Preventive Painting Measures Vancouver Painting Contractors Highly Recommend Before You Proceed to Painting
Painting can be fun, and satisfying, however, just like many things, it’s not as easy as how it looks. There are certain things that you need to look out for, or else things will go wrong for you.
Here are 9 Preventive Measures from Vancouver Painting Contractors to Avoid Painting Disasters from Happening.
Buy High-Quality Painting Tools
If you’re thinking of doing the house painting by yourself (or with friends) make sure the painting materials you buy are of good quality. I understand that you don’t want to go way beyond your budget, and so you’re trying to save as much as money as you can. However, buying low-cost and low-quality painting materials will never render your home the high-quality coverage you have envisioned.
There’s also a huge possibility that you’d have to hire a painter and have him or her repaint your mess. This means another expense. Instead of saving more money, you’ll end up, spending more.
Spending extra money on the applicators is all worth the investment if you get excellent results.
Thoroughly Clean the Surface to be Painted
Not cleaning the surface of the area that’s about to be painted, is a rookie mistake that’s often overlooked. Your eyes tend to ignore irrelevant things such as small particles. Especially when the area is large, little particles such as specks of dust and other particles are often skipped by our human eye. Putting paint on an unclean surface can cause small particles to stick on the surface you’re painting on.
Which is why, when it comes to painting, you want to make sure the surface is clean before you apply anything on it. Try running a vacuum all over the surface. You can also try wiping the surface with a rag and a mix of vinegar and warm water. And pay extra attention to baseboards and corners as these places tend to accumulate dust and other particles. This way you’ll get smooth painting results. No-bumps and no hairs.
Don’t Forget about the Tape
Have you ever wondered why most professional painters from Vancouver always get that perfect line whenever they paint? No drips or excess brushes on the sides? Local painters make sure they’re putting tapes on the sides and corners of the surface to be painted.
Putting a tape at the edge of the surface you’re planning to put the paint on, helps you achieve that clean and professional looking finish. You just have to make sure to seal the tape tightly and adequately or else the paint will go through the gaps, leaving you with awkward paint lines. Your goal is to give your room a high-quality painting finish.
Proper Estimation of the Paint to be Used
Most of the time, we overestimate how much a gallon of paint can cover. This leads us to a shortage of paint—and this means you’d have to run back to the store, covered with paint, to buy more. Which for you may be very inconvenient. So as much as possible you want the estimation to be as close to the real amount as possible. To give you an idea, a whole gallon can cover a surface area of 400 square feet.
In addition to that, there are also instances where the colour of your previously mixed paint is a shade lighter or darker than your newly bought one. And at the end of the day, you’d have to deal with the colour yourself, because you already paid for it.
Protect Your Surroundings
For some weird reason, drops of paint end up in unexpected places. Sometimes your furniture, your walls, and most of the time, your floor. You’re lucky if you manage to notice this stray paints early, however, if they’re already dried up by the time you see them—you’d have to clean it yourself.
It’s better for you to take a precautionary measure. Place a large piece of paper under your paint bucket, or your tray so instead of falling to the floor, the paint will be on the piece of paper. All you’d have to do is to pick the piece of paper and throw it into the trash.
Never Skip the Primer
Putting on the primer is often overlooked by many. It is vital that you put on the primer before painting your wall or ceiling. Putting the primer first ensures that your paint will stick for an extended period of time. Plus, putting on a primer ensures that your paint colour will be as you hoped. Vibrant and attractive—just as you have envisioned it to be.
Never Dunk the Paintbrush
Dunking your paintbrush entirely to the bucket is a big NO for painting! Doing this will dry up your brush. Another thing with dipping the paintbrush into the bucket will give you messy paint drips. Not only will the paintbrush be useless, but it will also waste your paint.
Instead, just dip 1/3 of the brush into the bucket, so you’d have to deal with lesser drips. Plus, you’ll be able to save the paint.
Wait for the First Coat to Dry Before Applying the Second Coat
It is essential for you to wait for the first layer of the coat to be completely dry, before applying the second coat or else, you’ll ultimately be ruining all your efforts. Applying the second coat to your undried painted surface may cause your paint to peel. Or brush strokes being visible. The time for drying the first coat depends on the paint you’re using. You can view the suggested time for the paint to dry on the can of your paint. However, if you’re still unsure, you can choose to wait for another 24 hours.
Check the Weather
This is important for those who plan for an exterior paint project for their home. Paints take so much time to dry when the place is dry and humid, especially if the paint is water-based. Before proceeding to your plans on painting your exterior, try checking the weather first, if it’s going to be very humid, consider cancelling your plans and continue with it the next day.
Painting your own home can be very tiring yet very satisfying, especially if you’re seeing your work plastered beautifully all over your house. However, it will have an opposite effect on you if things don’t go the way you planned. If you want a surefire high-quality and professional painting job, I highly recommend that you contract a Vancouver Painting Company to do your project.