Hiring Student Painters

Hiring Student Painters

I came across this ad for Student Works (like College Pro) which is a company that uses students to paint. After reading it, I wanted to post something in regards to hiring students to paint your home. A lot of our clients understand that hiring students is not going to get you a professional result or application. This may not be a concern to some people whose only concern is price; however once you consider the costs between a student company and a local professional company, there really are no comparisons at all. Painting is a trade that takes three years under Alberta Trade, to obtain a journeyman certificate, the same as a welder, electrician or plumber. Student painting companies are franchises which come with franchise fees and there is normally levels of people that your money must compensate, this leaves the people actually doing the work making as little as $10 (such as the ad below). WallNuts painters, as with other local professional painting companies, do not require franchise fees or compensation at levels through the franchise, which leaves us more flexibility to spend your money where it counts by using experienced professional painters that start at $20 an hour, the industry standard and quality coatings and materials. Another consideration for professional local companies is knowledge. We see this as a common problem with correcting student painting problems, mainly on exteriors and in older homes due to previous coating issues and unskilled preparation. An inexperienced $10 an hour student is not going to have the knowledge about a potential problem or a solution. And because their hourly rate is based on piece work, the faster they can get your job...
Choosing a Painting Sheen Type

Choosing a Painting Sheen Type

Sheen type is important when picking colours for your home. From matte, egg shell, pearl, satin to semi gloss and even gloss all have an effect of the richness of colour and the effect in a living space. Take a look at the different sheens and what is best for your application.

Rental Property

Rental Property

This rental was extremly filthy and had not been painted in years. It was an apartment above a pizza parlor that saw a lot of greasy traffic from downstairs, especially in the stairwall access to the unit. For this project to help keeps costs as low as possible for the landlord,  in areas that had grease stains we used a Sherwin-Williams oil based primer that is fast drying (within an hour) and latex paintable. This step took less than 15 minutes. After this was finished and all walls patched, we used the colour match latex to do ‘spot’ painting anywhere there were significant stains. This also took about 15 minutes. Once everything was dry, the unit was painted in the same colour a single coat. The landlord was very happy with the finished result and very happy with the price since he had expected a major renovation. Before...

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