Should I choose oil paint or latex paint?

Oil based paints are less common these days for residential painting as acrylic resin latex paints quality is getting better fast. Steadily more restrictive requirements on chemicals allowed in oil paints are being implemented, leading to reductions in the quality of oil paints.

Where do you paint?

We currently paint anywhere in Colorado! Residential, commercial, any town, any place, indoor, or outdoor, Colorado Painting has you covered.

Can I save cash by buying my own materials?

You will probably spend more buying your own materials. Our company gets much better discounts than even most other painting companies or paint company employees. Have Colorado Paiting help you easily get the right materials on a budget.

Can you reach a difficult area?

We have all the tools and training required to get to even the toughest spots safely. Be it just an extension ladder or something like scaffolding, booms, or lifts for a commercial job, Colorado Painting is up to the task with the right equipment.

What is elastomeric paint?

Sometimes stucco or brick can begin to have problems with water getting in cracks and crevises. This can be fixed with elastrometric paint, which involves a primer and two special coats for a durable barrier between the weather and the surface which can bend if the wall expands or contracts instead of cracking. This may cost slightly more, but the durability and look will stay for much longer, meaning it is usually the best choice for these types of surfaces.

Are more expensive paints worth it?

Colorado Painting gets the best prices on paint, choosing the best quality and cheapest available for each need. This means that if one of our paints costs more than another for the same type of job the quality or manufacturing process is most likely comparatively improved. The pigment may be strong requiring less coats, or resin may be of improved quality for a sharp looking finish. Putting just a bit more into your paints can often make a big difference in the result while saving you in the long run. If a more expensive paint will not help your situation we will be sure to inform you and recommend you buy the cheaper paint. Let our specialists help you find the right materials for your job!

Should I select hand brushed or sprayed paint?

It depends on the particulars of the job if brushing or spraying is the best way to complete a paint job. The right selection by a skilled crew matters most, and either way prep work is greatly important. Spraying must be done at the right speed to stay and achieve a slick appearance while not giving mildew a chance to grow into imperfections which brushing might have, and be a good pick for the first coat. This spray first application is called a backroll or backbrush. Colorado Painting will be able to show you what you need and educate you fully on the process be it rolled or sprayed.

How long until my paint dries?

Your paint should be set in anywhere from a half hour to two hours, though it could take up to a month to cure. Until it does, be sure to open and close any drawers or other touching painted surfaces to prevent any chance of sticking. We will of course let you know about this if it is necessary.

How long does paint last?

There is a high variability in how long some paint jobs last depending on many factors such as weather and the prep work. If a contractor cuts some corners or home owners do a quicky paint job for a sale it could degrade quickly. Some materials, substrates, and paints last longer than others. Simply fixing the top coat may not help as the resins adhering to the surfact degrade. Thus a solid bottom coat is required to prevent cracks and peels. Colorado Painting is careful to select the best materials for the job.

How many coats of paint should be applied?

Sometimes, like when slightly change the color or touching up existing paint only one coat may be necessary. If a surface is unpainted it will often need a fresh coat or two of primer to last and look nice. Drastic color changes may need primer or removal as well. Our paint material specialists will educate you on the pros and cons of the number of coats and help you make the best choice for your project. We will always add another coat if you wish for whatever reason.

What can increase the durability and life of my paint job?

Prep work is the foundation for a long lasting paint job. Make sure quality paints and primers are used. Keep the surface clean as grit can scrub your paint be that wiping inside or power washing outside.

How will you access the interior of my home?

We will make sure you are comfortable with how we access your home. If you want to be there while we work we will be happy to see you. If you would rather give us the garage door opener or keys so we can work while you are gone we will be sure to keep your home safe by locking back up. Your comfort and home safety are our some of our top priorities while working on a painting project!

Could I have lead paint and should I get it tested?

Lead paint was all the rage before 1978. Lead was popular for many applications such as gas and paint before then, leading to a national decrease of the IQ average of about two points. This means if your home was built before or close to when this law was enacted it is wise to test for lead as soon as possible to avoid possible slow poisoning and take the necessary measures to fix the problem if positive. This is not an easy or cheap thing to do on ones own and must be done carefully to be sure of the results. If the test is positive the owner must let any potential buyers know. Often this means that it can be better for the value of the home simply to take the precautions required if there was lead based paint without doing the expensive testing. That way it is safe and the value of the property is not reduced due to the disclosure law.

Must all the old paint be removed before repainting?

If the paint, surface, and priming layer are all in good condition and the color change is subtle the paint may not need to be removed, and Colorado Painting would not try to sell you any unnecessary service. If the paint is loose, peeling, cracking, or degrading it will be removed as part of the prep work. We will discuss with you the best choices for all areas of your project, and if you especially want the paint removed or do not in one area we are happy to work with you.

Which paint system and which is right for this job?

All parts of a paint layer are important for the result, and together are refereed to as the painting system. Colorado Painting is sure to select durable and beautiful materials such as sealer, primer, finishing, and paint. Our materials specialists will discus the paint system to be used with you in depth to accommodate your desires and concerns.

Do I need new primer for my project and what is the reason for primer?

Primers are applied before other layers to help with moisture, bleeding of the substrate, and chalkieness removal. These different substrates may last between top paint layers if they are in good condition, maybe only needed spot priming especially if the color has not changed to a great degree.

Will Colorado Painters give me touch-up paint?

Colorado Painting is happy to leave you some extra paint for touchup.

What is a VOC?

Volitile Organic Compouds, or VOCs are chemicals emitted into the air while paint dries. They can be toxic to breathe and have a distnctive bad smell. There are restriections on what VOCs at what amounts can be in paint in the United States.

What prep is required for my residential painting project?

The prep work will be different for every job, though there are many patterns which are similar. Colorado Paintings experienced teams will help and educate you on the prep work needed for your painting project. Cracked loose or peeling paint should be scraped away. Washing may be required to create a clean, dry and firm base for better adhesion. Sanding will help the result look better and smoother for high visibility areas, and we will let you know your options here as it may be beneficial if not required. Holes in trim such as windows, molding, framing, baseboards, or doors, will be filled and sanded. Windows may need to be prepared with masking. Sealing will be performed where needed with the right materials for the case such as window putty and caulking for doors and windows.