The saying goes that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but that does not necessarily apply to the art of professional painting. South Florida Trust Painting takes pride in our professionalism and, you guessed it, trustworthiness when it comes to doing the job effectively and correctly. However, not all paint companies are as reliable as South Florida Trust Painting, and you may have fallen victim to a cheap paint job that left you as high and dry as the poorly applied paint on your walls.
How to Spot a Bad Paint Job
Not all painting professionals are alike, and sometimes you truly get what you pay for. If the price is too good to be true, there is a figurative price you pay in a lack of attention to detail that leaves you with a hole in your pocket and an eye sore on your walls. Now, we are not here to tell you to scrutinize every paint job with the eye of a museum curator, but there are glaring signs that a novice to painting can spot from a mile away.
1. Sags and Runs :
Sags and runs in paint application are the easiest to spot on poorly painted walls. A lazy brush technique results in shadows, streaks, and splotches on the wall instead of a smooth, clean finish. There is a proper way to add texture to your walls, but if you see every stroke of paint on your wall, you may be looking at a bad run on your wall. If a painter does not roll color on the walls evenly, you will nearly immediately see pesky blobs on your walls. They are as unsightly as they are common, but we at South Florida Trust Painting are here to fight against saggy, runny walls!
2. Paint Splatters and Drippings:
Jackson Pollock was a world-renowned Abstract Expressionist artist that is best known for his splattered paint on canvases. Some believe his artwork is brilliant, and some see it as a bunch of mix matched paint on a canvas that could be made by a toddler. No matter how you may feel about Pollock, one thing is for sure, you do not want splattered paint on your floors, ceilings, borders, or anywhere else paint should not be. After a paint job, take your time to check the floor, furniture, and walls adjacent to the painted surface. If you notice splatters and drips, it is clear that your painters did not use proper technique. They most likely did not use a tarp to protect your floors and furniture, and they forwent the tedious process of using blue tape to protect your borders which leaves you with an amateur look to your beautiful home. The painters did not employ proper cutting in technique, and left you cut on quality. Save the splatters for finger painting with the kids or the Abstract Artists, not your professional painting on your house. Although a splattered paint accent wall would be very bold and exciting, if you are a cutting-edge modernist, it may not be the best look for you and your home.
3. Visible Stippling:
Stippling is a brush technique that is best for applying makeup foundation to your face, but not too much on your walls. Stippling on walls is the bubbly, textured look or pattern that is often left behind by paint rollers. A wrong brush was used if you see stipples that are quite heavy, and the painter did not apply the appropriate pressure to distribute the paint evenly. South Florida Trust Painting insures the best rolling techniques to provide a smooth, evenly distributed finish on your walls.
4. Improper Preparation:
Painting a large room seems like it is a haphazard job until you realize the amount of preparation it takes to get the job done right. Anyone can slab paint on the walls, but it takes a true professional to apply paint properly to the walls that will last for years to come. The first step is always a proper primer, selecting a paint that has the proper finish for the room you are painting, correct utensils, a cloth tarp for the floors, blue painter’s tape to protect trim, and, if you want to really commit to the painter character, a great pair of painter’s overalls. Overalls are not necessary, but the rest absolutely are vital to a proper paint job! If you notice your hired painter is going right on to painting your walls without priming and sanding, even if they are painting over a lighter colored wall, they are setting you up for a poor job. Remember, the painters get to leave your house once they are done, and you are the one who lives with the results. Let South Florida Trust Painting leave your home the way we would want our homes to look so you can enjoy your fresh new look and not lament over that time you hired an amateur!
I Think I Had A Bad Paint Job! Now What?
Now that we have shared with you the secrets of a bad paint job, we encourage you to scan your home and see if you have been victim of amateur painting. If you do spot these errors, allow us at South Florida Trust Painting to take your walls from sloppy to pristine for a reasonable price with exceptional quality. Next time you want to spruce up your walls, remember these tips, and remember to contact South Florida Trust Painting for all of your painting needs! We look forward to hearing from you.