Our Painting Process
There are several steps that go into a professional painting job done right with White Knight Painting.
The Right Consultation
At White Knight Painting, we understand that every home and business is unique. That’s why we consult with each client to determine the scope of the painting project, a convenient working schedule, and any other information we need to ensure that the painting job goes smoothly.
The Right Estimate
White Knight Painting doesn’t believe in surprises. We estimate fairly and competitively on every painting job based on our initial consult with a potential client. With over 20 years in business as a painting company in Victoria, BC, we understand what it takes to complete all types of painting jobs and what they’re supposed to cost.
The Right People
With the right painters on the job, everything falls into place. The work seems effortless and the results are beyond expectations. Our professional painters at White Knight take pride in their work, are educated in design and can provide advice on colour and creating ambiance.
Like all highly-trained professionals, we are active in professional painting associations and committed to continuing education. Only qualified journeypersons (defined as having either an Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Certification or a Paint Quality Institute Certificate of Accomplishment) are employed as painting supervisors. Apprentices work only under the direct supervision of a qualified journeyperson.
The Right Preparation
Proper preparation is often more involved than the actual paint application. It’s also the foundation of a beautiful, protective, long-lasting paint job. As a client, all you need to do is move the small things, such as ornaments and draperies. We’ll move and replace the heavy items.
Paint has a way of finding the smallest uncovered areas so we completely cover all surfaces. Furniture, book cases, plants, and landscaping are protected with lightweight plastic sheets. Floors are covered with canvas drop cloths and/or building paper. Hardware, light switch and receptacle covers, nails and brackets are removed and carefully stored. We use masking tape to secure drop cloths and sheeting, protecting surfaces near flooring and around hardware that cannot be safety removed.
With all of your personal items cleared away and areas protected, we inspect surfaces such as walls, ceilings and trim for stains, holes, cracks, peeling and other imperfections. Problems such as water staining and peeling paint require further investigation. If the cause of the defect is not found and repaired, it may ruin the appearance your new paint job.
Then, we clean soiled areas of dirt and grease that interfere with paint adhesion. Holes and cracks are filled and joints caulked. Loose paint is removed and imperfections are filled and sanded smooth.
This is an excellent time to consider upgrades and talk to us about building services. New trim can have an almost magical effect on the appearance and character of your home or business. New flooring and architectural details such as built in shelving and gas fireplaces can transform a space, turning a seldom used room into an oasis. A professionally treated deck will ultimately save you money. We know your time is valuable so White Knight Painting makes it convenient for you to use our services.
The final step before painting is priming. Primer evens out the porosity of the surface so that the paint covering is uniform and adheres well. All repairs and surfaces including drywall, plaster, stucco and raw wood need to be completed and primed before proceeding with the application of the finish paint.
The Right Paint
Top quality paints are designed to produce the best looking and longest lasting results. Although premium paint may cost a little more, it provides a smoother, more uniform appearance and can last more than twice as long as standard paint — truly a more economical choice over the long term.
White Knight Painting uses premium paints from Benjamin Moore, ICI and Cloverdale Paints.
The Right Application
Our expert painters are fully trained in all areas of paint application, from traditional brush and roll painting to modern spray techniques. Paint that is professionally applied by traditional brush and roller techniques is best for most situations. Spray painting is typically used when surfaces are very coarse, such as popcorn textured ceilings or when an extremely fine furniture grade finish is desired on cabinetry. Regardless of the method, the end result is attractive, even colour, clean-cut lines and maximum durability.
The Right Cleanup
We remove all painting materials, tools and protective coverings. The floor/ground is cleaned and all furniture is put back in place. We deliver waste paints and related materials to a recycling and collection facility. Paint, stain and wood preservative finishes and related materials (thinners, solvents, etc.) are regarded as hazardous products and will be disposed of according to regulations. We always clean up after ourselves so there is no mess or garbage left for you to deal with.
The Right Follow-up
Most contractors finish a job then collect their money and move on, forgetting that the experience ever happened. Not White Knight Painting. We want to know how we did, so we personally follow up after cleaning up to ensure that you are completely happy with your new paint job. Have a suggestion? We’d like to hear that, too, so that we can serve our clients better.
The Right Maintenance
Even a properly applied coating cannot last forever. Climate extremes such as seashore and deep woods, and the unpredictable nature of old paint and uncorrected or undetected house flaws such as leaky gutters, clogged drain tiles and damaged wood, will determine what maintenance is needed. White Knight Painting’s preventive maintenance program adds years to a paint job’s life by finding and correcting problem areas before they have a chance to grow.