Painting Shortcuts You Need To Avoid

Painting your home is never easy.

It means a great deal of trouble. Some people would try to put it off for as long as they can. Others would try to go for shortcuts to make the job easier.

But cutting corners and going for shortcuts can result in problems. In fact, cutting corners can be disastrous for you and you could end up with redoing the whole paint job, which will cost you more in time and money.

Here are some of the painting shortcuts that you need to avoid:

Know When to Degloss

Shiny surfaces can potentially be slick.  A new coat over the top may or may not adhere right. So if you are planning to paint over a varnished or lacquered surface, do yourself a favor and degloss the surface first. A light sand works well for flat or wide-open surfaces.  For detailed surfaces, a chemical deglosser works better at getting into all the nooks and cracks. 

Painting Over Stains and Other Contaminants.

People are often a bit too eager to get to painting and forget what might be on the wall that can interfere with a new coat of paint. Common surface contaminants are oils, smoke, and stains. Oils should be cleaned off with a degreaser. Smoke on a wall from fireplaces, faulty furnaces, or barbecues that are a bit too close the house all present the potential for issues. They can bleed into the finish, and the job will need to be done over. For these issues and other general stains a stain blocking primer applied first, and allowed to dry well, unusually solves the problem. 

Using a Single Coat

One of the most common shortcuts found when painting a house is to use a single coat of paint. If painted regularly one is fine.  But often people go too long before repainting, and one coat just isn’t enough. Old, dry surfaces can really suck up some paint. In these instances, you are only getting even.

Consider a full two coats of paint. Two coats typically extend the life of a paint job by fifty percent, yet may only cost a third more than one coat.  It cost a bit more now but saves money in the long run.

Not Using a Paint Tray or Bucket

Another common shortcut that people use when painting is they use the paint straight from the tin. Why is that so bad? First of all, if you use paint straight from its can, you are sure to make a mess. A full can is heavy and is really fatiguing to hold onto. Drop it and you will have a real mess. It is also difficult to get the right amount of paint on your brush or roller. 

Better alternatives are either a tray or bucket.  Trays work well for small jobs and are easy to clean up later.  For larger jobs use a 5-gallon bucket. You can get empty ones from any paint store, along with a bucket hook so that you can hang the whole thing off a ladder. Pour out maybe half a gallon into the bottom. For brush work, you are all set to go.  If you plan to use a roller, you can get a grid to hang inside the bucket. Drip your roller in the paint, roll off the excess on the grid, and go to the wall. Works quite well.

Not Masking

Don’t kid yourself thinking that you don’t need to mask and/or lay down some plastic. Take the time up front to mask and cover up – you’ll save gobs of time in the end. Particularly when it comes time to clean up.

Most people use painting shortcuts because they think it will save them money and not just time. In reality, it can cause delays, problems, and in the long run, you may have to redo your paint coat sooner than you should.

Now, if you hire professional painting contractors you would not have to worry about these shortcuts. Check out the services offered by Teaberry Painting Contractors.