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I have done a lot of online research over the years about some of the details and instructions for interior house painting. I'm putting it out there that a lot of the information that one would find on the Internet is just plain wrong.

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Important to be Licensed and Insured?

Here are the things to look for when considering hiring a painting company in Northern Virginia.

  • Have a valid painting company in Northern Virginia State Contractor License.
  • Have General Liability Insurance for the homeowner.
  • Have Workman’s Compensation Insurance for the employees.
  • Have an established local business address.
  • Can be located easily on the Internet.
  • Demonstrate overall good business practices

Hiring an unlicensed and uninsured contractor is a serious risk for your home and property, and certainly an unnecessary financial risk. Here are some things that you should consider when you are looking to hire a painter or handyman to do work on your home.

Hiring a Class A Licensed and insured painting company provides assurances and peace-of-mind. The licensing provides consumer protection. The State Contractor’s Board who licenses Contractors have set up rules, regulations and laws to protect the health, welfare and safety of the general public. The Construction Recovery Fund is also there to protect consumers in case of a financial loss incurred as a result of project abandonment, negligence or fraud caused by a licensed only residential contractor.

Workers compensation insurance is required by law and is regulated by the state. It provides coverage for an employee in case of an accident and injury that occurred on the job. Its main purpose is to ensure that in the event of a workplace accident, an injured worker can receive medical care at no expense to them. Moreover, Workers Compensation protects our company as an employer, as well as our clients, the homeowners, from any lawsuit that could potentially occur because of an accident.

We have been extremely fortunate and have not had anyone injured on our jobs. Needless to say, we all know accidents do happen, so that is why our company ensures that everyone is protected with Workman’s Compensation Insurance.

General Liability Insurance provides protection for homeowners for property damage that can occur due to an accident on the job. Painting can be a potentially hazardous activity around your home. Inexperienced people dealing with ladders, furniture, and solvents can sometimes have accidents. If a painting contractor does not have General Liability Insurance, then you the homeowner could end up paying for these issues out of your own pocket if your homeowner’s Insurance Policy does not cover it.

As a Museum Quality Painters, we have over 30 years of experience in dealing with many different types of painting and renovation projects. We are cautious and careful, and we never rush a job or cut-corners to compromise safety or quality. Yes, we carry General Liability Insurance for our Clients.

In addition to working with a licensed, and insured contractor, there are several other things that you should do to ensure that your home improvement project goes smoothly. The painting contractor should have a good understanding of the project requirements and be able to provide a comprehensive estimate and scope of work. This is especially important when you want to make an accurate comparison when receiving multiple estimates. Finally, make sure your painter has a written warranty, which shows that they will guarantee their work once the job has been completed.

ur painting estimates are probably the most detailed that you will find in the Washington DC area. We scope out every area, as well as, the preparation and application phase processes. Also, we offer our clients a warranty for 5 years. This warranty is accessible on our homepage.

In this day and age, any unlicensed painter should raise concern for the homeowner. Even though it costs money and may be difficult to acquire, working without a license or insurance is breaking the law. Moreover, you the homeowner can be held responsible if the un-thinkable happens on your property. That being said, you homeowners should be really suspicious of anyone who is not licensed and insured. Keep in mind that you are hiring a company for a service that could be hazardous, so you should not base a hiring decision on price alone. Hiring a licensed and insured painting contractor will give you the peace of mind that the business owner is responsible and thoughtful enough for their business and the people that they are working with.

Museum Quality Interior Preparation

When painting indoors, our initial activity will always consist of implementing protective procedures. Our biggest responsibility is to protect your home and everything within it. As a Customer, you are inviting us into your home to help you, and we recognize that we need to pay careful attention for the work activities that we do. We treat your home as if it were our own and take extra care when moving your furniture and belongings.

As a painting company in Northern Virginia, we are often praised on our professionalism and extensive prep work that we undertake to ensure the highest level of protection. Some Customers ask us why we go to such great lengths using so much tape and plastic. My answer is simple. It ensures 99%protection of surfaces, and helps us complete the application much faster. By completely taping and putting plastic over cabinets, counters, bathrooms, and floors, we do not need to cut-in these areas.

