Frequently Asked Questions on Our Painting Services
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What is latex paint?
Paint that can be thinned and cleaned up with water; used as a base for emulsion
What is an alkyd or oil paint?
Synthetic resin paint that is an oil base paint.
What is an acrylic paint?
Synthetic resin that is present in most latex paints. It helps interior paints in adhesion, coverage and scrubability.
What are VOCs?
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. Organic chemicals are widely used as ingredients in household products. Paints, varnishes, and wax all contain organic solvents, as do many cleaning, disinfecting, cosmetic, degreasing, and hobby products.
Can you apply latex over oil base?
Generally, no. If the oil base is flat, it will adhere, but if the oil base has a sheen, then no.
Can you apply oil over latex?
Yes. Interior and exterior.
What can be done to paint latex over oil base paint?
A barrier coat of oil base flat primer on interior or exterior surfaces should be applied.
Also, you can sand and “rough up” the surface. This will aid adhesion of the latex.
Why does white oil base paint turn yellow over time?
Because the alkyd resins in oil base paint cause the gradual yellowing of white and
Is there a paint that is guaranteed not to mildew?
No. Mildew is a living organism that can feed on all types of surfaces (except zinc and
metal). You can kill mildew by washing with a mixture of household bleach and water (1 qt. bleach to 1 gallon water). Also you can add M-1 Mildewcide to each gallon of paint. This will inhibit the growth of mildew & algea for quite awhile. Though not a guaranteed solution it will help in most cases.
Can you paint over mildew?
Yes…you can, but it’s not advisable. Mildew will grow into & under the finish coat of paint. Possibly causing blistering or peeling.
Can you paint over wallpaper?
Yes…you can, but it’s not advisable. It’s better to remove the wallpaper first, then skim & prime the walls. If you do paint over the wallpaper, there’s a chance it will peel at the seams or bubble.
What about painting over block or concrete like driveways, sidewalks, & porches?
You’ll need to use specific products depending on the material & the look you want.
For example: most concrete can be stained, while block needs a primer like Block Filler.
Which is better, latex or oil stain, for future exposure?
Latex will retain its color for longer than oil base stain.
Can you tell me why some estimates seem high while others seem so low?
Most of the cost of a paint job is in the labor. So the price is determined by the
amount of surface preparation, the attention to detail, and quality desired. We would be happy to review, in detail, our calculations for your project so you can make a fair comparison with other bids.
The last painter we hired would work for a few days, then would be gone for a couple days; always starting and stopping. Will you stay on the job once you begin?
Yes. We’ll stay with the project and work until your painting is completed. Our goal is to have the same crew work on your job from start to finish.
Do you have references?
Yes. We would be happy to provide with references of similar jobs completed in your
area. In the meantime go HERE.
Do you carry liability insurance?
Yes. Our insurance includes a million dollar general liability policy as well as workmans comp.
Do you use top quality paint?
Yes. We use premium quality products from all the major suppliers. However, the brand of paint we use can be influenced by other factors including customer preference, the nature of the project, and other bid specifications.
How should I choose my colors?
We would be happy to bring you a color fan & put up a few samples to help you decide.
Do you have a warranty?
Yes, we have a one year labor warranty, with separate warranties on materials
Will my job be completed by experienced painters?
Yes. Our painters have all received adequate training in the tasks that they are
assigned. Most of our painters have a minimum of ten years of experience.
Can you help with other things besides painting, like drywall repairs or carpentry?
Do you protect our furnishing and clean up after you are done?
Floors, furniture and areas that are not supposed to be painted will be protected. On
completion we will pick up and clean up to return your home to the condition that we
Can you tell me what I need to do in order to get ready for the painters?
The only items we ask the customer to move are the small knick- knack type items
and pictures. We come expecting to move furniture, window treatments and switch plates. Upon completion of the painting we will place all items we moved back in their correct location.
Will you come back and take care of any touch up issues after the job is completed?
Yes. If there are any areas that need to be touched up we will be more than happy to come back and touch up any affected areas.
What cities does Randy Wilson Painting service area cover?
Randy Wilson Painting service area covers the Greater Chattanooga area & Northwest Georgia.
We’re a licensed contractor in Chattanooga, TN.