How I Like To Paint




I prefer to use a brush and paint roller on the exteriors of homes. I have a spray rig, but rarely use it. A quality spray job is possible. Spraying can be faster once the necessary masking is done and can sometimes be the best way to go. However, I like to feel the work "hands on," and a brush is hard to beat for getting paint into crevices and corners, and the right amount of paint onto a surface. Exterior spray-painted surfaces need to be rolled back and brushed anyway to get an even look.

Many home owners prefer their home's exterior to be brushed and rolled. I've seen countless spray jobs where there is overspray on bricks, windows, shingles and other surfaces that the speedy painter didn't bother to clean up. Quality gets sacrificed for speed. Weather conditions need to be optimal for exterior spraying because overspray can travel in the wind and land on valuables like cars. Neighbors breathe a sigh of relief when they see painters using brushes and rollers, rather than blowing paint in the air.

I will use a cup sprayer driven by a 10 p.s.i. air turbine (HVLP) for some interior finishes, such as spraying stain, lacquer, paint, and blowing wispy clouds on blue ceilings or layering transparent colors.

Generally, though, I prefer painting interior trim, doors and cabinetry with acrylic enamel applied with a handmade Purdy brand brush. When acrylic enamel is applied with this brush, the result is a very nice looking surface that is easier to touch up with a brush and thus holds up better to wear and tear. I think the result has more of a "craftsman" look than other methods. Using a brush can save time when painting cabinet facings because it is not necessary to mask off or remove cabinet components.

A sprayed finish does have a very smooth look, and I will work that way if that is your preferred finish look. Be aware that air quality can be an issue inside of a home when paint is sprayed into the air that you are breathing. Also, particulate fallout from the air can land in the wrong places.

Painting Schedule

I usually get started at 8:00 am, but can work with your schedule and start earlier or later. I break at noon for lunch, which I bring, and get back to work at 12:30 pm. I leave at 4:30 pm, sometimes later. When I’m working outside, my schedule is not as dependent on yours and sometimes I might get started as early as 6:00 or 7:00 to beat the heat or work as late as 6:00 or 7:00 pm, especially on long summer days. I try to get in a 40 hour week, sometimes more, and I will appreciate having enough access to get in more than just a few hours on different days. However, some jobs, like ceiling repair, can involve doing work a few minutes at a time over a period of a few days.

Sometimes, scheduling work while you are away for a week or so is a very convenient arrangement. I can put in longer days and usually have much, if not all, of the work done by the time you get back. Give me a garage door opener, save yourself from the fumes and leave the painting to me. I don’t charge anything for house-sitting.

Or, if you are a do-it-your-selfer, but would like some help, I can bring in my equipment and do things like ladder work while you pick up on what you are comfortable with. A similar arrangement is to have some of the prep work done by the time I arrive. This kind of work could include moving furniture three feet away from the wall, removing outlet and switch plates, dusting base boards, cleaning dirty areas on walls, taking pictures off walls, removing knick knacks, breakables, and sometimes cabinet contents.