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Interior Painting: Our Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

calander Dec 4 , 2019 user-icon Nash Painting

At first glance, interior painting might seem like a simple task. But there’s a lot more to this pursuit than slapping some paint on your walls. And if it’s your first time preparing for an interior painting project, you probably have some questions.

At Nash Painting, we get questions from clients all the time, and we’re more than happy to answer any and all of them. Here we’ll provide answers to some of the most common questions we’ve received regarding interior painting. We can’t cover every inquiry here, of course. So, if you have additional questions regarding interior painting or any of our other services, please contact us and we’ll give you our best answer!

Question: What do the best interior painting services have in common?

Our Answer:

Simply put, you want to hire a painting provider with the proper qualifications, experience, fair pricing, and a stellar reputation. At the bare minimum, your contractor should be both licensed and insured, as these documents ensure accountability before, during, and after the job.

Beyond this, your painting service should be known for its reliability, quality of work, and communication. Knowing what to expect at every step is crucial for getting the best outcome. To learn more about a provider’s track record, you might search online for reviews and testimonials and ask friends, family, and coworkers for recommendations regarding local interior painters.

Q: What does it typically cost to paint a room?

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Any question regarding price will warrant a somewhat loose response, as no two interior paint jobs (or contractors) are exactly alike. That said, the project’s overall price tag is based on the cost of materials, labor, regional economic differences (a Nashville painting company might be more or less expensive than, say, a New York painting company), and quality of service.

According to HomeAdvisor, the national average cost to paint a room is $1,777 as of 2019, and it costs between $4,000 and $11,000 to paint an entire home, with an average cost of $3.50 per square foot.

Providers with greater experience and attention to detail will often charge a bit more than their barebones competition. This premium is often worth it, too, since a higher-quality paint job will look better and last longer.

Q: How long does an interior paint job take?

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Like the previous question on cost, the duration of an interior paint job will depend on multiple factors, such as the detail of work being done, the total surface area that’s being covered, the number of painters on site, and the efficiency of your interior painting contractors.

Preparation also plays a role in determining a project’s length. If you’re looking for a rough estimate, an average 400-450 square foot room typically takes about 2-3 hours for professional interior painters to complete.

Q: Do I need to be there during the paint job?

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When it comes to home interior painting, you might wonder if you need to be present while your painters work. After all, you’re outsourcing these services in part so you can use your time as you wish. However, you might also worry about leaving your home in the hands of strangers, even with a system of accountability in place.

The good news is that, no, you don’t have to be there while your contractors paint your home. In fact, it’s often recommended to be elsewhere during the paint job to avoid breathing in fumes or interfering with the process by accident. Of course, you’re welcome to stick around at intervals, and your painters should always answer your questions onsite should you have any.

Q: Will painters help me pick colors for my interior?

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The answer to this depends on the painters you hire. But for the most part, the best painters in your area, like Nash Painting, will provide color selection services to help you make the tough calls. You can rely on our expertise to steer you in the right direction.

Q: Is it possible to paint over darker colors?

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Yes! Of course, it’s always easier to paint over a lighter color with a darker one than vice versa. But with the right type and amount of paint coupled with proper technique, you can lighten up your interior if you’d like. For more information on this topic, check out our blog, “How to Paint Over Dark Colors.”

Q: Does sheen make a difference?

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You might be more concerned with picking paint colors than finishes, but the sheen you choose will affect how your interior looks and feels. As a general rule, glossier finishes are shinier, but also more durable and easier to clean. On the other hand, flatter finishes are better at hiding surface imperfections, but not as durable. At Nash Painting, we’ll help you pick out the right finish, too.

Q: How do I protect and maintain the new paint job?

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No matter how great your interior paint job turns out, it will succumb to damage and deterioration over time. You should do everything you can to minimize this degradation by properly maintaining your painted surfaces.

Dust your rooms on a regular basis, scrub your walls with a sponge or cloth and detergent every few months, and touch up areas that are scuffed or chipped as needed with the same paint used before. If you’re not confident in your ability to touch up a paint job, contact your trusted painters.

We’ve only scratched the surface of the most frequently asked questions regarding interior painting. We hope the answers here have at least illuminated and demystified some aspects of the painting process. To ask us more and to learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!