Everyday clients reach out to us excited and hopeful about transforming their kitchen into the space of their dreams. The kitchen is the hub of the home. It nourishes our families. It needs to be an inspiring and comfortable space. Knowing the importance of the kitchen, we get upset when a client reaches out to us deflated after hiring another painter who did not live up to expectations.
One such client reached out to us desperate to get his kitchen looking decent after the paint started peeling off in sheets shortly after he had the cabinets painted by a “professional”. The painter he had hired did not properly prep the surface to allow the paint to adhere.
So how do you know if the painter you are hiring for your cabinet project will get the job done well? Here are a few guidelines to follow when evaluating your painting contractors.
- Qualifications – Hiring a painting contractor who is licensed and fully insured is essential for a successful home improvement project—it protects you and your property. Hubley Painting is fully licensed and insured.
- Type of paint – Make sure to ask your painter what type of paint they will be using for the project. Some paint productions should only be sprayed in a specialized spray booth and not in a residential setting. If you are unsure about the paint being used, check with a paint representative at your local paint store. Hubley Painting knows our clients want a factory finish, so we work hard to give them a high-quality painted surface that is safe for the homeowners and our crew. We achieve this by working closely with the Benjamin Moore paint reps to select the right paint to ensure durability and longevity. The product we use is a Waterborne Alkyd, a product that is applied like a latex paint but dries like an oil-based paint. This product has fantastic leveling properties to provide a smooth and durable finish. A high-quality finish and the safety of our clients and crew are most important to us.
- Time on site – Ask your painting contractor how long they will be onsite. Being thorough means our crew puts in a significant amount of time in on your project. The doors and drawers are in the shop for approximately 3-4 weeks. The crew is onsite 6-8 days. There are other cabinet finishes that can be used for kitchen cabinets, but the faster drying products are hazardous and dangerous to spray inside residential settings. We opt to use a safer paint that requires our crew be onsite longer.
- Investment in Work – Hubley Painting is constantly looking to improve our process while maintaining a superior product. We have invested heavily into our equipment. We use dustless sanding machines on site to prevent dust from spreading throughout the house. We have a meticulous process for setting up plastic containment as another layer of protection from dust, debris and over spray. Your floors, appliances, and countertops are protected with multiple layers of plastic and paper. We also have invested in air assisted spray machines specifically meant to spray cabinetry. Our equipment allows us to provide a high quality product while protecting you and your home from dust and overspray. Check with your contractor regarding the equipment they use and the measures they put in place to protect your home.
We would be happy to provide you with some references if you would like to speak to some of our former clients. Our cabinet painting services is in high-demand these days and we think that speaks volumes to the quality of our work. We understand that cost is a big part of your decision and we understand if you decide to go with the other company. We want to make sure our clients are protected from situations like the one described above.