Paint and Painting Procedures

Previously we discussed the correct way to have the exterior of your Tucson home prepped and the different application methods that should be employed on different surfaces. Now let’s talk paint.

How Many Coats of Paint do you need?

The number of coats of paint applied will affect the bottom line. Obviously 2 coats will last longer than 1. However it is important to remember if you want the Paint Manufacturer to stand behind their product you will need to have 2 coats applied. Since most people can’t tell how much paint has been applied with the naked eye, always ask your Pint Contractor how much surface is going to be painted and how much paint they are going to use and he came to that conclusion. This will ensure that your job is in line with the manufactures requirements and your warranty is valid.

What Kind of Paint Should I use?

There are various brands of paint; many Painting Contractors have their favorite as do I. The important thing to remember is that you want a premium quality acrylic paint. To have an acrylic paint is not enough, there many different quality acrylics. To my way of thinking, a good indication you’re getting a premium quality acrylic paint is if the manufacturer is willing to warrant the paint in writing for more than 2 years. The brand I primarily use and recommend has paints the warrant for 15 and 25 years. They also have 2 products with a lifetime warranty! This warranty is backed by one of the country’s largest Paint Manufactures. A solid nationwide company that passed the test of time!

There are many advantages of using a premium quality acrylic paint. Here are a few, acrylics dry harder this will help protect the surface from the elements. They are more resistant to the harmful U. V. rays that we deal with some much in Tucson. They have better color retention, all paints (Pigments) fade with time, the better quality acrylics slow down the fading process. All the things combined add to the lifespan of the paint job, giving the exterior of your home longer lasting protection.


When you’re ready to make your final decision I hope you keep these suggestions in mind. In today’s economic climate many Painters are simply selling a price not worrying about the consequences and taking advantage of the homeowners trust. They offer no more than a band aid, it really is a waste of money. The truth is, you get what you pay for no matter how it’s presented. So it you want a top quality paint job on the exterior of your Tucson home, one that offers value and protection. We’re your Tucson Painting Contractor, please give us a call. I look forward to hearing from you, and working with you!

Painting Contract Bids – which one will you choose?

Which To Choose

Choose Wisely

“I’m not rich enough to buy cheap things”

This saying holds true with so many things in life, and is even truer today! This is so true when it comes to painting your Tucson Home.

The main reason we paint our homes is to weather proof and protect our homes from the harsh Tucson weather. Premium quality paints will protect our homes from the elements; the decorative value is just a bonus. If you fall for the trick of buying cheap paint thinking you’re saving money, nothing could be further from the truth. You’re wasting your money, the cheap paint will not do what you bought it to do.

Think about this when hiring a Tucson Painting Contractor. Low bidders cut corners on surface preparation by either completely skipping steps in the preparation process or using inferior products. If your Tucson home is not prepared properly the paint will not weather well. Within a few years, the inferior paint job will become obvious, an experienced eye can detect an inferior paint job even sooner. Then you will have to hire another Painting Contractor, hopefully a reputable one this time, who will do the job right the first time. Then you will be pay the increased material and labor cost of the future.

Some additional food for thought when the low bidders paint job begins to breakdown and fail will he be around to honor the warranty. A low bidder may not even make enough profit in the job to afford to stay in business. If he is still in business he may not be able to afford it. Something else to think about, the registrar of Contractors only requires we guarantee our work for 2 years, that’s it 2 years. It’s very easy to get a paint job to last that long after the two years the low bidder is no responsible for his work.

These are some of the unforeseen issues that can arise when the low bidder is hired. Often times a closer look will reveal the real value and peace of mind will be found in the higher bidder. This is why when we paint an exterior we use a premium acrylic paint that has a 15 manufacturer warranty at a minimum. A warranty from a solid company, one of the nation’s largest paint manufacturer’s! This is real peace of mind and true value! In my next post I will outline the steps we take when we paint and why they add to the value and life of the job.