Sunday, May 13, 2012
Painting and Cleaning
Good painters think a lot about cleaning. It's an essential part of prep work, for one very simple reason. When you paint something, the paint adheres to -- sticks to -- the top layer. If the top layer is dirt, then the paint sticks to the dirt, not to the wood or plaster or brick underneath. Wash away the dirt, and the paint goes with it.
Since a dirty surface isn't usually a firm, evenly coated surface, some paint will stick to the layers under the dirt, so you end up with a patchy, mangy looking paint job.
A clean surface lets the paint adhere to the surface you actually want to paint.That's why pressure washing or even just a good scrubbing is a necessity before beginning any painting or other decoration job.
But good painters also think about cleaning up as they go along, and afterwards, because they respect the property and the people they're working with. That's not something special about painters, of course: it's true of any good tradesman. When you check your painter's references before hiring, ask how the place looked when the work was finished. At Courtney & Wise, we make sure that the only sign we've been is the beauty of the new colours. Make sure your painters can say the same.
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