Here are Our Work Process at Britmar Painting and Wallpaper


Britmar Written Process Description for Work Products

  1. Drywall Repair
    • Drywall holes, cracks and nail-pops can easily be repaired by drywall patches, caulk and/or joint compound/tape. After the patching compound dries, repaired surfaces will be sanded as needed, until a smooth surface remains.
    • Repaired surfaces will be primed prior to final painting.
  2. Wallpaper and Border Removal and Wall Preparation Prior to Painting or re-Wallpapering
    • Depending on the type wallpaper and the wall surface, a decision will be made on how best to remove the wallpaper.
      • For plaster walls and vinyl wallpaper, a steamer may be appropriate to remove the wallpaper from the wall, resulting in minimal damage to the walls.
      • For sheetrock walls having vinyl pre pasted wallpaper, a solution of water and a wallpaper remover will be used to loosen the glue enzymes, so the wallpaper can be scraped off the walls and/or ceiling resulting in none, or minimal damage, to the walls.
      • Fabric backed wallpaper will be removed carefully so as to minimize the damage to the walls/ceiling.
    • All glue residue will be removed from the walls, and the walls will be washed prior to painting.
    • Any damage to the walls will be repaired using joint compound, then sanding until the walls are smooth and ready for paint.
  3. Interior Painting
    • Initial Room Preparation
      • A walkthrough with the customer is conducted upon arrival to paint.
      • Any nail holes or other imperfections to be repaired are discussed.
      • Non-furniture items are removed from the room, or placed safely on furniture.
      • Furniture is moved to allow access to all surfaces to be painted.
      • Furniture is covered with plastic or cloth tarps.
      • Floors are covered with drop cloths or towels to ensure complete protection from paint splatter.
      • Surfaces not to be painted, such as thermostats, security motion detectors, etc., are covered with painter's tape to prevent paint splatter.
      • All removable electrical plates are removed, and will be replaced upon completion.
    • Wall, ceilings and wood trim preparation
      • Washing of the walls and wood trim is completed, as required, to ensure surfaces are prepared to accept paint.
      • All nail pops, holes and cracks in walls are repaired with caulk if necessary.
      • All imperfections on walls and ceilings are repaired using joint compound.
      • All gaps between trim and walls are filled in with caulk.
      • After suitable drying time, all joint compound repairs are sanded for a smooth surface.
    • Painting
      • All repaired areas are coated with a suitable primer.
      • Any surfaces to be painted are primed if significant color change will occur.
      • Paint is applied with a brush and roller.
      • Two coats are painted on all surfaces.
      • All paint edges are painted perfectly straight by a painter with 25 years of experience.
    • Completion of job (daily and final completion)
      • At the end of each day, all painting materials are gathered up and stored in an area that does not interfere with the customer's usual use of their home.
      • At the completion of the job, all painting materials and all trash are removed from the house.
      • Furniture is moved back into it's original position.
    • Prior to Payment
      • A walkthrough by the customer is conducted, and anything that requires a touch-up is completed to the customer's satisfaction.
  4. Wallpaper installation
    • Initial Room Preparation
      • A walkthrough with the customer is conducted upon arrival to paint.
      • Any nail holes or other imperfections to be repaired are discussed.
      • Furniture is moved to allow access to all surfaces to be wallpapered.
      • Nearby furniture is covered with plastic or cloth tarps.
    • Initial Set-Up
      • If an adhesive is required to be applied to the wallpaper, a working table is set up in a nearby room or area.
      • If a pre pasted wallpaper is to be installed, a water tray is set-up in/or near the room to be wallpapered. A plastic tarp and cloth materials are inserted below the water tray to protect the rug/wood flooring.
      • Sufficient glue is always on hand in case the pre pasted wallpaper does not have sufficient glue for proper adhesion.
      • It is recommended to install sizing or a good paint as a surface coating prior to wallpapering. Wallpaper should never be installed over bear sheetrock or where only builder's paint is installed, or wallpaper removal in the future will be extremely difficult and damage to the underlying walls is more likely.
    • Wallpaper and border installation (General instructions)
      • Wallpaper is installed as per recommended directions provided with every double roll of wallpaper.
      • Wallpaper should always be bought with the same "pattern number" and "run number". Wallpaper rolls with different runs can sometime be shaded slightly different from other runs, or the pattern vertical cut can be out of sync with other wallpaper rolls of the same pattern number.
      • Most important is whether the paper is prepasted, or requires glue to be applied directly to the back of the paper.
      • Also of importance is the pattern repeat of the wallpaper. This is especially important when determining how much wallpaper to purchase, as the larger the pattern match, the more wallpaper may need to trimmed as excess. Another determining factor is whether the wallpaper has a straight pattern match or is a drop match.
      • In corners that are not vertically straight, the wallpaper will have to be overlapped for all or part of the length of the sheet, double-cut and overlapped over itself. In this case, if the wallpaper is vinyl coated, or solid sheet vinyl, a vinyl over vinyl wallpaper glue is required to to ensure permanent adhesion.
      • At the completion of the job, all wallpaper tools, tarps, table and trash will be removed and the affected area will be left broom clean.
    • Pre-pasted wallpapers (Special instructions)
      • A prepasted wallpaper adhesive will be applied to prepasted wallpapers if recommended by the manufacturer.
