How to Identify a Poor Paint Job

Investing in new paint for your home is a big decision.

The color of your walls will make an impression on each person that comes through your door… Make it a great one! Be sure to spend your money on a painting company that won’t skip the important steps in making your vision come to life.

How do you know you have a poor paint job? Let’s take a look.

Before the Project Begins

It’s important to speak with at least two or three painting contractors before deciding on the one you will use. When requesting a quote, observe their behavior and communication skills. Are you comfortable with them being in your home for a large project? Do you trust them to do a good job? Consider asking for references or looking up customer reviews!

After communicating your interest, has the company come to your house to explain the process? Have they discussed the colors and shades you want? Did they ask if you wanted any unique touches like an accent wall? Or window trim? It is imperative that your contractor is completely aware of your expectations and desires. They should make it their duty to find out!

During the Painting Process

Once the painting process has started, it’s important to pay attention to what the painters are doing. Look out for these red flags:

No Prepping: Prepping the walls, as well as the room, is vital to a great paint job. The walls should be clean and free of any dust. Drop cloths should be laid over the flooring and any furniture left in the room. Places that aren’t meant to be painted should be marked with tape.

No Painter’s Tape: When it comes to masking off the areas that don’t need to be painted, be sure the contractor and their workers are only using painter’s tape. This is usually blue or green. White masking tape is not made for painting projects and can damage your walls.

No Primer: Some painting companies or contractors will paint over the existing paint without first applying a layer of primer. The primer helps the new coats stay vibrant by not allowing them to soak into the existing paint. The primer will also create a smoother coat of paint.

No Second Coat: The second coat of paint is necessary because it will help smooth out any areas that didn’t receive an even coat the first time and will make the color stand out better. The second coat also creates a thicker layer of paint on the wall to enhance the color durability.

After the Paint Job Is Completed

Almost done! All the walls are complete and now you are waiting to see how the final color sets. What should you look for during this time?

Blotchy or Streaked Paint: Blotching and streaking are common if the walls were dirty, or if they were still wet from being cleaned before the wall was painted. If there is excess moisture on the wall when the paint is applied, that moisture will try to escape the wall and be stopped by the paint. This will cause blistering.

Cracking or Wrinkling: Each type of paint requires a specific amount of drying time between coats. If the first coat isn’t completely dry when the painters continue with the second coat, you may see wrinkles start to develop in the paint. This is because both coats are trying to dry at the same time and are doing so at different rates. Cracking can also happen. These visible cracks, or “snakeskin”, is an indicator that the painters rushed the application.

Chalking: Chalking is the development of white dust on the wall. You can easily remove pigment just by running your finger over it. The most likely reason for this is that the paint was thinned out too much to make it last longer or cover a larger area. Chalking could also be the result of using high-gloss paint and not sanding the wall first.

Hiring a Painting Professional

Be sure to get the best quality for your money when hiring a professional painter to update your home’s interior. Franca Services has been a family-owned business for nearly 20 years and takes pride in their work. With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, Franca aims to surpass your painting expectations by treating your walls like their own.

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