A new paint job can change a lot about a room or a building. A fresh coat of paint puts a new perspective on what may have been a drab or uninteresting space. While fresh paint can be transformative, there are still several misconceptions and myths about the painting industry that have been pervasive for many years.
Here are seven of them:
- Primer not required. It’s been said that primer isn’t a necessary step in a new paint job, particularly if the space being painted is smooth and doesn’t have any obvious chips or cracks. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Primer actually helps the paint stick to a surface, and it can help improve the hardiness of the paint.
- Using primer means no other finishing. This is simply incorrect. Even if primer is used, other finishing processes are still important, as they’ll affect the finish and durability of the paint. Prep work like cleaning and sanding will still be important and will impact the overall quality of the finished product.
- No painting in cold temperatures. This is one of the biggest myths that has survived over the years. The thought is that the cold temperatures will make the paint thicken, and it will be harder to use. While that may have been true at one time, new paint formulas have made it feasible to paint during any season.
- Lead based paint is unsafe only when it’s damaged or chipped. Unfortunately, lead paint is still a prominent substance. It’s true that deteriorated or damaged lead paint has a chance to contaminate soil or water, but lead paint is dangerous whether it’s fresh or not.
- Brushes don’t matter. The quality of the brush really does affect the result. In addition to this, the right brush for the job being done is also incredibly important. A higher quality brush will better apply the paint. Different kinds of paint apply better with different, and appropriate, kinds of brushes. Finally, no matter what, overloading a brush will create streaks and an uneven finish.
- Glossy paint delivers a longer lasting finish. It’s generally assumed that glossy paint will last longer than a matte or satin finish, and it seems that people prefer a glossy finish. However, what should be important is the right paint for the job. High-gloss paint will last longer, but it might not be the most appropriate option for the space being painted. Areas that need to be cleaned more should be painted with a high-gloss option, while areas of lower traffic could see any type of finish.
- A DIY paint job will be less expensive than hiring a professional. While initially this may look true, what should be remembered is all the additional items you would have to purchase just to start. Paint itself is expensive, but in addition to paint, you’ll also need primer, brushes, drop cloths, painter’s tape, cleaning supplies, and a ladder. Also, it’s important to consider the level of experience you’d bring versus a professional. Not everyone has a good deal of painting experience and hiring a professional will lessen the likelihood for mistakes. Your time is also valuable. You may not have the time required or want to give away your time. Hiring a professional saves you that hassle.
Whether the job is large or small, hiring a professional can save you a lot of time and money along the way. A professional paint job is an investment well worth every penny.
The team at 4SYT Industries brings integrity and craftsmanship to every project we work on. We also provide excellence in customer service and quality that will last. Contact us today for your painting needs.