Sisu Rules for Getting the Best Results

Sisu Rules for Getting the Best Results

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You are taking on a project that will improve your property value and enhance your living experience…and may increase your anxiety. Whether you are taking on a small painting project or a whole house remodel, we offer these basic guidelines to help maintain perspective and humor…and get the best results.

Carefully review this list so you know what to expect during your paint project:

  1. Perfection does not exist, and looking for it can add to your stress.If you are someone who expects perfection on this or any project, you’re likely to be disappointed often.  Your paint project is being managed by human hands and humans are, well, human. You can trust us to do our very best to create the results you want.
  2. Murphy’s Law applies to every project, bar none.  If something can go wrong, it probably will. Stuff happens.   Keeping a cool head and learning to rely on honest and direct communication is the best way to deal with glitches in the plan. It’s also why it’s important to hire professionals to manage your project. We have lots of experience with overcoming the inevitable glitches along the way…so you don’t have to.
  3. Communicate with us. Something doesn’t look or feel right?  You’re frustrated that you can’t get to that bottle of wine covered with painter’s plastic? You haven’t seen your cat around for hours and worry he may have fallen into the paint bucket? (kidding!) Talk to your onsite project manager, tell them how you feel and what you need.  And, never hesitate to call the office or the owners to discuss any questions or concerns. We are all here to help you be as comfortable as possible with the process.
  4. Delays   Many factors can delay a project, including the weather, material shortages, sick workers, or other unforeseen issues.  Don’t fret, your project will be completed in the order it was scheduled. Rain is the biggest reason for delay of exterior projects. We carefully monitor weather forecasts to determine whether or not to schedule painters on a given day.  Sometimes the forecast is incorrect, which may cost us a day on the project. However, to get the results we (and you) want, we need optimal painting conditions. Try to be patient, and trust us to do our best.
  5. Now and then, damage  On any worksite, things occasionally get broken. If you have an irreplaceable heirloom or special family treasure, take the time to move it out of the construction/paint zone. While our employees are extremely careful and, while paint spills and splatter can easily be cleaned up in almost all instances, we strongly encourage you to remove anything of personal importance.
  6. Sometimes the swatch doesn’t always match the wall, or your expectations.Our color matching experts are excellent at what they do, but remember rule #1: perfection does not exist.  This is the reason we do drawdowns (large samples of the actual paint drawn down on card stock for color match approval).  The good news is, if the color doesn’t match, we can always change it.  That’s the nice thing about paint J.
  7. Interior paint projects can disrupt your life! In order to do the proper paint preparation necessary to achieve an exceptional final result, we’ll cover everything (furniture, etc) with plastic, paper and drop cloths… and keep things covered during the duration of the painting project. If it’s your first project using professional painters, you may be shocked… but you will be thrilled to see the final result. Try to be patient.
  8. There may be surprises along the way. Once the project is underway, our painters may discover existing damage or flaws that require attention. Your house may need maintenance that you were not aware of.  Discovery is important, but it’s never the kind of news we are happy to deliver.  When this happens, you can trust us to bring the issue to your attention.  In some cases, we may need to bring in other contractors to fix a problem, which may add additional costs to your project.
  9. Occasionally – very occasionally – we miss a spot.Touch-up painting is generally done at the end of the project, during the phase when our expert painters are looking over all the newly painted areas. If, by some chance, you notice something we missed, just give us a call and we’ll come and fit it.
  10. We take deadlines seriously, but workmanship is most important of all.Rest assured, our painters are working as fast as they can to finish your project.  Sometimes, due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances (see #9), things take longer than anticipated.  We will never rush a job to get to a deadline, because we know that rushing results in sloppy workmanship.  Be patient.  We pledge to stay on your project and do the job right, from start to finish.
  11. Pre-existing paint conditions can be tricky. It is common to encounter old drips and spills on trim or baseboards, left over from the last paint application.  Because this paint is old and set, the process of removing it can be very time consuming and expensive.  In most instances, through careful preparation, we can make it look better or “good enough,” but rarely can we make it look like new unless you are willing to incur additional expenses.
  12. Color selections must be pre-approved to assure a match. Your color selections need to be finalized at least a week prior to the start of your project in order to present drawdowns for color match approval.  If you authorize us to begin your project without your having approved the color, the cost of ordering additional paint in a new color will be applied to you.
  13. Relax: there is rarely a problem for which there is not a good solution. It is rare that we face an issue that really baffles us, but occasionally it takes a little awhile to find the right solution.  Remember, we are as eager as you are to make everything come out right.
  14. Brace yourself for color shock. Once the color starts to go up, so will your anxiety.  This is a normal reaction to change. Take a deep breath.  The first coat rarely looks “right” in the beginning, but 99% of the time clients find it stunning in the end.
  15. Sit back and enjoy the process. We hear it all the time from clients: you won’t find a harder working or more highly skilled team of professional painters anywhere.  The work ethic of our team is unsurpassed in the industry, and they are really nice to boot!

