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HOW CAN I TELL IF MY WALLS ARE WATER BASED (LATEX) PAINT OR OIL (ALKYD) PAINT?​

We recommend using some fingernail polish (Denatured Alcohol) on a cotton cloth and rub it lightly in an area you don’t mind some damage. If the paint becomes soft or begins to remove then it is latex or waterbed paint. If it’s not affected then it’s likely and alkyd paint.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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DO YOU CHARGE FOR ESTIMATES?

We never charge for estimates. We are assuming you want a total price and a complete plan for painting your project. You should call us, even if you can’t afford to have the space painted, you will come away with a better understanding of how we approach the work and how things should be completed.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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IS THE PROPOSAL PRICE, THE FINAL PRICE?

Yes, the price you received is the price you’ll pay. We don’t have hidden fees. Moorhouse Coating believes in transparency, we aren’t hiding anything from you when you receive a quote from us. The only way to change the price is to change the scope of work.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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WHAT TYPE OF PAINT DO YOU USE?

We purchase paint from PPG, Sherwin Williams, Dunn Edwards, Benjamin Moore and other locations that specifically sell paint. We generally avoid big box stores, because quantity and the ability to order quickly and correctly is very important to keep the project running smoothly.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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WHAT IF I WANT TO COMPLETELY CHANGE THE COLOR OF MY STUCCO OR STAINED WOOD HOME?

No problem. We can make suggestions.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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HOW DO YOU APPLY PAINT?

General rules: Siding should be painted every 5 to 8 years, stucco should be painted 5-7 years. Wood Staining 3-4 years. Aluminum or composite siding 7-12 years. Whatever sits in the sun or has repeated moisture exposure will need to be painted 2 years before everything else. Consider painting what needs to painted with a maintenance agreement. Often painting just a year before the house/building looks completely worn out will save thousands in surface preparation.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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ARE YOU INSURED AND LICENSED?

Yes, for your protection and ours, we are licensed and insured up to $2 million in liability.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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DO I NEED TO BE HOME WHILE YOU PAINT?

No, in most cases people are not home during the day and arrangements can be made in advance to accommodate your schedule. You don’t have to have your life interrupted to paint!

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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WHY DOES FLAT PAINT SHOW HAND PRINTS?​

Common knowledge is flat and low sheen paints show hand prints and seem to mark up fast than products with a higher sheen. Typically we recommend a satin or higher if the substrate will be in contact with objects or hands. But some manufactures are now producing scrubbable lower sheen finishes that have a tighter molecular structure that doesn’t reflect light. So ask you local paint store.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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WHY DON’T YOU RECOMMEND PRIMER?​

We don’t typically use primer if the surface has been previously painted. Primer is designed for specific substrates like Drywall, Masonry, Steel, so once the wall has been painted, it no longer needs to be primed. However if the surface has been patched or repaired primer will be required.

July 14th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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WHY DOES A PAINT CAN SAY 400 SQUARE FEET COVERAGE? I’M NOT GETTING ANYWHERE NEAR THAT!​

The coverage rate on the can is very misleading, it doesn’t take into account a textured surface, loss by application, application thickness, sealed or unsealed surface. We typically figure about 210 square feet per gallon if you install one coat about 160 square feet if you install 2 coats.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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WHY SHOULD WE PRESSURE WASH PRIOR TO PAINTING?

The purpose of pressure cleaning is to remove chalky residue, dust, loose stain or paint. We recommend performing the pressure washing a few days, weeks or even a month before painting. Pressure washing also removes cobwebs, and oxidization that would other wise be embedded in the paint.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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WHAT KIND OF CAULK DO YOU RECOMMEND?

We used professional grade urethane elastomeric. 50 year rating outside and 25 years inside. Everything else is a waste of time and money!

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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SHOULD WE BUY THE PAINT? MY HOA OFFERS A DISCOUNT.

Typically, the larger the contractor or the more volume a contractor purchases the better the price of the paint. Pro painters receive the largest discounted prices. It is doubtful you can beat the price a high volume painter pays. We have found over the years that the paint affects the process and performance.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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HOW SHOULD I SELECT A COLOR, CAN YOU HELP?

