Why Finglas

New York’s best home painters—the difference a trained eye makes. We’re known for being discriminating. We pride ourselves on meticulous prep (and cleanup) and notable finishes. And we don’t cut corners, period. We’re asked all the time, “what makes you different?” Or more directly,  “why do you cost more?” Our trained eye is just one of many reasons—what kind of painter do you want in your home? Someone whose eye is on the bottom line, or one who truly cares for craft and results?

“Anyone can paint, but mastering the techniques of good painting is what craftsmen spend their lives doing.”

Many, many elements separate the work of a craftsman from a “guy with a brush.” Critical to our craft:

  • High-intensity lighting from multiple angles to find (and fix) imperfections.
  • Up to seven grades of sandpaper for different degrees of work on different kinds of surfaces.
  • Brushes toned to reduce splatter.
  • Extensive pre-planning, including sample boards with different qualities of drywall for comparing colors and finishes.
  • Expert preparation, including custom-tinted primers (not as simple as merely mixing in 10% of your color).
  • On-site oversight of all work.

For example, for this green room, special precautions are needed to ensure that the colored walls and white ceiling are fine and meet perfectly.

We’re experts in oil-based trim.  No matter how beautiful your home is (trust us, it will be!), trim takes a beating. Shoes, fingerprints, kids being … kids. That’s one reason to apply glossy paint, which is easier to clean than matte. But for the best, longest-lasting protection, oil-based glossy paint is the way to go. Trim painted with an oil base cleans quickly with a damp cloth; stains, scuffs and dust disappear. True, oil-based paint is more difficult to work with than latex—it takes longer to dry, can smell worse initially (open windows work wonders!), and is tougher to clean up during the project. But that’s not your problem—yet it’s not ours either, because we’re experts. Here’s what you should know:

The right pro can pump up the jambs. Semigloss or high-gloss trim complements matte-painted (flat, eggshell, satin) walls and can “frame” and room and elevate its look tenfold. Even so, in the hands of the wrong professional (let alone an amateur), glossy paint will show
imperfections in the surface.
Sponge sanding beats paper. Sanding to the original finish not only smooths out imperfections in the trim; it enables the paint to better adhere to it. Even so, we only use sponge—not paper or flat—sanders on trim. The simple reason is that sponges form to the shape of the trim, enabling us to create a smoother surface throughout.
Oil and latex don’t mix. This is especially true if the current paint is latex, which doesn’t react well to moisture. Primer is critical in this case—oil and latex paints expand at different rates, so if the latter covers the former alone, the oil-based paint will fail. (And unless you like to watch paint peel, don’t even think about applying latex over oil-based without a double dose of primer—and luck!)
Ventilation, ventilation, ventilation. Call it the first rule of oil-based paint, which takes about 8 hours to dry enough for a re-coat (vs. 2 hours for latex). The reason: Oil-based paints have more VOCs (volatile organic compounds) than latex. Yes, VOCs smell worse, and they can be unhealthy in high concentrations. But open windows can do wonders. The real trick is to use a paint that offers an optimal combination of high performance and low VOCs. It’s a fine line—which is why you want the fine home painting expertise we provide.

Meet Jody

Jody Finglas
Jody Finglas
Finglas Painting came to our attention when we chose to bring up a New York City designer. She was familiar with a particular line of High Gloss Oil products made by a company called Fine Paints of Europe that we fell in love with. Finglas Painting is one of a very select group of companies certified and trained by FPE at their facility in Vermont. The finishes they applied in our Westchester home were nothing short of amazing. I really can’t say enough about this company. Do yourself a favor, if you’re looking for high end quality work you have to hire these guys.
I was amazed not only by the overall quality of the work, but the attention given to every little detail. It seemed like nothing was too small to be overlooked. Based on my experience and the results we got I would recommend Finglas Painting to anyone who is looking for a first class job – at surprisingly reasonable prices.
Bob K., North Salem
My husband and I were very pleased with the work and professionalism of Jody and his team. Finglas Painting had come highly recommended and they provided the icing on the cake for the renovation of our home. Best of all, Finglas Painting was surprisingly reasonable and accurate in their estimate. They finished the work on time and went the extra mile. When I was approached for a reference for their site, I didn’t hesitate for a second.
Joanne C., Greenwich, CT
Finglas Painting, Inc. was referred to us through our Realtor when we bought our home. The house is over 60 years old and we had numerous issues that had to be addressed, none more important than the EPA Lead Law that pertained to our new old house. Finglas Painting never slowed down once, they addressed all issues and concerns we had about the project. Jody even went as far as to set up a meeting with the EPA Inspector in our area to put our mind at ease. I have never seen such a level of professionalism and concern for the welfare of a client as this company provided.
Jeff & Robin T., Greenwich, CT


Jody Finglas
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200 Executive Blvd.
Ossining, NY 10562
(914) 502-3213

For Fairfield County (203) 987-3476

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Westchester County #23498775h
EPA Lead Paint Certified Renovator