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Paint Like a Pro

In many cases, people end up hiring professionals to come in to clean up the mess they’ve made or problems they’ve run into from trying to do it themselves.  It costs both time and money to have the same walls painted over again.  From preparing the space, to applying the paint, to cleaning up afterward, a professional can take care of it all!

Here are some things to keep in mind when starting the planning process.

Paint Quality Matters – Brand Does Not

While it’s true that paint quality matters a lot, no one brand dominates when it comes to quality. In fact, top formulations of most standard interior latex paints are almost indistinguishable from each other as they age.

The same cannot be said about primer.

Prime Time

Poor or mismatched primer is more likely to stain a job than any issue with paint – and it’s where people are most likely to cut corners on quality. Primer choice can make or break a job, so it’s important to always use the right type. There are varieties available to tackle all sorts of painting challenges including

  • Stains and Odours
  • New Drywall
  • Moisture Prone Areas
  • Exterior Woods that Stain

and much more.

Wall Prep is Key

You can easily spend as much time prepping as you do on painting – and if you have an older home, even more time fixing previously rushed paint jobs. You may have to sand some or all of your trim and baseboards, deal with small damage, bigger holes or cracks, and nail pops. Don’t forget about the need to clean surfaces to prepare them for paint or stain.

The possibilities for improved painting are better than ever, but success still comes down to the person behind the brush. Painting is one place where craftsmanship, discipline and attention to detail matters, and always will.

Courtesy: Homeservice Club of Canada