Frequently Asked Questions

  • Every price will differ on each house depending on size, the prep work needed, obstructions to paint around, accessibility, difficulty, substrates being painted over and much more. To get a general idea, you can visit our pricing tab and plug in your specific criteria for a general ballpark estimate.
  • Surfaces that have already been painted with a water based product and you are going back over with a water based product generally do not need to be primed. If the surface you are painting over is an oil based product, lacquer, varnish, raw wood, raw concrete, rust, new drywall, plastic or other “hard to stick” surfaces, then yes, you will need to prime before applying the finish coats.
  • You can use a variety of different products and brands for your walls and ceilings. Sherwin williams, PPG, Kelly Moore, Valspar, Behr are all good paints to use. Just make sure if you are painting surfaces outside that they are labeled “exterior paint” and interior surfaces are labeled “interior paint”.
  • A typical bedroom usually takes 1-2 gallons of paint to cover the walls twice. If the room is quite larger and if you are doing ceilings as well, you may need more. A good rule of thumb is 1 gallon of paint covers 350 square feet. So if a room is 10×10 with 10′ ceilings, that would be 400 square feet to cover (4 walls 10 feet long= 40, times 10 foot in height = 400) Don’t forget to calculate a second coat!
  • There are several ways to achieve a professional straight line while painting. First and easiest option is to use frog tape, there is a trick to using it though. Sometimes frog tape still bleeds paint through but to fix this, after taping your surface, run a damp rag over the edge of the tape to activate the “paint blocking technology” then you are good to paint over. Another way would be to get general masking tape, tape over the surface your protecting, put a bead of caulking over the tape and smear with your finger, then paint over the wet caulking and pull the tape immediately. This will achieve a straight line as well.
  • CEILINGS: Ceilings generally go flat, except for kitchens and restrooms. These rooms need a satin or higher sheen to protect from humidity and moisture.
  • WALLS: You can paint any sheen on your walls, just keep in mind you cant wash flat sheened walls. Generally people will paint their walls eggshell or satin.
  • DOORS, FRAMES & BASEBAORDS: These typically go semi gloss. Semi gloss is more durable then other sheens and you can wash them. Since these surfaces tend to get beat up the most, semi gloss is generally the best option.