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Painters Improperly Using Caulking & Other Preparation Materials

To obtain faster project completion, house painters have increasingly gained interest in shortcutting their processes. 

Quality house paints require fewer necessary coats, consequently reducing the materials needed to complete the project. Every painter knows less paint applied also equates to less labor and time.

But from a homeowner’s standpoint, if an interior or exterior painter takes shortcuts to properly preparing a home or takes part in unethical techniques, it will not matter which products are used. The end result will be the same – a home that you will prematurely have to repaint.

Hiring professional painters that understand and demonstrate the importance of proper surface preparations is very important. Read more to identify where these painters try to cut corners!

Proper Caulking & Puttying

One of the most common mistakes made by interior house painters is the improper use of caulking. Unskilled painters are sometimes found caulking nail holes instead of using wood fill or painter’s putty. The intended use of caulking is for cracks and expansion joints. Painter’s putty is primarily used for filling nail holes. Window glazing should not be used to fill nail holes.

Caulking nail holes is an unsightly nightmare! The consistency of caulking is not stable enough for this application. Most importantly, caulking shrinks. So, virtually, the spot you thought was covered will eventually return once the caulking shrinks to size.

After a hole has been filled with caulk, it also becomes difficult to smoothly and adequately re-fill with the proper fillers. This is mainly because caulking is not intended to sand, and it’s too elastic and malleable to sand smoothly by hand. So, any residual caulk found around the hole will be hard to remove.

Possibly the most infuriating aspect is that improper use of caulking when putty is necessary is a blatant example of a painter that is only concerned with getting the job done quickly. Not using properly specified caulk is another improper application commonly found by inexperienced painters.

Proper Surface Preparation & Applications

Another common find is painters not priming raw wood or scraping loose paint. These necessary steps seem simple, but they are overlooked all the time. If these steps are overlooked, they have significant consequential impacts that will cost more money long-term.

In more extreme cases, some painters don’t perform preparations at all. One of the most basic rules of paint application is to use products for their intended purpose. As simple as that sounds, some painters choose not to follow this rule. Here is a shortlist of examples

  • Exterior Paint Used Inside 
  • Interior Paint Used Outside
  • Ceiling Paint Applied on Interior Walls
  • Primers Used As Top-Coats
  • Latex Paint Applied Over Oil
  • Exterior Oil Paint Used Inside

How to Be Certain of the Process

If you’re planning a painting project, ask your interior painters what their processes are and how products are used before you contract them to paint your house. How your questions are answered will give you an idea if he/she is a true professional.

We are always here to help! A Touch of Color is a licensed contractor that offers professional painters that take time to prepare the surface for ultimate durability! Contact us for professional results!

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