Expert painters make the process of panting look easy. Because of this, many people think it is possible to paint with this type of ease as do it yourselfers. However, this is often the beginning of a herculean effort that ultimately results in a poorly applied paint job with poor adhesion that may never be completely finished. Within this amateur process, these people will make painting mistakes like spending unnecessary money on many expensive gimmick-like tools and endure much undue stress. The best way to achieve a professional paint job is to hire professional painters with many years of proven experience and satisfied customers.
Expert painters utilize professional products along with hard earned skills to achieve a professional job in a clean and expedient manner. Because of their knowledge of the painting profession, these painters also achieve the desired and expected results, and these results can last indefinitely. A part of the skill that professional painters have is in knowing what not to do, so in order to inform the general public of these common painting mistakes, we will list some.
Because a great paint job requires a pristine and flat substrate, preparation is always necessary. Although professionals do not require as much prep as amateurs, amateurs can utilize prep in order to achieve a decent paint job. However, because this part of the job can be extensive, many people skip or minimize this step. Professionals understand that time spent on preparation is key to a professionally applied paint job. Remember, cleaning is the last step in preparation, so clean thoroughly after sanding, repair and otherwise preparing for the paint job, and do not skip this step.
Another common mistake is bringing paint into the interior space. Believe it or not, when possible, painters will make their paint pouring and mixing station outside when at all possible. This minimizes the chances of spilling large volumes of paint in the interior space. These types of spills characterize an amateur mistake made by do it yourself painters. By pouring paint into a manageable container outside of the space, the amount of paint in the space is minimized, and so are the chances of large spills. When painting outside, keep paint away from the paint area and any scaffolding, lifts or platforms.
Never use cheap paint in any situation, but especially in exterior painting. It is always good to buy an expensive brand on sale or for a cheaper price, but cheap paint is mostly water, and requires applying more coats to achieve the true color. So not only are novices purchasing water at paint prices, the job is almost guaranteed to be unsatisfactory and will require twice the effort of utilizing a good brand and type of paint designed for the conditions. The extreme conditions that paint endures outside means that cheap paint will wear much faster. This not only gives the paint job a significantly shorter life, it also minimizes the look of the paint and the protection that the paint is supposed to provide.
Although paint plus primer can be a good product, there is no substitute for an actual primer coat. Never perform exterior painting on bare wood unless a primer coat has been applied. Making this primer the foundation of the paint job is the only way by which good adhesion and true color can be achieved on any wood product, but especially bare wood. It is so instrumental that often professional painters will apply a light primer coat to pre-primed surfaces.
Cold temperatures are not a problem for current paint formulations, but hot, humid weather is the enemy of paint jobs of all kinds and especially outdoor paint products and jobs. Wait for an expanse of time with minimal chances of precipitation both to apply the paint and to allow the paint job to cure properly afterward. Never paint or apply coats of exterior paint in between rain storms. Additionally, painting in high temperatures makes the coats dry quicker, and this means that the paint surface is not as strong as if applied in more moderate temperatures in which the paint could cure over a more appealing amount of time. This heat weakened paint layer has a greatly reduced life span, and the effectiveness of the paint job is greatly reduced also.