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Common Home Painting Myths Part 2

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When it comes to painting your home, it’s important to have the right information.

Whether you plan on painting your home on your own or hiring a professional to do it for you, having the right information going into the project is important for getting the kind of results that you want. There are so many myths and misconceptions about painting that can leave you with less-than-desirable results, and in part one of this series, the team at Painting Plus of Longmont debunked a few of those myths. Keep reading to learn the truth about more home painting myths.

Myth #5. If you’re careful, there’s no need to use drop cloths or tape.

If this is your first time you take on a paint project, you may be surprised to learn that preparing to paint will often take just as long — if not longer — as it does to do the actual painting. Many DIYers believe that, if they are careful enough when they’re painting, they don’t need to put in the time or effort to prepare their home by taping off baseboards or putting down drop clothes. However, most paint spills and other accidents are out of your control, and if you don’t take the time to prepare your home properly, you may end up ruining furniture or flooring with spilled paint. Furthermore, taking the time to tape off all of the appropriate areas will ensure a more professional, uniform finish.

Myth #6. If the paint can says you only need one coat, that’s all you need.

Paint manufacturers make a lot of claims on their cans, and “you only need one coat” is just one of them. This claim can be incredibly misleading because there are many different factors that contribute to the number of coats required to achieve full coverage with paint, including the opacity of the paint, the condition of the walls and more. No matter what claims the paint manufacturers make on the can, use your own judgment when determining how many coats of paint are required to achieve the results you want.

Myth #7. All interior paints are the same, so you’re better off buying the cheapest options.

Many people believe that all interior paints are made equal, and that, no matter which option they buy, they’ll get relatively similar results. This is, unfortunately, not true. Paint is the result of a combination of resin, pigment, binder and a vehicle, and some paints are lower quality than others. In general, paint is just like anything else — the more expensive the paint, the higher the quality. If you cheap out and buy paint simply because it’s the least expensive, you’ll pay the price later on with inferior results.

Myth #8. It’s okay if you don’t buy enough paint; you can just get more later.

When it comes to buying paint, it’s important to get the right amount. However, guesstimating how much paint you need isn’t easy, and it’s always better to get more paint than you need than less paint. If you have some additional paint leftover, you can always save it for future touch-ups, but if you don’t buy enough paint, you’ll have to go back and buy more, and finding the right color again is not always a guarantee.

If you want the best possible results from your painting project, you need to hire the right painting company, and here in Longmont, no other company beats Painting Plus. We have more than 30 years of service under our belts, and our team consists of more than 35 technicians who are expertly trained to transform your home like never before. Contact us today for your free home painting estimate.

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