Common Myths in the Painting Industry

green wall with can of white paint on ground, Common Myths in the Painting Industry

As a DIY painter, you are bound to come across your share of myths surrounding painting. Everyone is seemingly coming up with their own convoluted ideas of what should and should not pass when painting, making the whole process seem really intimidating. Not to mention buying into these myths will have you practicing ineffective techniques.

To grant you a little confidence as you embark on your painting journey, we shall debunk some painting myths you might come across.

MYTH: There is no need for a coat of primer before the main coat of paint

Most people believe that you don’t need to use primer for surfaces that are already smooth or without cracks. But in reality, primer is essential if you want to enhance the smoothness and durability of the paint. In fact, professional contractors will call it a must-have.

Basically, primer helps the paint adhere better to the wall. This way, the end product appears more polished and won’t peel off eventually. You get that clean, high-quality appeal.

Also notable is that next to the primer, there are other surface preparation steps you should take. You’ll need to clean and sand the surface, clearing any debris or particles that may cause bumps

MYTH: Adding essential oils to the paint will make it smell better

While this might have passed a few years back, applying essential oils is now quite unnecessary. Most modern paint formulations produce much lower fumes and odors, so there’s no need to mask it with essential oils.

Still, if you find the paint completely intolerable, you can add a bit of peppermint. Avoid alcohol-based oils and fragrances since they don’t mix well with water-based paint.

It is also important to note that most of these paints come with a manufacturer’s warranty, and compromising the paint with these oils might make it void.

MYTH: Don’t paint in cold temperatures

Traditionally, the generally accepted rule was to avoid painting in cold temperatures as this would cause the paint to thicken (making it not spread equally). While this might have been true then, painting formulations today have advanced, making it possible to paint at any season of the year and still yield exceptional results.

MYTH: Paint can be saved

Considering the chemistry of paint and previous painting experience, it is almost impossible to store paint once opened or used. You see, paint degrades very easily and dries up, making it useless.

To avoid this, it is better to purchase and use only what you need. So if you have any cans sitting in your basement awaiting future touch ups, it might be time to toss them away.

Take away!

The bottom line, if you want your paint job to stand the test of time, you want to do it the right way. By acknowledging the above myths, you know what not to do to yield satisfactory results. Still, if you are puzzled about the matter, you are always advised to consult with trained professionals.

At Painter Bros, we have got you covered. Feel free to contact us today and speak to one of our experts.