It is often said that the difference between professional painters and DIYers is in the preparation. That is the difference because preparing for paint is more important than the application of paint. Just about anyone can put color on a wall. That is not WHY you pay a professional. You pay a professional to put color on the wall that looks great now and will look great for years to come. Here are six ways that professional painters differ from regular folks.
Empty the Room
Working around furniture and other accessories makes a difficult job even more difficult. It is much easier to focus on the task at hand if you are not worried about bumping into furniture or trying to work around it. Professionals want a “clean space” in which to work.
Fix Any Dents, Holes, or Cracks
Sheetrock walls are not indestructible. Over the years they will end up with cracks from shifting and settling along with dents from doors, furniture moves, kids, pets, and others. Nail holes and larger holes from hanging televisions and other heavy items will also leave spots that will attract attention if not handled correctly. Fixing these unsightly areas will go a long way to making the room look brand new.
Sand When and Where Needed
Sanding is often overlooked. A sanded wall provides the best surface for which the new paint to adhere. This also removes any flaking or peeling paint that may lead to more problems down the road. This step is critical to flawless painting projects.
Clean the Surfaces
Paint does not stick well to dirt and grime. Walls that have gone years between painting will have accumulated more layers of dirt than you can imagine. Along with sanding, cleaning the surface before painting it ensures your paint has the best chance of properly bonding.
Prime if Necessary
Quality primers do more than cover hard to conceal colors. They are also instrumental in covering and sealing stains, along with ensuring the top-coat paint covers smoothly and evenly in as few coats as possible. Priming your walls could save you money in reducing the amount of paint required to go from darker colors to a lighter color.
Use Quality Paints
Preparing for a professional job includes buying quality paints. If you are going to go to all the trouble and expense to prepare a room and apply paint, there is no reason not to buy the best paint you can find. Inferior paints often fail to provide an even coverage and typically require more coats to do the same job as a superior quality paint.
The Best Tip? Hire a Professional Painting Contractor
The best and easiest way to ensure you get a quality paint job is by hiring a professional painting contractor. They have the experience necessary, along with all the tools and techniques, to make every job look great. Put your mind at ease when it comes to painting. Hire a pro and the rest will take care of itself.