Boyd Painting

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Customers Ask When Receiving Estimates from Painting Contractors

Why should I hire a professional painter?

Before deciding to "do it yourself" or hire the cheapest painter in the phone book, there are several factors that suggest the lowest price may not be the best value.

Safety- Painting can be hazardous work, whether it's working on a ladder, dealing with solvents and dust or disposing of hazardous materials. Hiring a professional contractor means that you don't have to worry about these problems.

Health- If your building was finished before 1978, it was most likely painted with a lead-based paint (this can cause serious health effects when it is scraped or sanded in preparation for repainting.) A professional contractor will take appropriate steps to protect both himself and you. On June 1, 1999, remodeling contractors (including painters) were required to furnish an EPA produced pamphlet to their customers before they begin any job that involves disturbing lead-based paint.

Preparation- Getting the surface properly prepared makes all the difference (the best materials perform poorly if the preparation is not proper.) Professional contractors know the value of preparation and will do it right.

Product Knowledge- Coating choices today are more complicated than just oil or latex, and professional contractors will know what paint systems work, how to use it, and will have the right tools for the job.

Cleanup and Disposal - During any job there is the definite probability that hazardous waste will be generated. Professional contractors will know how to handle these hazardous wastes and how to dispose of them. This means you don't have to worry about dealing with paint residues and other leftovers.

How do I choose the right contractor?

Once you have decided to hire a professional contractor for a particular project, selecting the right person or firm becomes a matter of price, size of company, and amount of years in business.

Are you licensed?

Yes, our house painting company has been licensed since 1982 by the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. License # C-7572

Do you have insurance?

Yes, we do.

Do you have references?

Yes, we have over a thousand references from satisfied customers. Please check our References and Testimonials.

Are you an EPA Lead Certified Company?

Yes, we have trained our house painters and have been certified.

Do you protect the homeowner’s property when painting?

Yes, our house painters cover all areas with plastic, drop clothes, masking paper and tape. Please see our recent projects.

Do you do good preparation?

Yes, we provide extensive interior and exterior house painting preparation work. We allow customers to see the completed interior and exterior house painting preparation work before any paint is applied. Please see our recent projects.

Do you give advice for house painting color selection?

Yes, our painting contractor gives expert advice on what house painting colors to choose and allow customers to make the final decision. Customers also have the option to test sample house painting colors on their walls.

What is a paint system?

A paint system is a group of compatible products that give a desired result when they are used together. Normally a paint system consists of a primer, finish coat and possibly solvents.

What is the difference between latex and alkyd (oil) based paints?

The basic difference is in the binders. Latex paint binds the particles of pigment with a latex such as acrylic or vinyl, while oil paint uses a binder or resin that is derived from a vegetable oil such as linseed or soya bean. Latex paint spills can be cleaned up with a damp rag, brushes and rollers can be cleaned with soap and water. Hands can be cleaned with soap and water.

What is the difference between paint and stain?

Paint colors a surface by forming a thin opaque film on a substrate. Stain colors a surface by penetrating into the substrate.

What is the difference between interior and exterior paint?

Interior Paint:

Good scrubability and stain resistance

Good hiding ability

Splatter resistance

Easier touch up

Exterior Paint:

Color retention

Resistance to fading

Flexibility (to withstand expansion and contraction due to weather)

Mildew resistant

Resistance to bleed

What do primers and sealers do?

The goal of both is to make the finish coat (topcoat) look better and last longer. They do this by providing a variety of properties such as:

Stain blocking - preventing stains (e.g., water stains on wallboard, ball point pen ink, or resins from a knot in a wood surface) on the original surface from bleeding through the topcoat and becoming visible.

Corrosion inhibition - provide a moisture barrier between the topcoat and the raw metal surface.

Chemical isolation - similar to corrosion inhibition in that a primer separates the surface to be covered from the topcoat with an inert material.

Bonding enhancement - provides a compatible layer between the substrate and the topcoat. (The topcoat may not adhere well to the substrate. The primer adheres to the substrate and provides a surface that the topcoat can adhere to.)

Surface filling - sealers and primers fill/block the porosity of a wood surface so that it does not absorb the topcoat medium

Enhanced hide - two effects aid in enhancing the hide capability of the topcoat, a primer provides a more uniform color and it tends to mask any color pattern on the substrate.

Protection paint - A clear coat sealer may be applied over a faux finish to protect the layers of pigmented paint. A clear coat sealer is used on automobiles to protect and enhance the gloss of the paint.

Do you take a deposit?

For most cases, we do not take a deposit. Customers pay the full amount when the house painting job is completed, except under specific circumstances (by state contractor law, a painting contractor cannot take a deposit of more than 10% of a house painting job).

When can you start a job?

Our house painters can begin work within a week or sooner, depending on the situation.

How soon can you finish a job once you've started?

Most house painting jobs can be finished within a week, unless the property is very large, or there are issues with the weather.

Do you provide touch up paint after painting is finished?

Yes, in most cases, our house painting company provides customers with the leftover paint for touch ups.

Do you provide a warranty?

Yes, our house painting company gives a warranty with some exceptions, depending on the specific house painting project.