Why is Caulking and Masking Needed?

Tape caulking is done after your interior surfaces have been cleaned and repaired. Before the paint is applied, you need to caulk and mask because caulk can cover a lot of imperfections and prevent problematic issues, while the latter protects surfaces you don’t want to paint.

  • After priming, cracks become more visible. Prime the wood before caulking as caulk sticks better after that. To avoid moisture seeping into walls, caulk all joints between trim and wall surfaces.
  • Take two tubes of caulk and cut the tips. In one of the tubes, cut a tiny opening so that you can use it for narrow cracks at nearly all joints between the woodwork and walls. It can be put to use between various trim members as well such as frame joints and window stops. A bigger opening needs to be cut at the tip of the second tube as it will be used to seal larger cracks.
  • Squeeze the trigger to apply the caulk, as you either push or pull the tip along the joint. Don’t use excessive caulk to fill up the crack (use only the amount needed), because it will spread out on the surface. Tiny holes can be filled and smoothed with wet fingertips. Allow sufficient time for the caulk to set.
  • Buy painter’s tape, available in various degrees of tackiness and width, to mask the areas. It also comes off much easier as opposed to regular masking tape.
  • Pre-taped masking paper or plastic works well, because the self-stick edges can hold on to surfaces like door trim or the top of a window. The width ranging from a couple of inches to several feet drapes the surface.
  • It is advisable not to opt for masking tape because it has way too much adhesive, thus making it tougher to remove. A rougher edge is created as paint tends to bleed under masking tape more easily.
  • To prevent paint bleeding under the tape, press the edge with a putty knife or any hard material.
  • Remove the tape after the paint is dry. Don’t wait more than 24 hours to take off the tape as it might get wet or the sun might bake the tape on. Peel it back at an angle slowly, away from the painted surface to ensure that the freshly applied paint doesn’t peel.

Get in touch with Southwest Professional Painting to get the best tips about caulking and any painting-related issues.

 

How to Avoid Paint Peeling

Paint peeling is an extremely common phenomenon on walls and ceilings. It might occur due to humidity or water leaks or if the surface has been painted over and the newer coat separates from the older one. It doesn’t matter how much effort we put into maintenance, this problem is bound to crop up sometime or an other, which is why you should be prepared to repair the damage, because peeling contributes largely to the growth of bacteria and mildew.

  • First and foremost, you need to remove the chipped spots with a paint scraper or putty knife. All peeling/flaking areas need to be worked upon till firmly adhered paint remains. Don’t forget to keep a bin nearby and line the floor with a cloth to catch paint chips and flakes.
  • After the chipped spots are done, you will notice various uneven surfaces since some areas have a coat or more of paint than others. Make use of a quick-setting patching compound to even out the surfaces so that it creates a smooth area for repainting. Use a broad knife to apply it in a thin, even layer. The second coat should be applied only if needed. Lastly, use a coat of all-purpose drywall compound and let it dry overnight.
  • Sand the patched areas (after they are dry), to make sure there are no uneven edges or ridges. Walls can be done manually with sandpaper, but you should use a shop vacuum equipped with a sanding attachment and dust collection bag. This way there is no mess afterwards.
  • Peeling often occurs due to the lack of proper priming. To ensure that it doesn’t happen in the long run, use an oil-based primer before painting (with stain-blocking properties). Even if there is humidity and moisture, the primer will not allow water marks to set and prevent the patching compound from getting wet. This is an important step, so don’t skip it. Mildew growth is also hindered if you prime well.
  • Repainting is the final stage after the primer dries, so make sure you choose good quality paint to prevent peeling in the future.

Need advice about paint peeling? Don’t fret it, let the professionals take over. Southwest Professional Painting is just a call away. We provide customized solutions for homeowners as well as business owners. To get a precise quote, call or email us today, 602-490-0979.

 

 

Checking Out Your Contractor

All contractors are supposed to have a license before they can legally carry out any trade work what so ever! These licenses basically state that they are able bodied to do such jobs and have passed all the necessary requirements and tests that they need to get the status of a licensed contractor. The ROC or Register of Contractors is the governing body for contractors licenses. Their exams and criteria for being a licensed contractor is thorough.

If a contractor carries out work they are not licensed for and the work is less than satisfactory, then you have spent money for a job that needs to be redone or repaired. Money that again will have to come out of your pocket. With a licensed contractor, should something go wrong, the ROC is your go to organization to get solutions. The ROC is there to protect the consumer against unscrupulous companies. The ROC can’t protect you against contractors that are not licensed.

There are two different types of licensing that a company has to obtain. The state license states that the company can do business within that state, and the ROC license. If a company is licensed with the ROC they need to have the ROC # visible on their trucks and in their advertising and business cards. You can always check the ROC # through the Register of Contractors website at http://www.azroc.gov/forms/contractorsearch.html. On the website you can see if the license is current, what type of license they hold, and if there have been any complaints against the company along with the owner information. Always a good idea to check out who you are planning to hire to do your home projects.

