How do you prep for paint?

Interior prep includes; cleaning surfaces, scuff sanding trim and glossy areas, use premium caulking at joints in trim, repairing minor drywall cracks, blemishes or dings and priming bare areas. Exterior starts with power washing, filling surface cracks, using premium caulking at trim areas, trenching below grade for full applications and applying a sealer to bind chalky paint.

What is chalk?

Chalk is a natural occurrence in paints that occurs due to weathering as well as UV exposure. It is the formation of a fine powder-like substance on the surface of the paint film. To some extent, all paints will chalk over time.  Medium to heavy chalk will reflect in tinted paint becoming lighter over time.  When chalking is severe, the surface powder will affect the paint adhesion as there will not be a sound surface for the paint to bind to.

 

How do you address chalking?

We pressure wash for excessive chalking, then apply a clear sealer/waterproofer prior to applying paint.

What is sheen?

All house paints and glazing liquids have different sheen and can affect the success of certain decorative paint techniques. A Flat or Matte has the lowest sheen; a high Gloss has the most. Think of a piece of construction paper vs your car after its waxed. One is flat and one is glossy.  The higher the gloss the more washable the surface.  You will want Flat on your ceilings as they are not washed and that sheen can also camouflage certain imperfections. Satin should be used in wet areas, such as baths and kitchens as well as high traffic areas.  Exteriors may want Flat or Satin on the body and Semi-gloss on the trim areas, depending on the look and location of your home.

How do you apply the paint?

Typically, paints will be applied by roller and brush.  For interiors, we may choose to spray louvered doors or vents depending on their intricate detail.  For exteriors there may be usage of airless sprayer limited to certain areas where we seek to eliminate brush lines, such as vented soffit, beveled or lap siding, certain doors or cut-in area at earthen grade.

Does your company subcontract work?

No, we are a family-owned and operated company. Our techs are covered by our worker’s comp and liability insurance. Each of them embodies our 2 Nice Guys mission for strong work ethic and fine craftsmanship and expertise to leave your home with a quality paint job you will be proud of!

How long will exterior paint last?

Paint will last decades on typical homes before chalking off completely,  fading or washing away. The better question is -How long will it present from an aesthetic standpoint?  A quality paint job should look aesthetically good for7-10 years in the Florida extremes. Applying two coats of premium paint, proper prep and sealing porous and chalking surfaces prior to painting are all critical factors for longevity.  Washing your home annually, aiming irrigation heads away from direct hits on your home and UV index are also factors.