Q: How long will it take to complete my painting project?
A: Every job is different, but we’ll be able to give you an estimate after we determine how much time it will take to complete each phase of your project.
Q: Will the same painters work on my job every day?
A: Yes, the same people who work on your project the first day will stay until it’s completed.
Q: What brands of paint do you use?
A: We prefer to use top-of-the-line brands like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams because we trust their quality. We don’t use paint brands that we don’t have experience with because we want to achieve the best possible outcome on every project.
Q: Can you help me pick the right colors for my painting project?
A: Yes, and we’ll also bring paint samples to your home so you can see how certain colors look in context.
Q: How long will my exterior paint job last?
A: Your paint job should last five to seven years, depending on the weather. Every face of your house is exposed to the environment in a different way. For example, the paint on the south face of your house won’t last as long as the paint on the north face because of sun exposure.
Q: Is there anything I can do to make my paint last longer?
A: There are additives you can put in paint to make it last longer. For example, if you live in an area with a lot of mold, you can use an additive in your paint before applying it to protect the surface. Using an extra coat or two will also help the paint last longer.
Q: What’s the easiest type of paint to keep clean?
A: Semi-gloss paint is the easiest to keep clean because you can just use warm water and a mild detergent to wipe off dirt. You should never use chemicals to clean a painted surface because they can remove the sheen, which will cause the paint to fade more quickly.
Q: Is it OK to paint over wallpaper?
A: We don’t recommend painting over wallpaper, but we’ll do it if you want. However, we’ll explain the downsides of doing it so you understand the nature of the job. If you decide to go through with it, we’ll use an oil-based primer on the wallpaper and then paint over it.
Q: Can I use a scrub brush on my exterior paint or should I use a hose?
A: It depends on why you’re washing your home. If you just want to remove dust, a hose is fine, but if your house is extremely dirty, it may require other tools in order to clean. We can advise you on the best way to clean your home and protect your existing paint.
Q: Do I need to keep my windows open when you’re painting inside to air out the fumes?
A: Most modern paint products are water-based, so they don’t have much of a smell. If you have children, pets or pregnant family members, we recommend opening the windows just to be extra safe, but the smell isn’t dangerous and will dissipate quickly when the paint is dry. Also, there are low- and zero-VOC paint products available that have very minimal odors.
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