Everyone can pick up a paintbrush, but not everyone can become professional painters such as Custom Painting, Inc., one of the commercial painters in Tracy. You may have the best paints, the best tools, the best techniques and even a considerable number of years of experience, to approximate the capabilities of a professional painter. Still, it is surprisingly difficult to do so.
If you compare a finished paint work by a DIY painter to a job done by a professional painter, you will almost immediately see a big difference. You will probably notice that the professional job looks smoother, brighter, and more vibrant. It is not because professionals use different techniques or even necessarily a high-quality paint. Know why professionals are better than amateurs in tackling commercial paint projects:
1. Professionals use only “professional-grade” materials.
Professional painters always produce the best results but there is no big secret behind it. It’s likely that professionals use the same types or brands of paints as DIY painters would. It’s only that they use professional-grade tools and equipment along with the paint to improve the appearance of the paint finish, and in most cases, extend its lifetime.
2. Professionals prepare the surface first before painting.
One of the big differences between professionals and those who are DIYers is that professionals use more care and precision that goes into the painting job, which includes the proper preparation of the surface. Many DIY painters rush ahead to the actual painting without cleaning, repairing and priming the surface. It’s either that they do not have the time, or they are excited to jump ahead to the painting part itself.
Professional painters will actually spend the majority of the project prepping the surface. They would repair surface imperfections, smoothing rough areas, getting rid of stains, removing molds and mildew, use pressure washing, etc. Depending on the type of the condition of the surface, professionals would also apply a primer to ensure complete proper adhesion and coverage of the topcoat.
DIY painters fail to realize that a well-prepared surface will not only make the topcoat to adhere for a longer period of time, but it will also produce a more visually appealing finish.
3. Professionals do not cut corners.
While it is understandable that some people want to save money in a painting project, cutting corners will actually result in more expenses in the long run. For instance, a DIY painter uses cheap but inferior paints in an effort to save money. But what he doesn’t know, though, that cheap paints are likely to fade sooner or cause other surface problems. In an attempt to correct this, he would buy another cheap paint. Or better yet, he would buy a good quality paint this time. Either type of paints he buys, it means additional expenses.
It is not uncommon that DIY painters also use a masking tape instead of painter’s tape, without realizing that a painter’s tape provides cleaner edges.
Professionals, on the other hand, refuse to sacrifice quality for a few dollars. They are unwilling to substitute cheaper paints and materials in a bid to save money. They understand that reasonably priced (not to necessary mean expensive) paints and materials provide a little extra amount of quality that will improve and enhance the painting job. By using paints and tools of superior quality, it will result in a paint finish that will not only look good, but will also protect the surface for a longer period of time.
4. Professionals complete the paint project on time.
Time is always an issue, especially when it comes to tackling large-scale projects such as commercial painting. A reasonable amount of time is required to finish a certain paint project. Amateurs who do an ill-advised attempt to tackle a paint project by themselves are most likely to run into delays if they commit mistakes or fail to properly plan a job.
Most professional contractors employ a large team of experienced and fully trained workers to speed up the completion of the project, with minimal disruption to the customers and employees. They also plan carefully and accordingly before commencing the project to ensure that it will be finished on time.
5. Professionals complete their work more safely.
Safety is always a top priority in a commercial painting project, because no paint project is worth a serious injury. Always make sure that the painters you are considering hiring are insured, undergo regular safety training, and meet the industry safety standards (such as those from OHSA). That is why it is always wiser to hire professional painters, even for smaller projects – a lot of injuries are caused by slipping on spilled paint, or stepping on two-feet or six-feet ladders.
6. Hiring professionals is more cost-effective than you think.
If you are convinced that going the DIY way is the cheaper way, think again. In the long run, you can actually save more money by hiring professional painters because they do a better job of painting your commercial property. The professional results will always last longer, so you do not need to do repairs or re-paint every now and then.
Professional painters are trained in all aspects of their job, including the ability to mix paints with the right amount of quantities and combination of colors. Amateurs would try to second-guess when mixing paint colors that would result in the wrong combination of paints. They’d end up buying new paints, which means additional expenses.
Another reason why hiring professional painters is cost-effective is that you do not need to buy or rent equipment. It also saves you from making a mistake in buying or renting the wrong equipment. Most professional painters bring their own tools and equipment. Commercial painters in Tracy also carefully choose the right type of equipment to complete a first-rate job.