Sunday, April 5, 2009

Read 1st Before Painting

6 Painting Mistakes

There are many aspects involved in getting a great paint job. Detailed prep, advanced products, and skilled craftsmanship are a few items that ensure a longer-lasting paint job. Below are some items to avoid that occur all too often.

Mistake #1: Inadequate Preparation

A quality paint job starts with high performance surface preparation.
Professional painting prep includes anti-mildew power washing, removing loose and peeling paint, countersinking nail heads, priming new wood, caulking around doors and windows, sealing areas, and removing and replacing any bad wood prior to painting.

Mistake #2: A Thin Application

Most paint jobs don’t make use of an advanced peel-stop sealer. The sealer delivers a more protective first-coat than primers or paint. Most paint jobs use conventional primers or paint for a first-coat. They are not formulated to resist cracking and peeling.

Mistake #3: Taking Too Long to Finish

Many painters are understaffed and run from job to job. Make sure your paint company is regular in their schedule and stays on the job until completion.

Mistake #4: Painting in Poor Weather

Peeling, thin areas, bubbles, and cracking can be the result of applying the paint when the surface was not clean and dry. Make sure your contractor doesn’t give you a rush-job.

Mistake #5: Bleeding and Stains

Bleeding and stains usually don’t show up until after the crew has finished. Naturally occurring tannins and oils in your wood will discolor the paint unless they are properly treated.

Mistake #6: Using Standard Primers & Paint For The First Coat

As your home’s exterior weathers, it expands and contracts. Primer and conventional paint are not very flexible and they crack. For superior performance and better value, use a first-coat Sealer that provides exceptional adhesion and resists cracking and peeling.

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