Water-based paint on window screen
Our house was painted a couple of weeks ago. It took the painters (a team of 2 men -- the main guy and his co-worker) 3+ weeks to complete the job, including prep, prime, and paint (2-3 coats in some cases). Against my wishes, we took the lowest bid. His contract and card do not have license numbers so I'm assuming he's not with the BBB. He came highly praised by someone who said he did a great, clean job on her apartment window. Well --- an apartment window is not a whole house that hasn't been painted in 20 years.
Our house is Spanish style with stucco and thick wood trim (tract home). When I asked how they will clean the stucco before painting, one of them said that the roller or brush will pick up a lot of dirt when they add the primer. That didn't seem right to me. They did do other prep work on the wood trim and patching of some of the stucco near soil line.
Anyway, yesterday I did a lot of yard work around the perimeter of the house and got a close-up view of some of their work. I was appalled to find white paint (primer? house paint?) smeared on the screen on one of the front windows. (I also found a few small splatters of white primer or paint on every adjacent surface including the paver patio, plants, windows, window trim, sprinklers, and driveway. They did do some clean-up but clearly missed some spots. There were also pieces of old dried paint lying in the driveway. I found a piece of blue painter's tape beneath one of the windows, and when I ripped it off a little bit of the new paint came off with it.)
Our windows and screens are new (purchased 2008). The outside trim is brown, and the screens are the same color.
QUESTION: What is the best way to remove water-based paint from a window screen? My husband said he could repaint the screen, but wouldn't the paint fill the screen holes? He said there's a special way to paint screens. I feel that the painter should clean the screen AT HIS TIME AND EXPENSE.
Trouble is, my husband said this painter seemed irritated at him as he did the rounds and examined the work before they finished, but seemed more polite when I appeared. The painter admitted to me that he underestimated the amount of time it would take to finish the job, and ran almost 1 week over. By the end of that week, he seemed weary of the job and seemed hurried to wrap it up.