25 Feb Paint Quality Inspection Checklist
When hiring painting contractors, you want value for your money. You also want a paint job that lasts a long time so you don’t have to keep repainting too often. While you can expect great results when you hire experienced painters in Winnipeg, how can you tell if your newly painted walls are up to the mark? How do you differentiate between stellar work and a shoddy job? This checklist will help you inspect your walls to know if the painters have done a great job.
Even Surface Coverage
The colour of the paint should be uniform and consistent everywhere. Properly painted walls should also be free from spills and drips. Surface preparation before painting is crucial to ensuring that the final finish isn’t uneven and marked. Failure to apply enough coats of paint can also cause uneven surface coverage. Likewise, excess paint on the roller edges can cause patchy areas. Dabbing the roller or brush on the paint container before application helps get rid of excess paint. Painting in dim light can also blur the painter’s vision so they may end up not noticing any patches. For this reason, paint application should be done in daylight or artificial, bright light.
Paint in Unwanted Areas
In most houses, the trim on the windows and doors feature a different colour from the wall colour. If the painter is working on the walls, there shouldn’t be splatters on the surrounding areas. If you see any spills on your window or door trims, it means that the painter did not do proper masking, an indicator of a poorly done job. Whether working on the interior or exterior surfaces, masking is an indispensable step in ensuring a stunning finish.
Clear Colour Separation
The lines between the ceiling and walls, or the ceiling and trim should be clean, straight and sharp. If your walls are comprised of two different colours, the differentiation should be clean, straight lines. Wavy lines are an indication of poor technique. Experienced painters use tape to create a perfectly straight line on surfaces and to differentiate two colours, also.
Bleeding is a paint defect that causes unwanted discolouration to appear on the topcoat. Diffusion of a soluble dye to the topcoat causes a spot-like discolouration in the upper coat. This may happen with emulsion paints or when bituminous or tar-based products are over coated with topcoats. It could also result from improper surface cleaning. A competent painter should have an understanding of painting material compatibility.
Paint adherence is a measure of proper technique. If the paint peels a few days after application, it means there was poor adherence between the paint and the surface. Several reasons could be the cause: improper surface preparation, too many layers of paint, and incompatibility of materials are all some of the reasons why recently painted surfaces may flake and chip.
Once the painting contractors are done with the project, you should inspect it under bright lighting before making your final payment. For flawless work, Pinnacle Painting can guarantee a meticulous job that doesn’t need scrutinizing.