Painter Lake Stevens
Painter Lake Stevens

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Here is a list of common questions that our clients ask. If you need more information don‘t hesitate to get in touch.  Just call Jason @ 425-512-7400

The time it takes to complete a project mostly depends on such factors as prep required, detail, and size.  Of course, weather can play a significant role in the delay of exterior painting. We are able to provide an accurate time estimate with your bid.

Please make sure as much of the furniture as possible is removed from the rooms to be painted. As an option, place large furnishings in the center of the room where we can cover and protect them at all times. If constraints exist that prevent you from moving the furniture, we are more than willing to help out and add the extra time and labor into the bid.

However, clearing the room of smaller and fragile items will assist us greatly in getting the job done as efficiently as possible.

If you want to go the DIY route, then a fix can be made using a mesh patch, joint compound, and a fresh coat of paint. Bear in mind that it is a difficult job to get right and hiring a professional service may be a better option. We’ve repaired countless drywall holes and can complete the job perfectly with more advanced techniques at a minimal cost.

Touch up kits with product information are provided upon job completion for this exact reason. Instead of needing to make a perfect color match, you’ll have the exact same paint we used for touch-ups and quick fixes. If it’s a more serious problem, we are certainly available for follow-up services.

In general, an exterior painting in the Puget Sound region should last roughly around 6 years. At the same time, there are other factors like sun exposure or high humidity that can shorten that time. Even if you feel that the paint still looks good, it may be a good idea to give us a call for a professional analysis to catch any small problems before they become bigger.

In the case of rotted wood, the ideal solution is to replace it first and then do the painting job. We are capable of providing these services and we use on-staff carpenters rather than subcontracting the work out to another company. Without replacing rotted wood, a new paint job could be a waste of money as it will only be a temporary fix.

Yes.  Sound Quality Painting at 425-446-0751 can match any color in any brand of paint.

VOC stands for “Volatile Organic Compound.”  “Volatile” describes a liquid that evaporates at room temperature.  “Organic” means a compound that contains carbon.  Thousands of VOC’s, some natural and some man-made can be found in the air.  Most natural VOC’s are emitted from sources like trees and vegetation.  The primary man-made sources of VOC’s are motor vehicle exhaust, unburned gasoline, and solvents.

Generally yes.  The quality of low VOC paints has greatly improved in recent years.  Feel free to use a low VOC paint and expect the same quality as conventional paints.

Yes.  Many low VOC and no VOC paints can and do still contain synthetic chemicals.  Natural paints claim to be made from only naturally occurring materials.  Homeowners have been satisfied with both types.  If one has a sensitivity to paint odors or chemicals, it is best to research the various brands of paint and make one’s own informed decision before using them in your house.

High moisture rooms like kitchens and bathrooms do better with semi-gloss enamel paint.  Semi-gloss paints are more moisture resistant, dirt resistant, washable, and scrubbable.

According to the paint manufacturers, when stored properly, an unopened can of oil-based or water-based paint has a shelf life of one to two years (I’ve seen them go for five years or more).  Once water based paint has been opened, it must be stored it in a cool, dry place.  If you want to use it again, visually check the paint to see if it is free of mold and don’t use it if smells bad.  If it has gone bad, take it to a state regulated paint recycling center and dispose of your paint there.

Elastomeric paint is an exterior paint made for painting stucco.  Elastomeric paints have water proofing and crack bridging properties that regular exterior house paints don’t have.  Almost all manufacturers have an elastomeric line of paint products.  They look like regular paint and can be tinted to almost any color.  They generally have to be applied to a thickness of 16-20 mils dry to qualify for the manufacturer’s warranty.

Paint finish, gloss level, sheen and enamel are all similar ways of saying the same thing.  These describe the smoothness and light reflectivity of the dry paint on a painted surface.  There are approximately six sheen types and each has a name corresponding to its light reflective qualities.  Sheens range from:

flat or matte (no-gloss)
eggshell
satin finish
low lustre
semi-gloss
high-gloss

Each sheen has different qualities and uses.  For example, a flat paint is often used to give a room a velvety look or to cover uneven drywall or plaster.  A semi-gloss finish is often used in bathrooms and kitchens since it is cleanable and has a strong, hard shine.  Generally, the higher the sheen the easier the paint is to clean and maintain.

Traditionally, dry room walls and ceilings are painted in flat or eggshell and trim is painted in semi-gloss enamel.  Wet rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are painted in semi-gloss.  In Los Angeles, water-based finishes are the standard paints for interior and exterior painting.

Latex paints contain chemicals called plasticizers that assist in proper film formation and keep the coating flexible. Many vinyl and plastic weather-stripping materials also contain plasticizers to make them flexible.  When the two surfaces come in contact with each other, they have a tendency to stick to each other.  This condition, known as blocking, generally occurs during the early curing time of the coating, but it can continue for some time.  Blocking can also occur on, interior doors, cabinets, double-hung windows and garage doors.  The easiest way to prevent blocking is to use a non-blocking acrylic paint.

