When the calendar turns to a new year, it’s always wise to take stock of past actions and resolve to do better. Typically, resolutions touch on relationships, finances, and health. . .but they can apply to painting practices, too. If you’re a do-it-yourself painter, here are some resolutions you might want to consider:
Always prepare the surface properly. The first step in any painting project is one of the most important. Paint adheres best to surfaces that are clean, sound and inviting, so take the time to scrub them down and make all necessary repairs. By doing so before picking up a brush or roller, you’ll likely add years to your paint job.
Use paint samplers – and apply them generously! Inexpensive samplers simplify paint color selection, especially when applied in large swatches. If you’re torn between two or more colors, buy some samplers, apply generous swatches, and live with them for a few days. By doing so, you’ll be much more confident in your final choice of colors.
Pay attention to paint sheen. Choosing the right paint sheen can improve the appearance of a paint job and – if you use a glossier paint — make it easier to remove any dirt, grime, or stain that may show up on the surface. So, don’t give short shrift to sheen; it has long-term consequences.
Be smart about sundries. Quality applicators apply paint more smoothly and evenly, and improve the appearance of any paint job. They may cost a little more, but better-made brushes and rollers will last longer, so in the final analysis, they may actually be cheaper to use.
Try new “paint and primer” products. There’s no time like the present to try the new combination coatings that serve both as primer (to better hide the color below) and paint (to protect and beautify the surface). Paint and primer products help you complete a project faster and save money by letting you finish a project with fewer coats.
Apply only top quality paint. The highest quality paint is often the least expensive option over the life of the paint job. Even on exterior surfaces, top quality coatings like 100% acrylic latex paint can last 10 years or more compared to just three or four years for ordinary paint. That often translates into lower cost per year of service.
We all know that resolutions are much easier to make than they are to keep. But there’s strong incentive to adhere to these particular ideas: Each and every one can save you either time, or money, or both.
So commit your painting promises to writing and keep them close by. The next time you start a project, take a look at your list, and be “resolute”! You’ll find that it will definitely be worth it in the long run.