We are in the process of interviewing painters and we came across a
painter that sounds pretty good in the respect that he's willing to
guarantee his work when none that I've talked with were willing to do
so. However, he claimed that spraying the paint on was better than
brushing the paint on. I'm not sure of this. He also mentioned that
primer doesn't need to be used over the entire house - only on bare
wood - however, he stated that he will most likely use primer on our
entire house. I'm not sure this is a good idea either. His other
methods were sound (pressure washing, scraping). Anybody have
experience with paint being sprayed on and it's longevity when applied
in that manner.
Do get three different estimates. If possible, ask around your
neighborhood and see if anyone has had their house painted in the past
three years and if, yes, perhaps you can get their number. (Assuming,
of course, they are good) Word of mouth is usually best way to find
out about how good a job they do and if it lasts. Paint stores tend to
recommend their customers - for obvious reasons.
If you have a consumer protection bureau in your county, be sure and
check with them before hiring anyone. See if any complaints have been
filed against the painter you want to use....make sure that he (they)
is licensed and insured.
The key to any paint job is preparation - Cleaning, removing loose paint,
priming bare spots, etc. Pressure washing can introduce too much water and
take a long time to dry out. If things are completely dry before paining
then its OK. Well adhered paint does not need to be primed unless there is a
major color change. Spray is fine, brush is fine. One is not better that
another. Brushing can leave brush marks, spraying can leave over spray.
Spray is usually faster, depending obsticales. Use a good quality paint.
There is nothing wrong with spraying except overspray which will travel
and hit anything. Depending on what you use and temps it could hit a car
parked 25-100ft away. I would be concerned with brand of paint, weather,
not painting in sun or a hot surface, etc etc. Read a paint can for
instructions, go to a real paint store to talk to pros. You should have
3 bids from contractors that guarntee their work, not one. You should
pick the brand of paint and be sure they do the job as it needs to be
In Charleston SC, usually hot & humid, pressure washing is standard
It does have to be done carefully to guard against water intrusion.
Time must be given for the wood to dry before priming or painting if
the paint is to adhere.
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