The problem here is moisture.  Usually, only the top and ends of the boards used on a deck are painted.  This leaves the sides and bottom uncoated and able to absorb moisture from rain, sprinklers, hoses, and the soil under the deck.  The moisture, drawn to the surface by the heat of the sun, destroys the adhesive bond between the wood and the paint, causing it to blister and peel.  The best way to prevent peeling is to have all boards of the deck given a complete coating before the deck is built.  Install the deck completely finished.  Touch up the visible portion of the deck after it is completely installed.  The best way to keep a new deck from peeling is to apply a deck sealer/toner or semi-transparent stain.  Often these finishes must be reapplied yearly.

Most latex paints when applied at temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees will be dry to the touch in about one hour and can be recoated within four hours. Various factors can increase these times such as poor ventilation, low temperatures, thick films and high humidity.  In general one can safely put on two coats of water based paint in a day.

This used to be a big question for homeowners.  A high quality water-based or latex paint is generally the way to go to for residential painting. However, in a very few instances, it may be better to use an oil or alkyd-based paint. Here are a few suggestions and some strengths and weaknesses for both types of paint:

Latex Paints
Quality interior latex paints provide better long-term flexibility, that is, resistance to cracking and chipping. Latex paints also tend to resist yellowing with age in areas protected from sunlight. They emit fewer odors, clean up with water and are not flammable. Latex paint takes a shorter amount of time to dry than oil paint.

Pros
Low odor
Faster dry time
Water clean-up
Long-term flexibility
Non-yellowing
Not combustible

Cons
Relatively little amount of time paint can be brushed before it begins to set up.

Oil Based Paints
Oil-based paints offer better adhesion to difficult surfaces or those not thoroughly cleaned. Oil-based paints allow for greater length of time the paint may be brushed before it sets, superior resistance to “blocking” (or face-to-face sticking) and resistance to abrasion, once cured.  In California, oil based paints are not rated for use on exterior wood.

Pros
Hard, durable
Moisture resistant
Greater flow and leveling
Greater open-time
Looks great

Cons
Yellows with age and lack of light
Strong odor during and immediately after application
Requires solvent cleanup and is combustible

No.  It is not recommend to use an interior labeled paint on exterior surfaces. Interior paints are designed specifically for use on interior surfaces.  Interior paints don’t have the flexibility, strength or UV protective elements to stand up to exterior conditions.  If you use interior paint on your exterior, expect it to fail, get moldy, or peel quickly.

Do not use exterior paints for interior painting.  Exterior paints have flex and other chemical qualities that make them suitable for exterior use only.   Exterior paints are engineered to flex with heat and cooling of temperature changes.  They don’t get to do this on interiors and will crack and peel prematurely.

Use interior paints on interiors and use exterior paints for exteriors.  There is a good reason why paints are labeled for interior or exterior use.

The deposits, known as efflorescence, are caused by moisture in the masonry.  The moisture dissolves salts in the masonry — the mortar, block, concrete, etc. — and is drawn to the surface by the heat of the sun.  After the water evaporates, it leaves behind white foamy looking deposits that must be removed before painting.  You must find and fix the source of the moisture or your paint job will fail.   Remove the efflorescence with a wire brush and coat the surface with an appropriate masonry primer and paint it with a topcoat or two.

Yes.  All contractors are required to be licensed in Washington through the Contractor’s State License Board (CSLB).  To verify that a person claiming to be a contractor is licensed, ask to see his state issued license and personal identification to make sure you are dealing with the individual named on the contractor’s license.  All contractors are required to carry their contractor’s license with them.

According to CSLB Registrar, Steve Sands, “Homeowners need to be fully aware of who they are letting into their homes…[and] the importance of spending a couple of minutes on CSLB’s website to check the license before you hire a contractor to ensure you aren’t putting your family or your home at risk.”

Licensed Washington painting contractors must have at least four years of journey-level painting experience in their license classification and must pass exams demonstrating extensive knowledge of the painting trade and Washington contracting laws.

A licensed contractor must carry workers compensation insurance to shield homeowners from liability and have a contractor’s license bond for consumer protection (generally stated as “bonded”)  If there is ever a problem with work done by any licensed contractor, their work is regulated by the CSLB and they will help you get satisfaction.  The CSLB protects consumers by licensing and regulating Washington contractors.

Unlicensed painters are unregulated, uninsured, and often don’t know about the latest paint developments.  If you have a problem with them or their work, it is very difficult to get help because no government agency regulates them.  They generally have no ties to the community and don’t return to fix problems.  According to CSLB Register Steve Sands, “People put themselves and family members at risk when they hire unlicensed and uninsured individuals who can end up doing substandard work or never finish the job.”

To verify a contractor’s license number, go to www.cslb.wa.gov.  At the CSLB web site, you can verify that the contractor is in good standing.  To prove that a contractor truly carries insurance, request that copies of the policy certificates be faxed directly to you from the contractor’s insurance carrier.

A contractor’s bond policy (“bonded”) has nothing to do with passing a security check.  It simply means that there is an insurance policy in place for $12,500.00 to cover finishing a job when using a licensed contractor if the contractor can’t or doesn’t finish your project.

Step up to a local painter that genuinely cares about your project.  Call Jason at Sound Quality Painting today.

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