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Dishonest owner who does not stand behind his work. Had our headlamp likeness clean and shortly thereafter they fogged up again. Paid the rate of $79.95 to support local small business. Back fired and should have gone to Sam's club for $29.95. The owner could have fixed this but he kept saying sorry, there is nothing he can do. It could have been fixed in 10 minutes but he chose to disappoint rather than own up to the mistake and rectify the situation. This business needs to go away fro the good of the consumer and the community. Nuff said...Honor & Integrity!!!
Beautiful Work! Inside my home and out! They were Clean, Fast and Trust Worthy. They showed up on time and completed the job on time. Which is really hard to find around here. They showed me proof of License and Insurance when asked. I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting their home painted.
This place is horrible, no attention to detail and they just rush volume thru without any real detail paid to such things as drying the vehicle or making sure the tires/wheels are clean. Not worth the money AT ALL.!!!!
I have never met such dishonest people in my life. Goes to show that the owners of the Solar Car Wash and Solar Lube company, Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Holmes, don't stand behind their loyalty to the locals of Brevard County. Instead they are liars and won't use their insurance company to fix any damages they caused to your car. WARNING everyone out their to stop using these people if this is the respect of the community they are going to give. I have $4,000 in damages and they refuse to pay for them or even return my phone call. I will give a reward to anyone who can tell me what insurance company they have.
Took our brand new vehicle that we had purchased 5 days earlier for its first wash at TROPICAL CARWASH in South Merritt Island off Courtenay Parkway. As soon as we got home, I immediately noticed some serious deep swirl marks/scratches on the hood of our expensive new SUV which, as you would expect from a 5 day old vehicle, was flawless before the car wash. My fiancé immediately returned to show the owner of this establishment what they had done. He proceeded to get extremely defensive, and deny all accountability. He then decided it was necessary to scream in her face, where she was forced to call 911 because of how insane and irrational this OWNER was behaving. He even had the nerve to be snappy and rude with the Brevard County Sherriffs Deputy that arrived on the scene within minutes. The officer filled out a report and opened a case. He instructed us to contact our insurance company with this case number, who will then be in contact with this terrible business and their insurance company (if they even have any)... I plan to pursue this insane mishap until justice is served, and this god awful excuse of a business owner gets what he deserves. What ever happened to standing behind your product or service? I guess those days are over, at least in this very unprofessional man's eyes. Morale of the story... Do not get yourself into a long drawn out legal matter that I now have to deal with... Just for wanting a clean car. DO NOT TAKE ANY VEHICLE HERE. This "Wilson", the owner, is the worst kind of person I've ever come across, and is a disgrace to all the hardworking and honest small business owners out there. Please share this with all friends and family who take pride in their vehicles.
I brought my friends last week and I always get the KaoSoi Noodlesoup (curry). It's gone downhill. the $2 extra large bowl consisted of shrimp with mud veins I had to pull out and filled a 1/3 full. Com on MAN!. Never realized the extra large was just for the bowl. Other dishes looked ok. Not sure if I will go back with friends anytime soon.
All the good 5 star, and in my opinion suspicious reviews talk about how "nice" the "Chicks" are. Well that's all well and good, but it doesn't make up for the fact that they are overpriced, under-portioned, fill you up with bread to compensate, and serve plain bagged salad. Don't waste your money like we did.
I have been to this car wash many many times but am done! After the job was supposedly complete the wheels were still filthy, bugs on front and smudged windows. Why pay someone to clean your vehicle when you have to do it again yourself when you get home? I tried to call to complain, no answer on their phones. The vehicle was still dripping wet after their "towel dry" too. Waste of money!
They offer a small buffet of very tasty and very authentic food. Very friendly and welcoming. The owner always asks me to try everything when I go in there. So I've become a regular. Just a wonderful experience everytime.
Just had my car washed there if you can call it that!!! It came out with bugs all over the mirrors and windshield. So I asked can someone clean the bugs off for me? The "Dryer" (guy at the end with a towel) attempted to scratch the paint with his finger and then offer to run it back through again free of charge. SO FAR SO GOOD!! I said sure I would love that. Once it came back out I looked it over and thought okay 30 mins for a car wash but HEY! And then.... I noticed as I drove away no one vacuumed between the seats or even vacuumed out the cup holders (even though I was told cup holders would be cleaned)...... so I went back AND THIS IS WHY I WILL NEVER USE THEM (NOT EVEN THE FREE WASH THEY GAVE ME) OR RECOMMEND THEM!! I pulled up asked if cleaning the cup holders was included in the wash I got, the attend say yes so I asked her to look in my cup holder and have the manager come talk to me. She then said O I'm sure its not perfect your the one that MADE (even though they offered) us rewash your car. She looked in it and said yea we missed Ill clean it. I said id like you to wait so i can show the manager she said NO I'LL JUST CLEAN IT THE MANAGERS PROBABLY NOT COMING WE GET JERKS LIKE YOU EVERY DAY!!!!!!!!!!VERY UNPROFESSIONAL!! I HAVE HAD BETTER CAR WASHES FROM BP!!! In their defense once the manger did come she was very pleasant and said sorry for not only the bad car wash but also for her MOM's ATTITUDE!!! YEA OWNERS MOTHER IS THE ONE CALLING CUSTOMERS JERKS BECAUSE THEY EXPECT TO GET WHAT THEY PAY FOR!!!
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.