Painting FAQs

Painting FAQs

Are you licensed and insured?

Yes- Bob Kunst Painting is licensed and bonded with the State of California, License #346191. We also carry full liability insurance and each employee is protected by Worker’s Compensation Insurance. EPA Lead Safe Certified Firm NAT-38963-1. Licensing is very important for your protection when comparing estimates.

Can I trust your employees?

Yes. Our professional painters are full time employees– not subcontractors. Bob Kunst Paining has been in business for over 50 years where a great deal of our success stems from a trustworthy and professional crew.

Can you fix water damage or holes in my walls and if so, how long will it take?

We will fill old holes, fix water damage and make any other repairs as part of our preparation. The time it takes to repair is in proportion to the amount of damage.

Do you offer a warranty?

Yes, we offer a 2-year limited Warranty depending on the project

How do I prepare my rooms for your visit?

You will need to remove any small items from the tops of shelves, nick-knacks, pictures from the wall, as well as any valuables. We will move the larger items like couches and chairs toward the center of the room. We will place plastic and sheets over any items left in the center of the room for extra protection.

How long will the job take?

It depends on the size of project, time of year, weather, schedule, etc. Once we discuss your project with you in more detail, an accurate answer will be provided. It takes about a day or two to paint the walls, ceiling and trim in a typical bedroom. You should plan on not having access to the bedroom for at least one night.

How much does an estimate cost?

It’s free. All we ask is that you are there to meet with the estimator and explain what is important to you.

How much will the project cost?

Each project is unique. Give Bob Kunst Painting a call to discuss your needs. At that time, you may make an appointment to meet with an estimator.

How much will this painting job disrupt my home?

Bob Kunst Painting considers neatness, professionalism and clean-up as important as the painting itself. Disruption is kept to a minimum. At the end of each day, our crews will clean the areas we are working in and move tools and paint to a shop area (typically the garage, basement, or empty room).

How quickly can an estimator get to my home?

The waiting time for an estimate is generally less than two business days.

My room is wallpapered now. How will you handle that?

We will remove wallpaper prior to painting. Before we remove the paper we will test an area to see how the paper was applied. If the wallpaper was not applied properly it may lead to damage to the walls when the paper is removed. Your job foreman will discuss with you other options if this is the case.

What if I don’t like the color selected? Can I change it? Would it be an additional cost?

Color choice is ultimately the homeowner’s responsibility. There is an additional cost for a color change. The additional cost is determined by how much of the job is completed, along with the cost of the additional paint.

What is the difference between oil- and water-based (acrylic, latex) paints? Do you still use oil based paints?

Many oil-based paints have been removed from the market for architectural applications as people seek lower solvent and lower VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) content in the paint formulas for environmental reasons. Todays water-based paints, also known as latex and acrylic paints (these are the ingredients that bind the paint to the surface), offer moisture resistance, mildew resistance, flexibility, color fastness, and block resistance. Block resistance means it doesn’t stick to itself or other objects, which is helpful for items on a painted mantle or books on a painted shelf. Most of the water-based paints Bob Kunst Painting uses are 100% acrylic, which are of the highest quality available. Oil-based paints have pros and cons. Their redeeming qualities include a superior smooth look, good moisture resistance, and hardness and durability. Unfortunately, because of the curing process, oil-based paints tend to become very brittle as they age, which leads to cracking, peeling, and ultimate failure of the paint. On exteriors and moisture prone areas on interiors, oil-based paints have a tendency to mildew, because some of their ingredients act as a food source for it. They are also higher VOC.

What professional guidelines are followed?

Bob Kunst Painting is a proud member of the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America on both the local and national levels. All work is to be performed in accordance with PDCA standards.

What sort of preparation is included?

The most important variable in a painting job is the preparation. A building that has been properly maintained should have a minimum of preparation, but weather exposure, original materials and previous workmanship will affect the preparation required.

SUPERIOR preparation entails everything necessary to provide a tight surface for re-coating. All surfaces to be painted are rendered sound, free of all loose material, and then prime coated wherever needed. For Bob Kunst Painting, Inc., this is not a cost variable, because anything less would result in a poor job.

What brand of paint do you use?

Bob Kunst Painting is happy to work with any paint manufacturer of your choice. We have a long-standing relationship with Benjamin Moore, Kelley Moore, Sherwin Williams, and Dunn Edwards and use their high-quality products. If you prefer another brand, we are happy to accommodate you — talk with your estimator.

What types of environmentally friendly paint options do you offer?

We are happy to use low- and non-VOC paints upon request. Today, almost all paint manufacturers carry low and non-VOC paints and products.

What types of services do you provide?

  • Painting of interiors and exteriors of homes
  • Faux/Decorative finishing
  • Color consultation
  • Re-sealing of walls and floors
  • Power-washing
  • Window treatments
  • Replacement of rotted wood
  • Wallcovering installation and removal
  • Plaster and stucco repair
  • Interior design

Why should I hire Bob Kunst Painting?

Customer service all the way! Our success comes from delivering high-quality work with exceptional customer service. Straightforward business practices, clear communication, and fair dealing are central values to us. We stand behind our work and will work with you to make sure you are happy with the experience and the finished product.