Painting FAQs

What is the optimal temperature to paint outside?   

Don’t paint on hot days, in the rain, or during windy or dusty weather. Ideal temperatures for painting are between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Hot weather causes the paint to dry too quickly, as does direct sun. Reason paint should dry from inside out otherwise a film will form and cracking. When possible, follow the shade.

I want to paint one wall a different color. How can I select the wall that should be painted with this different color? 

The wall you choose to “accent” is generally the first thing you see when you walk into the room.

I have a less-than-perfect wall and want to hide the imperfections without having to apply textured paint. Do you have any suggestions?  

The best solution for these imperfections is to lightly sand the surface, use drywall compound to fill the dents and cracks, and then sand the compound flat and smooth with sandpaper. Use paint with a flat finish, Flat finishes reduce  the amount of light that is reflected off the wall, reducing the visibility of dents and dings

Are there any issues associated with painting over a textured surface?  

All those peaks and valleys created by the texturing actually increase the surface area of the wall. A best practice is to remove the texture prior to applying new paint.

When painting a room, in which order should I paint the walls, ceilings, and trim?

When painting a room, the work should be done in the following order: Ceiling: Paint ceiling first to prevent drips on walls. Walls: Apply paint to walls using a roller. Trim: Paint trim last to avoid roller splatter.

How do I select interior/ exterior paint finishes?

Selecting the type of finish is mostly based on your own preference, however, each finish will provide a different benefit:

  • Flat paint is best for concealing and should be reserved for surfaces unlikely to require frequent washing. Flat offers a gentle, soothing finish that conceals flaws making it an excellent choice for “older” walls.
  • Satin & Eggshell paints offer easy maintenance and are preferred finishes for high-traffic areas. It is easy to maintain by wiping with a damp cloth
  • Semi-gloss paints are durable and washable. These paints will produce a visible shine, ideal for trim, woodwork, and cabinetry. The finish is also ideal for high-moisture areas because of ease of cleanup. It is best to use mildew-resistant paints in these areas with more moisture.
  • Gloss finishes deliver the highest level of shine and durability; an excellent choice to highlight doors, trim, and architectural elements.

How do I select the right color?

Pay attention to lighting and the size of the space when choosing your paint colors. While paint color choice is mostly personal preference, note that natural daylight shows the truest color; incandescent lighting brings out warm tones and yellows; fluorescent lighting casts a sharp blue tone

How do I prepare the area for interior painting projects? 

Remove all items from the walls. Dust and clean the walls with a towel or a vacuum cleaner. Scrape any cracked or flaking paint with a paint scraper. For other small imperfections on the wall, smooth them away with sandpaper. Use muscle power with a piece of sandpaper stapled to a sanding block, or use an electric sander.

How do I prepare the area for exterior painting projects?

Every exterior paint project is a little bit different, however, to prep most buildings it will be necessary to wash or power wash the surface of your building. Prior to painting the exterior should be clean and dry. Wash off any chalk, dirt, and mildew. Be sure to protect landscape plants by covering them with plastic. After cleaning the building, scrape off any peeling or cracked paint, then sand and prime the area.

How do I avoid surface leaching?

Surfactant leaching occurs when poor drying conditions cause the paint to dry too slowly, allowing the surfactants to rise to the surface of the paint film in concentrated amounts and thereby leaving oily or sticky deposits or residues on the painted surface. On exterior surfaces, surfactant leaching will usually weather off over a short period (approximately a month) without the need for intervention. To prevent surfactant leaching, avoid painting exterior surfaces in the later hours of the day if cool, humid or damp conditions are expected in the evening or overnight. Allow the fresh paintwork in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundries to fully cure and harden before washing or subjecting the paintwork to steam, condensation or high humidity. Avoid using the shower for several days until the painted surface is fully dry.


How long does it take paint to “cure”? 

As a general rule, an interior drywall paint film will take approximately 7 days to fully cure, harden and become washable. It may take longer in adverse environmental conditions (high humidity, cold temperatures). However, interior and exterior mental substrates it can take up to 30 days to cure.

Do your exterior paint scopes include power washing?

Certainly! As mentioned above, it is best to prep exterior surfaces by removing dirt, mildew, dust, and other materials prior to painting.

Do you work at night and will tenants know or be interrupted? 

Our top priority is to serve property managers and the tenants they work for. We will work around any schedule and do our best to avoid any inconvenience to your tenants.

What do you recommend for painting metal surfaces?

Our recommendations will typically be based on the type of metal we will be painting. There are many different substrates. It is best to contact your sales representative to discuss metal surface painting options for your property. The most important step in painting metal is selecting the right primer.