Columbus house painter explains his service
Who we talked to
Dan McClurg, owner
Buckeye House Painting
198 Oak St.
Dan McClurg has been painting since he was 14 years old. He started Buckeye House Painting in 1999 when he went to college and worked while he attended school. "I've done it ever since," McClurg says. "It's a fun company, and every year, our reputation gets better and better."
How and why do you prepare the home for painting?
"We come out a week in advance and power wash the house to get a good, clean surface. Before we paint, we scrape any peeling areas and prime any bare wood, pound in loose nails, and caulk all the joints to seal splits or cracks and to keep moisture from getting in. It's also important to tarp all the surfaces, like shingles, landscaping or driveways. We have a very thorough cleanup process. We'll sweep off the walkways or clean up mulch."
What techniques do you use to remove old paint, and what's the best type of paint to use?
"Our main way is hand-scraping. The power washer is solely for cleaning. If you try to power wash paint off the house, it'll hurt the wood.
"Unless the customer specifies otherwise, we use top-of-the-line Sherwin Williams products. There are a lot of different products, and whether it's a stain or a paint, we use the best we can get."
What advice do you have for customers when they're picking a color for their home?
"Keep it simple. If you have siding and trim, pick one color for each, and those are your base colors. Then, pick a bolder accent color for the door and shutters.
"It's rare that customers change their minds about colors [after we've started a project]. We have a full-time colorist who works with us, so a lot of times, the colors are nailed down before we start.
"Taupes, tans and sage green are popular right now. Dark browns and rust colors are popular accent colors, and black is popular for doors. We've seen some pretty strange colors. We've done trim in pink. Everyone has their own personal preference, and as long as the homeowner likes it, we're OK with it."
What's the average size of the homes you paint, and what's the typical cost for a job?
"The average is in the 3,000- or 4,000-square-foot range, but we'll paint homes of about any size. We charge by time and materials. We try to give the best quality but at a fair price. The average price is around $2,500."