The final color selection should be made by the owner, but the road to get several close colors and eliminate the other 7000 possibilities should be with some help. If you don’t want to be involved at all, we recommend simply hiring a decorator. But if you want to be active, we can narrow your ideas down to 3 or 4 choices. We recommend samples on the wall because lighting, architecture and decor/fixtures will affect the paint color. Some times the largest obstacle to get a project underway is simply selecting the color.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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WHEN CAN YOU PAINT OUTSIDE?​

It must be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above for 6 hours in order for the paint to adhere and begin to cure properly. The dew point is more important than temperature, but that is a more complex calculation. If you are in question, it’s probably to close to call, and we suggest you just wait for warmer weather. A long lasting paint project will cure completely without frost or freezing and not be subject to moisture early in the curing process.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD WE PAINT OUTSIDE?

General rules: Siding should be painted every 5 to 8 years, stucco should be painted 5-7 years. Wood Staining 3-4 years. Aluminum or composite siding 7-12 years. Whatever sits in the sun or has repeated moisture exposure will need to be painted 2 years before everything else. Consider painting what needs to painted with a maintenance agreement. Often painting just a year before the house/building looks completely worn out will save thousands in surface preparation.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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WHY WOULDN’T I JUST PAINT IT MYSELF?

I don’t know! WE LOVE PAINTING. Seriously, it’s therapy! Don’t let us stop you. For those who don’t enjoy the process, we can perform the project with greater precision and most likely out perform your cost benefit. the time you save will greatly out match your effort. We’ve painted for more than a million hours! It’s going to be tough to beat our performance and even other painting contractors have a hard time keeping up. If you want the "know how" just say so, we will be happy to show you how the pro's paint.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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HOW MANY COAT OF PAINT DO YOU PUT ON?

As many as we need! Professionals don’t talk in terms of number of coats. If it takes two coats to properly cover the surface thats what you need. If it takes three coats to cover then that’s what’s required. It generally comes down to the coverage requirements from the manufacture and even installation.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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DO YOU REQUIRE A DEPOSIT?

The short answer is we only charge for services performed. Don’t give someone 50% up front!

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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IS THERE A JOB YOU WON’T TAKE ON?

We are painters by trade. It is only in our best interest to perform work as it relates to painting and the preparation requirements. So if the project relates to painting or preparation we will take it on. We don’t perform tile or framing! If you hire a company that does everything, you are overpaying dramatically! Yes, we could probably install ar roof, but would we be able to compete with someone only installing shingles?

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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HOW DO YOU SCHEDULE YOUR WORK?

It’s important to keep you informed and updated along the way. We are constantly aware of horror stories of contractors who begin and then disappear for a few days and bounce around back and forth. Once we start your project we will continue until it is finished. We are a larger painting company than most, so we have the luxury to meet and exceed your schedule and if you don’t want us there on Tuesday, that’s ok.

July 13th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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When can you paint outside?​

It must be at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit or above for 6 hours in order for the paint to adhere and begin to cure properly. The dew point is more important than temperature, but that is a more complex calculation. If you are in question, it’s probably to close to call, and we suggest you just wait for warmer weather. A long lasting paint project will cure completely without frost or freezing and not be subject to moisture early in the curing process.

July 9th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Doing Business with a Professional

