When it comes to painting the interior or exterior of your home, prep work can make all the difference. Jumping in and getting started painting without preparation will leave you with disappointing results. If you take the time to prepare properly you will significantly improve the quality of your paint project. Prep work can improve a paint project because it helps the paint adhere, can prevent a low-quality finished product, and ensure that your paint job lasts as long as intended.
Proper prep work helps the paint adhere better
Comparing tape and paint makes it easy to understand why an unprepared surface can impact how well it adheres. If you try and put a piece of tape on a dirty surface, the dirt gets in the way of the tape’s ability to stick. When there is something between the tape and the surface you want to stick it to you cannot get the tape to adhere. The same is true with paint. If you attempt to paint on a wall that is dirty – a kitchen wall with a buildup of grease and grime for example – the paint will not adhere properly. This can impact the way your paint job looks and how long it lasts. Preparing your walls by wiping them down can help the paint adhere better and ultimately provide you with better results.
Prep work helps you avoid a splotchy or messy finished product
The prep work you do before you paint has a significant impact on how the final product looks. Prep work can help you avoid a splotchy or messy finished product. Inside, painting over a dirty or damaged wall can make the finished product look splotchy. Outside, painting without removing chipped or peeling paint can make the finished product look messy and unprofessional. Taking the time to clean and deal with damaged areas will help you get a high-quality final paint job.
Prep work provides a longer-lasting finished product
Painting can be a quick home improvement project in comparison to some other types of products. However, it still takes time and effort to paint the interior or exterior of your home. It also costs money because you have to purchase supplies. Since you are going to invest time and money, you want the paint job to last as long as possible. Prepping the area you want to paint properly can significantly increase the lifespan of the paint job. For example, if you paint over siding that is peeling it can cause your new paint to start peeling quickly. Taking the time to remove the peeling paint is a way to make sure the paint remains looking good for as long as possible.
Prep work has a big impact on every element of a paint project. It does take extra time to properly prepare the surfaces but you will reap the benefits of a better-looking and longer-lasting finished product. If you are not willing or able to do all the prep work required, you have the option of bringing in professional help.