Painting Questions

Answers to your questions

Painting questions are pretty common, we've compiled this list of some of the most frequent questions we hear to make this information easily accessible. We hope this answers any questions you may have about our painting process and paint in general. Feel free to contact us if you have a question that isn't answered here or if you need more information on any specific painting topic, enjoy!

Common painting questions - Paint

Should I buy the paint?

After colours and sheens have been decided upon we assume responsibility to purchase & transport the paint. Occassionally our customers wish to buy their own paint and that is okay with us but we ask that they buy a reputable brand (Benjamin Moore or Para for instance) and do not change colours without consulting us first.

A large part of our responsibility as a painting contractor is product knowledge. Understanding the strengths and limitations of a wide variety of products allows us to best match your projects needs.

For example, certain strong and saturated colours are best bought in specific brands saving hours of labour and extra costs. By leaving the paint purchasing up to us you're utilizing our extensive product knowledge which saves you money and produces great results.

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What do flat, eggshell and semi-gloss mean?

Paint comes in a variety of finish gloss levels also referred to as sheen. The material they use to make a paint glossly is dense and glassy so higher gloss means the paint is more durable and resistant to damage. As well, gloss surfaces do not trap dirt so they get less dirty and clean easier. It is standard to paint kitchens and bathrooms in a higher gloss paint such as satin or pearl.

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Do you use eco-friendly paint?

We are well versed in the latest low-VOC, low-odour painting solutions. Be sure to ask us about eco-friendly options.

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Can you help me pick out colours?

Yes, we offer colour consultation & colour testing for all customers. You can also get a head-start by visiting Benjamin Moore's website and accessing their personal colour viewer. The paint colour isn't always accurate on your monitor but this can help us to look in the right place when we show up with our colour-deck.

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Do you use paint brand Benjamin Moore/Para/Behr/etc?

As a residential & commercial painting contractor we use many different brands of paint including Benjamin Moore, Para and Behr. We are well versed in a wide variety of product lines.

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Do you provide paint stripping or paint removal services?

At Painter for Hire, we perform all appropriate pre-paint preparation including services such as paint removal and paint stripping. There are many methods to remove paint and it depends on the circumstances which method is ideal. If you've any questions about paint stripping or paint removal do not hesitate to give us a call at 416-913-9458.

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Common painting questions - Process

What do I have to do to get ready for the painters?

While painting interiors, we expect to take care of everything ourselves. We move all of the furniture into the middle of the room, remove pictures, wallplates and take down all window coverings. Furniture and large items are carefully covered and all floors are protected with drop cloths during painting.

The only items we ask the customer to move are small delicate knick-knack type items. When we're finished painting we return all the furniture and large items to their places, re-hang pictures, replace wallplates and window coverings.

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Does someone need to be at my home when you are painting?

No, as long as we have a key or arrangements to securely leave your property you're not required to have someone there while we are painting. However, if you would prefer to be at home arrangements are made to accomodate your schedule.

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Why does estimate price vary so much between painting contractors?

In Toronto there are a lot of good painting contractors to choose from and occasionally you'll see that the established companies are fairly similar in price. Sometimes you may get an estimate that is a lot lower than others and other times you'll get one that is a lot higher.

There are a lot of variables that go into a companies estimate: Does the contractor intend on doing the proper surface preparation? Is the price of paint included? Are the painters skilled and receiving a proper wage? Does the contractor carry the proper insurance? These are some of the larger factors that can fluctuate estimate costs and you should ask these questions of any painter if you are curious.

At Painter for Hire, our professional Toronto painters always perform adequate preparation, receive a generous wage, and carry full insurance to protect your interests as well as our own. We deliver peace of mind and security along with a fantastic paintjob and customer service experience.

If you haven't already you can easily request a painting estimate using our online estimate request form, we look forward to providing you with excellent painting services!

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Do you repair drywall damage?

Yes, we repair almost any drywall & plaster damage. Any damage or holes you may have we can repair, be sure the mention this when we are discussing your project so we can take this into account during your painting estimate.

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Do you carry insurance?

Yes, we are fully insured and carry full documentation should you need it for your records.

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