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How to Hire a Painting Contractor?

Painting is considered among the most important and affordable home improvement projects and definitely gives the biggest positive change to a home for the least investment.


It is amazing what a fresh paint job can do to improve the curb appeal of your home and at the same time increase its resale value. So whether you are looking to increase your home’s value, protect your investment from deterioration or just change your home’s look for your personal enjoyment…..painting give a great return on investment. No matter whether you have an interior or exterior paint project to complete, finding and hiring an honest, quality oriented professional painting contractor is always the best option to insure that you avoid a poor looking or performing paint job.

There are probably hundreds, if not thousands, of painting contractors in our area. With so many painters offering the “best service in the cheapest price”, how do you locate good and honest painting contractor who will be looking out for your best interests and a long term business relationship?

Hiring a painting contractor may seem daunting but never fear…. there are good and honest people in the trades…here is how to find them!


When choosing a painting contractor in your area always go for the most experienced ones. A painter, who has vast experience in this field, can provide you with the better paint job than an inexperienced painter can. Ask how long has the painting company been in the business and under theLaurel & Hardy Painting same ownership.

Who will be doing the painting

I have come across “contractors” who bring in day labor by hiring workers who hang around home centers and are not skilled in the nuances of preparation/patching and paint application for long term durability and beauty. Make sure also that the work is not being sub-contracted to another company. make sure that the employees of the contractor you hire , have had background checks and drug screening done. Peek Brothers Painting started doing full background checks and drug screening over 25 years ago and have a great skilled group of craftsmen that are true gentlemen and ladies who , by nature, respect your home and privacy.

Local references

A contractor who is invested in the community and has strong relationships with people you know or know of is going to be sure to follow up on promises and warranties…..ask around to your friends and neighbors and also ask your prospective contractor for local references you can contact for whom they have worked. Also check on line..there are neighborhood groups like that keep an eye out and will tell you if a contractor has done a nice job for people nearby. And of course you can check out Yelp and Google.Neighbors talking over fence

Another good source of contractors is to ask a service provider with whom you have been pleased. Having been in this business of painting for many years, I am asked on daily basis by my clients….”John, who do you know who can…” A good painter knows a good plumber, electrician, carpenter….you get the idea….Good people know and associate with good people….”Birds of a feather flock together!”


Is there a written promise to back up the work done? I have been in this business for a very long time and have seen many a written warranty end up useless because the company backing it has gone out of business! San Diego Texcoat, Nu-Coat Exteriors; San Diego Liquid Stucco….all gave written “Lifetime” warranties ….and all are out of business after charging exorbitant fees to paint homes in San Diego. As soon as too many of their clients start calling because these ridiculously overrated “coatings” start peeling and falling off…they skip town or file for bankruptcy. Go with a company that has both a written warranty and a reputation of trustworthiness to back it up.

BBB (Better Business Bureau)

Any contractor worth their salt is a member of this consumer watch organization. Make sure to visit their website and check out your contractor at BBB San Diego    Any business you are considering should have and A+ rating or steer clear.


Any licensed contractor who is going to work on your home must at least have a bond (required by the state) and should  have general liability insurance at a bare minimum! You are within your rights as a consumer to demand to be made “additionally insured” by their insurance provider as a condition of a contract…..if they balk….do not do business with them. “Additionally insured” just means you become directly insured by the provider while work is being done on your home ….also the insurance provider must inform you if the policy is cancelled. Secondly, and probably even more important, if the contractor sends employees to work at your home….please, please, please be sure they are covered by workers compensation insurance! If they are not covered and get hurt at your home, they can, and often do successfully, sue the homeowners insurance for their injuries. Reputable contractors will supply you with all documentation showing their insurance coverage.


The painting contractor should have the legal license to offer painting service in your locality. Do not go with the company that cannot show a valid license, since this could bring you serious issues in the long run. Hiring a

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painting contractor with a valid license actually means that the contractor is bonded…..if there is a problem , you can go to the state contractors license board and the contractor’s bond can be used to repair damage to your home.  The state licensing board is a great place to check for whether the contractor has a valid license, is bonded and has insurance on file. To learn more or check out a contractor, click:   State License Board

Thorough and Complete written Proposal

Many times I have seen folks get quotes from a “painter” with a $ amount handwritten on the back of a business card! There is no way to know what surfaces are included, level of preparation required, number of finish coats or quality of paint.

A good proposal should outline thoroughly what surfaces are and are not included

  • Method of cleaning to remove dirt, oils, chalk and mildew
  • Level of preparation on wood surfaces: scraping/scraping and sanding; sanding to a feathered edge or complete removal of coating?
  • What products will be used for filling: spackle; epoxy or caulking….and what exact quality of these products
  • What specific primers will be used
  • And what brand/product and sheen is to be used
  • If metal is to be painted: to what level will preparation be done? If 2 part epoxy primer and 2 part catalyzed polyurethane are used ….the price can be substantially higher but you will be getting a vastly superior result in durability and beauty
  • Warranties need to be thorough and in writing and include both labor and materials….Peek Brothers even goes so far as to include scheduled inspections


What are The Steps to Painting a Front Door?

Sometimes all you want to do is to complete a small, inexpensive update to your loving home. By painting the front door of your home a vibrant color, you get the most bangs for your money and it’s easily altered for future updates.

