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How to Prepare for Common Paint Project Problems

calander Feb 24 , 2020 user-icon Nash Painting

There’s no such thing as a perfect paint job. Even the best, most experienced painters make mistakes every now and then. What separates the pros from the novices, however, is their willingness and ability to foresee potential painting problems and make the right moves to mitigate or prevent them. In doing so, the outcome will be as close to perfect as possible, even if there were some bumps along the way.

So, how do these interior and exterior painting professionals prepare for common paint project problems? Let’s find out.

Prioritize and Plan the Project

Benjamin Franklin once wrote, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Indeed, without a plan of attack, you open yourself up to all kinds of unpleasant surprises. This is why the best residential painting services begin by going over every detail of the project with the customer. These painting professionals will also carefully inspect the places they’ll be working on. From there, they’ll draft an estimate, determine how many workers are needed for the job, how much paint to purchase, etc. And when it’s time to get to work, your painters will have a gameplan outlining which rooms or areas to tackle first and if any surfaces need repairs before painting.

With a clear strategy in place, professional painters reduce the number of unknown factors and maximize efficiency.

Make Sure the Room is Ready

One of the most common painting problems is getting paint on surfaces that didn’t ask for it (such as furniture, fixtures, or shrubbery.) Some splattering and spilling can be expected, but this doesn’t mean paint particles have to ruin your other features. When it comes to interior painting, reputable local painters will take the time to clear out interior spaces and cover any features that can’t be moved or detached. As for exterior painting, they will cover any surfaces that might be open to falling paint. Taking the time to remove and/or cover these features makes cleaning up so much easier.

Always Properly Prep Surfaces

Not only should the painting area be well-prepared for the ensuing paint job-- so too should the paintable surfaces themselves. Surface preparation is key to avoiding paint issues down the line, as doing so helps with paint adhesion (how well it sticks.) Interior surface prep includes tasks like setting and spackling nailheads, patching any holes, taping joints, and wiping down walls to remove any dust or debris. And for exterior surfaces, power washing services may be required to blast away dirt, debris, mold, mildew, and any old, loose paint before the new coats can be applied. Faulty caulking should also be repaired to protect the property from pests, dirt, and moisture intrusion.

Have Extra Materials on Hand

Many products and tools play a part in achieving a good paint job. As such, it’s always a good idea to have a little more than you might need for a given project. Otherwise, you may find yourself in a bind if something breaks or goes wrong. It’s always possible to run to the store to pick up some more supplies, but this can severely impede your progress. So, your home painting services might come equipped with backup tools (scrapers, sandpaper, utility knives, brushes, rollers, etc.) as well as some extra cans of paint in case any touch-ups are needed or one of the cans is faulty in some way.

Hire a Company You Can Count On

Ultimately, the best way to avoid and prepare for common pain project problems is to hire a Nashville painting company with the necessary experience and resources. Nash Painting is more than familiar with what can go wrong during a painting project, and we know how to make every job go smoothly, even when something unexpected occurs. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at (615) 829-6858 today!