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You Want “To Do it Yourself” (DIY)?

READ THIS FIRST TO SAVE YOURSELF TIME AND MONEY!

Do it Yourself (DIY) – Having worked as a top painting company in Toronto and the GTA for the past 34 years, we have seen it all.   This includes half-completed house painting projects. Or painting projects that were finished but not quite to the satisfaction of the homeowner.

DIY painting tips

It all looks so easy when you want to do it yourself (DIY).   You buy some painting brushes and rollers, pick your favourite paint color, apply them to the wall and you’re done . . . right?  Well, then why do 80% of the “do it yourselfers” never complete the project they start. Or even worse 80% who start and finish the Do-it-yourself job aren’t satisfied with the job after they have finished.   In the end, this results is a waste of time and money. By not knowing the many fine details, this leaves them with a mess that is inevitably fixed by hiring a painting professional.

This is the common scenario of where theory and practice crash head-on costing homeowners time, stress and worst of all LOTS OF MONEY!

HERE ARE THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES DO-IT-YOURSELF PAINTERS MAKE:

Underestimating of time

Painting projects require a lot of preparation before any painting is actually performed. Most people try to tackle these jobs in their spare time after work. On weekends and at the cost of family and personal time. The job then lags on, steps are rushed/skipped, and the finished product is a disappointment.

65% of all paint failures can be attributed to poor and/or improper surface preparation. This results in premature cracking, peeling, blistering and bleeding.

Buying the wrong paint

Whether painting yourself or working with a professional, do yourself a favor and use quality paint. Consider watching professional painting tips and tricks. If you purchase cheap paints, you’ll definitely get what you pay for, showing the result in the long run. Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore is the way to go if you’re looking for the right ones.

They are both high-quality paints that go on well and are durable.

Not reading the paint instruction

Many mistakes result from neglecting the manufacturer’s instructions for mixing, thinning, surface preparation and temperature recommendations (particularly outdoor).

Not choosing the appropriate color and finish

A lot of do-it-yourselfers might know how to paint. However, they are not the best at choosing colours. Typically, when you look at someone’s home and are mesmerized by it, they either deal with a designer or an expert painting company to help them select the best shade.

In regards to paint finish, the flat or matte is by far the most stylish and famous finish for DIY painting ideas.

Buying the wrong brush

Do not opt for the cheapest and most affordable. Get the right brush to make your work safer and faster. This can also help solve how to fix paint lines on wall and how to fix messy paint edges.

Hazardous fumes

Without proper knowledge of what paints are hazardous and how to properly vent a home. You put not only yourself at risk (and anyone who helps), but your family as well.

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Painting over mold

Mold that is not properly cleaned and treated with mould-specific paint will lead to re-growth and destroy any work. The problem might persist even after applying several coats of paint as it is ineffective in avoiding the replication of mould spores.

Continuous mould replication in the house is a health danger as it triggers allergies and respiratory problems.

In addition, when moulds are left neglected, they can cause severe property damage and incur high repair work expenses that you wouldn’t want in the first place.

Painting the second coat before the first coat has dried sufficiently

After drying your first coat of paint, it’s safe to recoat generally after 4 to 6 hours. If water-based, it is advisable to wait at least three hours to recoat your paint. If you’re using oil-based paint, on the other hand, you might feel it dry 2 to 4 hours after it’s applied. However, it’s best to wait to recoat 24 hours after you’ve painted to ensure the surface is dry and ready for another coat of paint.

Failing to prepare walls for painting

Walls may need to be cleaned with special detergents before any paint is even applied. This is probably the most common mistake amongst DIYers. Remember to never paint on a dirty wall. Because if you do, the paint will not stick efficiently and may lose its durability and other vital characteristics.

If you have gaps around any moulding, or stair risers, which frequently occur, always apply caulking before you paint.

If you do not, the fractures will come back in the long run. These cracks are expected as the moulding wood contracts and expand throughout the seasons, as the humidity varies. Do not attempt to paint too thick on walls just to cover these cracks, as it won’t work and will result in further flaws.

