Do you have insurance?
Yes, we have $2,000,000 in liability insurance and our WCB number is 904905
Do you have references?
Yes, we have many references for all different projects. We can give you references that relate to your project so that you can really get a feel for how we can impress you!
Do you protect the homeowner’s property when painting?
Yes, we use drop sheets, plastic, paper, and tape to ensure that your property is well protected
Do you do good preparation?
Yes, preparation is very important to a quality finish and we provide extensive interior and exterior house painting preparation work. We are happy to have our customers ask questions about and inspect our work at every stage so that they can see that we are providing a quality finished product that will last a long time. Preparation is different for every job and we include the details of the preparation in your customized quotation.
Do you give advice for house painting color selection?
Yes, we can give expert advice on what house painting colors to choose and allow you to make the final decision. Customers also have the option to test sample house painting colors on their walls.
When can you start a job?
Our painters can begin work within a week or sooner, depending on the situation and the time of year.
How soon can you finish a job once you’ve started?
Most painting jobs can be finished in under a week, unless the property is very large, or there are issues with weather.During our consultation with you, we can evaluate your situation and let you know how long we think it will take to complete your painting project. We always commit to working continuously on your home.
Do you provide touch up paint after painting is finished?
Yes, in most cases, there is leftover paint for touch ups and the colors are kept on file.
Do you provide a warranty?
Yes, we honor a 2 year warranty with some exceptions, depending on the specific house painting project.
Can I leave my home while your painting crew works?
Yes. Most people we work for are not home while work is going on. While you are at work or running errands, our crew will be busy painting. We are licensed and fully insured so there is nothing to worry about.
Do you have examples of work you’ve completed?
Yes! Please visit our photo gallery to see examples of our completed interior and exterior painting projects. We can also provide addresses for homes in your neighbourhood so you can actually see our work and how it stands out!
What kind of paint do you use?
We use the only professional quality paints from Dulux and Benjamin Moore unless the customer requests a different brand.
Why should I choose Academy Plus Painting for my painting project?
Academy Plus Painting has an established track record of consistently delivering what’s needed and wanted on a painting job (Needed with regards to painting process requirements on a particular job and Wanted as far as customer experience is concerned.)
Aside from our reputation for quality workmanship, we pride ourselves on how well we listen to our customers and will always make sure you are our priority when we are working on your project.
OK, I’ve decided to hire you as my painting contractor. Where do we go from here?
Thank you for choosing Academy Plus Painting. We are sure you will not be disappointed. To book in your job, please call or email us. Someone will be in touch with you shortly to talk about colors, schedule, etc.
What can I do to help make the project go more smoothly?
One of our main goals is to complete your project with as little disruption to your life as possible. Before your project starts we will provide you with a list of things that you can do to help us to complete your project as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Who will be there to answer my questions or to address any concerns I may have throughout the project?
Maintaining open line of communication with you is very important to us. Your job foreman should be able to answer most questions but please feel free to contact your estimator or contact our office staff at any time to address concerns or answer any questions you may have whatsoever.
Do you charge for estimates?
We never charge a fee to provide an estimate for your painting project.
How do you determine the amount you will charge for my painting project?
There are many things to consider including: type and size of the painted area; type of windows and other trim work; number and intensity of paint colors; amount of protection needed for plants and furniture; quality of paint used; and the extent of needed paint surface preparation. All of those things will need to be considered in order to provide you with an accurate cost estimate.
What hours do your crews work?
We generally work M-F, 8-4. We can customize our hours if needed including evenings, weekends, and even overnight if we are working at a place of business!
Do I need to move everything from the rooms before you paint?
Please move all small items and breakables. Unless agreed otherwise, we will move and protect all of the furniture and fixtures.
What are different paint sheens?
Sheen refers to the light reflectivity of the painted or varnished surface. There are varying degrees of sheen, from no sheen to high gloss. Though some paint manufacturers may refer to their paint sheens by different names, generaly, from lowest to highest, paint sheens correspond to these reflective degrees:
Semi gloss finish
High gloss finish
What are the advantages of flat and lower sheen paints?
They provide even light reflection and give the surface a softer, more uniform look.
They don’t highlight surface imperfections like higher sheen paints, so they usually don’t require as much surface preparation (like patching, texturing or sanding) prior to painting.
They are much less likely to show “lap marks”, so they are generally easier to apply and touch up than higher sheen paints. (When one painted section dries before the next section is painted, the two sections won’t flow together into a uniform film, resulting in a “lap mark.”)
They don’t need to be sanded or de-glossed before repainting, unlike higher sheen paints.
What are the disadvantages of flat and lower sheen paints?
They are less stain and scuff resistant than higher sheen paints, so they should not be used on surfaces that will be handled, washed or scrubbed frequently.
They are less moisture resistant than higher sheen finishes, so they are not the best choice for areas that are exposed to high humidity levels, like in bathrooms, or on any surfaces that will be washed frequently.
What are the advantages of higher sheen paints?
They have better stain resistance, so they resist dirt pick up and stay cleaner longer.
They have better scuff and wear resistance, so they’re good for high traffic areas and on surfaces that are handled, washed or scrubbed frequently.
