Before any of that wonderful coloured paint you’ve chosen goes on, a lot background work has to happen.
With some painting jobs (such as re finishing outdoor furniture) the preparation time can be up to 60% of the job. For outdoor furniture, I use a high pressure wash, a cleaning product THEN a brightening product before the stain goes on. Some of the muck that comes off could grow potatoes.
The exposed chips and scratches of old painted timber (especially dark wood) needs a dab of undercoat before the new coloured top coat goes on.
Exterior window frames, sash windows, bay windows etc. catch a lot of dust and dirt. They need to be swept, washed, sanded and swept again. A recent 6 day painting job I did, had two days of fiddly preparation before I even picked up a paint brush.
Then there’s ‘sealing’. A raw plaster patch is much thirstier than the old painted wall around it. The plaster needs to be sealed with either PVA glue or a good primer/undercoat. Leaving the sealing step out results in the plastered part sucking up the paint and leaving a clearly visible difference when the top coats are done.
So even though none of the paint preparation is seen, it is vital to a first class finished paint job.
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I've been drawing and painting since I was a kid. I've studied art and design and have worked in visual areas my whole life. Now I'm a house painter!