Front doors should always look unique and it requires a good amount of maintenance. Therefore, regular cleaning, weatherproofing, and occasional spruce-up is often required. A new coat of vibrant paint is considered a brilliant opportunity to choose and refresh the look of your home. In fact, a beautifully painted front door enhances the curb appeal of the entire home.

Step#1: Choose a New Paint Color:

Sometimes, choosing a new paint color for the front door of your home is overwhelming. Whether you want to go with a fresh coat of neutral paint color or take the plunge with a high-contrast hue, choosing paint color for a front door is always difficult. The color that you apply on your front door will appear quite different outdoors than they actually do inside your home.

Therefore, the best way to choose color for your front door is to consider other colors that your house already has. You can also look idea from the neighboring houses. For example, if your entryway is surrounded by natural greens in the plants, you can take inspiration from the same and choose color for the door that matches the green. You can also look at the color of your home’s siding and roof and choose color for the door accordingly.

Step#2: Remove Hardware and Prep Door:

Preparation is the key to any successful paint job. Remove the locks and knobs and clean the door thoroughly. It is also important to use a palm sander to roughen the flat surfaces of existing paint. By this way you can help provide the primer a better surface to adhere to. However, in the crevices and around the trim, you may need to hand sand. Once done, wipe the door properly with a dry piece of cloth to remove any dust.

Step#3: Apply Primer and Paint:

Apply a good primer on the door. Priming ensures that your need fewer coats of paint. Once the primer is completely dry, run the sandpaper politely over the entire surface to level out any irregularities.

You need to start from painting the edges or trim details by using a paintbrush so that you can lay an even base coat. However, for the flat surfaces of your front door, you need to use a roller to apply a smooth consistent paint.

Should I Caulk Before Painting?

Once you have cleaned and repaired your interior surfaces, it is important to apply caulk before you apply paint on it. Caulking is vital since it covers a multitude of damages and prevents many problems from occurring. At the same time, it is also important to mask the surfaces in order to protect the surfaces that you don’t want to paint.

Caulking is not an easy task and it won’t seal like it’s supposed to until and unless it’s applied properly. Therefore, it is vital to make sure that you use the best professionals that can use the right techniques with the caulking job. This ensures that you don’t need to redo the job. Here’s how to do it right way.

Getting Started:

Before you actually start caulking, you should conduct some tests by applying it on a newspaper or a paper towel to get an idea in regard to the final outcome. It is equally vital to move the caulking gun smoothly as you complete a single stroke of the trigger and start with the next stroke. Once you have applied a couple of strokes of caulk and have a good idea about what you can expect, you can then start your first caulking application on a part of your painting project. When caulking, it is better to pull the nozzle of the caulk tube along the joint than to push it. By pulling the caulk tube nozzle, you are actually allowing it to smoothly slide over any obstructions on the surface that is being caulked.

Applying Bead of Caulk:

Once you are done with applying the sealant, you should hold the caulking gun at a certain angle to the joint being filled. It is also important to adjust the nozzle opening a bit so that it forces the sealant into intimate contact with the joint surfaces. Once you are done with applying each bead of sealant, you can relieve the forces inside the tube by releasing the trigger. You also need to pull back the on rod to stop the flow of caulk. In any circumstances, you cannot stop the caulk from flowing out the nozzle just by releasing the trigger alone.


Tooling is required to smooth out the caulked surface. It is typically done by gliding over the entire length of the applied bead of caulk. Tooling also ensures further pressure on the thick caulk to provide a good adhesion.

How to Clean a Paint Roller from Paint?

Once you have completed a painting project, it’s important to clean up paint rollers. Cleaning paint rollers properly after each use is not a hard task and it will prolong the life of the rollers. There are many different ways to clean a paint roller. For the best paint roller cleaning, you need to disassemble your roller and submerge the cover in cleaning solvent. Mentioned below is the guide how to clean out paint rollers from paint.

At first, you need to work the roller over a scrap board and this will help to remove as much of the paint as possible. After that, you can hold the roller over the sink with water running. It is also important to grip one end and slide your other hand down the sleeve quite tightly. By this way you will be able to remove a large amount of excess paint from the roller.

How to Clean Oil-Based Paints from Roller Cover?

In order to clean oil-based paints from the paint roller, it is important to closely follow manufacture’s instruction as they can rightly guide you through the way in choosing the proper cleaning solvent. Typically, mineral based spirits or paint thinner is ideal for removing paint and varnish. When dealing with oil-paint, you should pour the cleaning solvent into a container and dip the roller cover into the solvent. It is imperative to repeat this method by using a clean container as well as fresh solvent every time until the roller cover is properly clean.

How to Clean Water-Based Paints from the Paint Rollers?

Cleaning water based paints from the rollers is relatively easier. When you want to clean water based paints from the roller cover, wash the cover with soap and hot water and rinse until it becomes clean. It is also important to use a clean container filled with a mixture of water and soap. You can dip the roller into the mixture and after that rinse the roller with clean water. In case the paint is sticky, you can utilize a putty blade to help scrape off the paint. In some cases, the water based paint can be very stubborn and it becomes very difficult to remove them. In such cases, you can use mineral spirits or lacquer thinner to clean the paint rollers. However, once cleaned with spirits, you should clean the roller with warm soapy water and rinse it with clear water.