      • For pre pasted wallpapers, the wallpaper is typically rolled inside out and dipped for a few seconds into a tray of clean water. The wallpaper is then typically folded against itself (booking the paper glue side to glue side), or the paper is folded glue side to glue side and rolled up like a newspaper. The booking or rolling of the wallpaper allows the wallpaper to relax prior to hanging.
      • The first piece of wallpaper is hung in a non-conspicuous corner of the room, ensuring that it is vertically straight by the use of a level. After smoothing out all bubbles and excess glue, the excess wallpaper is trimmed from the top and bottom of the sheet.
      • All subsequent wallpaper sheets are hung in a similar fashion.
    • Non Pre-pasted wallpapers (Special instructions)
      • Non-prepasted wallpapers require varying types of glue, with the most common being Heavy Duty Clear or a Clay Paste.
      • The glue is applied by a roller from a 5 gallon bucket of glue. After the glue is applied, the wallpaper is booked to allow the wallpaper to relax prior to hanging. The first and subsequent pieces of wallpaper are applied as listed above under "Pre-pasted wallpapers".
      • Some textured wallpapers require the wallpaper to be "double-cut", which consists of the wallpaper being overlapped over the prior sheet by approximately an inch, and then cut down the middle. The excess from both sheets is removed and the seam worked into itself so the seam in many cases virtually disappears from sight.
      • Some textured wallpapers, mostly non-prepasted, require the sheets to be reverse hung. Not reverse hanging wallpaper that is supposed to be installed that way can make each sheet visually appear as a separate stripe.
    • Border Installation
      • Border installation is typical to wallpaper installation with a few caveats.
      • Most borders are pre-pasted, and they are dipped in a water tray and then booked, just as pre-pasted wallpaper.
        • If the border is being installed over painted sheetrock, the wetted border can be installed directly over the painted sheetrock.
        • If the border is being installed over solid sheet vinyl wallpaper or vinyl coated wallpaper, then a vinyl-over-vinyl border adhesive must be applied.
      • Some borders require wallpaper paste to be applied directly to the wall, and the border to be installed "dry" onto the wall.
      • The border instructions will delineate exactly how the border that is being hung is to be installed.
      • At the completion of the job, all wallpaper tools, tarps, table and trash will be removed and the affected area will be left broom clean.
    • Prior to payment
      • A walkthrough by the customer is conducted, and anything that requires a touch-up is completed to the customer's satisfaction.
  5. Exterior Painting
    • Exterior Pressure Washing
      • Pressure washing of the exterior is available upon request
      • Trees and/or shrubs are protected by cloth or plastic tarps as necessary to avoid direct contact with pressurized water, if it is determined that it would cause an impact to vegetation.
      • Pressure setting is minimized, or other steps are taken as necessary to protect less secure areas.
      • All debris dislodged by the pressure washing will be cleaned up.
    • Pre-Paint Preparation
      • All loose paint is removed, woodwork is repaired as necessary, and all non-painted areas are primed.
      • Spot sanding is conducted as required to ensure proper adhesion of finish paint
      • All surfaces that will not be painted are covered to protect against splatter & drips.
      • Areas around doors and windows are caulked, as required.
      • Any furniture, hoses, or other non-stationary items are moved and/or covered to protect them from paint splatter.
    • Painting
      • Two coats of paint are applied to ensure proper coverage & finish.
      • The paint is applied with a brush and/or roller, as required to ensure proper adhesion to the surface.
    • Completion of job
      • At the end of each day, all painting materials are gathered up and stored in an area that does not interfere with the customer's normal use of their home exterior.
      • At the completion of the job, all painting materials and all trash will be removed from the exterior area of the house.
      • Furniture, hoses and other non-stationary items are moved back into their original setting.
    • Prior to Payment
      • A walkthrough by the customer is conducted, and anything that requires a touch-up is completed to the customer's satisfaction.
  6. Minor Carpentry
    • Baseboard, chair rail, crown molding, and wainscoating installation and/or replacement
    • All cutting will be accomplished in an outdoor setting, if possible, to minimize dust and wood filings in the house.
    • Pre-drilled holes are made prior to finish nails being installed and tapped below the surface.
    • Putty is used to cover all nail heads.
  7. Popcorn Ceilings Removed and Prepared for Painting
    • Non-furniture items are removed from the room, or placed safely on furniture. Furniture is moved to allow access to all surfaces where popcorn is being removed. Furniture is covered with plastic or cloth tarps, and the floors are covered with drop cloths or towels to ensure complete protection from popcorn ceiling splatter.
    • Any remaining unprotected surfaces, such as thermostats, security motion detectors, fireplaces, etc., are covered with plastic or painter's tape to provide splatter protection.
    • Popcorn ceiling is removed in 4 foot by 4 foot sections by wetting the popcorn and allowing it to saturate for a minute or two. The popcorn ceiling mix is then scraped off with a finishing knife and the excess material is deposited in a trash can.
    • The above process is repeated until the entire area is clean and any excess material is washed clean.
    • The process is then repeated until the entire area has been completed.

Call Britmar Painting and Wallpapering today at (856) 582-2459 or (609) 221-4529 and work with licensed and insured professionals who follow standard work process! Our services can be availed by residents and business owners within Gloucester, Camden, and Burlington Counties.