I saw beautiful paint colors and have color chips I brought back. Can you match the color?
Yes. CuestaCo Painting at 330•719•7400 can match any color in any brand of paint. Click here to contact us.
Does someone have to remain home while the painting is being done?
No, in fact most people are not home during the day and arrangements can be made in advance to accommodate your schedule. Our employees are bonded and insured so you can feel confident.
What do I have to do in order to get ready for the painters
When we come in to paint your home we are expecting to handle everything ourselves. We move all of the furniture into the middle of the room, remove pictures from the walls and take down any window treatments. All furniture and belongings are carefully covered and all floors are protected with the proper drop cloths during painting. The only items we ask the customer to move are the small knick-knack type items. Upon completion of the painting we will place all furniture back in the location that it was removed from and re-hang pictures and window treatments.
How often should you have to paint the interior?
Many factors can contribute to that. The quality of the paint used is of the utmost importance. The amount of traffic through a particular area. Whether or not there are smokers in the home. Is there a fireplace that is used on a regular basis during the winter months, and does the damper work properly? How many children and their ages?
There are too many factors to take into consideration, and each home can be different. However a good quality job done by a professional crew under normal conditions should last anywhere from 6-10 years. Call us and we will be happy to evaluate your particular situation and offer you a more precise answer. Click here to contact us.
How is my furniture protected during painting?
After moving the furniture into the middle of the room it will be covered in plastic. All floors will be protected by canvas drop cloths.
What kind of surface preparation is done?
All holes are filled and sanded. All cracks are properly scraped out, filled and sanded. Caulking is inspected around all windows and frames, doors and door frames and re-caulked as needed. Crown molding, chair rail etc. are all caulked and properly prepared. All nail pops are repaired and sanded. Any water stains, crayon marks etc. are sealed before painting and grease and heavy dirt accumulations are cleaned. Any mildew that is present will be cleaned prior to painting.
How many painters will be in my home?
While every job is different normally you can expect a crew of 2-3 painters.
What kind of paint is used?
We only use top of the line paints and primers for our customers. As to the type of paint being, oil based or latex, homes and requirements are different. We would have to evaluate your home and see what your particular needs are and we are certainly willing to meet your desires.
What if I don't like the color I picked?
We want you happy upon the completion of your job. But regardless of the quality of work done, you may be unhappy with the colors you choose. After selecting a painting contractor, the selection of colors to be used are the next most important decision that you need to make. Take your time on color selection and only use a company that is willing to assist you in making those decisions. Ask for color charts ahead of time and buy a quart or so of paint to try it on a couple of different areas of your home as well as in different types of lighting. The cost of a few samples of paint is much cheaper than repainting a room or entire house if you end up unhappy with the color chosen. If you do not want to change the color of your home, then just ask us to match the existing color and we will most likely be able to do that.
I have oil based paint on my trim now, can I switch to an acrylic latex enamel?
Yes. However there are necessary steps that must be taken first in order to assure success. Only use a contractor who is knowledgeable about those steps and one who is willing to explain the proper procedures to you.
How do I get an estimate?
You may either contact us at 330•719•7400 or use our request an estimate link by clicking here. Click here to request a quote.
My friend has this color in their house that I like, can I use it in my house, and will it look the same?
We can get the same color, but keep in mind that every house is different and the color may not look the same or have the same effect in your home as it does in theirs. Find out from your friend what the color is and get a sample. Paint an area approx. 3' x 3' in a few different sections and check how it will look in your home. Lighting, carpet, furniture and other factors may give it a different look in your home.
I have some cracks that always reappear, is there anything we can do?
Cracks can be repaired but regardless of the preparation done some may reappear. However the best chance at successfully repairing those cracks is to dig out the crack, fill it, tape it with a fiberglass mesh tape and sand it smooth, then prime over your patched area before repainting.
If I decide to choose your company, what do I do next?
Contact us and we will send you a contract and schedule your work. Click here to contact us.
We have drywall damage... Do we need to have that repaired before the painters come?
Our employees are all experienced in drywall repair and replacement. Most minor repairs that need to be made can be done as part of the preparation work we do prior to painting.
I have received a number of estimates from different painting contractors and there seems to be a wide variance in prices, why is that?
There are a number of good painting contractors to choose from and what you will normally find is that the established companies are usually fairly close in price. However at times you will get an estimate that is a lot lower than others and at times you may get one that seems excessively high. There could be many factors here. Is the company licensed and insured? Do the painters work for the company therefore being subject to all of the additional payroll expenses? or are they daily labor?
The house doesn't look that bad. Why should I paint?
A house is a lot like an automobile in the fact that the investment is large and the maintenance is a must. If we don't wait until the engine blows to check or change the oil we can protect our investment. Please read the two articles, "Protect Your Investment" and "Why Paint" for a few more thoughts on the subject.
Do I choose latex or oil? And, what is an alkyd paint? When would I use a latex paint?
There is an increasing exodus from many of the oil products, but ask 10 people and you may get 10 different answers.
Why is choosing an interior color so difficult?
The only answer I can give you is, lighting, lighting, lighting! Light and reflections in any given room affect the outcome of your color. Read "Lighting & Color" for more information on the effect of lighting on your colors.
When purchasing paint, I've been asked if I want flat, high gloss, satin and even an eggshell finish. What do these terms mean, and does it really make any difference what kind of finish I have?
Yes. The difference can be a big one depending on the surface and area that you are preparing to paint.
Which is better for repainting interior walls, latex or alkyd based paint?
For most applications on interior walls, a latex paint will offer many advantages over alkyd paint. In most available products you will receive better color retention and the finish will be non-yellowing. Additionally, the latex products will have a lower odor, dry faster, and you will be able to clean up with soap and water.
I see paint advertised all the time, which one should I use?
There is an old saying "You only get what you pay for." This is especially true for paint. Discuss what you want the paint to do with your professional installer or your paint store, to determine the best product for your needs. Remember that the paint is only part of the job. It is always the best decision to use the best products.
How long should I wait before cleaning my windows after painting?
We recommend waiting two weeks. Paint dries in a matter of a few hours but all paint goes through a curing process which takes longer.
What happens if I contract with someone who is not properly insured and one of their workers later claims to have gotten hurt while working on my home?
You as the homeowner can be held personally responsible for injures sustained by an uninsured worker while they are on your property. You can be in a very awkward position with your own insurance company as a result of this type of accident. Most people do not realize this, but it can be verified by a phone call to your attorney or insurance agent. Always ask for verification of insurance if you have any doubt. And remember a companies general liability insurance is not the same as workers compensation! The best way to be sure is to request a certificate of insurance.
Why is painting so expensive?
Painting, like everything else, is expensive. We realize that. In the last 20 years, our labor cost has increased fourfold. The cost of paint has almost doubled. Insurance for a business is astronomical. So you are absolutely right, it is expensive. But not when you look at the cost of painting compared to carpeting, fabric, wallpaper, and window treatments at about $10.00 to $50.00 per square foot compared to painting at about $1.00 to $2.00 per square foot, it doesn't seem too bad.
What can we do with leftover paint from prior years?
Leftover paints and other hazardous waste must be disposed of properly. We have directions for doing so in our library. Click here to go to the Hazardous Waste Disposal Page.