01. January 2020
The three questions I get asked the most are: 1. How much will it cost? 2. How long will it take to complete? ...and 3. When can you start? There is no secret formula to calculating the price of a job. The number of variables affects the overall cost. (i.e. what is the room size, is there wallpaper to remove, what are the conditions of the wall, is there wall repair or water damage, do the walls require priming, will the trim be painted, how many windows and doors, setup time, quality of the...
01. January 2020
Calculating the amount of paint needed for a job is critical as it will affect your overall cost and you really don't want to run out of paint in the middle of a wall. But not to worry, the calculation is rather simple, let me walk you through it step by step: Determine the length, width and height of the room in question. (don't worry about doors, windows or openings - at this point) Now add together the length and width of EACH wall. Let's take a 10' x 14' room with an 8' ceiling height for...
01. January 2020
It can't be repeated enough! If you want to finish your painting project well, you need to prepare well. Take a moment and read the label on the paint can, all surfaces should be clean and free from debris prior to adding your finish coat. Kitchen ceilings are usually the worst! Grease build up or food splatter wreaks havoc on kitchen walls and ceilings, preparation in this area is critical. Paint is a coating designed to adhere to a well prepared surface. If you skip a step it simply doesn't...
01. January 2020
That is the question... In my previous post I talked about preparation being key to a great finish, whether to prime or not is an important question to ask during your preparation. The surface has to be clean and free of dust, grease, impurities and anything that could prevent the top coat of paint from adhering to the surface. The newly engineered paints that have paint and primer in one - often lead customers astray and place an unnecessary burden on the budget. Yet, these paints have come a...
01. January 2020
As a consumer, contractor or business owner it is a daunting task to choose paint and paint colours. I'd like to focus on paint in this post. The best paint based on 'consumer' response is Benjamin Moore Aura and Behr Premium Plus a close second. Surprised? You shouldn't be! Benjamin Moore's reputation and colour palette is unmatched in the industry and big box stores have higher traffic, bigger dollars and a greater marketing capacity then most local paint stores. Note: this is based on a...
01. January 2020
Professional painters are hired for their skill set, expertise, know how, product knowledge and quality service. Today, you might add in, honesty and integrity. Finding someone to ‘do the job’ is no longer enough, it helps if you can trust the person in your home. In the area of product knowledge, every painter has an opinion and personal preference regarding brands of paint and the equipment used. At some point in the conversation the term ‘best’ will be used. Examples: Purdy is the...
01. January 2020
Pics from top left to bottom right: Cutting in around ceiling, door, baseboard trim; Primed patches and cutting in Rolling out from right to left Finished painting two toned walls Ceiling cut lines and painted trim Finished room including trim. NOTE: Furniture in centre of room covered in 3mm plastic.
01. January 2020
It can be a daunting task to choose a painter. First, where do find a painter? Here are a few tips: 1. Try your local coffee shop, at around 10 or 10:30 a.m. you may come across a painter - ask him/her for a business card. 2. In urban areas, there are often new home developments being constructed, talk to the site supervisor and see if they have a painting contractor they could recommend. 3. Walk in to your local paint store and ask them to recommend a painter to you. There are often business...