I just spoke with a friend of mine who explained he was going to paint his home, I asked him how much experience he has with this type of work and his answer left me with little confidence he’d be able to do an adequate job. Maybe he’d be able to do a job that would pass his approval, but once you’ve had an opportunity to paint professionally you cannot look at a paint job ever again. It’s akin to taking the blue pill (or was it red?) once you know what you know, there’s no going back. So today I want to write a piece describing, in detail (to some extent) why people should never choose to paint their own home.
The biggest problem I see with people doing their own house painting is their significant lack of experience. When I first started painting I worked for someone who had been painting for years, because of this I got to learn how to go about doing certain painting tasks, and even figured out my own techniques and methods. But it took quite a number of hours experience doing the work to get to the point I felt I could improve on what my boss had established.
Experience is a real deal breaker, if you’re going to DIY your painting project how will you know which are the best paints stores in town? How will you know what paint brushes to buy and which ones to avoid? How will you know what sort of paint rollers work with what paints? How will you know what kind of paint to buy for your exact requirements? These are just a few questions that you’ll need to ask yourself next time you think you have enough experience to do your own painting job.
If lack of experience is enough, lack of skill certainly is. I’m always seeing the ugliest painting jobs in these DIY painters homes, their cut-ins are terrible and even when they try to use tape their results are lack-luster. Painter’s tape seems to be a big reason people attempt to DIY their paint project, they figure they can throw up some painters tape and get a great straight-edge, if only things were that simple. Even in taping skill is required, you need to know how to apply the tape, and how to use the tape. There are some pro tips on how to make the best use of tape which is one way that some pros will get a laser sharp transition between accent and standard wall colours.
A professional painter will have the skills necessary to paint straight lines on your wall with just a brush, no tape, and they’ll also make sure that your paint is rolled out properly leaving a great looking finish on the surface. If you follow most of the DIY painting advice your wall will look like a blotchy mess when viewed from an oblique angle, as you’ll see the uneven sheen and patches that were painted separately. Let me just say it’s important to maintain a wet-edge when painting, this way the paint dry uniformly.
I think that’s enough for now, I’ll likely update this in the future when I have the time or after I speak with my friend and discover exactly what he did to ruin his paint job. Until then, remember folks, you are not a professional and hiring a professional is the only way to get a fantastic looking paint job.