Frequently Asked Questions
How long have you been in business?
I started to work in numerous construction areas since a young age, until finally deciding to form my own company. As a licensed company we have been open for about 12 years.
Do you actually do the painting?
Yes, as the owner of Oscar's Painting, I personally supervise all the jobs and workers. This helps ensure that the projects/jobs are done with quality and full satisfaction of the client.
Do you guarantee your work?
Yes, all the work is guaranteed by Oscar’s Painting. However, there may be factors that are out of our control, which can affect our work.
Will you provide me with written references?
Upon request, references will be provided through email or a hard copy. You can also see some references on the Home page of this website.
How do you handle “dirty work”?
The “dirty work” will be taken care in different manners depending on the amount. Mostly it will be taken to the county disposal. However, the manner it is handled will vary and will be discussed with the client.
Does your company carry workers compensation and liability insurance?
Yes, we meet all the requirements by the Board of the Professional Contractors.
What percentage of your business is repeat or referral business?
Over 75% of my business is repeated or referral business.
What’s the ideal temperature for exterior work?
A common concern is when is the best time to perform the work. Painting during periods of temperature changes, such as during the fall, may be a cause for concern due to increased dampness in the air. However, using a latex-based, all-weather paint can help to alleviate some of the concerns. All-weather latex-based paints can withstand temperatures as low as thirty-five degrees and allow for more flexibility when the need to paint the exterior of your home arises. The key is to ensure that the paint selected clearly states that it is an all-weather, latex-based paint in order to ensure proper results.
How often should I paint the house?
If paint of quality brand is used, a home can withstand painting every 5 to 7 years. Generic brands, though less expensive, may require more frequent painting because they may not hold up as well to wear and tear, fading and outdoor elements that a premium brand is designed to do.
What are differences between alkyd and latex paints?
Alkyd is oil-based paint and latex is water based. Both have excellent adhesion properties. Alkyd paints have better adhesion on heavily chalked surfaces, whereas Latex paints have better elasticity property. In color retention, latex paints are more resistant to fading and chalking when exposed to sun, whereas the Alkyd paints are prone to fading. When applying to surface, Alkyd paints are more difficult as they are heavier. Latex paints are smoother and they drag very easily on the surface. Alkyd paints can be used in most of the surfaces except for new stucco or concrete. Latex paints are good for wood, vinyl sidings, brick, stucco and aluminum sidings. Alkyd paints take about 8 to 24 hours to adhere and Latex paints dry up in about 1 to 6 hours.
How do I determine color codes?
If you need to touch up the exterior paint on your home, or need to match the code or formula, you have a problem, if you don't have any leftover paint to refer to. Not only do you have to find the color formula, but also for a perfect match, you'll want to use the same sheen as well. Look for old cans of paint in the garage, basement or attic. Previous owners often leave old paint cans behind. The paint may not be usable, but a professional paint store will be able to match the color. If the label is still on the can, bring it to the original paint store. A paint consultant there should be able to find the exact formula. Pry a painted piece of trim from your home. Choose a piece of at least 1 inch square that has not been exposed to the sun. Bring the piece to a paint store. Almost every store can computer-match the color and sheen of the paint and make your new paint in the same formula.
What about oil-based finish vs. latex-based finish?
Latex finishes: Resist fading; do not chalk; easy clean up, low voc, flexible, breathable (allows moisture to pass through), fast dry, requires no chemical solvents. Oil finish: flows out during application; protects metal; washes well; resist smearing and marking, penetrates into chalky surfaces; After drying it does not become stuck to rubber weather stripping from contact; Strong initial bond to most surfaces