|Lake Area Painting & Decorating, Inc.|
|314 Hardwood Lane * Mahtomedi, Minnesota 55115 * 651-429-1778|
Why L.A.P.D.? Is there really a difference?
· 50-70% of our time on most of our jobs is spent in
· When we wash your house, we use HOT water and mildew-killing soap.
· We use electronic moisture sensors to insure that all surfaces are dry.
· We use 500-watt quartz lights on walls and woodwork to eliminate flaws.
· We use top quality 3M tapes, poly, sandpaper and safety equipment.
· We use slow-drying paints and primers (not quick primers for quick fixes).
· Most surfaces are gone over three times before any paint is applied.
1. Wash with solvent or soap.
2. Sand and scrape.
3. Dust and tack rag.
At Your Service
All our employees have mobile radios and cell Phones. Therefore, they have instant access to each other and to Jim Keenan. Our customers have access to the cell phones of Jim and each supervisor in addition to Jim's home office and fax line. We are always available to our customers.
We refuse to compromise quality by using airless sprayers for exterior painting. This is an overrated, dangerous tool. Airless sprayers should only be used on very smooth exterior surfaces. Most exterior surfaces have three-dimensional texture and require brushwork to imbed the paint into all the cracks and crevices. Most painters use airless sprayers for productivity with no thought as to how long the job will last.
Why is the existing residential home market so difficult?1. New home painters are under the gun for project completion times, and have a very limited budget. Therefore, they often resort to using quick-dry products and one or two coats (vs. three or four).
2. 90% of new home construction is flat finish paint on sheetrock walls. Taping and patching is done so that it is acceptable when using flat paint. When things start to settle and customers tire of nonwashable paint, we are called upon to use a high quality satin finish. This is when the flaws really start to show.
3. Older homes are likely to have had more than one occupant and more than one painter. In most cases the objective was to get the unpleasant project over with as soon as possible. This means little or no sanding, cleaning or preparing. This also means poor patching and in many cases the use of quick-dry products. Very seldom is there any thought to latex over oil, flat over semi-gloss, primer or no primer, etc., etc., In addition, most students working at paint stores don't have the knowledge required to give good advise and if advice is given the advice is geared toward making the project as easy as possible.
4. Come on, you said it yourself "Any One Can Paint!" That is true and that is who most of our competition is. Someone with the same idea looking for a quick dollar, someone with a pickup truck and a ladder. Yes, they can paint but that is about as far as it goes.
5. L.A.P.D. hires people willing to T.T.T. (Take The Time).
6. The job is not just about painting. L.A.P.D. has the knowledge to prepare the surface and use the best products. The patience and commitment to Take The Time. The skill to provide a beautiful finish and the understanding that none of it means anything if it doesn't last.
|Phone: 651-429-1778 *||FAX: 651-407-1731 *||314 Hardwood Lane* Mahtomedi, MN 55115|
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