The best thing you can do to improve your overall experience of any home renovation project, is to relax and stay positive. Remember, especially during the construction phase, how much you wanted these changes… and that all good things take time.

Here’s to fresh paint!

Nancy

Hiring a Painter – Subcontractor or Employees?

Hiring a Painter – Subcontractor or Employees?

Home Contractors Women In Construction

When I started my painting business, I was astonished by the unprofessionalism of some of my competitors.  I don’t want this to sound like a rant, so let me state that there a many hard working and legitimate companies that are providing top notch service and following the letter of the law. Absolute Painting, Mountain Painting, ESP Painting, Sundeleaf Painting and Pearl Painters are just a few of the companies that I know that are out there doing it right. But, we’ve all heard horror stories about contractors and I’m going to address one particular area that really has me concerned about our industry.

When you hire a painting company, you may not be getting what you think you are paying for.  If the painting company wants to dodge paying the high cost of workers compensation insurance premiums, then they will subcontract to their employees and file a 1099 form.  What does this mean?  If you are a subcontractor, you can work as a sole proprietor. As a sole proprietor, you are not required to carry work comp insurance.  If you are working for yourself and you get hurt, that risk is on you as a business owner.  It’ not like you can sue yourself.  So, the painting companies are taking employees and classifying them as 1099 subcontractors, which is wrongly implying that they are individual painting companies.  The problem is they are not licensed!  If they are not licensed, they are not legal subcontractors.

If the subcontractor is legally licensed and carries general liability insurance, there is no risk to the home owner.  That’s contract law – the risk is on the contractor, not the home owner. Not so true if they are not licensed. If they are not licensed, then there is no exemption for home owner liability.  The onus in on the home owner at that point.

The bottom line is that if a 1099 employee that is not legitimately licensed were to get injured on your property, you could be held liable for that injury. Think about the implications if there was a serious injury or even death.

What can you do?  Make sure that all subcontractors are legally licensed to practice in the state of Oregon by checking on the CCB website; http://search.ccb.state.or.us/search/ . Check with your contractor to see if they have employees or 1099 employees.  If they have 1099 employees, run for the hills.  A legitimate painting company is going to have their own legal employees and not a bunch of 1099 employees.  Once in a while, a painting company will get too busy and hire another company as a subcontractor to do the work. In that case, you will need to check the subcontractor’s business detail to make sure they are not using 1099 employees as well. It’s a lot of work and unfortunately, almost impossible to monitor 100 percent.

Our policy at Sisu Painting, Inc. is that we never use subcontractors to do our work.  We use our very own highly skilled and trained employees, who are all covered by work comp insurance.  I recommend you hire companies that follow this practice.