They have better moisture resistance, which makes them ideal for surfaces and areas that are frequently exposed to high humidity levels.
What is Elastomeric?
Elastomeric Waterproofing System is normally used on exterior stucco and often when the surface has a lot of hairline cracks. Elastomerics are formulated to be applied in very thick coats. When applied correctly, due to their high elasticity, they have a special capacity to span hairline cracks permanently. Instead of these cracks reopening on your stucco, the Elastomeric would stretch and keep them sealed up. This then keeps water out and protects your home from damage. Elastomeric looks much like any other paint and it can be tinted to most colors.
What is VOC and why do I care?
All paints, varnishes, and solvents contain volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Exposure to VOCs can trigger asthma attacks, respiratory problems, eye irritation, nausea, or dizziness. Because of these health concerns, a number of paint manufacturers have introduced Low or No VOC paint alternatives.
What is a Low VOC Paint?
The Environmental Protection Agency states that, to qualify as Low VOC, latex paint must contain no more than 250 g/L and 380 g/L for oil paint.
What is a No VOC Paint?
The term No VOC or Zero VOC for the paint is actually a misnomer. The No VOC labeled paint will actually contain some (less than 5 g/L) VOCs. Adding pigment to the paint will likely add another 2-5 g/L to the total.
What if I want to change something about the job or need some additional work done while the paint crew is already at my home?
Please let our office know about it or feel free to contact your estimator directly. Most of the time it is more cost-effective for us to make a change or do additional during the course of the project than to have us come back after the project is complete.
When I get different bids from several companies, they are never the same, some high, some low. Why is there such a price difference?
The cost of a job is usually determined by the level of thoroughness, attention to detail, and quality desired. It costs more to properly prepare a surface for painting than to just pressure clean and scrape the surface. The majority of the cost of painting is in the surface preparation and the labor involved in the application of the paint and not the actual cost of the paint itself. As with most other industries, generally you get what you pay for.
How long will my exterior painting job last?
Generally an exterior painting job will need to be redone every 5-10 years. Stucco tends to last longer, wood on the other hand expands and contracts more with changing temperatures which loosens the paint sooner.
It is best not to put off your exterior painting until the house is badly peeling. When it gets to that condition, it will end up costing you more in preparation time and possibly dry rot repair work.
If however the property is in a bad condition when you get to it, do yourself a favor – go the extra length and ensure that thorough surface preparation is done. The idea is to create a sound surface for the new coats to adhere to. This requires more time but is necessary for the paint job to last.
What is surfactant leaching?
The term surfactant leaching is used to describe spots or streaks of sticky brown or colorless material that appears on the surface of freshly applied latex paint. Surfactant leaching is a common paint problem that may occur with any brand of latex paint. The spots or streaks caused by surfactant leaching, while unsightly, are not harmful and do not affect the performance of the paint.
Surfactants are ingredients in paint that are critical to the performance properties of the paint such as its color, stability, flow, and leveling. These materials usually evaporate in good drying conditions, or they are locked into the paint film. The staining occurs when drying conditions cause the paint to dry too slowly, allowing the surfactants to rise to the surface of the paint. The spotting and streaking occur when moisture condenses on the fresh paint and draws the surfactants rapidly out of the paint film. Heavy condensation will cause streaking from the run down of surfactant-rich water.
Surfactant leaching usually occurs during the spring and fall when the daytime temperatures drop below the dew point rapidly, or when temperatures are low and humidity remains high. In costal areas, such as San Francisco, the marine layer can suddenly increase humidity and cause surfactant leaching any time of the year.
How to test if paint is oil or latex?
First, scrub a small area with a solution of household detergent and warm water. Rinse well and towel dry. Then soak a cotton ball, Q tip or soft rag in alcohol and rub it back and forth over the cleaned area. If paint comes off, it’s latex. If not, it’s oil based. In either case, proper prep is key.
How long will it take for the paint to dry?
Acrylic (latex) paint dries much faster than Alkyd (oil). Usually a couple of hours is plenty of time. Oil paint though should dry overnight. Flat paint may dry faster than semi gloss.
How do I maintain my exterior painting job?
On a regular basis you should walk around the exterior of your home looking for dryrot, water penetration, cracks, and chalking. About once a year it is a good idea to pressure wash your home to remove the accumulation of surface dirt.
How do I maintain my interior painting job?
Interior paint typically gets dirty in many situations: hand prints around switches and knobs; splashes in kitchens and bathrooms; marks on hallways and corridors; “soot” accumulating above electric lamps and other heat sources. Removing dirt before it accumulates not only improves appearance, it reduces chances of it getting permanently embedded in the paint film.
Check for dirt periodically and assume it will be present in and near cooking areas (airborne cooking oil) and at all places at hand height. Always initially clean the surface with a mild detergent using a sponge or a soft cloth. Resort to harsher cleaners only when necessary, recognizing that alkaline cleaners can dull the sheen or gloss of oil based paint. Abrasive cleaner will burnish nearly any paint and will dull the gloss of satin, semigloss and gloss products. Washed surfaces should be rinsed thoroughly because residual cleaner can interfere with adhesion of paint applied later.