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Why Surface Preparation Is So Crucial for Your Painting Project

 Why Surface Preparation Is So Crucial for Your Painting Project

A lot goes into a successful commercial painting project. Planning, communication, coordination, budgets, deadlines, quality products… Each one is important.

Today, however, let’s focus on one aspect that often doesn’t get enough air time: surface preparation.

Why Does Surface Preparation Matter?

Would you build a house on a crumbling foundation? Probably not! Just like construction, a quality paint job requires a healthy, strong base that the paint can securely adhere to. Otherwise that beautiful new finish is doomed to failure.

In fact, it’s often said that surface preparation is 80% of a successful project, and that’s not far off. Creating a strong, receptive profile translates to a better-quality, longer-lasting finish. And that, in turn, translates to dollars saved.

  • Surface repairs (patching cracked stucco, replacing rotten wood, etc.)
  • Sanding
  • Priming
  • Patching/filling
  • Cleaning… and more

Doing it right is crucial.

Doesn’t Every Painter Prepare the Surface?

Not always. In the commercial painting world especially, there can be a big focus on profit margins and the bottom line. Less scrupulous (or inexperienced) painters can shave time off their project by skipping the prep, increasing profits while also delivering a faster turnaround time.

A lower bid can also look attractive to prospective clients, but many don’t realize the risks they’re assuming by accepting that rock-bottom price. There are often troubling omissions behind a low proposal.

What Should You Ask Your Painting Company?

  • First, make sure that you have a clear, detailed estimate. If surface preparation isn’t spelled out, don’t assume that it’s a given. Or, if you have a specific concern, be sure that it’s addressed.
  • Ask your painter what surface repairs/preparation they recommend. This will start a helpful dialogue, and also provide insight into the caliber of service you can expect.
  • Never hesitate to ask for specifics about the warranty/guarantee you receive. What’s included (and what isn’t) will help you better understand the confidence they have in their work, and the investment they have in your satisfaction.

It pays to ask the right questions, and to hire the right painter (even if it costs more initially). The long-term benefits and value offer an incredible return on investment.

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