At AZ SRB Painting, we do both residential Interior and exterior painting.
These two types of painting are very different from each other in the types of paint to be used and the preparation that needs to be done before the paint is applied.
Interior Painting Estimates
We will give you an approximate painting estimate right off this website but without coming to your home and looking in person we can not give you a hard estimate on a contract.
Why is that? There are so many variables that we need to see what we are dealing with first hand. We have written an article in our blog that you may want to read Interior Painting Estimates by Square Footage
Matching or Picking Out Colors
Custom matching colors for professional painting jobs has always been something of a challenge. Painters would bring out a color fandex or color wheel and show small samples to our customers to make a selection from.
Then we would have a small quart can mixed by our favorite paint company, bring it back to the job site and apply a sample on walls, doors, trim or anything we were hired to paint.
We still do this in some instances but now we have a new modern tool that makes it faster and easier to nail the color. We wrote an article in our blog about this tool here Matching Colors for Painting has Never Been Easier
Picking Out Interior Finishes
When picking out interior finishes there are a couple things you need to keep in mind. The main choices are flat, low sheen and semi gloss.
Here is our recommendation:
1.) Flat should be used on the ceilings and acoustic ceilings. Stay away from anything with a shine because the ceiling will reflect the light source or the windows.
2.) Low sheen should go on the walls so they will be washable. You could also use a semi-gloss on the walls.
3.) Semi-gloss should go in bathrooms and utility rooms as well as the door and door trims.
We wrote an article about Why you Should Not Spray Semi-Gloss Paint on Walls or Ceilings
Painting Acoustic Ceilings
We paint acoustic ceilings with an airless sprayer. If the walls are to be painted we spray the ceilings first and then role and brush the walls along with the doors and trim.
We wrote an article on the type and usage of airless sprayers that we use on the interior and exterior of your home. Airless Sprayers are Fast and Efficient when Applying Paint.
Eliminating Popcorn Ceilings
Eliminating popcorn ceilings is a three point process of sealing and covering floors and furniture, scraping down the ceiling of old popcorn, repair ceiling and then texturing before painting. We wrote a article in our blog about this process here “Have Your Popcorn Ceilings Removed”
Painting Over Intense Smells
Cigarette smoke smell is only one type of smell that professional painters encounter and are asked if they can hide with a coat of paint. Covering cat urine, dead body residue and even fire damage smells are just a few more.
Painting over smells is really a specialized type of painting that requires a different kind of skill that most painters do not poses. We will have to use Zilz oil primer first before using a latex top coat.
We wrote an article about this subject here Painting Over Intense Smells
Wallpaper removal is a tricky business because we have no way of knowing what type of primer or sizing they used on the wall before they put the wallpaper on. Did they use added wallpaper glue or just the glue that came with the backing of the wallpaper?
We will not know what we are dealing with until we start to removal process. We first score the wallpaper with a tool called the Zinsser Paper Tiger and then apply Dif Wallpaper stripper liquid to loosen the wallpaper from the wall.
If they did not use a primer or sizing before they applied the wallpaper, it will take a lot of work to get it off and the wall will get beat up. We will then need to float out the wall and then apply a texture to match the rest of the walls
Residential Painters Do A Lot of Repairs
AZ SRB Painting is a jack-of-all-trades when you consider how much prep work goes into an interior and exterior paint job that we have to do even before we start putting on the first coats of paint. When we show up to inspect the house for the Free estimate, we inform the prospective client what may need to be done in the way of repair and if it is something we can do or if an outside contractor may be needed.
We wrote an article on what needs to be done before painting Residential Painters Are a Jack of All Trades When we come to give your free estimate we will talk with you about any repairs that might need to be done.
Painting cabinets is a process but are well worth it in the long run. They have a way making everything look brand new. You replace the hinges, door knobs and handles on the cabinets and you will not believe the change.
To repainting wood stain or old painted cabinets, we first take all the doors, hinges and shelving units out of the main cabinet and wash them down outside with a heavy duty cleaner called TSP (trisodium phosphate) and then do the same to the main cabinet on the inside of the house. TSP not only gives a deep clean but also leave a tooth to the old finish that helps the new primer and paint adhere in a Big way.
When the cabinets are completely dry we spray a coat of primer especially made for interior cabinets by Dunn-Edwards called Decoprime
We lightly sand and use steel wool to smooth out all imperfections.
We then spray two coats of top of the line interior/exterior latex gloss paint by Dunn-Edwards called Versagloss
At the end we put brand new hinges, knobs and handels to complete the look of new cabinets.
Refinishing Wood Cabinets and Doors with Watco
Restaining cabinets and wood doors are easier than painting them. We still have to wash them but not use TSP.
We use a stain a Danish Oil Finish called Watco. Finding a color that is close to the cabinets and doors you have now is what we do. Watco wipes on to seal, protect and enhance the natural look and feel of the wood.
