In consideration of my clients and the general public, here are some answers to the questions that I get asked most frequently. I have also including some information for people who are thinking of painting and what they should know and consider beforehand. Don’t worry if you don’t have all of the answers as we can discuss the details during our walkthrough of the project.
Why do painters wear white?
- White and off-white are the most common colors that we use. Think of ceilings and trim which are almost always white. Spackle and caulking are also white unless you purchase a different color or tint it. Therefore, the uniform will hide the paint drips or over-spray allowing them to keep their uniform clean longer.
- You can bleach them to rinse out colors to maintain a clean look.
- Stays cooler in the sun while the work outdoors.
- Years ago each tradesman wore a different color, for example carpenters would wear brown, plumbers wore blue, and painters wore white and so on. Then a general contractor could quickly find someone responsible for a specific trade on a large project.
Painting is detail oriented work and keeping a clean and neat project is necessary, especially on high-end homes and projects. Keeping a clean and neat white uniform is a sign of a clean and detail oriented painter that shows experience. With that said, paint will always find its way to somewhere it shouldn’t be, there is just no way to avoid it. Having a good cleaning process is critical too.
When purchasing paint, know how much paint you need before you buy it. Once you purchase paint that has been tinted to you requested color, it can not be returned. So if you purchase four gallons and only end up using two, then you have two gallons of paint that you won’t be able to return. You may also simply ask if for a list of stock colors so that you can return what is not needed. Stock colors are un-tinted and can be placed right back onto the shelf.
- Remove wall art and decide if you want to keep the locations of wall art so the painter knows to fill the holes or leave them to rehang the hardware.
- Painters will need at least two feet clearance from walls so help out by moving the small furniture out of the room or towards the center of the room. Large furniture may be too heavy to move on your own so talk to you painter to see if they can move it for you of if it can be painted around.
What is VOC and why should I be concerned with it?
- Eye, nose and throat irritation
- headaches, loss of coordination and nausea
- damage to liver, kidney and central nervous system
- Some organics can cause cancer in animals, some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.”
What can I do with my old paints?
Paints generally have a shelf life of five years before they age beyond reuse. Before you throw away those old rust buckets be sure to do just a few things first:
- Make sure to collect all the information you can from the label so you can duplicate the paint color and sheen if needed.
- If the paint is stirred back to a uniform smooth consistency then you can reuse it. One sign of paint has gone bad is a foul odor.
- Once paint is unusable and you have recorded the label you have two options:
- Call your local paint store and ask them if they have a paint recycling program and if they will accept your old paints. Most stores will and it is completely free to drop off your old used paints. This is a program paid for when paint is purchased. Visit paintcare.org to find a location near you.
- If you don’t have a recycle location near you, take the lid off and put the open containers our in your backyard in the sun and out of reach of children or little critters. You want the paints to naturally dry out and release their VOC’s and off gases. Dry time will vary with the environment such as humidity and temperature and breeze. Usually this will take a week or two. Afterwards you may simply put the dry containers and lids into your garbage can with the rest of your common trash.
What maintenance is needed for doors and windows?
- All new wooden doors and windows must be sealed by paint or a protective clear coat or the warranty will be nullified.
- Exposed bottom or top ends can and will absorb moisture and cause them to rot.
How do I maintain new decking and fencing?
- New lumber needs to seasoned for an entire season before being stained or sealed or wood will not accept color.