Interior and Exterior Painting and Decorating Ideas – Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When can you start painting once we've accepted your painting estimate?
A. Our painters can usually get started on your project within one week. If you are getting the exterior of your home or business repainted, then please be aware that there could be a slight delay if there has been a lot of rainy weather recently, or if the forecast is predicting rain in the coming week.
Q. Do you offer a warranty?
A. Yes we offer a 5 year labor warranty. The paint products have their own warranty.
Q. What brand of paint do you use?
A. We use and recommend Sherwin Williams and Porter Paints (PPG) products. Over the years of painting homes and businesses, we’ve found Sherwin Williams and PPG to be quality paint products that we can use with confidence on your home or business.
Q. Are you a licensed painting company in the state of Florida?
A. Absolutely. Our Florida license number is PA 2653.
Q. Are you Bonded and Insured? What does it mean to be bonded?
A. We are Licensed, Bonded and Insured to paint your home or business. Bonded means that we are obligated to complete the project you hire us to do. Insured means you are protected in the unlikely event that our employees are injured on the job.
Q. I need help picking out a color, do you offer color charts for interior painting or can you provide interior decorating ideas?
A. We know that choosing a new color for a room or the outside of your Tampa, Florida home can be difficult. So, we’ll send out one of our licensed painting contractors to apply some sample paint colors to help you decide. This is a step above for interior painting because you can see how it actually looks on your wall once it is dry.
Q. I have an older home in Florida, and suspect that it might have lead paint. What can I do?
A. Even though paints manufactured today do not contain lead, oftentimes lead is found in the paint of older homes. If the old paint is chipped, peeling or cracking, or if it’s on a friction surface (around doors or windows), impact surface (sills or baseboards) or on a surface that a young child can mouth or chew, it can be a hazard. If you think that your home might contain lead paint, you can obtain test kits to analyze some paint chips. If they show positive results, then it’s best to seek out a licensed contractor that can recommend the best procedure for proper removal.
Q. When painting around windows, should I use masking tape?
A. We recommend using the blue “painter’s tape” found at most hardware stores instead of regular masking tape, which tends to leave a sticky residue. Don’t fret if you don’t have painter’s tape! It’s usually not very difficult to simply scrape away any paint remaining on a window with a bladed scraper, then washing and polishing with chamois leather.
Q. What’s the difference between “good paint” and “cheap paint” besides the price?
A. While the differences may not be very apparent at the start, lower quality flat latex paints tend to darken more quickly, and are more likely to be damaged during cleaning than the higher quality gloss or semi-gloss enamels. Areas painted with higher quality paints typically do not need to be repainted as often.
Q. What’s the best way to close a paint can?
A. Start by removing any excess paint from out of the rim as it will splash out when the lid is pressed down. If you find it difficult to get the paint out of that tiny area, then you can carefully punch a few small nail holes in the rim so the paint will drain in the can naturally. Usually, hand pressure is all that’s needed to close the lid. However, if you must use a mallet or hammer, be sure to cover the entire can lid with a rag first to avoid any splashing paint.