Common Mistakes We See in the Painting Business

There is a lot to be learned from other people’s blunders. The most typical blunders we encounter by painting companies in San Diego include: 

  1. The Specifications are ignored in this case. 

A commercial painter should follow the architect’s instructions, so what’s the problem? There is a strategy to this craziness, if you know where to look. The painter, who was a subcontractor on the original job, utilised lower-quality paint supplies, diluted the paint with water, or applied less applications than the architect had required in an effort to cut corners and save money (time and materials). This lack of resources can be attributed to the project’s general contractor, who is primarily concerned with scheduling. Even if the structure is finished and everyone is satisfied, the paint will eventually fade. 

But the story doesn’t end there. After the one-year warranty period expires, the painter can approach the owner personally and pitch a repaint project for the deteriorating building now that they know the owner’s identity. That’s how it works, right? After a year, the paint on a 5-year-old structure needs to be replaced. 

  1. Taking shortcuts on the safety of yourself and your loved ones. 

The value of time cannot be overstated. We’ve seen contractors try to cut costs by putting their workers in danger. Because the painting industry is so competitive, it’s imperative that businesses keep their costs as low as possible. Is there a point at which you say enough is enough? 

For instance, it is obvious if a painter is wearing a respirator. However, the respirator filter’s age and condition are hidden from view. If a charcoal filter is needed to protect the paint, why are paper filters being used instead, which are less expensive but less effective? Putting your employees’ health at danger by taking this shortcut is a bad idea. 

Another illustration: We’ve seen painters working at 20-foot heights on extension ladders without any safety belts. To meet Penington’s internal standards, all workers working above a height of six feet must wear a fall protection system at all times. This greater standard of safety necessitates additional planning, resources, and time. 

Boom lifts are needed to be tied off, while a scissor lift is exempt from this requirement. On many painting job sites, you’ll notice a familiar sight. There is more to our strategy than simply adhering to OSHA’s guidelines. Our scissor lifts are grounded. We do it for the sake of the well-being of everyone on the job site, including our own workers. 


  1. Inability to properly prepare a work surface 

Before applying the primer coat to tilt-up concrete panels, they must be pressure washed. When it comes to painting, this is a common omission. Using DTM (Direct-to-metal) paint over worn steel is another typical omission. A DTM paint was used to encapsulate the corrosion rather than remove it. Because all coatings are porous to some degree, the corrosion cell under the DTM coating will continue to expand. A few instances from the commercial sector are included in this post. 

Coating inspectors are used in industrial operations to monitor the surface preparation and application of coatings. The difference between a commercial and an industrial work is like night and day. There may be 100 commercial painting contractors, but only five have demonstrated they can perform industrial-quality work at a reasonable cost, on time, and according to specifications. 

We have higher expectations of ourselves. It is against Penington Painting’s values to skip surface preparation because no one will notice. 

So far, these appear to be more like bad decisions than mistakes. Look at this one, too. 

  1. Cutting corners in the environment 

It’s part of the job to clean up. We’ve seen commercial painters dump buckets of dirty water down the storm drain at the conclusion of a long day of painting. Their brushes are spotless, yet our drains have been infested with latex paint due to their actions. When a painter makes a mistake, he or she isn’t held accountable for the consequences. 

There are some companies we rely on to dispose of our waste products in an environmentally friendly manner. Our effluent is collected in 250-gallon bags and transported to an incinerator field, where it is disposed of with the utmost care for the environment. 

  1. Detailed information can be found online. 

These are only a few examples of the blunders and poor decisions that we’ve seen. Due to the internal standards and methods developed by Penington Painting, our work is of a better calibre than others. We ask ourselves, “How can we prevent this from affecting our work and our clients?” As a result, we’re cultivating a culture of high standards within our company and fostering long-term partnerships with our clients.

Using a damp towel to wipe up paint splatters while the paint is still wet will typically suffice to remove paint from wood flooring. Scrape the paint off the floor with a scraper, then use a moist towel to remove any remaining paint residue. A specific solvent may be necessary for stubborn spots, but read the label to be sure it won’t harm the floor. You’ll also want to test it in an unnoticeable place to be safe. 

In order to remove paint from carpet and upholstered furniture, you’ll need to take a few more steps, but there are several things you can do. Also, If the surface is not thoroughly cleaned and dust and particles are not picked up, or if too many layers of paint are applied, it can lead to peeling paint. Before painting, he says, you must carefully prepare the surface by cleaning and sanding it. If there are any holes or cracks, you’ll need to fill these as well. Before letting the paint dry, be sure there are no significant drips or faults that you made when applying it.

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