Frequently Asked Questions
How long does an exterior paint job last?
Depending on factors including weather and humidity, exterior paint should last for between 5 and 10 years. Wood expands and contracts, which loosens paint over time. Paint on a stucco house may last longer because the stucco surface is more stable than wood.
What does a professional painting company do that I can't do myself?
A professional knows the right type of paint and other materials for the job; will prepare the surface properly so the paint will adhere and last longer; is responsible for safety on the job; will clean up and dispose of hazardous waste in a safe and lawful manner; and knows how to deal with old lead paint that may be on your house.
How can I tell if my house has lead paint?
In 1978 the federal government banned the use of lead paint in residences. If your house was built before that year and there has been no lead-abatement performed, you can buy an inexpensive test kit at a hardware store. Our professional painters are trained to follow proper procedures for working on properties where lead paint is present.
What's the difference between oil-based paints and latex?
While oil-based paints go on more smoothly, don't show brush strokes as much, and are more washable, latex paints may last longer on exterior surfaces because they don't harden and become brittle as fast as oil paints. Latex or acrylic paints also are free of dangerous fumes and require only water to clean up, avoiding the use of volatile and environmentally unfriendly paint thinners. If a customer prefers oil-based paint, Eagle Paint will dispose of used paint thinner in accordance with hazardous-waste regulations.
It's important to use the right brush. Natural-bristle brushes can be used with either latex or oil-based paints. But if you don't want to waste brushes, use only synthetic bristles with latex and acrylic paints, which will hold up better in the long run.
Do I need to use a sealer or primer before painting?
If you are painting over water stains or knotty wood, using a sealer is a priority to prevent stains from seeping through the coats of paint and ruining the new finish. A layer of primer clings to the surface to be painted and in turn makes the coat of paint cling for a smooth finish. Primer also is necessary when you're painting porous surfaces such as wood to provide an evenly textured surface for the top coat.
My house has several rooms with wallpaper. I don't want to bother with the mess of stripping it. Can I still paint those rooms?
Of course you can. But you'll need to perform an extra step in the preparation process, using spackle or another surface finish to smooth the seamed surfaces so that they won't be so obvious after the rooms are painted.
Why should I spend extra money on top-quality paint?
You'll need more coats, and more paint, if you use a cheaper paint, increasing both the amount of time needed to apply the paint and the frequency with which you'll have to repaint. The highest-quality paints may last up to three times longer than paints that seem like a bargain at first.
Some of the wood clapboards on my house are beginning to get chalky looking. The paint on others is starting to blister and peel. How can I prevent this from happening again when I repaint my house this year?
Using a sealer and primer before you paint-and high-quality paint to finish up-will help to prevent chalking from happening again. When moisture gets between the wood and the paint, conditions are perfect for blistering. To keep your clapboards blister-free for a long time, prepare the surface well; use top-quality paint; and avoid painting in direct sunlight, which causes the outer layer to dry too quickly, trapping moisture.
Does weather affect painting?
Yes! In addition to the obvious reason-rain-not to paint, you'll want to avoid having your house painted when it's so hot and humid that the paint seems never to dry. The Weather Channel's home improvement expert, Danny Lipford, suggests painting only when the temperature is between 50 and 85 degrees.
Is your pricing based only on the square footage of the area to be painted?
Measurement is only one of the factors Eagle Paint considers when providing estimates. Others include the amount and type of windows, molding, and other trim; the number of different colors to be used and how many coats of each (going from white to navy blue, for example, may need three coats); the quality of the paint; how much protection we need to provide for furniture; and how much prep work is involved.