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Painting Preparations

Good painting preparations is the key to a good paint job. Most reputable painters will take care of preparation work before beginning the job. This is something that needs to be discussed before signing any contracts. Homeowners should clearly understand how much or how little preparation work each contractor is intending to do.

Furniture.

Remove all furniture from the room that is about to be painted. If furniture cannot be easily taken out, move it to the center of the room and cover it with a drop cloth.

Surface.

Paint should only be applied to a clean, well-prepared surface. Any peeled or cracked paint must be removed through either scraping or sanding. Simply painting over peeled or cracked paint allows these unsightly problems to quickly reemerge. All mold and mildew on the surface should also be removed before applying new paint. Existing glossy paint should be “dulled” or “deglossed” through sanding so that a good bond between the old paint and the new paint is formed. Holes should be filled or patched. The area should be cleaned using a strong cleaner, such as a TSP, or trisodium phosphate, solution.

Painting PreparationPrimer.

Primer provides a base for new paint for the paint to adhere, and it makes the paint more durable. Before painting, prime any uncoated surfaces, bare wood, repaired areas, paneled walls, existing oil-based paint, or any areas that are undergoing a significant change in color.

Fixtures.

Before painting, unscrew and remove all fixtures and outlet covers from the walls. This will save time during the edging process.

Tape.

Masking tape is commonly used to keep paint off items that cannot be removed, such as glass, built-in fixtures, door handles, and latches. An alternative to masking tape is painter’s tape. It is frequently chosen because it has lower tack than masking tape, making it easier to pull off. To keep stray paint from seeping underneath the painter’s tape, painters may try rapidly running a flat tool down the edges of the tape. This friction causes heat and melts the tape’s glue. When the glue dries, it will create a stronger barrier that is more difficult for paint to penetrate.

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Two Coats of Paint Make a Big Difference

Normally, we recommend two coats of paint, the main exception being applying the same color and sheen on the existing surface. Trying to make a single coat of paint look great, especially over another color, can stretch the limits of full hiding, and the finished paint job lacks the deep, rich finish that customers want to see. With one coat of paint, it is virtually impossible not to have slight misses where the paint does not fully cover, and unsightly roller marks can show up as well.

Two Coats of Paint

Two Coats of Paint – Prep Work

First, let’s address the question of priming and sealing. If stains are noticeable or the old paint is cracked or flaky, it’s important to properly prepare the surfaces to be painted. Sometimes this requires a good deal of scraping, sanding and/or spackling. If you want a quality job, you need a solid foundation before painting starts. If scraping exposes bare wood or unsealed drywall, a primer coat is necessary. Primers are thinner than top-coat paints so they penetrate better, seal the substrate and contribute to improved stain blocking. If the surface to be repainted is in sound condition but just faded, marked-up, or simply in need of new color that is not too different from the original color, it’s usually fine to skip the primer application.

Two Coats of Paint Also Use Quality Paints

Open two cans of paint and they look pretty much the same, but better materials found in today’s better paints can’t be identified in the can – only on the walls.

For our customers, two coats of paint are generally the rule. Two coats of paint will always look richer and more beautiful after the paint dries. And after all, you’ve got to live with it for a long time, so you might as well really love looking at it.

Spray Painting

Spraying makes sense for large surface areas where masking is minimal. For instance, we can spray the exterior siding of a house, then repaint the trim. This significantly minimizes the amount of masking that needs to be done. In many residences, interior spraying doesn’t save enough time to warrant its use. Where spray painting makes sense, we will let you know what the benefits may be for your home.