray. If the paint is otherwise fine you can strain it through a nylon stocking or purchase a straining cone or bag from a paint store and for a nominal cost you can buy an empty paint can. Don’t put it back into the same can or it will pick up the bits again. If the paint is contaminated with chunks from other than the above scenario or if has become jelly, then consider it to have gone bad.
Using paint that has exceeded far past its shelf life may cause a lingering sour smell or inconsistent texture. If the paint has become too old it may have lost some of its beneficial properties, even though it looks fine. If you suspect paint is past its prime make sure you properly dispose of it.