At Crowder Painting, consistent quality is important. We want every customer to be completely satisfied with their paint job. Thanks to years of experience, we’ve developed an interior painting process that guarantees a beautiful paint job each and every time. These results speak for themselves!
Unless you have specific needs, these are the painting steps that will be used when we paint a room or whole house.
I. Preparing the Surface
Properly preparing the surface is the first step to a quality paint job. Often, this is the most time-consuming part of the process! Because a uniform surface is so important, Crowder Painting always takes the time to do it right.
II. Covering and Protecting
Your possessions are important to you- protecting them is important to us. Before we do anything else, we’ll empty the room as completely as possible. This means removing furniture, fixtures and outlet and switch-plate covers. Anything that can’t be removed is protected with heavy butyl-backed drop cloths. Windows and doors are carefully masked with painters tape, and masking paper or plastic sheeting.
III. Drywall Repair and Caulking
Small holes caused by nails and anchors are filed with lightweight spackle. Larger holes, dents, and scrapes are patched with joint compound or a drywall patch, depending on the size of the damaged area.
Cracked or loose corner beads are reattached, and cracked inside corners are repaired with spackle or tape and drywall compound.
All drywall repairs are re-textured to blend into the surrounding area. Crowder Painting is able to match virtually any texture to create an invisible repair.
Cracks and gaps in painted wood work, including doorframes, baseboards, and casings, are filled with elastomeric caulking for a durable, yet flexible repair.
Smoothing and Priming the Surface
All surfaces are checked for uniform smoothness and sanded if necessary. This includes untextured drywall, painted woodwork, and doors.
Crowder Painting uses fast drying, stain-blocking primers to seal and prepare stained or water damaged areas, raw wood, and repairs. In new construction, the entire wall is prepared with an appropriate primer. In most cases, we use alkyd (oil-based) primers on wood and acrylic (water-based) primer on drywall patches.
IV. Applying Color
Of all the steps, applying color is the one we enjoy the most. It’s also the most exciting time for most homeowners! Crowder Painting uses only undiluted, top of the line paints to ensure maximum coverage, durability, and beauty. In most cases, two coats provide excellent coverage.
In most cases, applying the paint with rollers and brushes provides the best finish and minimizes mess. Backrolling and backbrushing (techniques that push the paint into the wall’s porous surface) create a better seal and an attractive, subtle texture.
In new construction, applying paint with a sprayer gets the job done faster and reduces labor costs. Unpainted acoustic ceilings are also best painted with a sprayer. In these situations, we typically combine sprayers, brushes, and rollers to create the best finished result.
V. Finishing Touches: Woodwork, Windows, and Doors
Trim pieces are given the same careful attention as the main color. Existing painted windows and woodwork are carefully hand brushed. Stained wood is revitalized with fresh stain and a durable clear coat finish; this can be done without removing the trim.
Doors are brushed, rolled, or sprayed, either on or off site, depending on the existing finish and desired result.
New or replacement trim and doors are often pre-finished off site, then installed and touched up.
VI. The Final Walk-through
After every paint job, we clean up and replace fixtures and furniture. We carefully inspect the room for mistakes and touch up where needed. We encourage you to come with us on this final walk-through; it’s your home, and we want you to be 100% satisfied.