Painting Service in Cotuit, MA

Rainmaker Painting has been a fixture in the Cotuit neighborhood and surrounding area for more than 25 years. Our locally-owned, locally-run painting company has achieved and maintained a superb reputation by focusing all of our efforts on fellow Cape Cod locals and their commercial properties and homes. Because we are fully bonded, insured, and licensed, you can be confident that you will always receive the finest interior painting services. Our diverse crew is comprised of qualified, personable, and professional painting specialists who place a premium on workmanship and customer satisfaction. Rainmaker Painting’s pros can handle any interior painting project, big or small!

Tips and Facts from Our Cotuit Painting Company

What are the steps of interior painting?


Effective planning is a crucial phase in every painting project. It involves decision-making about paint colors and finishes, in-depth discussions about your unique requirements, and providing your painting contractor with detailed information about the intended use of the room and surfaces. Your interior painter may offer valuable recommendations that you might not have contemplated before, and following their advice could elevate the overall outcome of your project.

Depending on the scope of the project, multiple contractors may be involved. Generally, we advise our clients to make painting the last step of the project – although some clients prefer to leave flooring as the last step. Since every customer has their own unique preferences and because scheduling can be a factor as well, you must weigh these pros and cons for yourself. It’s important to note that strategic planning is key when it comes to the steps of your renovation project, as these steps play a pivotal role in the finished result. Before making any decisions, have an in-depth discussion with our team about the specifics of the project. Leveraging our expertise in renovation projects can ultimately save you a considerable amount of money, time, and frustration.


One of the significant benefits of hiring professional house painters is their keen focus on safeguarding your furniture, cabinetry, and belongings from any accidental spills or splatters. While this step might be painstaking, skipping it can adversely impact the entire job. We take the time to meticulously cover and protect your floors and furniture before any work begins. This process entails taping edges as needed, carefully moving furniture and covering it with plastic, and laying heavy-duty drop cloths around the perimeter of the room. We take photos of the room before we move or cover your belongings because it’s important to us that we leave everything just as we found it. We also perform daily cleanups because we firmly believe you shouldn’t have to lift a finger throughout the process. If a cleaning service is needed, we’ll recommend a company we know and trust.


Properly preparing each surface is another crucial step when aiming for a durable, professional finish. Caulking, repairing imperfections, patching holes, removing chipped paint, sanding, cleaning surfaces, removing stains, and other actions might be required. Rainmaker Painting only uses the finest products and materials for this and every step of your project.


No professional painting service would skip priming every surface. This stage serves a number of important functions, including creating an even, beautiful, and immaculate finish. There are countless primers on the market, but they are certainly not all created equally. Because there are so many choices and they are each made for different uses and surfaces, selecting the right one can be overwhelming. This is one of the many advantages of hiring professional painting services. Choosing the wrong primer can cause more problems than skipping this step altogether, ans some projects don’t require priming at all. We’ll answer all your questions at the time of your estimate and make product recommendations based on your needs and our professional experience.

Primer doesn’t just allow the paint to have an even base to adhere to, but it also enhances durability and longevity, makes painting projects more cost-effective because less paint is needed when a surface is primed, and covers dark colors or stains effectively. Primer is important when painting porous surfaces like drywall or brick because it creates a seal that prevents paint absorption. In areas where walls have been patched with joint compound or on new drywall, priming is a mandatory step. On wood surfaces, primer is used to seal knots and prevent the yellowing that can occur when tannins seep out of the wood’s pores.

Surfaces that were previously painted with oil-based paint must be primed before latex paint can be applied. If this step is skipped, the new paint will chip and peel. If your project involves painting surfaces that are already peeling or chipping, we’ll have to remove the layer of latex before priming. In older homes with calcimine ceilings, the typical recommendation is to prime the ceiling with an oil-based product, then finish with calcimine paint. For kitchen cabinet projects, we’ll provide our best primer recommendation based on your unique cabinets. There are a number of great latex primers made for kitchen cabinets, but the durability of oil-based primer is hard to beat. We’ll be happy to discuss your project in detail when we provide your free estimate.


