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Discover what are the 8 Common Painting Mistakes

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If you want to know what are the top common painting mistakes read below.


1)      Problem:  Cracked or peeling paint.common painting mistakes

This mistake occurs when homeowners apply too many paint layers to their interior or exterior surface.  Cracking and peeling can also occur if a cheap, low quality paint has been used. Once again, this paint failure can be avoided by hiring licensed painting professionals such as SF Painters.  The painting experts at SF Painters have more than 30 years of experience in the painting industry, and have painting down to a science.  They know exactly how many paint layers to apply in order to avoid a costly problem such as cracked or peeling paint.


2)      Problem:  Paint “blistering.” 

Typically this problem occurs when homeowners hastily paint over surfaces that are wet and / or slippery.  SF Painters’ painting experts do a completely thorough job of washing and drying all surfaces that are to be painted to avoid any potential paint blistering.


3)      Problem:  Paint “bleeding.” 

Sometimes if you paint a lighter color over a darker one bleeding will occur.  This is why it is so important to properly prepare, wash, repair, and prime any interior or exterior painting surface.  For more information on appropriate methods used in the industry to prepare and wash surfaces, visit


4)      Problem:  Paint fading. 

If a painting job doesn’t hold for very long and paint color begins to fade, it is possible that the location of the paint has too much exposure to high UV light. Our painting experts will survey your home and do a complete assessment to determine the best paints to use in the most suitable locations.


5)       Problem:  Efflorescence or mottling (irregular color and splotching). 

This common painting mistake primarily affects masonry or cement surfaces as a result of too much moisture.  This problem could be a result of using the wrong type of paint on specific surfaces or also painting over too much moisture.  Experts in the field of painting will get your painting project done without any painting irregularities at all, not to worry.


6)      Problem:  Mildew appearing over paint. 

Mildew will appear over a paint surface if there was mildew to begin with and it was not properly cleaned and washed.  Mildew can also grow if paint is not exposed to enough direct sunlight.  Additionally, low quality oil or latex paints can also contribute to a mildew problem.  SF Painters use only the highest quality painting products available, and they certify their work with a 100% satisfaction money back guarantee.


7)      Problem:  “Chalking” appears as a light layer of powdery dust on the paint’s surface. 

Chalking frequently occurs when poor quality paints are used containing high levels of pigments and cheap resins.  We never use such inferior paints – we only use the best of the best in the painting industry, ensuring your painting project is exceptional.


8)      Problem:  Paint that failures to properly adhere.

The reason some paint will not adhere to particular surfaces is usually attributed to poor surface preparation (washing, sanding, repairing) and/or not applying a good primer as a foundation.  According to Wikipedia, a paint primer is defined as:  “A preparatory coating put on materials before painting. Priming ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability, and provides additional protection for the material being painted.”

This problem can also appear as a result of using the wrong type of paint for the job.  This type of paint failure typically occurs when homeowners want to cut corners by using a DIY (Do-it-Yourself) approach rather than hiring a licensed contracting company such as SF Painters to paint their San Francisco, neighborhood home.


You could “Do-it-Yourself,” but why take the risk?

Sure, it is possible for homeowners to go out and buy paint and other equipment needed to do a DIY painting project on the inside or outside of their homes.  However, as outlined in the 8 common painting mistakes listed above, there are many risks involved if you take on this project alone. Doing such a major project yourself could spell disaster, and may end up costing you more in the long run if you have to have it repainted. Our painting experts will help you protect your investment and avoid these common painting mistakes.

We are licensed, bonded, and insured; and offer free quotations as well as a 100% money-back satisfaction guarantee. This family-owned company has more than 30 years of experience painting all types of homes in the San Francisco area. Call SF Painters today at 1-415-230-2617 for a free painting estimate.  For more information, check out our website, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus.


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