Nothing makes a house pop like a professional paint job. That being said, a bad one can make the home look cheap, old and downright scary. These days, many homeowners prefer to bypass expensive painting companies in favor of doing it yourself painting. The results are often disappointing and expensive to repair.
So, what causes some paint jobs to chip and peel at the first sign of weather, while others seem to last for years and years? The answer is as simple as it gets: painting preparation. Yes, the only way to make your paint job last is by slowing down and committing yourself to proper paint prep work and investing in high-quality Painting Kits.
As an ex-painter, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people attempt to do it yourself painting the wrong way. And, the number one mistake diy painting amateurs make is diving into their project without proper surface prep. This one is a killer. Make no mistake about it, the number one rule in “how-to” painting is surface prep. Your paint job simply won’t last without it. No ifs and or buts.
So, how do you know how to properly prepare your painting surface? Where do you start?
Here are some easy tips that will keep you away from trouble and ensure that your diy painting project stands the test of time.
Painting over raw wood
Raw wood is defined as any wood that is bare. In other words, it has not been coated in paint or primer. It is critical that this particular surface is coated in an oil or latex-based primer before any paint is applied.
When you see paint cracking and peeling from its surface, it is almost always because the paint was applied over raw wood without being primed beforehand. Paint is made of latex. It just won’t stick to raw wood. You must use a primer to make the surface more adhesive.
Painting over metal
Metal is similar to raw wood in the sense that it must be primed or the paint will chip or peel. It is different in one important way: although you can use latex paint on metal surfaces like wrought iron fences or aluminum flashing, the primer should always be oil-based. If you use latex primer as surface prep you won’t get horrible results. But, the paint job won’t last as long.
Painting over old paint.
This is where people get lazy. Everyone gets giddy at the thought of remodeling their home with a fresh coat of paint. Virtually no one likes the idea of spending countless hours feeling their shoulders burn and their arms go numb as they pick and scrape at old layers of lead paint.
But, it’s just something you have to do. Try to remember why you are doing this project in the first place. You want to take pride in your diy home painting project because put simply, you did it yourself. You’re going to be bragging to others about how you saved hundreds of dollars bypassing expensive painting services. So, you don’t want a huge fleck of paint to rear up and fall away right after you tell them.
Take the time to do it right. Get rid of the loose, peeling paint. Be careful not to go overboard and carve chunks of wood out during this process. Try to be thorough, but careful as well. And, if after you chip away the old paint, you see raw wood, well, you know what to do next.