TIPS FOR PAINTING THE HOUSE FROM A PROFESSIONAL PAINT CONTRACTOR

In this month edition of “Norther Paint” , the magazine featured an interview with the owner of, www.fitzgeraldpaintingservices.com, in which the painting pro gave the magazine all of the inside tips from the professional painting industry today concerning painting your house. Here we briefly review the most important tips that were given, in hopes that homeowners looking for further information on painting their homes will use this information to their benefit. It should be mentioned that people who decide to paint their own homes may run into some complications along the way, and that anyone who has never before painted a house should expect some setbacks. It should also be mentioned that when painting in high areas, the proper safety equipment is a must. Each year a large number of people end up in the hospital after being involved in an accident while painting their homes. Consumer safety labels on painting products should be read and followed carefully in order to reduce risk. If a homeowner is ever in doubt if something is safe to do or not, they should walk away from the task and contact a professional for assistance. The first hot tip brought to readers by a professional paint contractor is to spend the extra money and get the best brushes that your local home improvement store has to offer. No single thing will have such a major influence on how a painting job turns out as the brushes which are used. Even professional painters who have mastered the best way to move their brush against different types of surfaces can have a hard time getting the results they want when they use cheap brushes. Interior and exterior painting jobs alike will require a decent brush if the owner want to get even layer of paint without going over an area again and again. Cheaper brushes use plastic bristles which do not absorb paint when dipped into the bucket, meaning that there is only a very superficial layer of paint on the brush and that it must be dipped again and again. The plastic bristles of cheap brushes are also too stiff to work well on most surfaces, as they can actually leave small lines where the bristles pass through the paint. A quality paint brush might cost between 70 to 90 dollars more than the lower quality brushes, yet they might pay for themselves just with all the paint they save, and certainly with all the time the painter doesn’t end up wasting. The next tip for the homeowner taking on his own painting job is to do three coats of paint. Some people try to get away with using just two coats of paint, while others try to use only one, but that probably isn’t going to be the option for people looking for a professional looking paint job. One layer of paint might look good at first but it will lose its color very quickly over time. Two layers might appear better than one, but if the sun hits a surface long enough the color of the previous paint job will start to show through it. Three coats will keep a new paint job looking great for eyars to come.  

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