Questions People Ask Us

How often to repaint?

How often to repaint interior is on an as needed basis.

How often to repaint exterior is also on an as needed basis.  Yearly inspections are what’s key to determine the need.  A house in direct sunlight will need to be repainted more that one in the shade.  A house with lots of tree coverage is vulnerable to mildew.  They key is doing a yearly inspection to catch any problems early.  A lot of times what happens is that you can have a hairline crack in your paint where water gets in behind the paint and causes the wood to rot.  If you don’t inspect yearly, you wouldn’t notice these hairline cracks 15 feet up the exterior wall.  An example from our experience is when a $2000 job turned into a $40,000 job because the columns and the soffit were completely rotten.  Moisture had leaked through the yankee gutters.  To fix it, our crew had to rip off the rubber roof.  Before all was said and done, several different companies had to be brought in to make the necessary repairs.  Homeowners need to conduct yearly inspections and do the needed maintenance immediately.  This actually saves money in the long run.   


Tips on picking paint colors (internal vs. external)

We don’t only do what the owner asks, but we also offer creative solutions.  For example, we had a customer with a particular color scheme in mind.  After considering all his goals for the look, the feel, and a few other factors, Brandon suggested an entirely different color scheme.  Initially, this customer pushed back but in the end, they loved the finished product and were very pleased with the color scheme suggested by Brandon!

F&M will help with tips on picking paint colors.  There’s really no rhyme or reason to picking paint colors.  We are confident in our ability to help our customers pick the right colors, as our track record of pleased customers shows.


What is your main area of expertise?

Without stating the obvious, painting of course though we’re pretty diverse:  Commercial, residential, interior, exterior, staining, wallpaper, kitchen cabinets (even rehanging them), epoxy floors, hanging and finishing drywall, carpentry (like crown molding and stair railings), and power washing. One of the reason for 20 years, we’ve been “kicking butt” is that we’re pretty diverse.

When we do new homes, people ask if they do other painting.  Emphatically, yes!


What products do you use?

The products we use are Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore, and Pittsburgh Paint.


What is included in the cost?

After the free estimate, what is included in the cost is simply labor and materials.  


How long do the jobs take?

It varies!  

For residential customers, we usually do not stick more than 2 - 3 people on a given job.  For most jobs, we are in and out in 2-3 days.  This of course can vary depending on the number of workers on the job.  We break everything down into production hours and typically tell the homeowners how long things are going to take up front.  Most customers don’t like their whole house being torn up simultaneously, so to make it easier for the customer, we will stretch the work over a longer time period to accommodate.   We give daily updates via a phone call or even talking to the homeowner on site at the end of the day.  We ensure that our customers are up-to-date on the progress of each project.


Can I be onsite during a job?



Do you offer any guarantees or warranties?

We have a 2 year warranty which is more than most companies will offer.  We warranty labor and the products are warrantied by the manufacturer.  And at the end of day, we truly want the customer to be happy.


How many coats of paint will be laid down?

The minimum number of coats to be laid down is 2 coats.  Sometimes with dark colors, you get into 3 coats.  Deep based paint (E.g. Dark red, dark green) have less solids and more pigment, which leads to a thinner paint.  White base has more solids because there’s less pigment in the mix.  The new organic paints that have come out in the last several years offer improved ability in the dark colors to cover and are less likely to need 3 coats.   

In Brandon’s words, this one coat process that places like Home Depot offer just “doesn’t cut the mustard.”  You have to have a certain amount of paint build thickness in order for two things to effectively take place: bonding and longevity.  We understand this, and trust us, we’re not going to skimp.


Do you have any crazy snowmobiling stories?

Born in Potter county, Brandon grew up snowmobiling and 4-wheeling.  He still loves snowmobiling!  He mostly rides in New York at Tug Hill, north of Syracuse.  The photo on team page is from a trip out to the continental divide in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  “The fastest I’ve ever gone on a sled is 112 mph though the new machines would crush that,” says Brandon.  “I get my real thrill from going 0 to 60 in 3.2 seconds.  That’s where we have a lot of fun!  My friend Derry is a crazy rider...  He’ll start racing, bumping into you with his sled, pass you on blind corners… This one trip, we were riding like crazy, scraping ice off our face masks, barely able to see, and sweating inside our jackets because we moving so fast.  After we parked the snowmobiles, cleaned up and sat down for dinner, I said to the guys, ‘I don’t know about you, but that scared the crap out of me.’  Derry and his brother just laughed.”