Licenses are important and it is up to you to make sure that your contractor has a full and valid license!

Why Hire a Licensed Contractor?

It is important to make sure that who ever you hire to do work on your home is not only Licensed, Bonded and Insured, but also Licensed with the ROC (Arizona Register of Contractors).  There are so many scams and people working without the proper licenses, to do the work contracted.  This can result in damage to your home, a job done badly, or worse.  Some scammers will have you pay up front for materials and never show up, or show up do a lousy job and expect payment at completion, and you may not notice until after they are gone.  If they are not registered or licensed with the ROC, you may not have a leg to stand on in recovery your money or getting the repairs needed to have the job done right.

Cheap labor sounds great but in the end it could cost you much more than if you hired a contractor with all the correct licensing and insurance in place.   To know if someone is registered and licensed, first they should have an ROC # on their paperwork, fliers, website and business cards.  But even those can be fake, so double check with the ROC before you hire to make sure that the company you want to do the job is truly licensed and registered.

Don’t be the victim of a scammer.  Find out more about the ROC and how they can help protect you as the consumer.

Some Great Articles for Reading:
Why hire a licensed contractor?   http://www.azroc.gov/Invest/why_hire_licensed.html
How to Avoid Becoming a Victim.   http://www.azroc.gov/Invest/protect_yourself.html
“10 Tips for Hiring a Contractor” by Popular Mechanics: 

Safety Tips for Painting Exteriors

It is fun and exciting to paint the exterior of your home, but if you are not careful, you can injure yourself while doing the job. If there are family members/friends helping you out, it is your responsibility to ensure their safety too.

  • The ladder needs to be placed in such a way that for every 3 feet up, your ladder should be placed 1 foot away from the house (3:1). This ratio makes your position more stable. The ground underneath should be firm without rocks or loose objects around it. Don’t use plastic drop cloths under any circumstances for putting underneath the ladder as it will enable it to move and kick out from under you.
  • Have your hand and both feet on the ladder at all times without straddling between the house and the ladder. The latter position might prove fatal as the ladder might become unstable causing you to fall backwards.
  • If there are power lines next to where you are painting, use a fiberglass ladder since they don’t conduct electricity. Even if you accidentally touch a power line while on the ladder, you won’t receive an electric shock.
  • It is advisable to have someone stay beside you in case you have to place the ladder in an unsafe place. They can give you a heads-up if they notice anything wrong.
  • You need to be extra cautious while painting the roof. If you lose your footing, then the fall might cause grave injuries. Invest in a fall arrest system which will slow you down if you fall. Avoid painting the roof just after it has rained.
  • Needless to say, heavy objects like ladders falling on your feet will result in broken bones. For your protection, wear steel-toed boots, which will keep your toes safe if something accidentally falls on them. They provide a good rubber traction, which comes in handy while painting the roof.
  • Don’t paint when there is lightning. If it starts raining while you are on the job, pack up everything right away. Fiberglass ladders will not protect you because electricity can arch from your house to you. Also, aluminum ladders conduct electricity and if it is struck by lightning you will receive a nasty shock.

At Southwest Professional Painting our experts can talk to you about safety measures while painting the exterior of your home. Give us a call 602-490-0979!

 

Professional Painting Does Make a Difference

People usually think that DIY is the cheapest route to take when it comes to painting. However, this might not be a wise decision in the long run. As a layman, you might not be aware of the correct painting techniques that will make it last for years. This means frequent touch-ups which may prove to be expensive. That is why it is best to leave the job to professionals.

Quality

A reputable company will take the quality of their painting service very seriously. Choosing the wrong paint can lead to deterioration of your home with issues like adhesion problems on your stucco, cracks or fading over time. Experienced painters with proper training and knowledge know about different types of paint brands, so they can ascertain the paint that is suitable for your home and will last for several years.

Professionalism

It is important to get true value for money. When you approach professional painters, they take your requirements into account and get the job done exactly as you want it. Representatives will inspect the area, understand your vision, and then provide a feasible solution.

Flexibility

Your time is very important. Professional painters understand that you need your home and workplace to function without disruptions, which is why they will adjust their schedule to ensure that they don’t get in the way of day-to-day operations.

Expenses

Professionals generally provide a flat fee for the painting instead of charging by the hour. The latter might sound cheaper but in case there is rain or a storm, the work needs to be stopped, and yet the rate has to be paid. Keep in mind that this is a solid investment that will last for years. The fee is quoted only after your home or office has been thoroughly inspected by company representatives.

