4 Painting Shortcuts That Will Cost You Long Term

May 6, 2020
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4 Painting Shortcuts That Will Cost You Long Term

Every painting project, whether it’s big or small, involves thorough planning and attention to detail. Taking shortcuts leads to a miserable paint job that isn't going to last long – particularly if you're dealing with exterior home painting. You'll have to repaint your home earlier than you would have and probably spend more in the long run. 

Here are some of the shortcuts that you can avoid on your next painting project

Painting on a dirty surface

One of the most common painting mistakes people make is painting on a dirty surface. When the surface has minor stains, this isn’t generally a problem, however, accumulated dirt, sand, and debris can be problematic.

The paint will not be able to move through the debris rather than clogging the brush and painting with sludge to give the surface a smooth, even finish. When the dirt inevitably washes down, you will eventually remain with "bald" spots. For better results, wash and rinse thoroughly before you apply the coat. 

Painting Over Chipped and Peeling Paint

When the painted surfaces age, peeling, and cheeping of the old paint is a normal phenomenon. No amount of hope will re-attach the peeled paint back when this happens-not even another coat of paint. It's like trying to add a new layer of tiles on top of existing and loose tiles – they come off with the newly installed layer of tiles as the old tiles let go. The easiest thing you can do here is to scrape and sand the surface you intend to paint. This will remove loose chips and allow solid adhesion of the fresh coat of paint.

Painting Over Partially Dried Paint

A proper paint job – whether it is interior painting, exterior painting, or cabinet panting – requires patience. We understand that you might be squeezed for time and want the job to be finished as soon as possible, but painting over another paint or surface that has not been fully dried is not the solution you are looking for.  

The worst case is that partially dried paint can begin to get off onto your roller or brush, making a real mess. And even if that doesn't happen the fresh paint will have trouble adhering to a partially dried paint surface.

Not hiring a Pro

Although I believe that the DIY approach should be used for certain minor, less complicated tasks, serious and delicate painting projects such as exterior and interior home painting and staining, cabinet painting, cabinet refinishing, commercial repainting, etc. should still be left to a repaint expert. Attempting these tasks if you don't have the requisite skills, experience, and equipment would not only take longer and yield bad results but can also be dangerous.

When you’re planning to paint your house, hire a professional house painter in ct to get the best results. 

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