FAQ’s

How do you price a job?
A job’s price is determined by calculating square footage and linear footage. But there will always be other things to take into account: working height, obstacles in the way, the type and condition of the surface being painted, number of coatings applied. The only way to get an accurate price is to study it and take all these factors into consideration.

Do you do small jobs?
Yes. No job is too big or too small!
 
Do you do drywall repairs?
We do minor drywall repairs in conjunction with repainting the interior of the home.

How is paint applied?
Interiors are typically brushed around the edges and then the main body is rolled out.

Exterior walls are typically sprayed and then immediately “back-rolled” which means that the paint is either rolled or brushed in order to push it into the crevices. This ensures a better bond. Trim is brushed.

Do I need painting?
There are things that will jump out at you. There are the obvious indicators like flaking, cracking, peeling, but even color fading is a good indication. Does the subsurface feel soft under the paint? When I come out to take a look I can diagnose it in more depth. We will work together to remedy the problem.

Are you insured?
Yes. We carry workers' compensation insurance, as well as two million dollars in liability insurance.

Is paint included in the price of the proposal?
Yes, paint is included in the price, unless otherwise specified. The proposal you receive from J. R. Painting is very detailed and if anything is left out, I will rewrite it to your specifications.

How do I pick my colors and where?
Colors can be chosen from any manufacturer and can be matched. Get a color chip, name and number. Please note that chips are not actual paint samples and colors may vary slightly.

What is the difference between a flat, high gloss, satin, and eggshell finish?
These terms indicate the sheen or gloss level, or degree or light reflectance, of the paint. Basically, these are terms that are used to describe paint’s shininess. The amount of glazing determines how shiny the dried paint is.  Paint comes in several different levels of sheen; Flat, Satin, Eggshell, Semi-gloss, Gloss, High Gloss. Not all paints come in all sheens and not all companies make sheens that are the same degree of shine, however, there are some general guidelines:

GLOSS/HIGH GLOSS are all very shiny paints. They often look good on older traditional woodwork. The flaws really show with this paint but that can also be part of the ambience.
Where to Use: Kitchen and bathroom walls, kitchen cabinets, banisters and railings, trim, furniture, door jambs and window sills.
Comments: More durable, stain-resistant and easier to wash. However, the higher the gloss, the more likely surface imperfections will be noticed.

SEMI-GLOSS PAINT is good for doors and trim. It's not super shiny but still gives a nice glow to the painted surface. Bathroom and kitchen walls do well in semi-gloss because it is even more washable than eggshell. But it tends to show flaws in the walls quite clearly.
Where to use: Kitchen and bathroom walls, hallways, children's rooms, playrooms, interior or exterior doors, woodwork and trim.
Comments: More stain-resistant and easier to clean than flat paints. Better than flat for high-traffic areas.

SATIN or SILK PAINT (Range overlapping semi-gloss and eggshell) is a step up from Flat. It's one of the less common sheens. A lot of paints jump right up to eggshell from flat. It's usually pretty close to eggshell.

EGGSHELL PAINT is very popular as an all around sheen. Not too shiny but still pretty washable. Good for offices and public areas and rooms with kids in them with dirty little sticky hands.
Where to use: Can be used in place of flat paints on wall surfaces especially in halls, bathrooms and playrooms. Can be used in place of semi-gloss paints on trim for a less shiny appearance.
Comments: It resists stains better than flat paint and gives a more lustrous appearance.

FLAT/MATTE PAINT reflects little light. It looks rich and velvety, especially in deep colors. It doesn't show all the imperfections in plaster or drywall. It's great in a living room or a room frequented by adults who don't have brawls or throw beer bottles too much. It's the least washable.
Where to use: For general use on walls and ceilings. Hides surface imperfections.
Comments: Stain removal can be difficult. Use for uniform, non-reflecting appearance. Best suited for low-traffic areas.

What are the differences between OIL, LATEX, ALKYD and ACRYLIC paint?
This is just a question of which base and reducer it uses. Originally oil paint was made with linseed oil as a base. You reduce it with mineral spirits. (Paint thinners, turpentine, etc.)

Latex paint uses a resin from the rubber tree called "latex" as the base. The advantage is latex paint can be reduced with water and doesn’t have as strong of an odor as oil paint.

ALKYD - technically means a synthetic (man-made) resin. Alkyd is OIL PAINT using a man made oil. That's all it is.
ALKYD = OIL PAINT.

ACRYLIC uses synthetic latex.
ACRYLIC = LATEX PAINT.

Which paint is best?
Well, it depends. For walls usually an acrylic latex is best. For doors and window sills etc. oil paint is usually stronger. Acrylic paints breathe more. They allow moisture to evaporate better from inside walls. Acrylics are better for the environment. Disposal is less of a problem. You can wash up the brushes with soap and water
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