If you have ever wondered how professional painters are capable of achieving high-end results, that visible difference may lie in the fact that they work smarter, not necessarily harder. By carefully selecting supplies and understanding how to complete tasks efficiently, painters save time and money.
Here are three supplies professional painters use that help to improve outcomes and why you should consider letting the pros handle the job.
1. Paint Varieties
Sometimes when people enter a paint store, they mentally separate paints into two major categories: interior and exterior. However, there are actually dozens of varieties of paints, each with formulation capable of offering a different range of benefits.
By understanding paint options, professional painters not only improve the outcome of the project, but help to protect the longevity of the painting investment.
For instance, since water-heavy areas like bathrooms have a tendency to accumulate water vapor after showers, using a mildew-resistant paint can help to protect the paint coating.
These special paints not only contain unique hydrophobic properties that allow water to bead off of the surface, but they also contain ingredients that help to prevent mold growth, protecting your walls from staining, water damage, and health hazards associated with mildew.
On the other hand, specialty painting projects like refinishing cabinets require a completely different variety of paint than the version you might be used to using on your walls. Oftentimes, professional painters use self-leveling paint for furniture and cabinets. These paints contain additives that encourage the paint to spread evenly over a surface as it dries, preventing things like brush strokes and drips.
Paint sheen can also come into play when professional painters select interior and exterior finishes. For instance, because flat paint absorbs light, flat paint is ideal for areas that should appear bright, such as ceilings and small bedrooms. On the other hand, egg-shell, satin, and gloss finishes are ideal for surfaces that need to be wiped down frequently.
2. Cut-In Brushes
Put down the masking tape and back away from the specialty edge tools. If you have ever watched professional painters work, you might quickly notice the complete lack of long rows of blue tape or special paint-filled devices designed to deposit a clean, crisp edge. In fact, most painters use cut-in brushes instead to create clean, refined lines near trim and ceiling lines.
Many painters use angled sash brushes with a fine taper, which allow them to quickly and easily paint a straight, clean line along the outer perimeter of walls. In addition to saving prep time, cut-in brushes also give painters the ability to streamline clean-up time since painter’s tape doesn’t have to be removed carefully after the project is finished.
3. Paint Sprayers
Paint rollers are excellent for depositing a thick layer of paint onto a surface, but unfortunately, they can also be the source of drips, uneven painting strokes, and accidental run-ins with areas like ceilings and baseboards. To paint large areas quickly and evenly, many professional painters use paint sprayers instead.
Paint sprayers are available in several varieties. Some rely on air compressors and a steady stream of air to quickly deposit paint, while others use built-in pumps to propel paint outwards. While using paint sprayers may require slightly more prep work to cover surrounding surfaces, they also facilitate fast, even, professional results. If you are faced with a home painting project, remember that working with professionals may be faster and easier than doing the job on your own. Here at Elite Painting KC, our team has more than 20 years of experience providing customers with interior, exterior, and cabinet painting services. For a same day estimate, give us a call today.