Repaint — exteriors especially — before visible signs of wear appear, Bancroft says. Don’t wait until you see peeling or flaking paint. “If I have to spend 40 hours preparing the surface before we can paint, that time is going to result in a lot of extra costs. But if I can spend 10 hours preparing the surfaces to be painted, you’re going to save money,” Freeman says.
PSA: Color psychology is a thing. The right soothing hue can work wonders for your mind and soul. You might think that only works for pale blues, but the contrast of a light and dark color — or, in this case, off-white walls with chocolate brown and deep blue accents — has a powerful effect. "The darker color grounds the room, and then the lighter runs right up to the ceiling and makes it feel higher. It creates this serene atmosphere," designer Laura Bohn told us.
I contacted them via email on a Sunday evening after being referred by our neighbors. I heard back the next morning just after 9am. James Lee was there a couple hours later (or less??) to evaluate the job and present past work they've done. I had a more than competitive estimate the next day for the exterior of our home. James told me that they could start later that week, and on that Saturday they started prepping the job. David and his crew of 2 worked quickly, but professionally and thoroughly and finished by the following Thursday. I will definitely be using them again when it comes time to paint the interior of our home and will refer them without hesitation. We feel like we moved to a new home and love our paint job!
Distinct Painting has painted the exterior of my home as well as stained and finished the interior of my wood trimmed windows. I am very pleased with the results. Kane and his employees were a pleasure to work with. The quality of their work exceeds the quality that I've experienced in many other jobs done on my home through the years. They worked around some very difficult challenges in staining my new wood windows, that were due to prior work done in the home. I felt they went above and beyond to ensure my complete satisfaction. A job well done. I highly recommend Distinct Painting to anyone for painting, staining, and finishing work.
It's unfortunate James has gotten too big now that his pricing is absolutely crazy. He quoted me $9500 to paint 6 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms (which he miscounted as it was actually 5 bedrooms and 5 small bathrooms). That is 2x more than the next qualified, licensed painter on here. He took one look at the size of my house and then decided he can try to gouge me for the most money he could. Sad.
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Yet another 5 star for them. They already have a perfect 5 stars with 246 reviews at the time of this writing--I feel like they're hoarding all the 5 stars... Anyway, they deserve it. I interviewed a number of different painters, and they were the most responsive and professional. Their rates were competitive too. So, I went with them. I had paint done inside and outside my house. Some of it was rather tricky--the outside is on a hill, and the inside has some funky artsy stuff going on that I had them do. The people doing the painting were very professional, and did a very detailed job of prep work before the actual painting, which is something this detailed-eye notices. The final result was impressive.
Use a wire brush and a wide-blade putty knife to remove small areas of defective paint. Scrub under the laps of clapboard siding as well as on downspouts and gutters. For speedier work on metal, a wire brush attachment on an electric drill will remove rust and paint with less effort. For more extensive paint removal, invest in a sharp pull scraper -- a tool with a replaceable blade that's capable of stripping old paint all the way down to bare wood with a single scrape. Hold the scraper so the blade is perpendicular to the wood, apply moderate to firm pressure, and drag it along the surface. Keep the blade flat against the wood so it doesn't gouge the surface.
Not only did they paint our home- they also helped reattach a drain pipe that had partially come off the home, removed a small bee or wasps nest hanging off a side of the roof (this was SO nice of them and totally unexpected), and painted over some railings that were in serious need of TLC but were not included in our quote (we didn't ask for them to be painted when James came to meet with us). David asked my husband first about the railings and only painted them when he gave them the okay- it looks so much better and we appreciated this so much! While the painters were working we also had a termite inspection and contractor come over to look at something in the kitchen- David's team had no problem with this and were very accommodating.
For interior jobs, make sure you've cleaned all of the awkward spots, including behind the toilet, and picked up any knickknacks that might get in the way (e.g., soap containers, loofahs, and kitchen organizers). Removing the switch plates and outlet covers from the walls also goes a long way toward speeding up painting time—and painters' time is (your) money.
Also prime the ends of adjoining boards. This step pays off by slowing the moisture penetration that can lead to peeling at the joints. If the new siding is redwood or cedar, buy a special “stainblocking” primer. Both of these woods contain natural chemicals (tannins) that can bleed through paint, causing brownish stains. A stain-blocking primer will seal in the tannins.
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Paint will be your next-biggest cost, at anywhere from $20 to $70 or more per gallon, depending on the sheen, the grade you’ve chosen and any special features. Some paints, for instance, are mold resistant. Others suppress smells or require fewer coats. Some have a lifetime warranty. Paints with warranties, however, may not be worth a higher price. In Consumer Reports tests approximating nine years of wear, only a few exterior paints and stains with lifetime warranties held up well. But “you’ll grow tired of the color long before a good-quality paint wears out,” Bancroft says.
You can use the spray cleaner while working from a ladder -- although scaffolding is better -- but practice at ground level first; the force of the spray against the house could knock you off a ladder if you're not careful. Some of these machines come with separate containers you can fill with cleaning solutions or anti-mildew solutions. Sprayers are so powerful that ordinarily you probably won't need to use a cleaning solution; if you do, remember to rinse the surface with clean water afterward.