In order spare my neighbors of a similar experience, here is a review of Robert DeLapp, D & D Painting and Construction
Mr. DeLapp is an amiable gentleman whom we hired to paint our 100-year-old Dutch Colonial. Unfortunately, we did not obtain references about the quality of Mr. DeLapp’s work.
1. Thin plastic sheeting was placed to shunt scrapped paint chips away from the lower roof shingles. Unfortunately, all of these scrapped paint chips landed in the landscaping around our home.
2. Prepping of windows and hardware was nonexistent. No effort was made to tape off the windows or carefully paint the muntins. As a result, the windows are sloppy. It was clear that Mr. DeLapp was not painting in a carefull manner because he was loudly talking on his cell phone while he was painting the windows outside the master bedroom. His phone conversations were so loud that our neighbor complained. Additionally, the hardware (knobs, locks, lights, plugs, etc.) were not prepped hin any way and as a result my antique hardware has been marred by paint.
3. Reglazing of windows. Mr. DeLapp was to repair gazing on windows. Mr. DeLapp did not use glazing compound, rather, he used caulk that he smoothed with his finger rather than the customary putty knife. The result was a sloppy uneven mess. When asked him to neaten up the glazing around the window panes, Mr. DeLapp stated that we had “wavy glass” and that if he scrapped the windows they would break or crack. We are slowly making our way around the windows of our home and scraping the sloppy paint off the windows ourselves.
Mr. DeLapp’s estimate stated that 3 coats of paint would be used: 1 base coat and 2 top coats. In fact only two coats were applied: 1 tinted base coat (which he stated counted as 2 coats) and 1 top coat.
Mr. Delapp was to remove the old shutters from our home. There were 2 shutters that fell apart. Mr. DeLapp left the remains of these shutters on the path to the basement and never removed this debris.
One gable had clapboards that were deteriorated. Mr. DeLapp stated that he could easily replace them and requested a check to purchase replacement clapbords. Dispite the check stating cedar clapbords in the memo section, Mr. Delapp never purchased the clapboards. Ironically, the amount of the check completed the payments of the paint job.
Despite the poor quality of Mr. DeLapp’s work, he shared that he had driven people by our home to show the quality of his work. “They were impressed,” he stated. As our home is beautiful and the
house sits atop a hill and far away from the street, these people were clearly talking about our beautiful home and not the sloppy paint job.
Areas that have paint that but should not have paint:
1 Panes of glass in windows
2 Roofing shingles
3 Hardware, 100 year old door knobs, hinges, hooks, eyes,
4 Brick work on first level of house.
5 Cast iron basemant well grates.
6 Patio flagstone
7 Black foam insulation surrounding AC piping
8 Electric sensor on garage and brass lamps.