Common Painting Mistakes: 5 Reasons to Hire Professionals
While taking on your painting project yourself might seem like the most cost-effective option, often times the lowest price may not be the best value. There are so many details involved in executing a painting job properly, and having the right equipment and paint type can make all the difference in the finished project. Here are some of the most common painting mistakes encountered in interior and exterior paint jobs, and why hiring a professional paint contractor may end up being your best option.
- Not having the right tools for the job: Quality paint applicators and brushes are essential to getting the job done right. One of the benefits of hiring a professional is that they will have everything they need to ensure the smoothest application of paint possible. Professional painters also have the tools needed to apply paint in awkward places, such as high nooks and narrow spaces. While things like quality brushes may not seem to make much of a difference, brush hairs caught up in the paint job and rough and uneven brushstrokes can really diminish the way a completed wall looks.
- Using the wrong materials: Paint choices today are more complicated than ever and extend far beyond whether latex or oil-based paint is right for your particular job. Not only will the wrong type of paint not look as good, but it will most likely not last as long either. A professional paint contractor will be able to assess the job site and determine the right materials to ensure a beautiful and long lasting paint job.
- Overlooking prep work: To achieve a quality painting job, getting the surface properly prepared can make all the difference. A professional paint contractor will be able to identify any necessary repair work that needs to be done first (including the presence of wood rot, mildew, and severe peeling on exterior siding, or moisture damage and major imperfections on interior walls). Exterior and interior walls need to be smooth, clean, dry, and free of loose debris before painting actually begins.
- Improper technique and/or brushwork: When you don’t maintain a smooth line of paint on the brush or roller, the resulting paint job looks uneven and spotty. Professional painters have the know-how and experience with how to properly use all paint application tools in order to create a seamless and professional looking paint job.
- Failure to protect elements in the room: During the painting process, paint has a tendency to end up in places where you’d least expect it. Professional painters know to watch out for this as they work (since wet paint splatters are significantly easier to clean up than dry ones) and will take the necessary steps ahead of time to protect the floor, doorknobs, wall plates, fans and light fixtures, and other areas of the room.
When you hire a professional contractor, you can also avoid much of the hassle that’s involved in a painting project. They will take care of all aspects of the job, from taping and setup to proper cleanup and disposal of any leftover paints and other hazardous waste.