Let the professionals at AA Brite 24/7 do your interior painting for you! We’ve painted hundreds of interiors in Tucson, both residential and commercial over the years and we want to paint yours too. Call me, Robert the owner at 520-261-0092 and I’ll be happy to provide you with a written estimate.
Written 17 Step Interior Painting Process
Listed below is our interior painting process and information business and home owners find helpful for preparing to get interior painting work.
What We Do for Residential Interior Painting
1) Remove pictures, paintings etc. from the interior walls in preparation of painting.
A good rule of thumb for all interior painting, regardless of the contractor, is for you to take down anything expensive yourself. Painters don’t know if Great Great Grandma gave you that picture or if it was purchased at the flea market.
2) Move furniture to the center of the room when practical. i.e. if its not too big to be moved.
We will move the furniture to the center of the room for you and cover it with plastic or canvas as required.
3) Scrape loose and flaking paint.
4) Set up scaffolding and ladders as required.
If you have a tall ceiling and we need scaffolding, please be making plans for what to do with small children. They love to climb on scaffolding.
5) As required cover windows and doors and fixtures, walls not to be painted, etc. with plastic as required.
6) Degrease or clean walls as required with a liquid TSP type cleaner.
A good time to note that smoking is not only bad, nicotine stains cost more money to clean and paint over. We’ve painted over a lot of nicotine stains. We’ll clean the walls as needed prior to painting. Nicotine: Over the years we’ve washed a fair number of nicotine stained walls. As you can guess, scrubbing down nicotine stains is tedious and dirty work. When the cleaning is complete, it still requires a fair bit of paint to cover the remaining shadows – which adds to the price of a job.
7) Neutralize and rinse off TSP.
TSP type cleaner could be compared to the old lye soap. Its aggressive but used once in a while is not a problem.
8) Remove switch plate covers, outlet covers, etc.
Cable TV, phone, internet, network wall plate covers will not likely be removed to avoid the risk of bumping a loose wire and disabling the system.
9) Caulk cracks.
Cracks a few inches long are not problematic. If you have one running the length of your wall or ceiling then there are some more things you need to know. Please see the stucco repair section of this web site.
10) Fill nail holes.
PLEASE tell us if you want to return your pictures and paintings to the same spot so we don’t fill the holes. Many people want to re-organize after painting and we fill the holes unless told otherwise.
11) Spot patch stucco texture on sheet rock.
Small patches on an interior are not usually a problem, as the size grows from a postage stamp to a deck of cards, the rules on what to expect change. See Interior Stucco Repair
Raw wood, new sheet rock patches, caulk lines etc. will be primed and repaired to facilitate a good finished product.
12) Paint with premium grade interior paint.
Premium interior paint is the way to go. It covers better and runs less. If you want to see a painter frowning, give him cheap interior paint and ask him to make the finished product look nice.
13) Remove scaffolding and ladders.
Scaffolding and ladders are typically on job sites from beginning to end. If there are going to be small children present please let us know.
14) Reinstall switch plate covers.
After the painting is complete, switch plate covers are put back on. Painting without switch plate covers on is one of the single biggest ways to get the professional look.
15) Professional Clean up.
We always clean up the job site.
16) Quote includes all material and labor for list above.
17) Job inspection and walk around with the client.
We walk the finished project with you. Our interior motto is “It’s easier to paint than to argue.” In the process of walking the job, if you see anything we missed, we will take care of it. Occasionally people see shadows and think it’s a missed spot. Instead of arguing we paint it again, and move on. When we’re finished with the walk around and you’re satisfied, we collect the final payment.