What's our Interior Painting Process?

Here at Dr. Paint we understand and know that you are the reason we are in business. And because you have friends and family that can also turn to us when they need a painter, we go the extra mile to make sure that things are done right, the first time. Anytime we are doing interior painting whether on a residential home or commercial space, we make sure that the process outlined below is followed to the t. When the steps are taken in the order outlined, we make sure that not only the painting comes out right, but also the communication is very well managed. So, if you are looking for a painting contractor that pays attention to the small details in the Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, and neighboring areas please give us a call to see what we've got to offer.

Step 1: Once the proposal is delivered and the customer decides to move forward, we create a job folder with all the details of the interior painting project.

Step 2: We help the customer pick out colors and once the colors are selected, we fill out a color confirmation form. 

Step 3: We call the Friday prior to our arrival date to make sure the customers are fully prepared for the paint job.

Step 4: We arrive at the site, our client's home or business. At that point our Crew Leader will introduce the staff and review the scope of work with you to make sure that both parties are on the same page. 

Step 5: Once we have the client's seal of approval, our painters will move all the furniture to the center of the room to then cover with plastic to protect them from damage due to dust, debris and most importantly, paint. They will also cover the flooring with drop clothes.

Step 6: Once the surfaces not scheduled for painting are covered, the team will continue setting up by removing all switch plate covers, as well as hardware in or on the wall.

Step 5: Now the dirty work begins, our team will focus on preparing all of the surfaces. Which includes, but is not limited to thoroughly dusting all surfaces, caulking windows, baseboards & doors, patching holes, sanding, cleaning baseboards and priming where needed.

Step 6: After making sure all surfaces are prepped, we begin painting all the surfaces scheduled for painting according to the scope of work.

Step 7: Once we have finished painting, our Crew Leader will do a thorough walk through with the customer at this point, to confirm everything is up to their standards, sign off the contract as job completed, and collect final payment.

Step 9: Then the team will install all hardware, switch plate covers and wall plates. We will remove all the drop cloths and move furniture back to it's original locations. 

Step 10: Last, but not least, when all of our equipment is being loaded back into the work van, a member of our team will focus on making sure the floors and home are in spotless condition. 

Step 11: A follow up call will be conducted by our office staff to make sure we have done everything we have promised to your satisfaction.

What is the correct preparation for epoxy flooring?

When installing epoxy flooring, always make sure that the floor is prepared correctly in order to create a bond between the epoxy and the concrete. To get an epoxy ready surface, the following steps must be taken:

1)  Check for Previous Coatings

All coatings need to be removed prior to the installation of the new epoxy so that it will bond with the concrete, not with the old coating. If the old coating fails, the new coating will also fail to adhere. If it’s not coated, the condition of the concrete needs to be assessed prior to the installation of any new epoxy.

2)  Remove Old Coatings

There are multiple ways to remove high performance coatings. The most popular methods of removal are by the use of chemicals and/or grinders. The preferred method for Dr. Paint is the use of diamond grinders, as opposed to harmful chemicals.

3)  Assess the Concrete if there's No Coating

Oil stains are commonly found on concrete surfaces. The application of a commercial grade degreaser should be scrubbed in to the concrete surface with a plastic bristle brush and then power washed to continue preparation for epoxy flooring installation. Oils are tough to remove and may require a few of these applications to create an epoxy ready surface.

 4)  Clean the Surface

During the process of grinding the coatings, small particles of loose concrete will be pushed back in by the rotating motion of the grinder. Therefore, the concrete surface must also be cleaned by power washing to help remove the excess particles. At Dr. Paint we go a step above. Not only do we power wash, but also etch the concrete to open up the pores even further. This step will ensure that you have a perfectly sound surface to receive the epoxy flooring.

5)  Seal the Cracks

During the grinding process, all hairline cracks will be opened by using a hand grinder and later filled with an epoxy crack filler. The purpose of injecting this epoxy filler is so that it expands to form a complete new seal in the cracks. Any excess crack filler is shaved off from the top so that it blends in with the rest of the concrete floor. The goal is to make cracks invisible once the floor has been completed.

AFTER PERFORMING THESE STEPS, YOU'RE FLOOR IS READY FOR EPOXY FLOOR INSTALLATION! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE!!!

So, if you need a PROFESSIONAL epoxy installer for your garage floor in the Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, Flagler Beach, Palm Coast and St. Augustine area, please feel free to call us at 386-246-7999 for a free no-obligation epoxy consultation. Or if you are not quite ready yet, request a free copy of our “Consumer Awareness Guide for Choosing a Painter” for valuable resources.

     

 

 

 

 

Can the gutters and soffits be painted?

This is a question we get very often. The answer to the question is YES! Gutters can be painted using the right primer, paint and the right process. Many painters and homeowners believe that gutters cannot be painted because it will not adhere to the surface properly. This is NOT true.

The process of painting gutters is the following:

1.       First, make sure that the surface is clean.

The first step prior to painting any exterior surfaces, is cleaning the substrate. Pressure washing with sodium hypochlorite and a surfactant is the most effective way to remove mold, debris, chalk, and dirt. This is a basic step that cannot be overlooked. Ask yourself: How can paint stick to dirty and dusty surfaces?

2.       Applying a bonding primer.

Ever remember seeing paint peeling off of the sides of a paint bucket? This happens because the sides of the buckets are smooth and shiny and paint won’t stick to that type of surface. That is why it is important to apply a bonding primer designed specifically to adhere to those hard-to-stick surfaces, like gutters and soffits.

3.       Applying acrylic top coat.

Now that the surfaces are prepped correctly, the paint will stay on the gutters and soffits. The recommended paint for these surfaces, is an acrylic type that will flex with any movement. On the contrary, oil-based paints are brittle and will crack with movement.  

4.       Method of application.

We suggest spraying as a preferred method of application so that you get a brand-new fine finish without the ugly brush strokes and roller marks. Another benefit to spraying is that you are less likely to clog the vents on the soffits for roof ventilation.

Unlike other painting companies, Dr. Paint does paint gutters and soffits because we use the right products and process for a long-lasting paint job. So, if you’re in the local area of Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach, Flagler Beach, Palm Coast, St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, please give us a call at 386-246-7999 to have us look at your painting project for FREE!

Hope you have learned something new!

Thank you,

Dr. Paint