How do I figure out how much paint I need?
Visit the site I have listed here and they have a very simple calculator to use that will estimate the amount of paint you will need based on several factors. www.wattyl.com.au
I am comparing bids and notice some are high and some are really low, why is that?
The cost of a job is determined by the level of thoroughness, attention to detail, and quality of materials to be used. For example, it costs more to properly prepare a surface for painting than to give it the “quick once over.” We would be happy to review, in detail, our calculations for your project so you can make a fair comparison with other quotes.
The last painter we hired would work for a few days, then be gone for a couple days. Will you stay on the job once you begin?
Yes. We’ll stay with the project and work continually until your project is complete. However, this differs for exterior work. Weather dictates our working habits during cold and rainy seasons.
Do you protect our furniture and clean up after you are done?
Yes. Floors, furniture and other areas necessary to protect from paint will be covered. We also cover doorways to adjoining rooms to contain dust if we will be sanding. On completion we will pick up and clean up to return your home to the condition that we found it.
Do you carry insurance and workers compensation?
Yes, our insurance includes general liability and worker’s compensation policies. Insured through AAMI Insurance.
What kind of paint do you use?
Most of the time we use Wattyl line of products. However, the brand of paint we use can be influenced by other factors including customer preference, the nature of the project, and other quote specifications. In addition to using the best paint, we use top quality materials, tools and supplies from other companies.
What do I have to do in order to get ready for the painters?
The only items we ask the customer to move are the small knick-knack items and pictures. We come expecting to move furniture, window treatments and switch plates. We also ask that you let us know if you have animals that we need to be cautious of, watch for escape, etc. If your animals normally have access to the areas we will be in, please restrict them from our work area, at least until the paint is dry. Upon completion of the project, we will replace all items we moved back in their correct location.
Will the paint adhere properly by spraying it on with an airless sprayer or is it better to roll it on?
Airless sprayers apply the paint on using approximately 3000 PSI (pounds per square inch). Although this may sound high the paint still will not bridge small gaps, cracks, and holes. After spraying the paint on one should back roll the paint with a roller to insure all holes, cracks, and gaps are filled. Back rolling with the proper roller and immediately following the spraying will insure mil thickness and evenness.
What is better to use, a brush or a roller (Nap)?
If you are using latex paints, brushes will always have a tendency to leave brush strokes. Use oil based paints if you absolutely do not want brush strokes. A roller on the other hand will lay out the paint in a more even pattern insuring manufacturer specs of ml thickness. Using a high quality roller will leave a very light stippling pattern with latex paints but is usually more appealing then heavy brush strokes
What is the best way to prepare a cedar porch for staining?
Remove all surface contamination by washing with appropriate cleaner to remove all contaminants. For areas not exposed to direct weathering – such as under eaves and porch ceilings – use a power washer. Rinse and allow to dry. If the surface still appears dirty, suspect mildew. Remove the mildew by washing with an appropriate solution. Apply the solution and scrub the mildewed area. Allow the solution to remain on the surface for10 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and allow the surface to dry before painting. Always follow the safety precautions printed on the label. Stains are available in everything from semi-transparent coatings to solid stain coatings.
Can you tell me how to clean latex paint from an aluminum ladder?
Alcohol will remove most of the paint drips and spatters. If you need to remove a large amount paint, it will take a lot of elbow grease and a stiff putty knife or scraper.