Exterior Paint Cedar Rapids
Common Exterior Paint Mistakes to Avoid
When it comes time to upgrade your business’s appearance, there is a good chance that you plan on adding a little extra exterior painting to boost your style and curb appeal. This step is a very wise one because it can improve your company’s appearance and intrigue potential customers that may have otherwise ignored you.
However, there is a good chance that you could very quickly make mistakes when applying this paint yourself or when getting your employees to do it for you. In this situation, you could potentially ruin not only the appearance of your building, but its protective surface as well. Thankfully, simple ways exist that can help you avoid this problem.
When you are painting the exterior or interior of your facility, there is a good chance that you may end up taking some time to finish. This issue is a common one that affects many amateur painters. However, time is of the essence when you’re painting, particularly when outside. Plentiful oxygen and the influence of wind on the paint may cause it to dry more quickly than anticipated.
As a result, you could end up painting over another area that has already dried and, in essence, “lapping” the paint. This problem is one that often affects many first-time painters because they are trying to paint too large of a section of their exterior. Using multiple painters, such as several of your employees, often triggers this problem as they don’t keep track of where the other has worked. When it happens, the paint will be darker than you wanted.
To avoid this issue, paint quickly and in very small sections. Write up a road map for your painting job to help you avoid overlapping segments. Just as importantly, make sure to share this guide with other workers to ensure that you cover all of the wall without difficulty or overlap.
Although brush marks are often a personal signature for artists painting their latest masterpiece, you should avoid them on your business’ walls as much as possible. They look unprofessional and could cause picky customers to avoid visiting you, thinking that a business that can’t take care of its appearance likely doesn’t offer great services. Typically, brush marks occur at the beginning and end of a stroke and may be hard to avoid.
However, there is a simple way to avoid this problem. Plan your painting in such a way that each concurrent brushstroke covers up the previous marks. This genius solution lets you not only cover up marks, but also adds a little extra layering to your paint. But what about the last strokes that you will, inevitably, have to take to finish up on a project?
Here’s the trick for this problem: end your painting process at the edge of a work area. For example, if you are painting the outside of your office building, stop your current application of paint right at the side of the wall. In this way, you can come in from the edge – preventing the first brushstroke – and cover up the last brushstrokes from the previous application. And, when lifting the brush off the paint, pull up smoothly to avoid leaving behind any marks.
Drips, Runs, and Sags
While you are painting your facility, you’re likely going to get very exasperated by a handful of hard-to-ignore problems. First of all, you’ll probably see paint dripping off of your brush while you paint. These drips can also occur off the painted area and may affect your business’ floors, window, trim, and other areas. Other problems include runs and sags, which can significantly worsen the appearance of your facility.
Just as problematically, you’re going to find that these drips, runs, and sags run over to other areas that you’ve previously painted. When this happens, your paint is going to be less attractive. As a result, you might as well have not even bothered painting in the first place. Thankfully, there are ways to avoid this problem when you paint.
Slow down the speed of your work and let the paint really soak into the surface of the work area. While you shouldn’t paint at a snail’s pace, being careful with how you apply the paint can avoid these problems. Keep your brushstrokes even, and make sure that you get all of the paint off of your brush before you move on to a new section. Doing so will help improve the appearance of your paint and make your business more attractive.
Poorly Matched Colors
Some business owners run into a nasty surprise when painting: they suddenly don’t like their chosen color scheme. For example, they might find that the new wall color just doesn’t look good when paired with the trim, window frame, or doors of a building. This problem is a troubling issue that can seriously affect the attractiveness of your business.
Poorly matched colors is a mistake that should be easy to avoid with proper planning. Don’t assume that whatever color you choose is going to look great. There is a good chance that the colors you thought would blend perfectly end up looking fairly poor when you finally try to match them together on your office’s walls.
As a result, you really need to carefully plan what colors you want to put on your facility. Talk to a professional and have them visit your business during off hours to show you a few different matching colors. These experts can bring a book of color samples that you can use to match up all of the different colors and tones possible.
Avoiding Professional Help
The biggest mistake that most people make when getting an exterior paint job is staying away from professional help. These individuals may think that they can handle the unique demands of this type of painting and, unfortunately, they are probably not right. Painting the outside of your business can be a significant challenge and getting it wrong could be costly.
Thankfully, there are plenty of professionals who can help you get the paint job that you deserve. Experts like us. With our high-quality, full-time painting professionals, you can get the incredible exterior look that you want at a price that you can afford. So, please don’t hesitate to contact us about this possibility.