Having been a coatings contractor for over fifteen years now, it is easy for me to spot an experienced customer and one who is green. An experienced customer asks for lots of criteria that a green customer doesn’t know he should ask for. If your experience with contractors is limited, let me give you some advice that will help you with your next project and make dealing with a contractor more enjoyable. First is the scope of the work. Do you have a written description of the work you want performed? A newbie customer will take you on a walk and thinking on the fly will say stuff like “do this and do that but don’t worry about that.” This allows for an approximate idea of what you want done and is part of the process, but a detailed written description of what you want done is better. If you don’t write it down, I know you really haven’t really thought through what you want done. Defining what you want done in writing is the scope of the work and every job that is done right needs this step. Second is the time it will take to complete. Do you want me to give you an anticipated number of days or hours to complete the project or have you already determined when it needs to be done. Obviously, if you need a job done quickly, more laborers usually cost more in the long run than a smaller group. This is because smaller groups work more efficiently. The shorter the time, the greater the inefficiency. A shorter time frame costs more. Remember that when you schedule and try to be as flexible as you can with your schedule. It will save you money. Third - valid experience. Do you know if the company you are hiring has the experience to handle your job? Any painting contractor who has been in the coatings business should have a list of completed projects to show you if you ask. Don’t feel like it is an imposition to ask for references and a copy of the business license. Experienced customers do this all the time. The painting industry is rife with individuals who have done a lot of house painting without a valid license and are not qualified to do specialty coatings. These individuals cannot stand on their work and so they just keep moving to new customers who don’t ask any questions. A qualified contractor is happy to show you his license, his liability insurance and a list of satisfied customers that will vouch for his work. Don’t hire someone without written valid credentials. You’ll be sorry if you do. Lastly is finances. Tell your contractor how and when he is going to be paid. Only a dishonest contractor will want to be paid the bulk of the contract before the work has been done. But the average contractor just wants to be paid when the work is completed. Many commercial jobs entail waiting until the corporate headquarters cuts a check and this may take a month or more, but this makes it hard on any contractor. Tell your contractor how and when he is going to be paid. Well, if these four areas are covered in your dealings with a contractor, your job will go much smoother and your contractor and you will be a lot more satisfied with the process.

July 7th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Color is Complex

I decided after hearing one too many times to write about color because it is complex. I’m tired of reading painting contractor magazines referring to making color easy. Every year there is a new device or program that supposedly makes selecting color easier. Simple it is not, past experience, current influences and personal taste make color uniquely complex. What maybe simple to one is complex and obtuse to others. Color can be a reflection of personality. Everyone has a different personality and what we prefer as a color scheme will be influenced by our personality. In my latest home, I selected 17 different colors to best influence my mood. Each room has a unique feel and conjures up a different emotion.

July 7th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Exterior Stucco Repair in Southern California

Lately, many of my completed exterior projects required exterior stucco repair or the correction of improper stucco installation, with the addition of new paint. So here's a few things to note if you've got a commercial or industrial business with a stucco exterior. Stucco, an ancient building material, is popular but can be prone to cracking, especially if not properly reinforced at the base layer and with an acrylic top coat. Movement cracking and buckling may occur over time, signaling the presence of moisture. And so commercial and industrial buildings will require patches and caulking to seal the stucco against the elements. Left un-repaired, the elements will only hasten the exterior's degradation. So when exactly should stucco repairs be done? As soon as big cracks, blisters and buckling start to appear. Keep your eyes on your stucco exterior. Not every day, but on occasion. Hairline and credit card-sized are typically normal. Anything beyond that, there is a small window of opportunity to make effective repairs. So it's good to be aware of the stucco integrity. After the patches or caulking have been applied and properly adhered, it will be necessary to cover the repairs with layer of paint to match the stucco's original pigmentation and add another layer of protection against moisture. A number of top coatings can be used, from elastomeric to concrete paints and lime washes. Keep in mind that caulking is only really useful in filling hairline cracks. Caulk can also be used to avoid a completely new stucco patch; but you’ll want to go with patching if the stucco is failing (falling off, buckling, etc.). With stucco repairs, I truly believe that this isn't simply a DIY project. It requires professional craftmanship—painters that know stucco well. Otherwise the damage may worsen and you'll be out a significant amount of money in the long run.

