Before starting your interior painting project, we carefully cover and protect your flooring in the areas in which we are working. We also move, cover, and protect your furniture throughout the project to keep it safe. (We may ask you to remove small knick-knacks prior to our arrival to avoid accidents). Then, once everything is covered we perform various types of preparation!
- Typical cracks and holes are filled and sanded to remove minor imperfections.
- Large holes may call for walls to be cut out, patched and/or replaced with new sheetrock, and then plastered as needed.
- We can remove any wall coverings or borders as needed, clean and remove any adhesive, and fill/sand walls back to smooth.
- Also, some areas may require cleaning and wiping of surfaces to remove dirt or grease that could affect paint adhesion.
Some areas may require priming before we can start to paint. There are many forms of primers we use, and each has a specific purpose or attribute. Each primer is selected based upon the conditions we encounter. We prime to seal water or smoke stains, or to seal knots on trim and deter further bleeding. Also, we may prime bare wood to raise the grain for better sanding or to seal and hold back tannin resins. Some primers may be used to help with adhesion in areas with peeling or flaking problems. Certain primers are needed to fill porous walls and create an even sheen on washable top coats; while others may be tinted to form a base for proper coverage with many deeper wall color selections.
Trim is caulked and puttied as needed to seal gaps and unsightly holes. We may use an adhesive caulking if we feel an area needs some extra support. Trim will also be lightly sanded prior to re-coating if it is necessary for adhesion due to a prior glossy finish, or to smooth out a prior coating. Also, we often wipe with a liquid deglosser to further clean and prepare (especially if the older coating contains oil).
Once we are fully prepared and ready to begin the interior painting, we will provide the proper coating(s) to achieve the proper look and performance! (We can help in the color selection or provide or recommend a decorator to further assist the client if necessary). There are many finishes to choose from such as Flat Finish, Matte, Eggshell, Satin, Semi-Gloss, even Full Gloss. Then there are specialty coatings such as mildew resistance coatings for the bathroom, there are odor free paints (for hospital situations or someone who might have respiratory concerns). There is even an EPA-registered microbicidal paint that kills 5 kinds of infection-causing bacteria upon contact. There are many different coatings for different situations that we can recommend when needed.
One Stop Painting also works with all phases of wood staining and sealing with varnishes and urethane! We even do pour on bar top finishes as you see in many restaurants. Also, we work with stains and tinted varnishes that are designed to blend old wood with new wood (polyshade products are tinted varnishes made to alter colors and add luster and create a uniform look). We’re also able to sand or strip older handrail systems when needed, and repair older trim or cabinetry (See our page on cabinet refinishing for further detail-hyperlink to page?)