It’s time to get real. Your paint is peeling, and you need a new paint job to spruce your home up for the spring and summer. One problem many homeowners face when beginning their interior or exterior paint project is the amount of misinformation and misconceptions out there.
Professional painters run into this problem, too. They’re expected to complete projects much faster than what is reasonable. Cost estimates blow customers out of the water, and many other painting myths cause miscommunications, disgruntled customers, and lowered expectations. Let’s examine four common house painting myths and get to the truth behind them.
I Can Use Any Paint, Anywhere
There are many types of paint for many types of surfaces. This is because different paints adhere and behave differently if applied to different surfaces. Sounds simple, right? Don’t let yourself be confused by the thousands of paint cans at the store or by the myriad options your professional painters are throwing at you. There are several factors to consider when deciding on which paint to use. What surface are you painting? Indoor or outdoor? What material—i.e. wood, shingles, brick, metal, etc.? Is the surface smooth or textured? Is this your first paint job on an unpainted surface, or are you re-painting?
Putty Solves Everything
Putty is a great painter’s tool because it can help smooth over imperfections in the surface, cover holes and generally create a better surface to paint over. But it can’t do everything. Putty is only intended for use on small cracks and holes. For wider gaps, you’ll need something stronger to repair the wall. Many DIY painters think they can solve every problem with a little putty, and they frequently get into trouble because of it.
I Don’t Need to Prime if My Walls are Smooth, Right?
Almost every paint job requires primer. At the very least, primer makes every paint job much easier and longer-lasting. Primer protects your surface from paint peeling and potentially damaging conditions such as moisture, or excessive heat or cold. It forms a base that your top coat can adhere to. Many people find their exterior paint is flaking off far before it should. That’s because they forgot to prime the surface (even the smoothest surfaces need primer) before they slapped on their paint.
Masking tape is another go-to painter’s tool for protecting small details you don’t want to get paint on. Windows, baseboards, moldings, and trim are all perfect examples of when to use tape. However, putting up the tape and smoothing it over perfectly can set your painting schedule back hours. Tape the areas that are the hardest to reach and that you know you’ll struggle to protect. You know your painting abilities. If you think you can paint around a window, try it without the tape. Remember you can always paint over your mistakes. Sometimes, smoothing over a drop or two on a trim surface is much faster than taping everything in the house up.
Now that these common house painting myths have been busted, contact Ireland’s Finest today to see how you can make your home feel as good as new with a paint job.