Often when we are preparing an estimate for an interior painting project, the customer almost seems surprised when we ask, “What color would you like the door?” Typically, our North Virginia customers are so focused on the color of the wall, trim, and casements, that doors are an afterthought.
Trust us, if we paint a room and leave the door untouched, the door will suddenly become the focal point in the room.
If the interior door hasn’t seen a new coat of paint in a number of years, it is going to stand out like a sore thumb when the rest of the room is given a fresh new look.
At All American Painting Plus, our professional painting service starts when we survey your project. We want the end product to be everything you want it to be, so we will be asking questions about every aspect of the project to ensure the finished product exceeds your expectations.
Getting a professional finish on an interior door involves much more than just rolling on your favorite paint color. Interior doors lead the same tough life that entry doors do. Thousands of handprints deposit dirt, oil, and grime on the door surface, preventing even the best paint from adhering. To get the professional finish that customers want requires fairly extensive preparation work.
For starters, the door has to come off the frame so it can lay flat. This prevents drip marks and “paint sags” caused by paint shifting downward. The hardware, hinges, door knob, and lock (if applicable) are removed and the door is placed on two sawhorses. A lag bolt is installed on the bottom edge and two additional bolts are put in at the top edge. This allows the door to lay flat without actually touching the sawhorses. To turn the door over, the painter lifts up on the two top bolts and flips the door by rolling it over using the bottom bolt.
Now that we have a flat workspace, it’s time to prepare the surface:
We couldn’t be more pleased with the work All American Painting did for our home. The team did a wonderful job from start to finish, from sending us an incredibly detailed estimate so there was no guess work, to keeping the work area tidy throughout the project. We certainly will use them again! Cheers!
Brian McCracken was courteous, professional and a delight, amazing qualities in a worker you invite into your home. I found him painting a home in my neighborhood. The homeowner had checked him out on Angie’s List and ranted as to the professionalism of the workers. It was important to me that the company was local and not a big, franchised company. Brian’s estimate was spot on. When I added more to the job, Rene – the foreman – consulted with Brian to give me an estimate on the additional work. The painters arrived when they said they would, working efficiently and cleanly. At the end of each day, it looked like they were never here. All of their tools picked up. When they needed to leave the ladders they asked if it would be ok and where would be the best place to leave they were they would be out of our way. All American has come back 2 more times to tackle different jobs for us. I have recommended them to friends. And now recommend All American to you. You will not be disappoint
I want to thank you and your team for the work you did on my residence. The men showed up at the appointed time to replace and paint the fascia board. You recommended a change from wood to a more modern substance, which I accepted, at a negligible increase in the price for the job. Thank you for that. You should be extremely proud of the team that did the work. They worked quickly, safely, and without complaint from neighbors on either side of the townhouse. As you know, I have fastidious neighbors, that watched the work on that day, and they told me later, that your crew impressed them as well.
All American Painting Plus has been my “go to” company for over 10 years for home and office painting and I’ve been consistently satisfied with the finished product and their professionalism. I’ve found Brian McCracken’s staff to be exceptionally skilled craftsmen and can count on them to do the job well, including taking care to prepare walls and fix problem areas before they paint so that the finished product is polished. Please ask Brian for my contact information if you would like more specifics.