At Custom Craft Painting, we take pride in a job well done and feel that every step of the process deserves attention to detail. When Custom Craft Painting arrives at your home, we will first carefully move your furniture to the center of the room. We will cover your furniture with plastic, cover all your floors with our drop sheets. We will then set up our tools and equipment in a spot that is not in your way. At the end of each day we will ensure that our tools are neatly put away and your home is kept organized. Some cheaper painting companies may not take the time to be organized and may have your home in a big messthroughout the painting project.
We are now ready to start the prep work on the walls. First, we will remove switch plates, cold air vents and do all the necessary masking, such as covering light fixtures and masking baseboards. Using a light, we will inspect all the walls and do all the necessary repairs of nail holes, dents, scratches, nail pops, and bad taping seams. All these repairs will be spot sanded smooth, making sure there are no rough edges showing. Next we will pole sand all the walls from the top to the bottom. We want to remove all the lumps and bumps from previous paint jobs and make the walls as smooth as possible. This sanding will also score the walls so the new paint has good adhesion.
Before we starting applying the 1st coat, we will dust off the walls. We don't want any dirt to be painted into the walls. The painting of the 1st coat is done in a careful, consistent manner. We want it applied smoothly and evenly, keeping an eye on any drips, sags and misses. All brush stokes must be leveled out and all lines kept crispand straight.
Now we inspect the walls again with the light to make sure there are no imperfections. These repairs are then sanded and primed. Again, the walls are pole sanded and dusted before the second coat is applied.
Once the second coat is completed and dry, we inspect the walls again. Sometimes a third coat is required, especially if a light color is going over a dark color. We fix the imperfections and apply the 2nd coat.
When we are satisfied and the customer is happy,we start to remove the masking, return the switch plates and cold air vents. We carefully remove the plastic from the furniture and pick up our drop sheets. Next we vacuum all the work areas and move the furniture back.
The paint we use is a high quality acrylic latex paint. We normally would use a Benjamin Moore “Aura” eggshell paint or General Paint “Private Estates” eggshell paint. If the customer wants, we would use a different product such as Pratt and Lambert or C2. Sometimes we have requests for a flat paint if a more ambient finish is desired. The eggshell paint is the most common because it is not too shiny or too flat and the finish is very durable and scrubbable. Dark colors generally make the room feel a bit smaller but warmer and show more imperfections. Light colors make a room feel a bit larger but cooler and help hide imperfections.
When Custom Craft Painting is repainting textured (stipple or popcorn) ceilings, it is important to make sure everything is well covered. This means all the furniture is grouped together in the middle of the room and covered with poly (plastic). All the floors will be covered with drop sheets. The walls, if they are not being painted, need to be covered with poly too. We must make sure the light fixtures and cabinets get covered too.The last thing we do is remove any unwanted ceiling hooks and repair any cracks.
Now we are ready to spray your ceilings with a flat oil paint (General Paints “Fresh Tex” - it is a low odor quick drying product). It is important to use an oil paint because it will seal the ceiling and prevent any discoloration and stains from bleeding through. As well, an oil paint will seal any new or unpainted texture ceilings, preventing the texture from lifting off in future repaints.
The reason we spray the ceilings is because we are able to control how evenly and consistent the paint goes on. This helps us to deliver the quality we want you to have.
After 2 coats of paint have been sprayed on the ceilings and everything has been checked for touch ups, we start the task of cleaning up. When ceilings are sprayed, a fine dust is created and it settles down on to the plastic and drop sheets. Therefore, we are careful when wrapping up the poly and drop sheets and try not to kick the dust back up. This dust is dry, so it does clean up easily. We then move your furniture back and dispose of the garbage.
As you can appreciate, there is a lot of work involved in painting the ceilings. If the time is not taken to carefully do the prep work and the painting, you can have a real mess on your hands. Some of the cheaper painting contractors might be guilty of this. Please check out their references.
When Custom Craft Painting paints the smooth or non textured ceilings, we like to brush and roll. Like the walls, we inspect the ceilings for imperfections. Of course these imperfections are filled, sanded and primed. Before any of this happens, like the textured ceilings, we ensure everything is well covered. We won’t have the paint dust to contend with, but we will have some drywall dust and potential of some paint splatters. It's always best to be safe than sorry, so we cover everything.
The paint we use on the smooth ceilings is either Benjamin Moore flat ceiling paint or General Paints Tradesman flat latex. We want a true flat paint with no shine to it at all. This will help prevent any flashing of roller or brush marks. A poorly rolled ceiling, or sprayed ceiling can be very eye catching. Therefore, it is important to use the right products and to have the right techniques and skill.
The prep works for trim involves masking, filling of nail holes, dents, scrapes, caulking of gaps and joints and then dusted clean. This filling and sanding is particularly important that it is done right. If there is too much filling and not enough sanding, there will be a bump. Not enough filling and too much sanding there will be a divot. Both of these errors will be eye catching when semi gloss paint is applied.This applies to the caulking as well.
After the primer coat or the 1st coat is brushed or sprayed, the trim is inspected using a light to catch all the imperfections. These imperfections must be filled, sanded and or recaulked. Again all areas will be dusted, this is important - we don't want little specks showing up on the trim. It can be eye catching and may feel rough.
The second coat is applied, all areas inspected again and the touch ups are completed. Sometimes a third coat is required, especially if there has been a major color change from a darker color to a lighter color or if the trim was in rough shape and needs some more attention. The type of paint we have had good success with is Benjamin Moore Aura Semi Gloss Waterborne paint or General Paint Enviro guard Latex paint. Both of these products are very durable and have a very smooth finish to them.
As you may understand, there is a lot of work involved in trying to get a high quality finish. This is what Custom Craft Painting does best. Many other painting contractors will not or cannot do this level of work, especially if their quote is low. This type of craftsmanship is not for everyone. If you love where you live and you want detailed work, then Custom Craft Painting is your choice.