Not spending enough time prepping
Too many contractors rush the prep work and get straight into painting. Sloppy prep is the number 1 reason a project ends up low-quality. Don't overlook these prep measures:
- Cleaning - Painting over dust, dirt, and cobwebs will lock in that debris and greatly reduce the lifespan of the paint job.
- Taping - Painters tend to have mixed feelings about taping. Spending the time to tape off difficult or important areas does not mean that you aren't a good painter. It shows you care about ensuring quality work and it can even save time in the long run.
- Drop cloths/coverings - Painting is a messy trade, respect your clients belongings by taking the time to cover items that might get dirty or ruined by paint splatter. Ruining and replacing a clients furniture is a quick way to a bad review and money taken out of pocket.
- Fill holes/sanding - Homeowners will be the first to notice if you skip out on filling holes and sanding. Make sure to be on the same page with the client in regards to what prep you are expected to do.
Using the wrong equipment
Look at your equipment as an investment. Working with great tools can bring a massive return in the long haul. Good equipment brings time savings, higher quality, and simply a better workday. Pro tip - Not everyone is the same! Find out what equipment works best for you.
Painting in low lighting
Lighting matters. You'll create far less post-job touch ups when its well-lit the first time around. Consider painting during the day and investing in professional grade lighting.
Using the wrong products at the wrong times
Although you may be a pro with the brush, you may not know everything about the products or material you are working with. Don't be afraid to delegate to the experts at Sherwin-Williams or your local supplier for information on when and how to use certain products.
Improper order of operations
Another controversial topic in the painting world is the proper order of operations. Once again, find out what works best for you, but here are a few rules of thumbs to keep in mind.
- Ceilings before Walls
- Trim before Walls
- Cut in before rolling