FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I choose a (paint) color?
Color is a large determiner in how a space can feel. How would you like it to feel in a particular space? Look through some searches with pinterest, with benjamin moore, with sherwin williams, these will be some of the most expansive inspirations there are. Lowes and home depot color departments are very basic, and limited. Locally Guiry's have easy color departments to build some inspiration!
Can you guys help me choose my color?
We have found that it is best to do a little homework on your own to see what may interest you, then with only a little collaboration from us in painting 1000's of homes, you are able to usually come to some great choices. We will however help you to reach your target!
How long will my painting project take?
It really depends on the entire scope of the project, most customers express that it ends up going much quicker than they imagined. A bedroom can take up to 4 hours, a main area with foyer, upper hall and great room can take 2 days. A home where we paint the kitchen cabinetry, the entire main areas, and baseboard trim can take 6 days.
Do I need to be home?
Most are not home during the day painting, we are very used to working while people are at work and establish trust in this process. Painting well is extremely demanding to do well. We care for your home as our own and are solely focused on the update of the spaces.
Can I be gone when the painters are here?
Absolutely! We can connect with you if there are any questions or concerns. We can work around other contractors, and lock your doors when we leave.
What do I need to do to get ready for the painters?
We will share preparation lists with you for your project to prepare and make it go smoothly!
How many painters will I have working here?
Typically you will have a 2 to 3 person team painting.
Do the painters need to use my bathroom?
It would make it very convenient for the painters to be able to use your bathroom, and create a quicker finish. We will make sure to leave things just as clean as when we arrived.
What kind of paint do you use?
We use all main brands - Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, are most popular due to color choices, service, consistency, and great products.
Is paint toxic?
Paint is now less toxic than ever. Most paints are either low VOC, or zero VOC, meaning they have little volitile organic compounds that are toxic. If you have sensitivities, zero VOC may be a better choice for you.
When can I re-enter my home after painting is completed?
Immediately, paint dries very quickly in Colorado, and furniture can be put back in place.
Do you paint doors?
Yes, anything interior because it requires more detail and experience, for exterior painting we refer our work to those who specialize in that.
Do you paint Trim?
Yes, trim does need to be repainted in main areas where there is the most natural traffic and use.
Do you paint furniture?
This is a specialty that we can complete, it can take time to complete though depending on the actual profile of the piece.
How much does it cost to paint a room?
To paint only the walls in a typical bedroom with normal 9' ceilings should cost about $195 labor and 2 gal. of paint which can run about $33/ea., approx. $261.
Do you paint ceilings?
We easily can! If they are popcorn texture, they may need to be professionally sprayed.
Can you patch drywall?
Yes! Most patches do require some texture matching to make it blend.
Can you repair cracks in a wall?
Yes, most of these can be caulked, but sometimes require more drywall repair.
Do you do any faux finishes?
We can replicate any faux painted finish - any type of woodgrain, marble, decoratively glazed walls, brick, murals, clouds..
Can you paint my stair handrail & staircase?
We complete many per year, though they are very laborious to complete, they come out great!
Can you paint iron or metal?
Anything is possible, metals can require special primers to ensure proper adhesion.
Can you paint a floor?
Yes, if it's cement, it may require special primers to ensure proper adhesion and durability.
Can you paint window sills?
Yes, we do paint woodwork often and it typically takes 4 coats of paint, if it's prepainted, then a simple coat or 2.
Do you protect my furniture from paint?
Yes, you either remove the furniture from the room or away from the walls and we will drape it with protective plastic.
Do you protect my floor from paint?
Yes, we will use masking tape, masking paper, and drop cloths to protect your carpet, tile, and wood floors.
Will you remove blinds from the windows before painting?
It is best for you the customer to remove the blinds because they are typically delicate in nature, they have plastic clips and parts that the UV from the sun can deteriorate over time.
Does it cost extra for you to move my furniture?
Our primary focus is with painting and to focus on completing that, if you have delicate pieces or dining cabinets, that are valuable or contain sensitive items, it would be best for them to be cared for prior to our arrival.
Do you provide free quotes?
We do provide free quotes daily!
Are your painters messy?