We’ve been in the painting business for a long time, which means our Cotuit painters have encountered plenty of challenges – including tricky staircases, steep cathedral ceilings, and so much more. We are skilled in plaster repair, spraying, rolling, and good old-fashioned brushwork. We can achieve any faux finish, such as rag rolling or marbling. Chris, the Rainmaker Painting owner, can even complete custom finishes – just provide him with an inspiration photo to match! We use cutting-edge, top-of-the-line equipment and materials, and we also prefer to use low-VOC paints whenever we can.



Our crew will efficiently tidy up after ourselves at the end of every job, because the last thing you should have to do after hiring a local painting service is clean up after us. We invite you to kick back and relax as we get everything right back to the way we found it. We understand that the interior painting process might be disruptive to your routine, and you shouldn’t have to come home to a messy house at the end of a long day. We don’t just clean up at the end of the project, but we also perform thorough, daily cleanups – including a full vacuum – to keep your home tidy. We also know how to maintain a clean and safe work environment. When the job is completed, we remove all trash, perform a thorough clean-up, and recommend a local cleaning service if you need one.


Your Cotuit painter takes immense pride in every project, which is why we’ll walk through each room and inspect every little detail to guarantee your full satisfaction. If you notice anything that falls short of your expectations, we’ll take care of it right away.

How do our painters in Cotuit choose between water-based or oil-based paint?

When we meet with a customer about their house painting project, we’ll discuss the surfaces they want painted, their day-to-day life, and their exact expectations. We’ll then determine what type of paint is already on your painted surfaces. This step is a particularly important one when it comes to painting ceilings. Your house painter will use their many years of expertise to determine which products are best for your project. New EPA regulations were passed several years ago, which led to a significant reduction in oil paint options on the market. For this reason, it might be hard to find readily-available oil paint in retail stores. If you strongly prefer oil paint or eco-friendly, zero-VOC paint, we might need to special order the products you need. We take great care to tailor each painting project from beginning to end because we understand that every customer comes with a distinct budget, lifestyle, and set of needs.

Which paint sheen is right for me?

To select the appropriate sheen for your commercial or house painting project, you must first answer the following questions:

Will we be painting a frequently-touched surface (such as cabinets or doors)?

Will we have to cover up flaws with paint?

What is your own preference in terms of shine?

How much cleaning will be required for this surface – do you have children or pets, will the paint be used in a kitchen, and so on?

After you’ve answered each of these questions, you’ll have a grasp on the performance and appearance you’re after. Next you can study the advantages and practical applications of each sheen to determine which one(s) would best suit your needs.

Matte and Flat finishes are renowned for their ability to absorb light, making them excellent for hiding imperfections. However, due to their lack of shine, they are less suitable for easy cleaning, making them less practical choices for high-traffic, family-friendly, or frequently touched areas.

Eggshell finishes have a low-shine appearance with a modest hint of luster. This paint sheen is appropriate for low-traffic areas since it is slightly more durable than a matte finish. It also conceals flaws well.

Satin finishes, with their velvety, glossy sheen, sit between high-gloss and flat finishes. They are easy to clean and long-lasting. Satin paints are easy to clean and long-lasting, but they are not the ideal choice if your walls are imperfect because they do not conceal flaws well.

Semi-Gloss finishes are highly durable and boasts a beautiful sheen. They are perfectly suited for surfaces that experience consistent wear and tear. Semi-gloss paint has an impressive ability to endure frequent use, grease, and moisture.

High-Gloss or high-shine finishes are the easiest to clean and most durable of all. These stain-resistant, ultra-shiny, and light-reflecting paints harden upon drying, so they seal the surface as they coat it.

