Rob Rice Homes: Tips From Our Paint Pro

Rob_Rice_HomesRob Rice Homes takes great care to paint each of its new homes so that it continues to look fresh and bright for many years.

Larry Hanson, the owner of Imperial Painting, Inc since 1979, has painted for Rob Rice Homes for more than 30 years. It is a successful partnership because Larry shares Rob’s high standards for each of the homes he builds.

Along with upgraded exterior paint and caulking materials, Rob Rice Homes applies four paint colors on every house and has more than 25 different paint schemes to provide homeowners color options that no other builder offers. Each home has a unique and distinctive look, setting the home apart and adding to a varied and lovely streetscape.

“Rob is fussy and so am I,” says Larry, who agrees with the Best of South Sound builder that superior paint products must be used.

“We use a Duracraft Satin paint that costs about 40 percent more than the typical exterior paint because Rob insists on a better product,” Larry explains. “It is water-based so it is more environmentally-friendly and it lasts much longer without fading. Paint stores will tell you that a home’s paint job should last about 4 to 5 years. But our homes won’t need to be re-painted for 8 to 12 years.”

Larry says Rob requires other top products to ensure the quality and protection of each home.

“We use latex acrylic caulking, not silicone, because it sticks better and is much more paintable,” Larry says. “I have seen paint separate and bead up on silicone. Latex acrylic caulk can last 20 or 30 years. I wouldn’t use anything else on my own house.”

From his decades of experience, Larry offers his top tips to ensure a winning paint job for your home:

1) Find your painter – Make sure your painter is licensed and bonded. You need to get more than one bid and be sure you see several references because painters often just have friends do a reference. I would also meet the painter face-to-face. I think it is important to know who you are working with and that you are comfortable with them. You need a painter that has integrity.

Your final choice may not always be the lowest or highest bid, but who you feel will do the best job. I have seen bids that were over $2000 higher than mine, and when a homeowner asks why mine is so low, I explain that with my years of experience, I know what it takes to do the job.

2) Clean the house – Before the home is painted it must be washed to get the dirt off the siding. Every house has dust and dirt on it, whether you see it or not. You also have to kill the mildew. Rob’s homes don’t have mildew as a rule because he uses the paint that prevents it. After it is washed, it takes 3 to 4 days to dry.

Caulk every crack to keep water from getting in. When water freezes it can break a board and cause leaks into the home. Also re-nail any areas that need it and scrape away loose paint. Put primer on the areas you scrape off or make sure you buy an exterior paint that has primer in it.

3) Cover the bushes – While you are prepping and masking and covering windows and doors remember that paint does not wash off bushes so they should be covered. A lot of people think that it will just wash off with the rain. Paint won’t kill the plants, but it won’t wash off of them.

Like the builder he has worked with for three decades, Larry Hanson makes customer service and superior work a high priority.

“Rob doesn’t allow shortcuts and is picky. He expects every home he builds to have the same quality as the one that he lives in. With the beautiful choices we provide homeowners and the quality work and products we put into each home, I am proud to be a partner. ”

Homeowners can contact Larry Hanson at Imperial Painting, Inc at (253) 377-2525.


Rob Rice is Thurston County’s largest local home builder and was voted the Best of South Sound for 2013 and 2014. He has built more than 3000 homes over the last 30 years. He and his wife Helena live in Olympia with their two sons; Alex Michael and Carson. Rob is a graduate of Washington State University with degrees in construction management and architecture.