Watco Danish oil is a brand of wood finish product also referred to as an oil/varnish blend, because it contains both penetrating oil and varnish. Danish oil is used to finish and protect wood surfaces from moisture.
This product will make your old worn out cabinets and doors look like new.
We wrote an article that you may want to read here: Refinishing Wood Cabinets and Doors
Washing of the Exterior
We always start out our work on every exterior by hosing down or power washing to eliminate dirt and grime from the structure.
AZ SRB Painting is very selective when it comes to using a power washer because that heavy and very hard water pressure can do more damage to old wood that has become fragile.
We would rather scrub very dirty sections with TSP and then hose down the house with a hose after it is clean.
Peeling of Paint
Is there peeling paint that needs to be scraped off? After scraping does the bare wood show?
If it does, we will many times use wood putty to fill holes or old paint to make it smooth. If it is just bare wood, we will have to paint it with a primer first, before applying a finished topcoat.
We have written an article on what needs to be done with Peeling Paint Before Painting
Stucco and Stem Walls
What condition is the brick, stucco and stem walls?
In the case of stucco, we might have to scrape off loose sections and fill in the gouges or holes with a patch compound called Fix-it-All and then match the texture with stucco patch.
The stem wall will need to be inspected for a white powder that is a result of water seepage called efflorescence crystals.
That will need to be scraped or wire brushed off and a water sealer painted on called Drylok, before painting over with a topcoat.
You can go here on more information on our blog for Stem Wall Before Painting
Calking Gaps and Cracks
How about cracks or gaps in the wood or stucco? The older a house is, the more these will show up and will need lots of calking to fill in the cracks.
We recommend a high grade acrylic caulk, like Alex Plus made by DAP, to seal them up from the elements.
Entry and Patio Ceilings
What shape is the entry and patio ceiling in? Many times, the old paint and drywall tape is peeling off. We will need to scrape that off, apply a primer on the bare drywall before taping and texturing and then put a topcoat of paint on.
Sometimes we have to replace sections of the drywall that are beyond repair with new pieces before taping and texturing.
Wood Gables and Eaves
What condition are the wood gables and eaves are in, especially the side of the house or building that receives the most sunlight? That is a big problem in Arizona and the south western USA.
Many times, the wood is so worn-out that just spraying the paint is not enough no matter how coats you put on it, so we do a technique called backrolling.
This is when you spray paint on the wood and a second painter will immediately follow with a roller over the same area while it is wet.
This will then help the paint to burry deep into the worn-out wood and bring life back into it and also fill many of the hairline to medium cracks.
We wrote a blog about prepping out out wood on the exterior of a house before painting “Residential Painters are the Jack of All Trades” when it comes to preparation and wood replacement.
We will also do minor wood replacement, depending on how much needs to be done.
If it is too extensive, we can recommend a contractor to do the work and then we can prime that out when the contractor is done.
Digging Down to the Foundation
Pulling away the dirt and gravel from the foundation is something that is very important.
That gives us a better idea what condition the stem or foundation wall is in and it allows us to paint much further down and not have over spray on the ground.
After we are done spraying, we then push all the dirt and gravel back. This makes for a very tidy look to the building or house when completed.
Covering Walkways and Plants
We cover all walkways with heavy duty tarps as well as pulling back plants and shrubs and then covering them with plastic so no over or drifting spray can fall on them.
You can buy cheap tarps but it’s better to spend the money and upgrade and have a heavy tarp to protect your home with.
Window Screens are forgotten objects when painting the outside of a house but should be considered as part of the painting job for the professional painter and owner alike.
We have painted homes that really look great with a new coat of paint but now the old faded screens stick out like a sore thumb.
They did not show up so badly because the rest of the house had old paint that was faded, so they were not so noticeable but now that the house is done, they do stick out.
This worn out faded look will show up on the sides of the house that receives the most sun throughout the year.
We wrote a blog on preparation and care of Window Screens on a paint job.
As you can see, there is much to be done in the way of preparation, or prep work, on every professional paint job.
We not only use the best paint in the way of top coat but undercoat and primer.
When waterproofing on a stem wall we use:Drylok. America’s number one selling masonry paint, DRYLOK® is available in a number of specialty formulations, all developed to deliver optimal performance for your masonry care and repair projects.
We use Alex Plus Caulk for cracks and gaps. America’s #1 selling latex caulk. A superior quality, all-purpose acrylic latex caulk plus silicone that is is highly flexible, durable, and has excellent adhesion to create a long lasting waterproof seal.
Fix-It-All for patching compound that does not shrink and is a hard bond and is fiber reinforced so it can be sewed, drilled, filled or sanded after drying.
Bondo Wood Filler provides stable, durable repair for wood surfaces on a broad range of projects inside and outside the home.
We use Dunn Edwards Paints for primer and exterior top coat for the exterior of your home. Their exterior paint and outdoors paint primers are top of the line and stand up to the wear and tear of seasonal weather.
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