As a general rule of thumb, trim is painted with semi-gloss paint, walls are painted with a matte formula, and ceilings are coated with flat paint. We’ve found this combination to be the best way to make a room “pop!” However, these are not hard and fast rules, and it’s your house – which means your preferences are the most important thing to consider.

When choosing a paint sheen, it’s important to consider the surface we’ll be painting. Ceilings are usually painted with flat paint because it’s the best choice for covering water stains or hiding imperfections – or we might use ultra flat paint to give the ceilings a disappearing quality. Many clients request an eggshell finish for their walls because they’re most familiar with that sheen, but it may not be the best choice for certain projects. For example, we wouldn’t recommend using an eggshell finish on the walls of an older home because when the sun hits the walls, every imperfection will be revealed. Eggshell paints are known for their easy cleanability, but because they’re prone to flashing (an uneven paint appearance) after touch-ups, many customers actually prefer to avoid this paint finish.

Matte finishes can be cleaned by wiping gently, and touch-ups are not as likely to cause flashing. Imperfections in your walls are better hidden with a matte paint, and it also leaves your home with a clean, high-end finish. We usually paint trim in a semi-gloss, satin, or pearl finish, which are each great choices. The decision typically comes down to your personal preference. For kitchen cabinets, we recommend a satin or semi-gloss finish. We’ll be happy to detail some practical factors you should consider when selecting a paint finish, but there’s really no right or wrong choice. We simply want to give you exactly what you want. During your estimate, we’ll discuss paint sheens and provide you with our professional suggestions. We can also leave you with literature that might help with these decisions.

How is paint made?

Our painting contractors get to use their experience and knowledge on a daily basis, which means they are regularly asked what paint is made of, what formulas are best, and why paint performs the way it does. It’s always an honor to educate our devoted clientele on the high-quality, fantastic products we use on a daily basis. Interior house paint contains four major components: pigment, resin, solvent, and additives. Each element alters the paint’s formula and has a distinct impact on the product’s performance.

Resin or another binding agent, such as alkyd, epoxy, or acrylic polymers, plays a vital role in consolidating the paint after it has completed the drying process. Non-resin binding agents include linseed oil and soybean oil. The color of the paint is determined by pigments, which are powdered substances like iron oxide, titanium dioxide, carbon, or metallic salts. Additives serve a multifaceted purpose in the paint formula. They are responsible for preventing color fading, enhancing the formula’s performance, expediting drying, providing antifungal properties, ensuring a smooth consistency, acting as fillers, and more. Finally, solvents are integral for dispersing, dissolving, and serving as a carrier for solid components. In the case of oil-based paints, painters can use alcohol or acetone to control the consistency and flow, while for water-based formulas, the addition of water serves the same purpose.

What brand of paints do we use?

After many years of painting, we’ve put every popular paint brand to the test. After evaluating every quality of the products, from application to durability and beyond, we primarily use Benjamin Moore and Zinsser paints, as well as certain Sherwin-Williams products. In some cases, clients express a preference for designer brands, which we’re happy to use as requested. We take re-education seriously, which is why we always stay up-to-date on new products, review paint specification brochures, and participate in sales rep clinics to learn about new developments in the industry. We never stop learning about our craft, and that’s why our precision and skill have evolved so much over the past 30 years. We also love to share our knowledge with clients about the outstanding products we use, what makes them unique, and why we prefer them over the many other available options. When you hire Rainmaker Painting, you can benefit from over three decades of product testing and use!

How do we estimate the price of your painting project?

Because we need to lay eyes on the project in order to give our customers an accurate quote, we never estimate prices via text or over the phone. We can only complete this task after an in-person evaluation. We don’t base estimates on square footage alone. Instead, we consider a number of important factors – the amount of time every step of the project will take, the cost of labor, the materials we’ll use, the condition of the surface(s) we’ll be painting, and much more. We strive to make estimates quick and easy for our customers. That’s why we complete the task quickly (generally in about 15 minutes) and at no cost to you.

Call Rainmaker Painting at (617) 416-3965 to schedule your free interior painting estimate today!