July 6th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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Picking Colors and Painting a house

Choosing colors for painting a house follows the same rules in a residential painting project whether it is a house painting interior or siding painting like stucco paint . But how do you choose the right colors? Let me recommend using pre-coordinated paint charts to help guide your choice. (Insert picture here of color chart) There are palettes to fit every style like Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart, and many specialty lines offered by paint companies to fit your personality. Colors and trends do change, though, so get the latest and hottest exterior paint colors for this year. Painting cost and painting prices may be affected by the color you choose, so when you meet with a paint contractor for a painting estimate, you should make your preferences known and find out what difference it will make in the paint estimate. Painting cost is also affected by the product but using the best exterior paint outside may save you money in the long run because it will last longer. Sometimes a commercial paint will make a paint contractor happier because it simply applies easier. Ask what the pro recommends when it comes to your area and how to paint exterior areas. A few tips could save you a lot of time if you decide you are painting the house yourself. Before painting the house, a paint contractor may be able to show you a color on your house before it is applied using new software on a computer. (*Need picture here of what you can do with your software*) What a great way to show you the best exterior paint colors. Contact us today for a demonstration and a no obligation paint estimate. Paint prices have never been more affordable. House painting cost is really a great investment in protecting your greatest asset.

July 6th, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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How to pick a house painting contractor?

You have done painting in the past, but this year the energy for painting your house just isn’t there.  How do you choose between paint companies?  Can you afford it?  Choosing a painting contractor can be more enjoyable if you keep the following things in mind.  Choosing the Right Painter? How can I find a good painter that will do a good job and respect my property and my privacy?  If I look in the phone book, Do I choose the largest, full color Yellow page ad or the smaller one with little information?  Is there a typical painting company?  Is there any way to ball-park a painting estimate over the phone?  The easiest way to find a good painting contractor is by using your telephone.  A quality contractor will answer his own phone or call you right back.  He will ask you enough information to appraise the size and scope of your job tell you what he thinks it should take.  Some painters specialize in only residential painting or commercial painting work but can recommend someone they know who provides more paint services like stucco painting or siding painting. In just a few minutes over the phone, you should be able to feel comfortable.  A good company will let you know approximate costs of painting a house over the phone.  Of course, no two painting projects are identical and a job will take a personal inspection to furnish you a written estimate that clearly spells out for you the scope of the work and the price. Time is money/Schedule the job right Hate to paint but still want to lower the painting cost?  The answer is remembering that for a painter, time is money.  The best way to save you money is to save your painter time.  Can you move the furniture, take the pictures and wall plates off the walls?  Is there any preparation that you can do to save time for the pro?  Can you put your pictures and furniture back when the job is done?  All these time savers will earn you a discount on the total price of the work. Also being willing to delay a painting project to a time when a paint contractor is slower could easily earn you a 15 to 20% discount.  There is something about spring that makes us paint inside as well as outside.  But if you are willing to delay your painting project until the fall or winter, most contractors would gladly discount their price just to keep working through the slow times.  If you don’t’ have to paint during the busy times, then schedule your work to save additional dollars.

July 3rd, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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So why should I hire a licensed painting contractor?

The reality is that most painting contractors are neither rich nor able to take much time off? What keeps them busy and hustling is the reality that there are lots of unlicensed, uninsured painters in the market place that don’t even carry workers compensation for their workers. This means that it is easier for some to bid a job for a much lower price and still have the same profit margin as the conscientious, legal contractor. An unlicensed contractor may even employ illegal workers, pay those cash and then avoid all federal and state taxes. When someone asks to be paid in cash, we all know what that means. A typical project breaks down to about 50% labor costs, 25% material costs and then 25% is gross profit. Now out of that gross profit every painting contractor also has to spend money on gas, telephone and auto insurance. Only a licensed contractor will spend an additional 10% or more on a license, general liability insurance and workman’s compensation for his men. And then there is the 7.65% that legal contractors are bound to pay to social security and matching state taxes as well. While most homeowners don’t understand the liability they are open to when they operate outside the constraints of the law, the fact is an unlicensed contractor can always bid a job 20% to 25% less and still maintain the same profit margin as a legitimate one. But if someone is injured the property owner has little recourse. He may get a call to inquire about the limits of his homeowner’s insurance. When the unlicensed contractor walks off the job, the client has no leverage because there is no official channel to deal with this problem. And who is going to “honestly” guarantee a job when their whole approach to your project is dishonest and illegal? The reason everyone should ask for a painting contractor’s license and his general liability insurance is for their own protection and peace of mind. Only a licensed painting contractor is able to guarantee his work and be there when you need him again.

July 3rd, 2020

Jason Moorhouse

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