Here are Our Work Process at Britmar Painting and Wallpaper


Britmar Written Process Description for Work Products

In order to ensure that the results of every project that we do are consistent we always make it a point to follow the standard Britmar Painting and Wallpapering Work Process.

  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
    • The best method for wallpaper removal will be decided depending on its type and the wall surface.
      • For plaster walls and vinyl wallpaper, a steamer will be used to remove the wallpaper from the wall, resulting in minimal damage.
      • For sheetrock walls having vinyl prepasted 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. This way, the walls would not be damaged in the process.
      • 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 a joint compound, then sanding until the walls are smooth and ready for paint.
  3. Interior Painting
    • Initial Room Preparation
      • A walk-through with the customer is conducted upon arrival to the project site.
      • Any nail holes or other imperfections to be repaired will be discussed.
      • Non-furniture items will be removed from the room, or placed safely on top of the furniture.
      • Furniture will be moved to allow access to all surfaces to be painted and provide a wider working area. These will then be covered with plastic or cloth tarps.
      • Floors are covered with drop cloths or towels to ensure complete protection from paint splatter.
      • The surfaces of 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
      • As required, washing of the walls and wood trim will be completed to ensure surfaces are prepared to accept paint.
      • All nail pops, holes, and cracks and other imperfections on the walls and ceilings are repaired using a joint compound, while 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 will be coated with a suitable primer. Any surface to be painted will be primed if significant color change will occur.
      • Paint is applied with a brush and roller.
      • Two coats of paint on all surfaces.
      • All paint edges are painted perfectly straight.
    • Completion of job (daily and final completion)
      • At the end of each day, all painting materials will be 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 trash will be removed from the house.
      • Furniture will be moved back into its original position.
    • Prior to Payment
      • A walk-through with the customer is to be conducted, and anything that requires a touch-up is completed to the customer’s satisfaction.
  4. Wallpaper installation
    • Initial Room Preparation
      • A walk-through with the customer will be conducted upon arrival at the project site.
      • Any nail holes or other imperfections to be repaired will be identified.
      • Furniture is moved to allow access to all surfaces to be wallpapered and also to provide a wider working area. Nearby furniture will be 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 prepasted wallpaper is to be installed, a water tray is set-up in/or near the room to be wallpapered. Plastic tarps and cloth materials are inserted below the water tray to protect the rug/wood flooring.
      • Sufficient glue is always on hand in case the prepasted 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 bare sheetrock or where only builder’s paint is installed; otherwise, wallpaper removal in the future will be extremely difficult and damage to the underlying walls is more likely to occur.
    • Wallpaper and border installation (General instructions)
      • Wallpaper will be 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 run numbers can sometimes be shaded slightly different from other runs, or the pattern vertical cut can be out of sync with other wallpaper rolls with the same pattern number, but different run numbers.
      • Most importantly, we’ll check whether the paper is prepasted or would require glue application directly to its back, and install the wallpapers accordingly.
      • Also, it is necessary to take note of the pattern repeat of the wallpaper. This is especially important when determining how much wallpaper to purchase, as the larger the pattern matches, the more excess wallpaper may need to be trimmed. Another determining factor is whether the wallpaper has a straight pattern match or a drop match.
      • In corners that are not vertically straight, the wallpaper will have to be overlapped over a part of the total sheet length, 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 utilized 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.
    • Prepasted wallpapers (Special instructions)
      • A prepasted wallpaper adhesive will be applied to prepasted wallpapers if recommended by the manufacturer.
      • These types of  wallpapers are 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 it 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 the bubbles and excess glue. After which, the excess wallpaper is trimmed from the top and bottom of the sheet.
      • All subsequent wallpaper sheets are hung in a similar fashion.
    • Non Prepasted wallpapers (Special instructions)
      • Non Prepasted wallpapers require varying types of glue, with Heavy Duty Clear or a Clay Paste being the most common.
      • 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 “Prepasted wallpapers”.
      • Some textured wallpapers require it 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 is 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 this type of wallpaper 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 prepasted, and they are usually dipped in a water tray and then booked, just as prepasted 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” unto the wall.
      • The border instructions will describe exactly how the border 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 walk-through with 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 it is necessary to avoid direct contact with pressurized water.
      • 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 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 walk-through 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 wainscoting 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.
    • Sanding is done prior to painting. 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 top of the furniture. It is moved to allow access to all surfaces where popcorn is being removed and provide a wider working area. They are then 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.