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Just not having the expertise to do a professional painting job. Not having the tools/tall ladders to complete particular painting projects. (We have heard that some homeowners tried to build their painting tools using a 3d printing pens!)

When you hire a reputable painter you will avoid the stress of an expensive Do-It-Yourself disaster. Not only will a professional avoid the mistakes above, but their experience will also make your painted home look better and increase its value.

HERE’S WHY AN EXPERIENCED PRO GETS THE PAINTING PROJECTS DONE RIGHT THE FIRST TIME:

The Paint Swatch Switch: Swatches are merely guides and often look different when applied. A professional knows how to test swatches so that you see exactly what the final product will look like.

Right Room – Right Colour: Some rooms are better warm, some cool. A pro will take lighting, room type and surrounding décor into consideration to find the best colours to highlight each space.

Longevity: Properly applied paint lasts for years, and professionals can avoid colours that will fall out of fashion in a short time. They’ll also address issues such as cracks and carpentry before painting which all adds to the value of hiring a reputable professional.

With over 34 years in the painting business and a proven track record. A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau and a Top-Rated Company on HomeStars – you can trust Home Painters Toronto to do it right the first time.

FREQUENTLY ASKED HOMEOWNER QUESTIONS:

IS HOME PAINTERS TORONTO COVERED BY THE WORKERS SAFETY INSURANCE BOARD (WSIB)? DO THEY HAVE LIABILITY INSURANCE?

Without a doubt, YES! Here at Home Painters Toronto, we are covered by WSIB and have $5,000,000 in liability insurance coverage. This covers our team in case of an injury happens on the job. All painting companies and contractors must have this insurance coverage if you want to guarantee total security while they work on your property.

HOW MUCH DO PAINTERS CHARGE PER SQ FT IN TORONTO, ONTARIO?

The typical painting cost per square foot in Toronto, Ontario, is around $2 – $3 CAD + HST for paint. So given that you have a 1200 sq ft home, for example, it will likely cost you around $3,000 – $5,000 CAD + HST to paint your house in Toronto. In the given scenario, the rate per square foot to paint a 1200 sq ft home is around $2.5- $3 CAD + HST.

DOES HOME PAINTERS TORONTO HAVE PAYMENT INSTALLMENT PLANS?

Home Painters Toronto has the most flexible payment plans in the industry. This consist of “no-cost” credit card payment options and interest-free installment plans spanning anywhere from one month to one year. As long as you have dropped us a notice about your desired payment plan before booking the contract. We will be more than happy and grateful to work with you on a schedule that fits your needs and convenience.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The do it yourself job is an easy way to save money but ultimately results in a mess if not done correctly. If you decide to paint your home on your own, there are many things you must take into consideration. 

This includes researching everything that’s involved in the project, including the scope of prep work required for the wall’s surface before you start. Upon doing the research, this will provide some helpful tips to help you do an excellent DIY project. Don’t be pressured, as you can always seek help from professional painters if you’re not satisfied with the result of your DIY project.

Now, given the instance that you decide to give your project to the hands of professional house painting contractors, Home Painters Toronto is on the way to help you. We have seen it all and understand the finer details of completing a proper exterior painting job. 

Hiring our team of expert Toronto house painters is the easiest way to achieve a professionally-finished, top-quality paint job. We can help you determine what kind of paint you need for your particular project and curate a solution that will work best for your home or business.

If you reside in Toronto and the GTA and need some help figuring out the painting costs per square foot, don’t hesitate to call us! We will help you pick the colours you want and show you the latest painting and home renovation trends. Our home painting services with the best pro painters have been around now for over 34 years.

Call 416.494.9095 or email brian@HomePaintersToronto.com for a FREE quote for your home painting needs. And don’t forget to check us out on our social media channels below! 

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BRIAN YOUNG

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Since 1987 when I was at York University simply earning my way through school, I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with thousands of amazing homeowners like yourself.

Besides the birth of my daughter, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a homeowner’s life change when we have transformed their dream home into a masterpiece. For that reason, we take our jobs very seriously and are committed to our cause.

At Home Painters our mission is to paint homeowners’ dreams, and make your painting experience last a lifetime!
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