Painting Prep: The Evaluation

Hey Guys,

Painting is one of those skills that is easy to learn, but hard to master.  One of the hardest and time consuming things are the preparation and clean up.  

A good painter will focus most of his time on the prep.  If not the end result will leave poor workmanship, messy work space, paint on surfaces not meant to be painted. 

Here are a few pointers that everyone needs to evaluate before they pull out that paint brush, drop cloth, or painters tape:

  • Where are you painting
    • Inside
    • Outside
  • What are you painting?
    • Ceiling
    • Walls
    • Flooring
    • Doors
    • Windows
    • Trim
    • Specialty Items
  • What is around you?
    • Furniture
    • Immobile Objects
    • Electrical Fixtures
    • Plumbing Fixtures
    • HVAC Supply and Return Ducts.
    • Cabinets
    • Trees
    • Landcaping
    • Cars
  • What is the material are you painting
    • Drywall
    • Metal
    • Vinyl or PVC
    • Wood
  • Prime or not to Prime
  • Sand or not to Sand

Once everything has been evaluated, talk to a paint specialist to ensure you are not wasting money or time on the wrong products, poor prep, and wasted materials.  

Evaluating these will to ensure to eliminate many head aches are prevent just by asking these simple questions before getting started.

Feel free to give me a call if you have any questions.

JP Carlton

J.P. Carlton

J.P. Carlton is the founder of Carlton Building Services, a Hampton Roads-based construction company.