With any St. Louis interior painting project, the amount of preparation completed prior to the application of any paint will determine the quality of the finished product. At BRS Custom Painting, we place a very high priority on the quality of our prep work to ensure the best possible outcome. We start this process by discussing the varying degrees of preparation with each homeowner to guarantee that we are both on the same page and that expectations are met. Whether that means repair of damaged tapelines, stress cracks, nail pops or any other type of damage to your walls and ceilings, the customer will determine what they want completed and BRS will follow through to meet their needs.
Often times, this simple process is the area where homeowner’s are hit with “hidden fees” from contractors. If the amount of prep work to be completed is not clearly outlined in the contract, then most contractors are going to complete the bare minimum amount of prep. Then, once all the paint has been applied, the homeowner begins to notice the imperfections that were not noticeable before and feel that the finished product is not up to their standards. So, in short, make sure that the level of preparation prior to painting is discussed thoroughly (and in writing) prior to the commencement of any project.
Now that we have covered the importance of preparation, the next process is the quality, color and sheen of paints that are going to be used. Using a quality paint is extremely important for any project in terms of longevity, durability and finish. Although you may be able to save some money on the initial purchase by using a cost efficient product, you will pay the price down the road when your finish begins to fade and you have to pay for another painting project. BRS Custom Painting only uses premium quality paints from Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. These companies are on the cutting edge of quality and stand behind their premium products with lifetime guarantees. We are confident in the performance of their products and because of this we confidently estimate the number of coats and longevity of each paint job that we complete. A truly confident St. Louis painting contractor will have this ability!
Choosing Your Interior Paint Colors
The next step in choosing paint is color and sheen. This can be one of the most difficult tasks for homeowners because you cannot get a true feel for the color until the entire room has been painted. BRS Custom Painting offers a FREE color consultation with a professional interior designer prior to the start of any project. This allows for the homeowner to spend ample time discussing colors with a professional and will give them the confidence they need to choose the right colors. Also during this consultation, you will be able to discuss the sheen of paint that you desire. We feel this is something that sets us apart from other St. Louis interior painters.
The sheen of the paint will determine how reflective, cleanable and uniform your finish will be. For a finish that hides imperfections and provides an extremely uniform finish, we suggest a flat or matte finish. These finishes have traditionally been associated with an inability to clean, however, with advancements in paint technology and the introduction of flat enamels, you can now purchase a flat paint that can withhold day-to-day scrubbing. If you have kids and constantly need to wipe your walls with a wet rag to clean them, an eggshell or satin finish is probably your best bet. The glossier finish on these paints allow for simple wiping to clean, but they do not hide imperfections as well (see preparation above to avoid this problem). For trim, doors or molding, you will want to use a semi-gloss or gloss paint. These finishes are the easiest to clean for the areas that see a lot of contact with dirty hands. Also, the higher sheen allows for these surfaces to stand out and offer a clean contrast to the paints used on your walls and ceilings.