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Having a contractor paint your house can be an expensive and confusing experience. In order to make it clearer what it is we do for you at "Nolasco Professional Painting and Contracting," we have prepared this list of frequently asked questions. We hope these answer your concerns.
If you have any other questions or need more explanation, feel free to contact us.

How often should I expect to have to repaint my home?

Paint generally peels because of only one reason. Lack of adhesion! Either the surface was not prepared thoroughly and your new paint did not adhere properly or your new paint was applied over paint that had not adhered properly. In either case, remove all the loose paint and any dust/dirt, apply a generous coat of an exterior primer and then apply your finish coat(s) as required. If you address this problem early, you will save yourself additional work and you will be able to spend your next vacation doing something else other than painting your home. Depending on your location, a good paint job should last a minimum of 4 years and as much as 10 years.

Is paint application better by roller or spray gun?

Ah! The great spray vs. roll debate continues. A successful paint job for the most part is determined by the amount of surface preparation performed, the proper selection of materials and the amount of paint coating (thickness) applied to the surfaces. What methods is best used to apply that material is more often a matter of personal preference by yourself the owner, or by the contractor. In reality, the method of application is secondary to the amount of paint applied by the application.

Are there any paints that do not smell during application?

You are in luck! Many of the major paint manufacturers now make "Low Odor" type paints. Expect to pay a little more for the materials, but the good news is that they are quality materials and they really have little or no traditional paint smells associated with them. Off the top of my head, I know that both Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams now have these materials.

Is it possible to paint with latex paint over the top of oil paint?

Any sound surface previously coated with oil-based paint can be coated with a good quality latex or acrylic-based paint. First dull the surface by sanding. Next, remove all dust/dirt from the surface to be painted. Finally, prime any bare spots with the appropriate primer prior to painting

How much should I expect to pay for a quality paint job?

The cost of painting your home can be affected by a number of things. Condition of the surfaces, quality of paint to be applied, the number of coats to be applied and of course the caliber of the contractor that you hire. The adage - "You get what you pay for" - certainly holds true when it comes to having your house painted. Expect to pay a minimum of 2% of the value of your home to have it properly painted. Carefully evaluate any bids for less than this 2% rule of thumb. Remember, a good paint job can last up to 10 years and that cost per month (cost of job divided by number of months it will last) is always less to have it done right.

All our products are top quality such as Benjamin Moore, Sherman-Williams and Pratt-Lambert paints and sundries.  Products are purchased from Village Paint & Supply, Inc., located in Larchmont and Mamaroneck.  Village Paint & Supply, Inc. has been in business since 1961.  Give them a call at 914-834-3300, open
Monday thru Saturday.

My contractor is telling me that a second coat of paint will help protect the surfaces for an additional 5 years, is this true?

Without question, the more paint on a properly prepared surface the more protection (up to a point). Depending on the price for the second coat, your contractor is probably leveling with you. The cost of surface preparation, protection, (masking) and cleanup far exceeds the cost of application. Once your house is ready to receive paint, applying a second coat of paint is easy. Make sure that you and your contractor agree on how and when the second coat will be applied. As a rule, make sure that the first coat is dry before applying any additional coats.

Why do surfaces with many coats of paint on them tend to breakdown faster?

All painted surfaces will eventually peel. The degree of paint failure is often governed by the number of coats on the surface and the age of these coats. As years pass and coats of paint are applied at normal intervals for cosmetic and maintenance reasons, the coats closer to the original surface lose their elasticity or ability to flex, with seasonal expansion and contraction. As these lower coats of paint crack, this crack will work its way through the subsequent coats, and surface as a hair line crack on the top coat. Unfortunately every crack represents an entry point for moisture and over time wood rot will set in.

In the earlier stages, these cracks are few and far between. This is called "checking". If the coats of paint are numerous, and the cracks are deeper, this condition is called "cracking". When there are many cracks arranged almost geometrically in high concentration, this is called "alligatoring", and is the most advanced stage of multiple coat breakdown.

All of these conditions are potential causes of wood rot and must be repaired prior to the application of the finish coat. If they are not repaired, the fresh coat of paint will assume the existing cracks, and even though your home is repainted, the paint will not provide protection from the elements, specifically rain.

Fortunately, NOLASCO Painting and Contracting is able to repair checking, cracking, and alligatoring. Depending on the degree of paint breakdown, we will discuss your options with you.

The Solution:

The most effective solution is to remove all existing coats of paint, either by heat gun, sanding or chemical strippers. Once down to the bare wood, it will be sanded, primed and appropriately caulked prior to a finish coat. Unfortunately this solution is very time consuming, but will remedy the problem, and last a very long time. We guarantee it for 5 years. If budgetary constraint prohibits this treatment to your entire home, many clients opt for this solution in high traffic areas where aesthetic beauty is important.

In most other areas, a firm, thorough scrape will be effective, followed by thorough sanding (often with an electric sander) and a spot primer is sufficient. It will not result in a perfectly smooth surface, as ridges in the old coats of paint will be evident, but the surface will be sealed, and your wood protected. This type of work is also guaranteed.

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