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Preparation, Preparation, Preparation, Why Preparation is Everything

Saving money is attractive for everyone, especially when it comes to investments such as painting your home. Choosing between a $5000 or a $8000 quote for the same paint job seems like a no-brainer, why pay more to get the same thing done? However, an old saying comes to mind ‘you get what you pay for’. When considering whether to hire a painting professional (or to do it yourself), it is important to keep in mind that the final ‘paint’ outcome is NOT the only thing your money is paying for. Preparing a site for painting is just as important than the actual painting itself, as this determines the durability, lifespan and strength of the paint. Premium paint products can be in of itself ‘durable, strong and long-lasting’, however, regardless of the paint’s quality, if the foundation is poor, your paint job will most likely end up failing. The paint you apply will only be as strong as the surface it is affixed to, and this will depend on how good the preparation has been.

Cleaning:

Regardless of the surface material, it is an absolute MUST to remove any old, peeling or flaking paint before painting. You should NEVER paint over it, as you want the new paint to bond with the material itself for a strong, lasting hold. Following this, it is important that you give the surface a good clean as this will remove any dirt, grime, dust and other contaminants that could weaken the paint-surface bond, and sand to abrade the surface for strong adhesion. Also, if there is any mould, make sure you treat the mould with a suitable sodium hypochlorite (bleach) solution, to ensure the mould does not weaken the paint-surface bond, as well as to prevent recurrence.

Repairing:

Repairing a surface will always vary from surface to surface, room to room, house to house. Although this process may be one of the most daunting, it is never a good idea to raincheck this aspect and just begin painting. Painting over a broken wall is like placing a band-aid over a broken leg, it won’t solve anything. One way you can start repairs is by using products such as a suitable filler to fill up any cracks, holes and gaps in the surface. Then, sand it down to create a smooth, consistent texture across the surface.

Priming:

Using primer is a must when painting over new or bare surfaces, changing paint systems, changing paint systems, ie. going from an oil enamel to an acrylic enamel, or when painting a new colour which is very different to the existing colour. Primer is the undercoat, which seals the substrate and turns the surface into a fresh, blank canvas, to which the new paint will achieve optimum colour coverage, strong adhesion, beautiful finish and maximum durability.

These are just some preparations you can do to ensure a successful paint job. Overall, a good final outcome will be achieved after the following has been done correctly: cleaning, repairing, sanding, masking and priming. With this knowledge in mind, next time you hire a professional painter make sure you ask what kind of site preparations are needed and how this affects your quote. You’re better off leaving your house as it is than to hire a cheap painter who cuts corner on preparation, as sooner or later, you’ll be needing to pay another professional to fix their mistakes, or even to re-do the whole job. Instead, pay a bit extra to ensure that thorough preparation is done, as a successful paint job is comprised of many smaller jobs done well – which are needed to achieve a great final outcome and will not only look great, but also last for years to come. .

Happy Painting!