How can you be sure the painting contractor you are hiring will produce the kind of quality work you expect? “Take the time to go out and look at completed jobs and talk to their previous clients,” said Ted Wexler, president of Island Budget Painting. “Of course, the first thing you should do is check credentials. It’s unwise to hire anyone who isn’t licensed and insured. A fall from a ladder could cost a home or business owner big time should the worker be injured. I would venture to say that insurance coverage is more important today than ever before and absolutely essential if you handle commercial jobs or provide services to property managers, as we do.”

Wexler, who has been in the painting business for more than 30 years, said he is always willing to set an appointment to take a new client to any of the numerous homes, condos and commercial buildings he and his crew have completed throughout Oahu.


Island Budget Painting clients include builders, designers, architects and homeowners associations requiring ongoing maintenance, as well as individual homeowners. Realtors upgrading a home to enhance its saleability also call on Wexler, often with tight deadlines to meet.

“If someone prefers to go out independently and check our work, I generally refer them to the Tesoro service stations — Tesoro has been one of our good clients for many years. Or, if they tell me what neighborhood they live in, chances are I will be able to come up with the address of a house we painted there. If they want personal referrals, I can supply those, too.”

In cases where a homeowner is ready for a new color scheme, Wexler can provide advice on color selection and assist in making choices, including matching existing colors or furnishings. There also are technical factors to consider, such as the best products to use for exterior applications, taking into account weather conditions in the area.


Island Budget Painting is experienced at working with difficult job sites that may require scaffolding and operating within the parameters set by condominiums affecting access, parking, and times that work can be performed. Island Budget Painting also provides concrete repair, often called for in commercial contracts involving older buildings that are being restored or converted for new uses.

“People tend to assume that because your company handles big projects, you won’t be available for the smaller jobs,” Wexler said. “That just isn’t the case with Island Budget Painting. Working with a large, experienced contractor does not have to cost more, because we know exactly how to proceed and have all the latest equipment. The fact that we can complete jobs quickly and efficiently means lower cost and less inconvenience to the client. A novice painter can take twice as long because of lack of experience and the latest technology, and the cost in terms of time will be passed along to the client.

“If existing surfaces have to be properly prepared in order to prevent cracking or peeling down the road, we will so advise the client. We have been called on numerous times to handle a job that involved removing peeling or cracking paint because of the shoddy work of a previous painter When paint or stains are properly applied they will outlast a poorly executed job every time and save the client money in the long run.


“When we quote a price, we explain exactly what it will take to do a perfect job, meaning one that will be right the first time,” Wexler said.

Contact: 255-8612


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