posted by Custom Coatings, Inc. on December 16th, 2011
What kind of preparation work will we do on your house?
Our experts get asked this question a lot.
A paint job is only as good as the steps you took to prepare for it. Thorough and proper paint preparation is the key to a professional-looking paint job that will last.
What we’re saying is that before you do anything else, you need to make sure you’re intended surfaces are prepared correctly to ensure a beautiful, long-lasting finish. We’ve seen many attempts at painting that were performed with very little or no paint preparation at all and the results were disappointing.
We’ve heard it said that once you apply a coat of paint onto a surface, it’s like a magnifying glass was put over it. That statement is very accurate. The smallest imperfections and mistakes, dirt, grime, whatever, come shining out at you like a spotlight! Careless paint preparation can result in a dirty surface, and peeling or bubbling paint.
Things a good contractor should do in order to ensure your area is ready for a proper prep and paint job include:
- Clear intended work space of furniture and moveable items
- Remove all wall (receptacles), switch plates, and any hardware
- Scrape/Sand peeling paint and dirt spots on surfaces
- Fill and caulk all holes and small cracks
- Thorough cleaning (basic paint preparation!)
- Tape off surface not receiving paint
- Prime any newly repaired surface (especially new drywall or bare wood)
- Without preparation like pressure cleaning, scraping, sanding to a tightly adherent feathered edge, etc…. no matter how expensive the paint is, it is not going to last!
We know proper paint preparation is not fun. It’s dirty, and it can be time consuming. Let us do it for you!