How did F&M Painting Get Started?

Brandon has been painting since he was 10 years old.  His father who was a school teacher would do painting projects in his summers off.  So as kids, Brandon and his siblings would help their dad paint.  When Brandon got to high school, he had a construction contractor approach him at an awards ceremony and tell him, “If you work as hard for me as you do on basketball court, you’ll do well.”  He practiced multiple construction disciplines while working for him, which included painting as well.  After graduating college in 1995, he and his brother Darren started a painting company.  From there, Brandon moved to Lancaster to look for a teaching job.  In the interim of his job search, he painted, partnering up with another guy who was also in the process of becoming a teacher.  From there this painting initiative grew and grew, and Brandon never got that teaching job.  Instead, he launched a small painting company.  That was September 1996.  The following year, Brandon married Beth and ran F&M’s painting operations out of the basement and single-bay garage of their 700 square foot house.  He eventually bought did buy a shop.  In 20+ years since its founding, their little start-up went from grew to $150,000 to over $1 million in annual sales.  In Brandon’s words, “We went from zero to 100 miles an hour.”  F&M now operates as a formidable leader in the industry and in Lancaster was nominated as one of the top painting companies. We didn’t even know people were voting!


North Star Initiative

Working Toward the End of Sex Trafficking in Lancaster County

“I was stunned. It’s happening right here in Lancaster County!”

Rebecca and Jen had met for a conversation between friends. Rebecca began sharing about all God was stirring in her heart regarding the realities of human sex trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women in our day. She told Jen of her newly formed personal conviction to “fight this atrocity.” She just didn’t know how or where. That’s when Jen looked at Rebecca and told her about the ongoing sex-trade happening in Lancaster County and her efforts with others to establish an organization to fight it. Rebecca was stunned, and she responded to Jen’s invitation to join her in the work.  

That was 8 years ago.

The Vision

Today, North Star Initiative (NSI) operates under the leadership of Pam Pautz, Executive Director. She and her fellow “freedom fighters” operate as a Christ-centered organization whose vision is to liberate and restore women from sex trafficking and sexual exploitation by addressing their physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs. Jen (Jen Sensenig) and Rebecca (Rebecca Crutcher) continue in their essential roles with the organization. Since NSI’s founding in 2012, they have been working toward the vision of opening up a safe house to provide support in a residential context for women survivors, 18 years and older, through an 18 - 24 month program. This program will include access to basic medical care, education, counseling, legal support, psychological and occupational therapy.

In March 2016, NSI purchased a 5 bedroom home on 1.3 acres of land in the heart of rural Lancaster County. They’re calling it, “The Harbor.” This home is where they will base their work. To date, $600,000 in capital has been raised toward the purchase, renovation, and staffing of the Harbor.

Local Businesses Join The Fight

“Breaks my heart.”

In addition to cash giving, local contractors and skilled service providers have been enlisted to help the cause, offering their services as a donation. “You really need to know how sad human trafficking is in order to appreciate those who sacrifice to help not only rescue [the survivors] but bring them to wholeness,” says Brandon MacCartney, owner of F&M Painting, a Lancaster based painting company.  Brandon and his company were invited by a contractor to consider donating their painting services to help open up the Harbor.

Brandon is more than happy to “give back to the community,” he says. “I very much value and appreciate the work that they do.  Donating our labor really is the least we can do. We are very humbled to be able to do so as the realities of sex trafficking break my heart. It is a way F&M Painting can applaud their work, and not so much about what we are doing,” said Brandon.  

Others have answered the call as well.   One local church of just 50 members rallied together to raise $10,000 to give toward the opening up of the Harbor.

Becoming A Reality

Today, renovation projects at the Harbor are nearing completion. All the flooring and carpeting has been replaced, and the entire interior has been freshly painted. The next step is moving toward furnishing the Harbor. After years of hard work, advocating, and planning, NSI and the victims of sex trafficking in Lancaster County are now at a brand new threshold, and it looks like the Harbor, a newly restored home where women will be healed and restored “For Freedom.  For Life. Forever.”