How important is prepping your paint job? Columbus house painter shares tips

How important is prepping your paint job? Columbus house painter shares tips

When Columbus painter Tony Palumbo picks up a paintbrush, he says he sees a canvas instead of just walls. And his customers agree that he’s more than just your average house painter.

“It was like seeing an artist at work,” says Columbus Angie’s List member Janice Zacherl, who was so taken with Palumbo’s attention to detail in painting that she nominated him for inclusion in the Pages of Happiness. “There were no wasted movements. He was well planned and totally focused. This was not just another job to him.”

Palumbo can’t help but bring a seemingly bygone standard of quality to his solitary work. It’s what he learned as a teenager and has been living it ever since. “An old friend of the family was a painter,” Palumbo explains. “He came from a lineage of real old school craftsmen ... practiced old European traditions. I was trained by serious guys who gave me a very traditional and thorough training.”

That painter’s training included countless hours learning the fine art of painting preparation. In fact, before he ever touched a paintbrush, he spent six months learning how to prep a wall and protect things that should not be painted. Palumbo fills every hole, sands the walls, puts on primer, and then sands again. “Prep is everything,” he says. “Understanding how to stage a job properly and in an organized way, that is the difference between me and the other guys. My jobs last.”

The Columbus painter's attention to detail caught the eye of Gahanna member Catherine Hintz, who contracted Palumbo Painting to strip stubborn wallpaper from her kitchen and paint the family room. “I’ve never seen a job done so meticulously,” she says. “He did the best prep job on the walls I have ever seen.”

Perfection is what Worthington member Shawn Cline says she, too, got from Palumbo and at a great price. Cline hired Palumbo to remove wallpaper and prep the walls for painting. “The quality of his work was wonderful,” she says. “He seemed more concerned about my floor than I was, which was very responsible.”

In addition to painting and removing wallpaper, Palumbo offers staining, drywall repair and decorative finishing.

Zacherl hired him to remove wallpaper in her kitchen. “I was impressed with the care he took not to damage the floors and woodwork,” she says. “His approach, his tools, and his speed all speak to his professional skills.”

Palumbo combines those skills with a desire for safety by using low VOC paints. “I have always been health conscious and it keeps me safe and my clients, too,” he says.

He readily admits he’s not the fastest guy wielding a brush, but that suits him just fine. “I’m trying to do things the way they are supposed to be done. No shortcuts,” he says. “My goal is to do the best job possible, no matter how long it takes. I want an absolutely perfect job.”

Palumbo of Delaware, OH., founded the company in 1999 and earned the Super Service Award in 2011 and 2012.

The Super Service Award recognizes contractors and health care providers that have maintained a stellar service rating on Angie’s List throughout the past year. Be sure to always check the List before hiring, however, as ratings can and do change.

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