Even if you choose to “do it yourself,” the savings in time and peace of mind can be worth the expense of hiring a pro. Keep in mind that each project presents its own set of challenges. You may be opening Pandora’s Box—as you try to solve one problem, another, bigger problem emerges from the shadows. This alone will lengthen the time you spend on the project. Surepaint has some nice tips on this.
So, ask yourself, should I take on this project as a “do it yourself” project or should I hire a professional?
Time, ability, budget, and knowledge of hiring the right painter are all requirements for each project. There are various kinds of painters.
A A house painter is a tradesman, mechanic, or labourer who is in charge of painting a house or substrate.
Decorative painters are also known as artists, fake finishers, decorators, and custom house painters, and they usually do more extensive work.
Do you need a painter or a contractor, and if so, what skills do you need?
Master painter, journeyman, apprentice, and handyman are the different skill levels of painters.
Professional painters, regardless of skill level, must have a thorough understanding of the tools of the trade. Health, ladders, scaffolding, paint roller types, brushes, sprayers, sandpaper grit, and power tools are among the topics covered.
Before simply slapping paint on a wall, give it some thought and planning. Drop cloths, taping, wallpaper removal, repair methods, roller or brush dimensions, various sizes or styles of brushes and rollers for different finishes; water-based VS solvent-based, material types, amount of paint, number of paint coats, amount of primer, types of primers, and sheen finishes are only a few examples. Cutting the outline of the ceiling with a brush, smoothing paint, doors, windows, moulding, baseboard, and other trim work, and nail-hole filling techniques, to name a few.
Do not presume a painter or contractor can complete all tasks or has the skill set required to achieve your desired result; instead, ask, “Do you have the manpower and expertise to complete all of the tasks?” Follow up on leads and pay visits to previous employers to obtain references. Some painters and contractors are unable to use sprayers, match colours, make certain repairs, stain woodwork, apply faux finishes, or complete custom work.