Painting Problems To Look For

Painting and Decorating is relatively Easy! It’s the painting problems that usually prevent us from tackling the Project. But, when we know what to look for and how to fix them, we find it much easier to get into the Project. 

Here is a list of things that you may find in your home.

· Holes in Plaster / Drywall.

· Cracks in Walls and Ceilings.

· Bumps & Bubbles in the paint surface.

· Inspect the Switches and Outlets for bad plaster.

· This may be the right time to Color Coordinate your Switches & Outlets.

· Water Damage.

· Bad Caulking.

· What About The Windows?


I will provide you with helpful printable forms concerning these painting problems and more. These will assist you in figuring out what needs to be done..... So, here are a few things to help you.....




Prepare For Those
Painting Problems.....
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  • Job Survey Print Out.  This will help make sure that you've got the bases covered and save time.
  • Set Up & Tools. You may want to have a couple of tools and clean up items handy.
  • Inspect Electrical Switches And Outlets. You should take off the electrical cover plates and inspect them for damage to the devise itself and the surrounding plaster or drywall. Is any of it missing? If so, that should be repaired.
  • Color Coordinate Switches And Outlets. If you want, there are companies that make colored Switches and Outlets. You can replace each switch or outlet to more closely match your paint color.
  • Holes In Plaster/Drywall. Is your place Plaster or Drywall? Do you have any holes or loose plaster that would create a hole? Or do you have holes in drywall?
  • Cracks In Walls/Ceilings. Are there any Cracks in the surface of the walls or ceiling?
  • Bumps And Bubbles In Paint.  Learn what to do about them.
  • Water Damage.  It looks worse than it is.
  • Bad Caulking.  How to fill the gaps.
  • Windows.  What kind of windows do you have? Should you paint them?

  • Store Job Checklist.  I will endeavor to help you get as many of the things you actually need. It's not fun to buy things you find you didn't need in the first place.
  • Color Record Sheet.  Today, most paint colors are made according to formula numbers. Keeping track of these numbers can become pretty helpful in the future. This sheet may help.
  • Tips - E-Booklet1  An E-Booklet of things to look for and how to inspect the job.
  • Ask Paul Form. In addition to the traditional Contact Us page, you will have the option of contacting me directly regarding your project. Watch for the "Photo Up Load Project Page". 

What simple Tools would I use to check 

things out and what to set up.

Maybe, we'll save some time.

If you find you do have any bad plaster around your Switches or Outlets, this could create problems painting in this area. But don't worry .......

The Outlet Plastering Safety Shield will help you create a perfect repair without fear of getting shocked! And you don't need to turn off the power either!

However, Please Put Safety First! If you are at all unsure of any of the wiring, have a qualified Electrician clear up any problems before you start your project.


Painting Problems To Look For.....


After we take a look at what needs to be done, I'll give you a Job Survey for print out so you can take down all of the necessary notes for what needs to be taken care of.

For now, Let’s just take a good look at the job. See if you have any of these painting problems. And, if there is something that you see, that I have not listed – Please feel free to use the "Ask Paul" form and tell me about it.

I will respond a.s.a.p., with what I would do to solve the painting problem.

Do you have your Phone or Camera handy?


Trust me, You'll want before and after Pics of those painting problems you tackled!



OK, let’s get started.

  • First, you’ll need a couple of small tools. Get a couple screwdrivers – or a Multi-Screw Driver.
  • Flat Head & Phillips. If you don’t have one handy, you can get them at  the hardware store for a couple of bucks.
  • You may need a small snap off blade utility knife.
  • Have your Vacuum cleaner handy. Or at least a good broom & dust pan.
  • And you may want a small drop cloth handy.
  • Next, take a look at the walls and ceilings.
  • Are there any holes in the plaster or drywall? About how big?
  • How about any Door Knob holes or dents?
  • Are there any cracks in the ceilings or walls?
  • If you have Drywall, are there any bad Tapelines?
  • Do you have any cracks above any Doors?
  • How is the woodwork or trim? 
  • Do you have any cracks or  separations at the mitered corners?
  • How about any holes, like breaks in the wood or old cable TV holes?
  • Do you know of any Water Damage? Water Damage normally shows up as bubbles in the surface. As the surface gets wet, it acts the same as when you put a glass of water on a magazine. Know what I mean? Also, it may discolor to a rust or brown color. If you have plaster, it may show up as a 'growing powdery' looking surface. Often, this will look worse than it is..... 
  • Now, let’s inspect the Switches and Electrical outlets. Take off the cover plates and inspect for bad plaster or gaps between the electrical box and where the plaster or drywall should be. If there are any gaps, we will repair them and also stop the drafty air from coming in. Is there any plaster missing from under the ears of the switch or outlet?
  • Or, Is the drywall over-cut? Can you see through edge of any cover plates?

If you have either of these problems, don’t worry. We’ll be able to fix them fast & easy with no danger. I’ll show you how to use ......

The Outlet Plastering Safety Shield.

  • If you have carpet, is it painted to the baseboard?

Take your small snap off blade and gently cut the carpet hairs away

from the baseboard. We’ll mask it later so we don’t get any paint on it.

  • Now, print out the Job Survey.
  • Are you doing a Single Room or Multiple Rooms?






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