Why should I hire a professional painter?
Before deciding to “do it yourself” or hire the cheapest painter you have come across, there are several factors that suggest the lowest price may not be the best value.
Read our painting FAQs below and be sure anyone you’re hiring really is providing good value.
Painting can be hazardous work, whether it’s working on a ladder, dealing with solvents and dust, or disposing of hazardous materials. Hiring a professional contractor means that you don’t have to worry about these problems.
If the work is to be carried out on an old property, there is a strong chance that it was painted with a lead based paint. This can cause serious health issues when it is scraped or sanded in preparation for repainting. A professional contractor will take appropriate steps to protect himself and you.
Getting the surface properly prepared makes all the difference. The best materials perform poorly if the preparation is not carried out correctly. Professional contractors know the value of preparation and will make sure it is carried out to the highest standard.
Coating choices today are more complicated than just oil or latex. As professional contractors, we know what paint system will be beneficial for the works being carried out and how to apply it for the best possible finish.
Cleanup and Disposal
When carrying out painting works, it is likely that hazardous waste will be generated. As professional contractors, we take care of the disposal of such waste safely and efficiently.
What is the difference between interior and exterior paint?
• Good scrub ability and stain resistance
• Splatter resistance
• Easier touch up
• Colour retention
• Resistance to fading
• Flexibility to withstand expansion and contraction due to weather
• Mildew resistant
• Resistance to bleed
What do primers and sealers do?
The goal of both is to make the finish coat look better and last longer. They do this by providing a variety of properties such as:
Preventing stains on the original surface from bleeding through the topcoat and becoming visible.
Provide a moisture barrier between the topcoat and the raw metal surface.
This is similar to corrosion inhibition, whereby the primer separates the surface to be covered from the topcoat with an inert material.
Provides a compatible layer between the substrate and the topcoat. The topcoat may not adhere well to the substrate. The primer adheres to the substrate and provides a surface that the topcoat can adhere to.
Sealers and primers fill or block the porosity of a wood surface so that it does not absorb the topcoat medium.
Two effects aid in enhancing the hide capability of the topcoat. A primer provides a more uniform colour. It tends to mask any colour pattern on the substrate.
A clear coat sealer may be applied over a faux finish to protect the layers of pigmented paint. A clear coat sealer is used on automobiles to protect and enhance the gloss of the paint.
What causes paint to chalk?
Chalking is a natural degradation of a paint film when exposed to weathering. It results from chemical reactions with the oxygen in the air, which may be accelerated by the ultraviolet light from the Sun. Some common causes of excessive chalking include application of a topcoat to an unsealed surface, overspreading the paint, or poor quality paint.
What causes blistering and peeling on exterior wood?
Generally the cause is moisture getting between the paint and the wood surface. However, it can also be caused by inadequate surface preparation, using low quality paint, or painting in direct sunlight.
How is my furniture protected during painting?
After moving the furniture into the middle of the room, it will be covered in plastic. All floors will be protected by canvas drop cloths.
Does someone have to remain home while the painting is being done?
No, in fact most people are not home during the day. Arrangements can be made in advance to accommodate your schedule.
What do I have to do in order to get ready for the painters?
We are more than happy to handle everything ourselves. We move all the furniture into the middle of the room, remove pictures from the walls and take down any window coverings. All furniture and belongings are carefully covered and all floors are protected with the correct drop cloths prior to painting. The only items we ask the customer to move are ornaments and general small items.