Until next time,

Nancy

 

Best Temperature to Paint a House

Best Temperature to Paint a House

Exterior Painting Home Painting

 

Weather can have both positive and negative effects on your paint job.  When it’s wet and soggy outside, the moisture in the air can slow down the drying process, even on the inside of your home.  If you hire a professional like Sisu Painting, Inc., you won’t need to concern yourself too much because; like all good painters, we are obsessed with the weather.

However, if you have decided to take on a painting project yourself or you feel uneasy about the painter’s you’ve hired, here are a few quick tips to guide you during the painting process.

  1. Read the paint can label and stay within the recommended guidelines for temperature. Not all paint products are created equal, so this is an important factor.
  2. Do not paint exteriors when it’s raining or there is impending rain.
  3. If the forecast is wrong and your paint gets rained on, do not panic.  Although it is not recommended to paint in the rain, most exterior paint products are waterborne, so a light sprinkle is unlikely to damage your paint job.  Almost all exterior paints have drying agents that quicken the drying process, usually skimming over within four hours.  A heavy rain may wash off fresh paint. In that case, you may being doing a bit of touch up painting.  The worst case scenario is that you will have a mess to clean up and need to repaint.
  4. Do not paint when it’s too hot.  If you are painting on a hot day, try painting the shadiest sides of the house to avoid the direct sun. Painting in direct sunlight on a very hot day will not produce the best results.  The paint might dry too fast, become gummy, possibly blister and if you are using an airless sprayer, can dry in the air as the paint is atomizing, before it hits the surface.  A good painter can tell when the paint is drying too quickly and will call it quits.
  5. Do not apply paint products or urethanes on interiors when it is extremely wet and cold.  You could experience bubbling or the product can sag.  This is because the paint or urethane is not drying fast enough.
  6. Avoid painting in the fog; and, a good rule of thumb to follow is to paint only when the air temperature is 5 degrees or more above the dew point.  Weather Underground is a good resource to find out what your current dew point and temperature is for your area.
  7. Heat plus air flow will help your paint dry.  If you are painting inside and having drying issues, turn up the heat and increase the airflow by opening windows or turning on a fan.
  8. Don’t watch your paint dry, I swear it slows down the process!

Now that you have somewhat of a handle on when to paint, don’t let anything stand in the way of your vision and that fabulous paint job!

Cheers!

Nancy Long

 

Metamerism – The Metamorphosis Of Color

Metamerism – The Metamorphosis Of Color

Home Contractors Home Painting Interior Painting

Have you ever chosen the perfect color for your walls at the paint store, only to get home and find that it looks like a completely different color? How about pairing up a paint color to a pillow or other item only to discover it doesn’t match at all once the paint is up on the wall. Or, maybe you painted a room and one of the walls looks like it was painted a different color? All these scenarios are most likely caused by a phenomenon called metamerism.

Following is Wikipedia’s definition of metamerism: In colorimetry, metamerism is the matching of the apparent color of objects without matching the spectral power distributions. Colors that match this way are called metamers.

In the painting world, metamerism describes the effect that light has on color that results in changes to the appearance. If you take a board with paint on it and move it around the room, lay it down or hold it up over your head, the color will change, depending on how the lighting is hitting it. If you leave the board in one spot, you can watch the color change throughout the day as the sun rises and sets.

Metamerism can make choosing a color for your room a challenge. The color might be exactly what you are looking for at 2:32 p.m., but as the sun moves and lighting changes, it may turn drab or go a little too bright. A world without metamerism would be boring and flat, so I appreciate metamers. I enjoy the variations in colors that occur because of lighting.

Most commonly, we run into trouble when we take a paint color and change the sheens. Sheen refers to how flat or shiny the paint is. There are a myriad of sheens, but the most common are flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss and high gloss. We generally choose a color based on a paint chip, which is made of ink. Then we choose a sheen and that changes how much light the paint will absorb or reflect. This sheen variation can make it look like the color is different or wrong, when in fact, it is a spot on match.

I hope you have enjoyed this lesson in metamerism and that it helps you to appreciate the ever changing colorful world around us.

Until next time!

Nancy