Proven Home Painting Process

The key to a successful project is having a home painting process and a skilled team to execute on all the details.

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3 Easy Steps to Get the Process Started

Our home painting process is what sets us apart from other paint contractors. The bidding is very transparent and we are known from Salem to Seattle for our customer service and project management all the way through to your final inspection.

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Paint Preparation
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Priming & Painting

Home Painting Estimate and Scheduling

Step 1 in the home painting process we start by inspecting the entire project. This includes painting and any repairs that might need to be completed. Then, we wash, scrape, and sand the surface before the painting ever starts. We also carefully mask all the windows and doors so that there is minimal clean up afterward. Of course, we provide all clean up necessary before the painting project is completed.

Although we have painting services billed by the hour, most exterior painting projects start out with a bid or an estimate. This is step 1 in the painting process. After scheduling a bid appointment with our office, a project manager will meet you at your property and discuss the scope of your project.

For homeowners with busy schedules, ask us about receiving an electronic bid. One of the exterior home paint supervisors will measure your home at a scheduled time and communicate other bid details via phone or email.

Home Painting Preparation

Step 2 in the home painting process usually requires the most time. Especially if your paint project requires siding replacement due to water damage, dry rot, or if your home requires lead-based paint removal.

  • Inspection—SFW Painters have seen it all, but to minimize any surprises that forestall painting we’ll do an exterior home inspection before starting physical prep work.
  • Repairs—If your inspection turns up any additional small siding or trim repairs, we’ll let you know before making the repairs. We have an experienced team of carpenters and home exterior experts who can tackle the more complicated maintenance; no need to hire an expensive subcontractor!
  • Washing—Head to toe, your house is going to get a good scrubbing. We see a lot of prematurely failed exterior paint jobs, dirt and grime is the easiest way to failed paint adhesion. Our painters will pressure wash your siding, gutters, trim, and any other areas that need painting.
  • Scraping and Sanding—Some homes are ready for priming after a thorough pressure wash while others need leftover paint scraped or sanded.
  • Masking—You might like Jackson Pollock, but probably not on your house. We use the most recent taping and masking products like 3M’s Static Sheeting which adhesive sticks to your windows and doors. Our 17-foot paint trailer holds a seemingly infinite arsenal of drop cloths to protect your walkways, plans, garden beds, fencing, and appliances during the painting process. Are you worried about your garden? We use Tyvek breathable dropcloths to keep your plants healthy. We never use polyethylene sheeting!

Home Painting

Step 3 in the home painting process is the fun part. This is where everything comes together and we seal your home with caulk, prime the surface, and apply the new paint.

  • Caulk—Paint and caulk are your home’s first defense against water intrusion. Consequently, all paint jobs should include removing and replacing old, failing caulk. Our paint bids include caulking not only your siding but everything from your roof to your foundation.
  • Priming—Paint doesn’t stick to just anything. Primer is formulated to seal the wood and create an appropriate surface for the paint. We employ a range of primers from standard residential primers to bonding primers which can smooth defects and encapsulate lead paint.
  • Paint—Different parts of your house require different painting techniques. Rest assured, we’re going to use the most appropriate technique to maximize efficiency while delivering the highest quality paint job! Our paint crews use low-noise airless-electric sprayers and are experienced painting all types of exteriors. If you have a concern about the painting techniques used in your home, contact us today!

Portland’s Premier Paint Contractor

We are Portland’s trusted choice for residential and commercial paint contracting. From preparation to final clean-up, we execute paint projects with professionalism and attention to detail—unmatched by other Portland paint contractors.

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