Exterior House Painting

Catchlight Painters working on the exterior of a home in Greater Boston

Can You Identify the Key to a Beautiful, Lasting Exterior Paint Finish?

Many people are surprised to learn that it isn’t found in using quality products alone, or proper application techniques (as important as those things are). The key to an enduring, beautiful finish is skilled, thorough surface preparation.

Why Is Surface Preparation So Critical?

Pressure washing, scraping, stripping, sanding–it’s dirty, hard work. In fact, greater than fifty percent of the time spent working on a home’s exterior finish should be devoted to the removal of old paint. Surface prep is an area where painting contractors sometimes cut corners in an effort to hold down cost. In an unfortunate twist, while skimping on time spent preparing the surface may yield a lower estimate initially, it creates the need for more frequent painting. A cheaper project that lasts for four years is never a savings compared to a quality application that lasts for ten.

This kind of preparation is particularly important here in New England where we experience such a wide range of weather. Your exterior paint is a coating in motion, expanding during our blistering summer days and contracting with the dry, frigid air of winter. Especially if you own an older home (100-200 years old), the layers of existing paint that have been stacked on top of each other become too brittle to flex with seasonal changes. This causes cracking, peeling, and flaking. As a side note, determining the root causes of paint failure takes a mix of experience and analysis. Problem Solving is a Catchlight specialty.

While many painters cut corners by spending less time on preparation, we spend a large percentage of our time completely removing the old, dead layers of paint. Beautiful, lasting results are created by investing in a fresh start rather than building on a faulty foundation.

Bringing a Personal Touch to the Painting Process

As critical as surface prep may be, it is often the personalized care and attention to detail that our clients notice most.

  • Our crews tidy up thoroughly at the end of each day
  • Catchlight painters never smoke on-site
  • We maintain a quiet, respectful work environment
  • Portable toilets are supplied so that our staff do not need to enter your home

We also work hard to protect your landscaping. Draping tarps and using ladders is inescapable, so we encourage you to point out areas of special concern beforehand. We are happy to schedule your work during a period within the growing season when our staging will have the least impact on your garden’s greenery.

Exterior Painting Services

  • Pressure washing of exterior surfaces, decks, and walkways
  • Paint or stain finishes
  • Problematic surface analysis – peeling, bubbling, efflorescence
  • Caulking, sealing, and repair of trouble areas
  • Rotted wood restoration and exotic wood finishes
  • Metal finishes, fences and garages
  • Light carpentry
  • Gutter cleaning & oiling
  • Window washing & glass replacement

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Exterior House Painting Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 4 reviews
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The service you provided was fantastic!

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I just want to let you know what a wonderful job you and your crew did on my house. I think it looks beautiful. The service you provided was fantastic and the quality of the workmanship was outstanding.

I would not hesitate to use Catchlight again

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I was introduced to Catchlight through the general contractor during a large scale renovation of my home in Brookline that was completed in March 2009. I was immediately impressed with the professionalism and absolute attention to detail that every representative of Catchlight demonstrated, from the painting crew on site, to the administrative personnel in the office. No detail was too small or insignificant to bring to Catchlight’s attention, and their quiet commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction was evident in every interaction I have had with them. Catchlight personnel on site were deeply respectful of my personal space, and left the areas they were working in in immaculate condition both on a daily basis during the job, and at the very end when they packed up to leave. I would not hesitate to use Catchlight again and highly recommend them.

The service was outstanding

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Service was outstanding. . . I don’t see much room for improvement. . . you met expectations which were very high based on comments by several individuals.