Insurance and Warranty

Reliable firms will have an insurance policy in case there is an incident while the job is going on. If there is no insurance, you are financially liable for any accidents that occur while the painters are doing their work. Professional painters will offer a top-of-the-line warranty as well, which means that they are basically guaranteeing that you don’t have bother about painting for a few years.

Southwest Professional Painting prides itself on providing services that are responsive and convenient, whether it is a residential or commercial job. Feel free to call us or drop off an email if you have any questions or concerns about your painting project.

 

What You Should Know Before Hiring a Painting Company!

When you call a painting company or contractor to come out and give you a bid.  You may not be aware of what goes into an accurate price quote.  To help you determine whether you are getting a quote from a reputable quality painting company or if you are getting a fly by night painter that just wants your money for the cheapest job done,  here are some things to look for during the job walk with the painting contractor.

When looking for professional painting services he bidder should:

  1. take note of any issues such as drywall cracks or repairs that may need to be completed (they should have pen and paper in hand for note taking)
  2. ask you the square footage of the home if they haven’t already
  3. ask you what quality of product you would like to use and inform you of the different types of products and brands available, what they do and how long they last
  4. figure out how much product he will need to purchase, if they don’t measure it out by walking it they may use measuring devices
  5. get your contact information so that they may send you a written detailed quote or bid
  6. never give you a price on site unless they have taken the time to figure out on paper the products needed, along with labor costs, but they should also give a written detailed quote

If the above are missing from the initial walk through, and there is no written detailed quote……BEWARE!

There are many companies out there that send out a guy he looks at the house walks around it, no pen in hand, no paper, doesn’t questions the size of the house.  He’ll tell you that everything will be covered and painted they will fix the cracks as they point out a small crack that you were amazed he saw because you didn’t.  He will then say he can do it for X amount of money.  You think wow, that is a good deal.

But what he hasn’t told you is the important information such as the quality of paint he is going to use…..what is the warranty on that paint, how long will it really last.   What is their process during the project?  Do they brush and roll, spray, spray and back roll? Will they clean up after themselves, will they remove and replace wall outlets, fixtures and stones around the house for below grade painting.  Will my items and windows have splatter and drips on them or do they mask windows and non-paint items to protect.  Most of all will I be completely satisfied at the end of the project and receive NO SURPRISES when I see the quality of the job or the invoice.

Questions you should be asking any painting contractor before hiring:

  1. what products they will use, the warranty and how long it should last
  2. what is your process for applying the product
  3. what is the process they use to protect your items from over spray, and drips
  4. do they remove and replace outlet covers, switches etc
  5. for exterior painting do they power wash prior and remove all stones at the base of the house for below grade painting and replace upon completion
  6. do they guarantee their work (companies won’t guarantee that you will like the paint color, that is your job to make sure you like it prior to application) but they should guarantee their application of the job (the paint warranty lies with the paint brand company)

If is always good to get more than one quote, especially if you are weary that the first company didn’t explain, or offer the correct information on both product and process.   Best to be informed prior to receiving quotes for any contracted service.

~ Russell, Owner of Southwest Professional Painting LLC

 

 

 

 

Reasons to Paint Your Home’s Exterior this Spring

With spring finally here, it is time to take out your paint cans and ladders! Keep in mind that it is best to wait till temperatures reach a minimum of 50 degrees Fahrenheit so that the paint can adhere well to the surface. Colder temperatures are not conducive to let that happen.

  • Your home’s exterior paint experiences considerable wear and tear throughout the year caused by snow, ice, frost, rain, and high humidity. Any kind of moisture is harmful to the paint because it can lead to cracking, blistering, flaking, peeling, and growth of mildew. The sun can also cause the paint to fade over time. Temperature changes affect the paint as wood and many other surfaces contract and expand, thereby leading to cracks and flaking off.
  • A lot of repair might be needed but one doesn’t notice it till they start painting their home exterior. You will be surprised to discover many areas that require repair. For instance, exposed wood begins to rot over time and it usually doesn’t take long. You need to address such problems without delay.
  • Are you planning to move and sell the house eventually? You need to step up and revamp your home right away so that it looks good to prospective buyers. Your home’s exterior has to make a good first impression. Buyers often decide to look inside a home only if they like what they see on the outside. Flaking paint, bad quality job done on outside walls, missing trim etc. will shoo away buyers instantly! Increase the curb appeal of your home by choosing a suitable color. Neutral hues like gray, white, tan, blue, and brown look good on the exterior. Bold colors like red and blue can work too, provided they are used as accents. Painting your home is an investment, which guarantees a good return if you do it properly.
  • As mentioned before, exterior paint has an expiry date. The amount of time between the need for exterior paint jobs depends on the quality of paint used. However, it is best to repaint slightly before the expiry date approaches, so that you have fewer problems to deal with.

We, at Southwest Professional Painting pride ourselves on the quality of our services.