Questions about painting services in Columbus and Central Ohio.

Below are some of the most common questions we receive about our painting services. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the painting industry. Contact Duration Painting for a free quote on our services or for answers to any further questions you have about our services.

Experts recommend recoating your surfaces every 5 years on a one-coat application and every 7-8 years on a two-coat application. 
Those numbers refer to the length of the roller nap. Shorter naps hold less paint and leave behind less of a texture, while longer naps do just the opposite. You should match the length of the nap to the relative roughness or smoothness of the surface you’re painting – short naps for smooth surfaces, longer naps for rougher surfaces.  
A clean surface is essential for a good paint job. By removing mold, mildew, and dirt build up with a power washer and the proper detergent, paint application will better adhere to a clean palette.  
Using a primer prior to painting improves adhesion of paint; provides an attractive and uniform finish; and blocks water, grease, and smoke stains that can bleed through your top coat. Generally, a primer is not necessary on a previously painted surface unless one of the above situations would happen to exist.  
Insurance is extremely important. If someone does not have liability insurance and happens to be working on an extension ladder inside or outside of the home, you become liable in the unfortunate case of an accident. We send copies of our liability insurance and workers compensation insurance up front with every estimate so that you know you are protected from liability.  


Painting can be hazardous work, whether it’s maneuvering on a ladder or dealing with dangerous solvents. A professional painting contractor has the experience, tools, and training to deal with many difficult situations. Hiring a professional contractor eliminates these issues and prevents unforeseen accidents.

Personal Assurance:

In the event of an unforeseen accident, have the assurance that your Columbus, Ohio painting contractor is protecting you from loss by being properly insured. Professional contractors will carry liability and hazard insurance to cover the size of the project. Also, they will pay into workers compensation to cover the expense of down time to their employees.


Getting a surface properly prepared makes all the difference. The first step is making the substrate ready for coatings by patching cracks and holes, smoothing out blemishes, and removing old coatings. A professional painting contractor will also take the time to cover items such as flooring, casework, and furniture to protect them from paint spills or splatter. Professional painting contractors know the value of preparation and will do the job right from the start.


When faced with decisions such as flat, eggshell, or gloss; oil or latex; and the various brands that consumers have to choose from, whom better to ask than the professionals that work with them on a daily basis? After preparation, a primer should always be considered. Depending on the substrate and the demand of the primer, a professional painting contractor has the experience to know which type of primer will achieve the desired protective or aesthetic result. They will also be able to help with finishing coats. There are various different reasons for choosing particular finishes such as abrasion resistance, corrosion protection, water repellants, and of course appearance. A professional contractor will know what products work and how to use them.

Cleanup and Disposal:

Hiring a professional contractor means you don’t have to worry about dealing with leftover paint and residues. Professionals will know how to handle hazardous wastes that may be part of the job.

Hiring a professional painting and decorating contractor takes the guesswork out of your next painting project. They’ll take your ideas and turn them into reality and transform your home or business into a showcase to enjoy for many years to come.