DIY Painting

In Homeowner Tips by Jeff DupontLeave a Comment

With the vast selection of products on the market, it’s no wonder homeowners often feel overwhelmed when it comes time to buy paint for their next home improvement project. When hiring a reputable painting contractor like Sound Painting Solutions, that contractor should also serve as a wealth of knowledge concerning the wide variety of available products, and will select the most appropriate product based on your needs.  However, if you choose to go the DIY route, here are a few tips:

  1. Don’t skimp on product.  While it may be tempting to save money on the cost of paint, it’s likely that you will end up paying it back in labor.  Inexpensive, low-quality paint may take twice as many coats to cover as a higher-quality product.  This will cause your project to take longer than necessary, and you may find that you didn’t save much money at all, since you will have to buy extra paint.  Not only do higher-quality paints offer better coverage, they are also more durable, holding up to scrubbing/washing.
  2. Consider visiting a local paint store rather than a general home-improvement store.  Employees at the paint store are far more likely to have expert product knowledge, and since they are usually sales representatives for a particular brand of paint, it is essential that they do.  These employees work with contractors like Sound Painting Solutions every day, and will be able to offer helpful suggestions for your next project.
  3. You may want to buy primer.  While many paints claim to be a “paint and primer in one”, sometimes it is actually better to apply a separate coat of primer before painting.  This especially applies if the surface is being painted for the first time (i.e. raw wood) or you are trying to achieve a drastic color change.  A little-known fact is that you can have your primer tinted to the desired color, to maximize coverage.

Remember, as you start your project, that there is no one-size-fits-all product or process.  Every job and every homeowner has unique needs, and it is always recommended to seek out the advice of a professional whenever possible.  Hiring a contractor like Sound Painting Solutions can save you the time and headache of completing your painting project on your own.
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