Don’t wait too late to call in the pros!

Painting your walls is a relatively quick way to make a big change to your home’s appearance. A drastic color change always produces a big reaction, but even recoating your walls with a fresh coat of the same color can have a big effect. Read on for tips on knowing when its time to repaint! 

Dingy Walls

Sometimes it’s obvious. If your walls are grimy, scuffed, and damaged, a great painter might be your new best friend. If you have pets and/or children, your walls can take a beating. If you have minor scuffs and spots, we recommend cleaning with damp cotton cloth. More stubborn spots often respond to a Magic Eraser or similar sponge. But beware using the Magic Eraser on dark walls—it can leave ghost streaks! Also be wary of using a Magic Eraser on glossy or semi-gloss surfaces, as it can dull the finish and leave spots. If over 10% of your walls are dirty, or if you’ve got dents and dings that need to be spackled, it’s time to call in a painter!

Cleaning crayon off a wall
Kids can be especially hard on walls. When elbow grease won’t cut it, call in the professional painters!

Fading and Yellowing

The sun’s UV rays can cause the pigment in your wall paint to break down over time, causing your colors to fade and take on a yellowish cast. Here in Florida, this is an especially big issue! When you live in a home and see the same walls every day, you may not notice the gradual changes. But if you try to look with fresh eyes (or invite a friend or neighbor over to help), you may see that walls that absorb lots of natural sunlight have changed color. Time to repaint! When you repaint, using high quality paint with more pigment and better binders can help prolong the life of your color.

Chipping, Flaking, and Cracking

Painted trim takes the brunt of abuse in a high traffic home, and it will often start to chip first. Once the chipping starts, it’s hard to stop, so that is often a sign that you should call a painter. Wall surfaces can also start to display unlightly flaking and cracking. Although small spots can usually be sanded and touched up, if these symptoms spread, a professional painter is your best remedy. 

You Need a Change

Changing the color of your interior spaces can have dramatic effects. Maybe you want to brighten your mood with a cheery yellow, or maybe you seek serenity with a calming blue. No matter the reason—if the color isn’t right, it will drive you crazy. Luckily, a quality professional paint job doesn’t have to break the bank! With Check Local Painting’s terrific and affordable painters, you can afford to experiment with color and go for the look you want! Give us a call today to see how we can help freshen up your home’s walls!

That is the question.  At least, it’s one of the debates you might hear when a bunch of professional painters get together to talk shop. (Do they do that? Surely they do that.) Ask a group of expert painters whether they use the sticky stuff, and you’ll probably get a variety of answers!

Is Painter’s Tape More Hassle Than It’s Worth?

If you’ve ever tried to tackle a painting job on your own, you’ve probably painstakingly taped around trim, light fixtures, and floorboards in an attempt to get a clean, professional line. The taping process can be tedious and frustrating, especially in homes where the wall surface isn’t smooth or the trim has layers of older paint built up. And often, even after you invest the time to tape, you still don’t end up with a clean line. What gives? 

Female painter taping trim
Taping takes time, and can be problematic, but for most painters, it’s worth the hassle.

Bleeding and Bridging

Any painter in the “no tape” camp will tell you all the reasons why they don’t use the stuff. Problem number one is usually bleeding. Even when you apply the tape carefully, it’s easy for paint to seep behind the edge. This creates a messy edge and results in more cleanup work. To combat this, some painters use a putty knife to press the tape down and create a tighter seal. While this can help stop bleeding, it doesn’t help with with a phenomenon known as “bridging.” Latex paint forms a skin (or bridge) when it dries. When you pull the tape off, the skin can tear, leaving you with a jagged line. 

Can You Make the Cut?

The alternative to taping involves a high quality paint brush and the steady hands of a surgeon. The professionals call it “cutting in.” Cutting in—painting only the part you want with a crisp clean line— is a painting skill that takes years to master, but it can be invaluable to a professional painter. If you can cut in well, you can paint faster and avoid bleeding and bridging issues. But if you’re not blessed with surgical precision and steady nerves, it’s always best to stick to tape. 

Tape or No-Tape—Either Way Works

Even among the ranks of expert painters with decades of experience, Team Tape and Team No-Tape have ardent defenders. A wise painter picks the method that works best for them. And a wise homeowner picks a great professional painter! At Check Local, we won’t tell you which way is best, but we set you up with the best painters in the Panhandle and beyond. So before you decide, always Check Local!