Frequently asked questions

How long should a painting job last?

The paint on most stucco buildings should last approximately 5-10 years. Some of the stucco buildings that we have worked on however are still looking great after 15 years – although the colors may not be in fashion anymore!

Wood siding and shingle houses typically last about 5 years and will need to be re-painted after that.

How long will a painting job typically take?

We understand the importance of responding and completing the job as soon as possible to prevent interruption in your business and your comfort at home. Therefore, we undertake only one painting project at a time so that your project will receive 100% of our attention.

We will work with your schedule and provide you with an estimated time of completion before we start your painting project. Once we begin, you can expect us to be at job site every work day until the job is completed.

It is impossible to say exactly how long it will take to paint your building, but a typical home that has not been painted within the last 5-7  years normally takes approximately 5-8 days to complete.

How do I choose the right colors for my house?

Choosing the right paint color is not an easy task. People's preferences, the environment, and homes are different. The amount, colors, and textures of your floor coverings, furniture, artwork, trees, shrubs, walk ways, roofing tiles, etc… can all effect the outcome of the painted surfaces. Add to the mix the amount of natural light & artificial light and your personal taste and the search for the right color can become daunting. The most important thing to remember is that YOU must feel comfortable with the colors that you choose.

Colors on color decks and chips can look very different than real paint. Therefore, we will provide actual application of color samples and design layout on walls and/or trims so you can view them at different times of the day before settling on your final color.

What if my house contains lead-based paint?

Many houses and apartment built before 1978 have paint that contains lead . Lead from paint, chips and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.

People have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard. In the United States about 900,000 children ages 1 to 5 have a blood lead level above the level of concern. (Source EPA)

We at Cartelli Painting & Waterproofing Co. care about the adverse affects on people and on the environment of lead-based paints. Therefore, we follow all of the rules and regulations of the city and federal government guidelines before we remove paint chips that contain lead.


What is the best time of the year to paint my house?

For interior, anytime.

For exterior, generally speaking the best time in the Bay Area is from March to November. August is typically less desirable for elastomeric paint applications because hot weather will speed the drying time for the paint which may cause inadequate adherence to the surface. Wet winter months are avoided as wet weather and humidity in the air may cause paint to drip and sag.

Do I get to keep the left over paint for future touch ups?

Yes all the paint that is not used will be left for you. In addition you will get a print-out which includes the names and numbers of the products we used on your house, the manufacturer’s name, and all associated formulas.

How do I select the right sheen?

When choosing an interior paint, it is important to select not only the right color, but also the right sheen. A paint’s sheen can affect the look of the paint job, but what is less well known is that it can affect paint performance as well.

FLAT PAINTS – Because they are non-reflective, flat paints tend to hide surface imperfections. It can be difficult however to remove stains from flat paints. They are therefore good for general use on walls and ceilings in low traffic areas.

SATIN PAINTS – As the name implies, satin paints have a slightly more lustrous appearance than flat paints and have a better wash-ability and stain resistance . A satin paint is good for wall surfaces in halls, bathrooms and playrooms, or for trim where only slight sheen is desired.

EGGSHELL PAINTS – Eggshell paints have more moderate sheen level, somewhat higher than a satin finish. This moderate sheen makes it a perfect in-between product – it has more durability, washability, and stain resistance than a satin paint, but it will not highlight surface imperfections as much as a semi-gloss or high gloss paint.

SEMI-GLOSS PAINTS – Having a higher sheen than satin or eggshell finishes, these paints are even more stain resistant and easier to clean. They are excellent for use on walls and woodwork that are subject to wear, including kitchen and bathroom walls, hallways, children’s rooms, playrooms, doors, windows, and trims.

GLOSS PAINTS – These Paints are tougher, more durable, more stain resistant and easier to clean than paints with less sheen. Their highly reflective appearance however causes them to highlight surface imperfections.

How do you waterproof my house?

We use elastomeric or terpolymer paints. These are rubberized latex paints that create a tough protective film that, when fully cured, provides waterproofing for your structure.

This tough and elastic coating is resistant to sunlight, heat, cold, wind driven rains, and coastal exposures. They come in a wide variety of colors and are about eight times thicker than latex acrylic paints.

One of the leading brand for terpolymer coating is Kel -Seal, manufactured by Kelly Moore. The best thing about Kel-Seal is that you can eliminate the unsightly appearance of masonry cracking by using their line of elastomeric paints while providing adequate waterproofing. Because of Kel-Seal’s tremendous elongation characteristics, it will bridge and repair all non – structural hairline cracks.

Are your work practices environmentally friendly?

Our company is committed to caring for the environment and we take green business practices seriously. We use low or zero VOC PAINT for both interior and exterior painting. 

Do you have insurance or certifications?

We are fully insured and bonded. Our workman’s comp is provided by Applied Underwriters. Certificate of Workman’s comp insurance and liability insurance will be provided upon submitting estimates. We are also EPA and lead-base certified.