Most people have done home painting jobs at some point in their lives. It’s one of the most common renovation projects and an effective and relatively affordable way to transform a surface.
However, being well-prepared for a painting project, exterior or interior, is still beneficial to new construction.
That’s why we wanted to create this article for painting projects. That will be useful for different types of work associated with painting; of which here are some examples:
- Interior painting of a room
- painting a ceiling
- Painting surfaces from dark to light
- Painting with bright colors
- Painting of kitchen cabinets
- Interior woodwork painting
- Exterior woodwork painting
- Painting on concrete surfaces
- Painting on wrought iron
- Painting on other metals
We will also discuss the preparation to implement before carrying out the work, a presentation of the essential stages of a new construction painting, the best techniques for painting different surfaces and the products to choose for the best results.
Before starting work
Before starting your project, you must undergo a few preparation steps. The following paragraphs will serve to fuel your reflection so that you can make the best decisions and that the results achieve your objectives.
Keywords of a new construction painting
Product and work quality
If you want painted surfaces to look good over the long term, choose prep and finish products of good quality. Even if you have a small budget, it is better only to buy low-end products. This choice could be more economical at the moment, but in the medium term, you will have to repaint the surfaces more quickly than if you had opted for a good product. In this case, it is best to monitor the special prices for paints and other recognized products.
Colors and finishes to match the room
You may have thought of a few colors that you particularly like, but have you considered that these shades may not be suitable for the rooms you want to paint? For example, if you or someone close to you is sensitive to their surroundings, it’s best to avoid too stimulating colours, especially in certain rooms like the bedroom.
Even if you have a particular idea for a red and orange bedroom, it might be best to save that color combination for another part of the house to avoid regrets.
As for finishes, it’s a matter of aesthetics but also maintenance. Indeed, specific finishes are more recommended depending on the types of spaces and surfaces you are going to paint. We discuss flat ceilings, gloss finishes for wet rooms, and semi-gloss finishes for other rooms. We will explore this further later in this guide.
Easy to maintain
Last but not least, walls and other painted surfaces must be easy to clean. This is especially true in rooms where the walls get a lot of dirt and spills, like the entryway, kitchen, and bathroom.
How to determine your needs
Are you still at the first stage of a new construction painting, that is, the simple observation that you want to paint one or more surfaces in your home? Before starting, it is essential to ask specific questions to guide the next steps better.
First, you need to identify your goals. Here are some examples:
- Make the room brighter
- Restore the surface to good condition (stairs, cabinets, walls, furniture)
- Add color
- Change decor style
- Delimit the spaces of the house
You will likely be better equipped to define your goals by answering the following questions.
Questions to ask when planning a painting project?
What surfaces will be painted?
It may seem like a silly question, but before meeting with painting contractors, it may be helpful to make a precise list of surfaces to be painted. This way, you are well prepared for the initial presentation of the project and to receive more exact quotes from these contractors.
What time of year is it best to do the work?
For exterior painting work, the answer is simple: it must be done between late spring and mid-fall (barring weather exceptions). Otherwise, it won’t be possible. However, interior painting is much more flexible.
Indeed, it is quite possible to paint during the winter.
However, some interior work will be a little more complicated in winter, mainly because the windows cannot be opened to ventilate. That being said, professional painters have all the necessary experience to carry out the work all year round. And if they think it would be better to wait until summer, they will tell you so, and you can reserve your place in their schedule.
Am I going to work with an expert or do things myself?
Painting jobs are among the easiest projects to do yourself as a non-professional. This is a relatively accessible task, especially if you are not a perfectionist! However, by calling on experts, you will probably have better results, both in terms of finishing and protection and preparation work.
In addition, experienced painters are more efficient and faster than weekend painters. Your time is at stake if you decide to do the work yourself. This time could be used for more profitable activities or hobbies. Because of this, even the financial aspect of doing things yourself can be less attractive. It’s a think about it!
Will I buy the products and materials myself?
Some contractors prefer to buy the products and materials, while others are used to operating in collaboration with the customer. You will need to discuss these options with the painters you will meet during the bidding process. However, if you purchase through the contractor, you can save some amounts, as the pros often have access to discounts and lower prices than those in the store.
Do I opt for a turnkey service?
Along the same lines, you can always determine if you want to do some of the chores to save some money or if you’d rather not bother at all. Time is money, so even if you do some tasks to keep the bill down, remember that your time is valuable. The amount you have saved could therefore be less attractive, depending on your perception. If it makes you happy to participate, go ahead, but if it’s a chore for you and your loved ones, it may be worth opting for a turnkey service where the contractor s takes care of everything.
The question of the budget for a new construction painting
In general, painting jobs are among the most affordable and accessible jobs while substantially impacting the appearance of spaces. How much you will shell out for these will depend on several factors:
- The condition of the surfaces (do you need to make repairs)
- The number of surfaces to be covered
- The number of layers to do
- Labor (how many people, how long)
- The type of product that will be used
- The complexity of the work (angles, moldings, different colors)
Do I need a permit for a painting project?
Note: before writing anything, you must know that for permit issues, it is always important to check with your municipality, as information may vary from city to city.
How to prepare the surface before painting?
You often omit the surface preparation step when you do the painting yourself. Damaged sections should be repaired, sanded to even out the surface, and probably at least one coat of primer applied.
This step is crucial in the long term because the final result of the work will be much more resistant and beautiful. If you call on painting experts, they will prepare the surfaces well.
The particularities of the different surfaces to be painted
Most paint jobs involve covering interior walls. However, paint can also be used to cover other types of surfaces, including metal, wrought iron, ceramic or wood.
Paint product: Advice for choosing
If this is not the first time you have started painting jobs, you already know that there is a wide variety of products on the market from which you will have to choose.
First, there is the color(s) you will need to select. At significant manufacturers of paint products, you can choose from over 3,500 shades, which gives an idea of the variety of colors available on the market.
Then you have to think about the type of finish. Here are the most often used finishes: Velvety, Pearl, Satin, Semi-gloss, High-gloss, and Matte.
Some products are also designed for different surfaces, including kitchens and bathrooms, metal, wood, and outdoor surfaces. If you decide to purchase paint products yourself, be sure to seek expert advice. Present the work that needs to be done, show photos of the surfaces and follow his advice. You could also decide to entrust the task to your contractor while agreeing with the latter on the question of colors and textures.
Stages of a new construction painting
Interior new construction Painting : The Typical Steps
- Buy products and materials
- Prepare the ground
- Apply cutting tape if necessary
- Repair damaged sections of surfaces
- Apply a primer
- Apply the paint (wait well between coats)
- When finished, clean the tools thoroughly
- Make sure there are no stains on surfaces that have not been painted