Jun 20, 2019
So you have decided to repaint some rooms in your home or business, Regardless if you do it yourself, or hire a professional team like Service Pro, there are a few steps you have to take to get the rooms ready.
- Get everything out of the way. Painting around furniture makes a job much more difficult than it should be. Get all the smaller stuff out of the room, and bigger items like couches and beds, move to the center of the room. Find something to cover any items left in the room, you don't want any paint splatter or dust on your valuable furniture.
- Remove any switch plates and electrical outlet covers. You want to get the paint in behind those areas as well.
- Put something over your floors, tarps, plastic, something to protect the surface underneath.
- Dust and clean the walls. A clean surface is essential for a good finish. Using a vaccuum or towel should do the trick for dust. Any grease or grime needs to be removed as well.
- Scrape and remove any cracked or flaked paint. Now is also a good time to fill in any holes or sand down any imperfections
- If you are not sure what color you want to use, most quality paint shops will also allow you to get little sample paints. Take a few samples, and paint a couple of small test areas on your wall. It is amazing how different a paint can look in the light of your room, as opposed to just a color swatch in the store.
- And before you paint, protect any wall sconces or adjoining surfaces with painters tape.
Taking the time to properly prepare a room, will lead to much better end results!
May 20, 2019
Secrets of Pro Painters
aka what you didn't know before that DIY paint disaster...
We live in a DIY age, where with the help of a few Youtube videos, we can all be brain surgeons... When it comes to painting a house, whether it is the interior or exterior, sometimes you can do it yourself, but sometimes, you should probably leave it to the pros...
Some of the most common mistakes we run into:
- Not moving everything out of the room
- Some of the bigger items, like couches and beds can sometimes be worked around if they are properly covered and moved away from the surfaces to be painted. But everything else must go! Especially if any sanding will be involved, as the dust can get into everything
- Not preparing the surfaces properly
- You have to find, and then fix, cracks and dents. A new paint surface, especially if you use any glossy paints, will highlight those imperfections you missed...
- Sanding the old surface. Sometimes you need to "scratch" the old surface, to give the new paint something to bond to. If you just paint over an old surface, you risk the new paint just peeling off easily. Know when and how this must be done.
- Wash the surface to be painted. If you did sand, you can't apply the new paint to the dust you just created...
- Properly caulk and seal cracks. again, these will really show up after the new paint job, if not taken care of properly
- Use the right primers and paints. Every surface is different, and interior paints and exterior paints are different as well. Make sure you use the right paint for the right environment. And that "bargain" paint you saw on sale... might not be a good choice long term. Use quality paint.
- Use the right equipment. Good brushes, good rollers, good ladders. This is not a good time to skimp on the equipment you use
And it goes without saying, but practice and repetition go a long way to making a paint job look good. Some people are naturals, and do a great job of painting. Other people, should probably just leave it to us!