Frequently Asked House Painting Questions and Answers
I saw beautiful paint colors on my last vacation and have color chips I brought back. Can you match the color?
Yes. H Quality Painting, LLC can match any color in any brand of paint.
Is the quality of low VOC paint the same as regular conventional paint?
Generally yes. The quality of low VOC paints has greatly improved in recent years. One should feel free to use a low VOC paint and expect the same quality as conventional paints.
Is there a difference between low VOC paints, no VOC paints and natural paints?
What is VOC?
Is it important to hire a licensed, insured painting contractor?
Homeowners need to be fully aware of who they are letting into their homes…[and] the importance of spending a couple of minutes to check the license before you hire a contractor to ensure you aren’t putting your family or your home at risk.”
A licensed contractor must carry workers compensation insurance to shield homeowners from liability and have a contractor’s license bond for consumer protection (generally stated as “bonded”) If there is ever a problem with work done by any licensed contractor. Unlicensed painters are unregulated, uninsured, and often don’t know about the latest paint developments. If you have a problem with them or their work, it is very difficult to get help because no government agency regulates them. They generally have no ties to the community and don’t return to fix problems. People put themselves and family members at risk when they hire unlicensed and uninsured individuals who can end up doing substandard work or never finish the job.
When a contractor says he is bonded, what does that mean?
What is the best paint finish to use in kitchens, bathrooms and other high moisture rooms?
Does paint have an expiration date?
What does paint finish, gloss level, sheen or enamel mean?
Paint finish, gloss level, sheen and enamel are all similar ways of saying the same thing. These describe the smoothness and light reflectivity of the dry paint on a painted surface. There are approximately six sheen types and each has a name corresponding to its light reflective qualities. Sheens range from:
- flat or matte (no-gloss)
- satin finish
- low lustre
Each sheen has different qualities and uses. For example, a flat paint is often used to give a room a velvety look or to cover uneven drywall or plaster. A semi-gloss finish is often used in bathrooms and kitchens since it is cleanable and has a strong, hard shine. Generally, the higher the sheen the easier the paint is to clean and maintain.
Traditionally, dry room walls and ceilings are painted in flat or eggshell and trim is painted in semi-gloss enamel. Wet rooms such as kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms are painted Eggshell or Satin. In North Carolina, water-based finishes are the standard paints for interior painting.
What is the difference between spray and "brush & roll" when it comes to paint application.
I have old paint in my garage/house, how do I dispose of it?
Why do doors painted with latex paint sometimes stick to the weather-stripping?
What causes white powdery deposits on stucco surfaces, and how can I fix them?
Can you give an estimate over the phone or do you have to come out to my house to estimate the job?
How are bathroom arrangements made for painting jobs?
How long does it take for latex paint to dry between coats?
Most latex paints when applied at temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees will be dry to the touch in about one hour and can be recoated within four hours. Various factors can increase these times such as poor ventilation, low temperatures, thick films and high humidity. In general one can safely put on two coats of water based paint in a day.
Which is a better house paint; oil or water based paint?
This used to be the big question for homeowners. A high quality water-based or latex paint is generally the way to go to for residential painting. However, in a very few circumstances, it may be better to use an oil or alkyd-based paint. Here are a few suggestions and some strengths and weaknesses for both types of paint:
Quality interior latex paints provide better long-term flexibility, that is, resistance to cracking and chipping. Latex paints also tend to resist yellowing with age in areas protected from sunlight. They emit fewer odors, clean up with water and are not flammable. Latex paint takes a shorter amount of time to dry than oil paint.
- Low odor
- Faster dry time
- Water clean-up
- Long-term flexibility
- Not combustible
- Relatively little amount of time paint can be brushed before it begins to set up.
Oil Based Paints
Oil-based paints offer better adhesion to difficult surfaces or those not thoroughly cleaned. Oil-based paints allow for greater length of time the paint may be brushed before it sets, superior resistance to “blocking” (or face-to-face sticking) and resistance to abrasion, once cured.
- Hard, durable
- Moisture resistant
- Greater flow and leveling
- Greater open-time
- Yellows with age and lack of light
- Strong odor during and immediately after application
- Requires solvent cleanup and is combustible
Can I use exterior paints on my Interior?
Use interior paints on interiors and use exterior paints for exteriors. There is a good reason why paints are labeled for interior or exterior use.