We do train our painters to do the cleanest work possible. Naturally, when painting is done, we are dusting baseboards, floors, etc., and it can create a light dust throughout the area.
Do you guarantee your work?
We will ensure that you are satisfied with our completion and will return should you need any touch-up that was not seen upon inspection!
Do you paint exteriors, exterior doors, or trim?
We are so busy with interior painting and kitchen refinishing, we normally do complete some exteriors, and refer that to America's Most Lovable Painter.
What do I have to do to get ready to paint my cabinets?
1. Move fridge to place to access it, so we can complete the inner cabinet box panels
2. If needed, clean exteriors of cabinets with dawn dish soap & warm water, and if greasy near cooktop clean with greased lighting or similar grease cutting product.
3. All kick boards also at floor, need to be clean and pet hair free (along with entire area – pet hair free)
4. Entire kitchen & cabinets completely empty, and handle hardware removed.
Approximate Finish Schedule:
day 1 7:30am- 4pm remove doors for prep, prep kitchen
day 2 7:30am-4pm prime coats, finish coats, final details
day 3 7:30am-12pm *final details
Following are the Kitchen Cabinet Prep details as well as a list of Benjamins Moore's three most used whites for kitchens:
OC-17 white dove
OC-18 dove wing
OC-130 cloud white
"OC-17 white dove" is the most widely used Cabinet & Trim color.
Care instructions for Project Paint Cabinet Coatings:
These coatings are the latest technology and we have chosen them due to the extreme durability they offer as well as the environmental benefit.
They meet or exceed the standards set forth by the National Kitchen Cabinet Association.
These instructions are general industry cleaning procedures.
1. General cleaning should be performed with a warm damped cloth of water and a mild dish detergent when cooking, or shortly after. Letting food harden on the finish will be more difficult to maintain.
2. Caution: do not use any type of abrasive scrubby pad, cleaning agents, solvents, etc., they may minimally contain abrasives or ammonia, they may damage/discolor finish.
3. Avoid scrubbing with too much pressure when washing as this may change or damage the finish sheen.
4. Keep cabinets as dry as possible, especially around sink area.
5. Some hardware is not egronomic, thus creating a a tight grab that repetitively forces fingernails into coating.
*Anyone that works or installs around the new cabinet finishes, must isolate and protect them. If needed, also with surface sensitive masking tape (3M Blue Painter Tape).
How long will a kitchen refinish take?
Typically 2.5 days to 4 days, depending on size of kitchen and number of cabinet doors.
Do I have access to my kitchen?
No, it will be completely in a bubble and all appliances will be masked off and protected.
What do I have access to when you're painting my kitchen?
Your refrigerator, and a toaster or coffee maker that you set up in another area for access.
How will you protect the rest of my house from the spraying?
We do create a bubble in the kitchen, it does isolate 95% of all dust and spraying, but naturally there will be a fine dust that can drift through the main floor.
How long will it take for the paint to dry?
It dries immediately and can be quickly touched.
Is the paint you use toxic?
It is either low voc or zero voc, so no it is not toxic to someone with normal sensitivities.
Is the paint you use durable?
Even though it takes about a week to fully cure, It is extremely durable and resistant, even flexible, so as not to ever chip or peel.
How long is your work guaranteed?
24 mos., but we've been painting kitchens for 15 years now and have never seen a warranty type concern with any cabinet we've ever painted. So even if you called us in 10 years, we would be very interested in any hint of product failure, that wasn't due to natural wear, impact, sun, or moisture.
Where do you paint the cabinet doors and drawers?
In a paint booth - they should never be painted in a trailer, backyard, garage, or basement.
Do you spray the cabinets or roll them?
Rolling paint on any type of cabinetry decreases their value, professional spray adds the most value and quality finish.
Do I have to move all my appliances out of the kitchen?
No, they will be masked off and protected
Do you protect all the surfaces that aren't being painted?
Yes, all surfaces will be protected.
How do I choose a color for my cabinets?
Color is a very personal thing and can be see online at pinterest, or in person at Guiry's paint stores, Sherwin Williams.
Will you help me choose a color for my cabinets?