All walls are protected first with a layer of polyethylene plastic, followed by a heavy-duty canvas drop cloth on top. the layer of plastic is cut to fit the area and then taped completely flush to the baseboard. We do this for maximum protection, because while work is in progress a drop cloth can get moved and if not noticed a potential for spills is greater. Even though we use plastic, we still use canvas drops on top to reduce tracking of paint and to provide a more durable work surface to walk on. We also use plastic and drop cloths to provide a protective walkway from the outside of the home to the area to be worked in. This prevents tracking of paint, joint compound, sheet rock dust, etc... to other parts of the home.
Any furniture that can not be moved out of the workng area is moved to the center of the room, this is done before floors are covered. After floor coverage is complete all furniture in the center of the room is covered solid with polyethylene plastic and taped to the floor plastic so as to minimize any chance of the plastic coming off. The same method of coverage is used in all areas of work; such as, kitchen cabinets and counter tops, washers and dryers, toilets, bathtubs, etc. we cover everything that is not getting painted.
Sheetrock repair can be a very messy process. When we repair wall cracks and replace sheetrock that requires sanding or using an air compressor assisted texture coating, we isolate the areas with plastic. We do this by either hanging it from the ceiling in large open areas or simply coverig a doorway in bedrooms for example. This keeps dust from settling on furniture in adjacent rooms. When all repair work is done, ant debris is easily captured on our floor covering, rolled up and removed.
All woodwork is sanded when needed and dusted off to remove debris. Our next step is to prime any bare areas with oil primer then caulk any joints in the wood where needed such as between the baseboard and wall, corners of doorjams, etc. We use 55 year acrylic latex caulk and quality oil base enamels as a topcoat. We can apply water basesd latex enamels on woodwork, if that is desired. To do this over existing oil finish, the following preparation must take place. Completely sand surface, dust off, prime with bonding primer, topcoat with latex enamel. If this is not done all of the latex will peel off later on. We highly recommend oil finishes on woodwork because it dries to a much harder finish and will not stick to itself (doors to doorjams for example).
Walls and Ceilings
All walls and ceilings are painted with quality acrylic latex paints. Acrylic latex is the preferred coating for walls because although it does not dry as hard as oil it is more flexible and resists cracking as it ages. As explained before no painting is started until the proper coverage and prep work is done. We take extra care to make sure all trim lines are very straight and neat and the finish is leveled and even. A lot of less experienced painters in the market rely on taping to create a straight line (A dark red wall next to a white baseboard for example). We highly recommend avoiding this because there is ALWAYS bleeding through the tape, which makes the line uneven; it also causes the rest of the coating to come loose when pulled off. We free hand all of our trim painting, after 40 years painting this is still the only way we have found to make color breaks sharp, neat, and straight.
Wood trim, doors, cabinets etc… are generally the last thing done in the paint job. Our general prep work for previously painted wood surfaces was described above. For our topcoat we use high quality oil base enamel. Every can that is opened is checked for proper viscosity and adjusted accordingly. If oil base paint is not thinned to the proper viscosity it will not level correctly leaving behind streaks and uneven areas. With proper preparation and adjustment of the paint’s thickness we can achieve extremely fine finishes.
SINCE 1966, CARROLL CUSTOM PAINTING HAS PROUDLY SERVICED THE FOLLOWING AREAS:
ALLEN, CARROLLTON, FARMERS BRANCH, GARLAND, HEATH, HIGHLAND PARK, LUCAS, MCKINNEY, MESQUITE, MURPHY, NORTH DALLAS, PARKER, PLANO, RICHARDSON, ROCKWALL, ROWLETT, SACHSE, SUNNYVALE,
UNIVERSITY PARK, WYLIE