House Painting Questions
How many coats of paint are included?
All repaired areas will be primed prior to painting. After priming, 2 coats of paint will be used to ensure a high quality even finish. When freshening up the same color, a single coat of high quality paint may be used to restore the original color and finish
What type of paint?
We prefer to use Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore brand paint. If a color from a different manufacturer is preferred, it can be matched or we can use that brand.
Patch and Paint Pros Preferred Paints
- Primers – Zinsser Odorless Oil Primer
- Walls – SuperPaint (flat or satin)
- Ceiling – Eminence (flat)
- Trim – Emerald or Cashmere (semi-gloss)
- Exteriors – Duration (flat, satin, gloss)
Paint Finish – Eggshell vs Satin:
Eggshell and Satin are somewhat interchangeable depending on which brand you use. Satin SuperPaint has a little more shine (gloss) than the Eggshell (slightly flatter, but still a little gloss)
What finish should I use on the ceiling?
The ceilings should be flat throughout most of the house. Some say satin or semi-gloss for bathrooms, but this is not necessary.
Repair and Painting Estimate FAQ
Is paint included in price?
YES – Pricing for the above paint brands is included in the cost. Other paint brands may be used upon request. Additional costs for high-end paint or discounts for economy grade paints may be applied.
Do we purchase paint or you?
We’ll purchase and pick it up. We just need to know the color and finish.
What repair work is included with the painting?
Repair of small holes and shallow wall defects is included. Repair of larger defects, cracks, and drywall installation will be written out under the Repairs section of the estimate.
Are both sides of the door included in the painting estimate?
For doors, only the side of the door facing into the room is included, unless noted otherwise.
What colors are included?
One color ceiling and trim paint is included. The estimate includes only one wall color per room, unless accent walls are listed.
When do colors by need to be picked by?
It is best to have colors picked out a week in advance of the projects.
What time do you start?
Typical work day is 8-430
What to do around the house to prepare for a painting project?
We’ll handle moving the furniture and big stuff. We would greatly appreciate it if you could put away all smaller items and take down wall decorations. Time Saver Discounts available for having all rooms emptied and/or completely setup for painting.
Keeping the curtains and blinds?
Please let us know if you’d like to keep curtains, blinds and wall decorations in the same place or we can remove the screws and nails to patch over any holes.
Wallpaper, Water Damage and Drywall Repair Questions
Why is my ceiling paint bubbling and peeling?
Top 3 causes of ceiling water damage:
- A leak from the bathroom plumbing above.
- A leak from the roof or window above.
- The ceiling was not painted properly.
Why is my bathroom paint peeling?
The key to prevent peeling in a room with lots of moisture is priming and two coats of high quality paint. This insures waterproof barrier between the drywall and the moisture in the bathroom.
What is causing the water damage on my walls?
Failing stucco, cracked brick mortar and old window seals can be the likely cause of blistering or peeling paint on exterior walls of the house. Water damage on interior walls is likely from plumbing above or roof leaks.
Can wallpaper be painted over? Benjamin Moore says it can…
Simple answer – Wallpaper SHOULD NOT be painted over, but it can be done.
Detailed Answer – Wallpaper is tricky situation. The wallpaper will eventually fail some day and cause future removal to be much more difficult. The paper typically starts to peel only in corners or at edges of the paper and ceiling. This generally happens when moisture softens the original wallpaper glue underneath.
This can happen from steam inside the bathroom when there is not a good moisture barrier (primer and full two coats of paint) protecting the wallpaper. The other reason wallpaper may peel in the future is when there is a moisture issue from inside the walls or ceiling. If that is the case, it may be time to call roofer or plumber.
Painted – If the wallpaper has already been painted, the damage has been done. We can skim the lines and repaint to make it look smooth. Should not have any issues unless there is a moisture issue from inside the wall.
Unpainted – If the paper has not been painted over, it is best to just remove it. The process of skimming every seam, oil priming and then painting over takes almost as much time as just removing the non-painted wallpaper.
Closets – This is the one space of the house, that should not be a deal breaker for a potential buyer. This future project could likely be passed on to the next buyer. Who knows, they may even like the “character” it adds to the house.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to give us a call (484)483-3468. We’re always happy to help!