Elmhurst Painting FAQ

The following is a Frequently Asked Questions section containing questions that we regularly receive at Blue Ribbon Painting and their answers. If you cannot find the information that you need in the Painting Tips section of our web site, you will likely find it here. If you have any questions that are not addressed in this FAQ, you can always feel free to email the friendly Blue Ribbon Painting customer service team at or call us at (630) 495-2583.

What should I do to prepare for painting?

All small items and breakables have to be moved to a different location. China cabinets, bookshelves, computer desks, etc. have to be emptied in order to be moved. Blue Ribbon Painting will take care of moving the furniture.

How will my carpet & furniture be protected?

Canvas drop cloths are used to cover the floors while plastic is used to cover furniture & cabinets.

How do I choose a tasteful paint color for my home or business exterior?

You can choose a great color for your home or business exterior by considering a few elements about the property and how your paint can contribute to them. For example, if your home contains a great deal of brick that are not painting, look closely to find some of the hues in the brick and consider some of those colors. You can also consider the type of property. For example, if it is a Victorian era house, you might choose some colors that were popular in that era to add to the aesthetic appeal of your property. If you want to express a calm and collected environment, choose warm colors. On the other hand, for a bright and busy environment a brighter color might be necessary.

Does paint expire?

Yes, paint does expire eventually. However, the specific life of paint depends on how well you store it, among other factors. When you are ready to store your paint, make sure you thoroughly clean the can's rim so that the lid can form a proper seal. Too much paint around the rim can build up and crack - letting air into the can. If you are using latex paint, you can pour a tiny amount of water around the edge to make sure it seals properly. You can also use plastic wrap over the top of the can before securing the lid. You can then store the can upside down after making sure that it is securely shut. This will almost guarantee a tight seal.