Following the plastic seal protection, we layout clean, interior painting-only drop cloths throughout the floor space of where we will be working.If we are working over hardwood floors and stairs, we take even more precautions by laying out durable rosin sheathing that protects the hardwood from impacts and scratches. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and we think that this is a very important component of protection and containment for any kind of paint or drywall application.

Our skilled mechanics will also move the furniture to the center of the room and cover it with protective plastic. Additionally, we will remove items from the walls, including electrical plates and bathroom fixtures, and store them for safekeeping.Curtains and blinds are temporarily removed from the walls and protected. We will then inspect the area one final time to see if anything else needs to be removed or if anything requires additional protection.

When we are done, everything gets put back to its proper place, we sweep and vacuum all your floors, and wipe down your counters where wherever we have been working. Our jobs always end-up cleaner than when we first started the work, and there is never any trace that we were even there. Except for the fact that now you have beautiful new colors on the walls throughout.

How to Touch-up Paint your Walls

Sometimes marks and scruffs on interior walls can diminish the look of a well-designed room. Depending upon how much time has passed since the walls were last painted, sometimes you can hide unsightly blemishes by covering them with touch-up paint that matches the existing wall color. Even if you don't know what the original color is, there are other ways that you can accurately match your current wall color.

The best way to match the paint from an existing wall is to bring the original can of paint to any reputable paint store. Usually most paint stores can easily re-create the hue if paint label is still visible with the formula. In some cases, the store can still match the paint and create a new paint formula by utilizing a computer matching system. This type of system can analyze the color and create the match that usually turns out to be very close to the original. Many chain paint stores also maintain records of other paint manufacturers, and they should be able to determine the color. Always make sure that the match is correct by applying paint to a sample.

Sometimes finding the original can of paint from a specific wall color can be impossible. If that’s the case, your local paint store can create a paint match if you are able to bring them a color sample from the wall itself.. By using a putty knife, simply cut a two-inch square in the drywall from a less noticeable area, such as a closet, above a framed door, or inside an electrical outlet. Gently press the knife blade into the drywall without damaging it in order to remove the top layer of paint. Most chain paint stores have a computerized paint-matching system that has a spectrophotometer that can create a new formula based from the scan.

A sample paint card from the original paint manufacturer with the paint formula printed on it, is even better! If that particular color name and color formula is still in existence then the match process should take only minutes. On the other hand, if a sample paint card was not kept on file for 10 years, don’t fret, simply travel to your local paint store and ask them for a paint fan deck. These fan decks contain all of the colors that they make. Many homes in Reston Virginia are part of a Homeowners Association, and it is the Association that dictates what colors are to be applied to the exterior of those homes that are within the community.

Needless to say, you may have trouble finding an exact paint match for an existing wall that is moderately faded due to age. A lot of times simply cleaning the walls with a mild dish detergent and warm water to remove dirt will reveal the true paint hue. Something else to consider is how the previous paint was applied. If it was sprayed, touching-up that wall will make matters worse. In those cases, it would be necessary to brush and roll complete walls. After touching-up a wall section, allow it to dry completely before deciding to try a different touch-up color. Davinci's Painters are experts at matching colors for touch-up purposes, so give us a call!

How to handle Lead in your Northern VA Home

Question: I recently purchased a home in Vienna and it hasn’t been upgraded or renovated for 30 years. How do I know if there is lead based paint on the inside?  What should I do if lead paint is found?

Answer: The Environmental Protection Agency has very strict regulations to ensure that occupants of the home, and the paint contractors working there are kept safe.  If your home was built prior to 1978, there is a possibility that lead based paint may be in your home.  Research has shown that children are the most affected by lead paint and the main idea is to prevent exposure before it happens.

Safety is the most important factor and a meticulous containment and set-up process is required prior to lead paint abatement. The Davinci's Painting team is EPA Lead Certified, and we are experienced to deal with even the most extreme lead removal projects.  We provide an efficient and safe system for lead removal.

We professionally remove lead paint, lead dust, and lead contaminated soil within the Washington DC area.  We utilize lead removal methodologies that have been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Some of these processes include conventional techniques like sand blasting, sponge blasting, ice blasting, and even intensive hand scraping for the more complicated lead abatement projects.