Is the painter amenable to accommodating your time schedule? You’re the exception if you haven’t heard horrific tales of painters showing up days late, breezing past deadlines and taking so many jobs at the same time, workers are harried, unpredictable and unreliable. Those reference calls could offer accountability assurances of painters you favor.
"The deck looks good however I had a TEAK cabinet on the deck and because they didn't cover the cabinet, BLEACH spots were all over . I called and he said they would be back. After 2 months waiting I had to sand and re-oil the TEAK Cabinet. Took me 8 hours of work. Also an umbrella not moved so there is a big round spot I had to power clean and seal myself. Polite yes, decent job, yes, did they follow up NO! I sent him pictures he said he would be back and NO he did not call me to discuss this or come back!" Westminster House Painters CO
Walls should be wet down before getting scrubbed, then washed with a gallon of water mixed with 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 cup of either a concentrated, phosphate-free cleaner, such as a trisodium phosphate (TSP) substitute, or Jomax House Cleaner. Working in sections, from the bottom to the top, will avoid streaks. Be sure to rinse walls well before the solution dries. Wood siding and trim should be ready to paint after a day or two of dry weather. Westminster House Painters CO
Climate is another factor to consider. Sunlight, wind, rain and salty weather can all wear out exterior paint. Oil-based paint is durable against wind, rain and temperature changes, but sunlight tends to degrade it. Alkyd paint chalks and sheds very thin layers when it begins to wear. Latex paint is the more durable option for very sun-drenched and relatively dry climate areas. Latex paint with high vinyl content should be avoided, however. Acrylic resin is by far the more durable binder for outdoor latex paint. Westminster House Painters CO
Historically, the painter was responsible for the mixing of the paint; keeping a ready supply of pigments, oils, thinners and driers. The painter would use his experience to determine a suitable mixture depending on the nature of the job. In modern times, the painter is primarily responsible for preparation of the surface to be painted, such as patching holes in drywall, using masking tape and other protection on surfaces not to be painted, applying the paint and then cleaning up. House Painting Westminster
As the dance proceeds, keep an eye on the weather. Rain can wash freshly applied latex right off the wall, and a temperature dip below 50 degrees F two days after application can interfere with adhesion and curing and dull the sheen of glossy paints. (Latexes like Sherwin-Williams's Duration and Benjamin Moore's MoorGard Low Lustre are formulated to tolerate temps as low as 35 and 40 degrees, respectively.) House Painting Westminster