Exterior Preparation

You just had the exterior of your Victorian home painted and it looks great, for a few months. You start seeing some shading or yellowing bleeding through all over your newly painted home. It looks like your painting contractor did not use the proper primer prior to applying the finish. You just wasted a lot of money. I have seen and heard about this scenario far too many times in my 25 years in the painting business. Using the proper primers, caulks, fillers, etc. will make a huge difference in how well your freshly painted home will last until it needs to be painted again.

Rather than pay a little more to do the job right the first time, homeowners choose the cheaper contractor. They often end up paying to have their homes repainted a short time later and probably will pay more the 2nd time around. Bad preparation is usually the culprit. Painting the exterior of your home is not rocket science, but then again it does take a certain amount of knowledge to get the job done right. Make sure you ask your contractor how they plan to prepare your home prior to applying one brush of paint. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound a pound of cure.

Interior Preparation

Filling holes, caulking trim edges, sanding rough spots are just a few of many items that need to be completed properly before applying paint to your ceiling, walls and trim. How about sealing up kitchen cabinets with tape and plastic so a fine layer of dust does not make it onto every glass or dish? Putting air filters over HVAC registers so dust does not get circulated up your main level while work is being completed in your basement. Don’t forget about using the correct primer for the myriad of different substrates. Get the preparation wrong and you can see how a project can go south very quickly.

I have seen it a hundred times. A homeowner spending upwards of $60 a gallon for the finish paint for their home, but the painting contractor did not lightly sand the walls prior to applying the finish…your walls look and feel like sand paper. The irony here is that a few minutes of time using a bit of sandpaper would have alleviated the problem from the start. To me, a good paint job consists of a bunch of smaller steps that when added together help create a beautifully finished product. Skipping just one or any number of these and you will be kicking yourself for hiring the wrong painting contractor. Hire Smith Painting and stop kicking yourself!