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Interior Painting: Why Professionalism Matters

While the consequences may not be safety related such as improper installation of ceilings, roofs, walls, etc, there is a standard that should be met when interior finish is considered. Interior painting is a huge aspect of a home’s design, and ensuring this is done right the first time saves later hassle and cost. There are certain observations that shouldn’t be seen if painting is done correctly. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has guidelines for proper interior painting.


One thing that may happen when painting isn’t done at a professional standard is that the interior paint does not cover the underlying surface. Performance guidelines state that the surface being painted shouldn’t be visible through new paint when viewed from a standing position facing the surface 6 feet away, with normal lightning conditions. Sometimes, the direction and amount of sunlight can change how a surface appears, and the surface may be visible in direct sunlight. This doesn’t warrant corrective action.


Another observation that may be seen is brush and roller marks showing on interior painted surfaces. Similar to before, marks shouldn’t be visible from a standing position 6 feet away from the surface under normal lighting conditions. The same performance guideline should be met when it comes to lap marks. Lap marks are the difference in color and sheen which happen as a result of wet and dry layers clashing when painting is being done.


Sometimes with interior painting, resin may bleed through the paint on interior trim. However, this isn’t something that requires corrective action, as this is quite a common condition that usually happens with natural materials like wood. Continuing with this trend of observations that do not require corrective action, it is possible for the interior painting, staining, or refinishing of repair work not matching existing paint. Performance guidelines state that a perfect match between old and new paint is nearly impossible to guarantee. While a match can be attempted, this can be hard and doesn’t signify that the paint job was poorly handled.


A home is greatly affected by it’s interior design, and interior painting is a huge aspect of any remodeling project. As such, it should be handled with care and professionalism so that the work matches up with what was envisioned. Here at Fine Remodeling, we are your Delaware contractor experienced with interior painting to help your construction project become a reality. Get in touch with us about your next renovation project so you can be sure it's done right the first time.


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