Painters Warn Homeowners of These Tricks Others Use to Cut Corners

There are many genuine and passionate painters, but there are also those with the intention of cutting corners, especially around Cambridge and Kitchener homeowners who know little about the paint to be used and the amount it would cost to complete the project. So, what are some of the tricks you should watch out for once you start your painting project?

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Paint Prices

As you move from flat to gloss, paint tends to be more expensive. Also, the darker it gets, the higher the price of purchase. Consumers go wrong when they give a deposit to a painter and then pick the shades several days before the start of the project. Once a dishonest painter goes to the store for the paints and realize they are deep base, you may end up being charged more. You not only get charged more for the paint, but also for a dark primer coat. Before signing a contract, be sure to pick your finishes and colours with the contractor.

Number of Paint Coats

Your proposal could indicate that the ceiling and walls need painting, but fail to specify the number of coats to be applied. In fact, tricky painters do not mention the kind of paint they will use on your property. If the colours to be applied on your wall are similar to what was already painted, one coat of paint would be enough if you don’t mind having air holes of the original shade exposed. Such dishonest painters will not tell you how much paint you need at the start so that once you notice the holes in the wall, you can give them more money to fix.


If you fail to discuss this with your painter, you could end up paying more for little work. The moment a contractor completes a project and realizes that an extra coat is needed, yet is not specified in the contract, the extra coat could be very expensive for you to cover. Ensure you get a detailed proposal about the number of coats to be applied beforehand.

Watered Down Paint

There are unscrupulous painters who mix paint with up to 50 percent water before the project begins. When the paint is mixed with water, it tends to double its coverage, making it vulnerable to peeling and chipping. Unless you are keen on such details, this is what you get. As the new cans are being brought to your property, watch them closely to ensure the lid is tightly sealed. The only time a painter can add water to the paint is when it has an ultra-deep base to reduce the stickiness.


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