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Local Photography – A Painting Contractor

finished roomsMy local painting contractor contacted me recently and wanted some good quality images for his website and marketing materials.

I was happy to oblige and we did the photoshoot of his staff at work, the company vehicles and even a short video to put on his website.

He was very impressed with the work and I think will be a lifelong customer and will recommend me to his friends and colleagues.

I told him about my new house that I recently bought, which is an old victorian style semi-detached house that needs a lot of renovation, and he offered to come around and give me some tips.

So I took notes, and thought I would share them with you. Probably unusual for a photography website, but good information is often hard to find, and somebody may benefit from my notes.

His advice was that roperly preparing walls for painting is the best answer to creating a beautiful space. To give your home a flawless look, you should use tips discussed below so you can learn how to prepare your walls for painting.

The preparation required for previously painted surfaces is often determined by the condition of the previous coating. That said, if the surface is currently in a good condition, then the wall can generally be painted with a little preparation.

When you are painting, good preparation makes a world difference to the end result. Yet even new surfaces can have scuff marks, scrapes, nail holes and grazes. Even more, once the paint is on, these scrapes and marks are even more noticeable and harder to remove.

Minor flaws on the walls are often hard to notice – until the afternoon sun lights them up and makes them very obvious to your guests. Find and mark and other imperfections in the walls. You can start by turning off the light in the actual room and closing your curtains.internal 1

Use a trouble light just next to the wall and move it around. Whenever the light helps you notice a mark or a scratch, stick a bit of tape next to the mark so you can easily find these marks when you come through with joint compound.

It’s a good idea to remove furniture from the room altogether, if possible. You should wear safety goggles and use older clothes in case the paint splatters.

You should have the following materials on hand when getting ready to paint: paint-can opener, stir sticks, paint brushes, roller covers, paint tray, drop cloth, gloves and an extension pole for the roller.

Generally speaking, walls and ceilings should be clean, dust-free, dry and smooth before painting. You can wash them down with sugar soap or detergent. Then rinse the walls with clean water and let them dry.

You can even sand down the walls. Sanding will surely create a smooth, fine and even foundation that helps improve your final finish. When sanding the walls you should use a small grade paper.

For example, a 70 grade sandpaper is great to easily remove excessive debris and dust, however keep in mind that it will leave a rough surface. When you see the sandpaper that one section of the sandpaper is full of paint dust, simply switch to a new, unused section and continue.

You can even use a sanding block and wrap the actual paper around it. This will help you tremendously.

Before applying your main color, use a base coat. Base coats consist of a thick paint augmented with fillers formulated to fill and hide these hairline cracks and other minor imperfections on walls and ceilings.

Furthermore, choosing the most appropriate color for your home interior is not an easy task. Even more, there is nothing worse than running out of paint when you are in the middle of a decorating project. You should always calculate upfront and purchase the right amount of paint.

Finally, it’s best to remove your painter’s tape when the main paint is completely dry. Just make sure to remove the actual tape as quickly as possible after.

So now you know, hopefully that will help somebody sometime. Local contractors are really my bread and butter. They give me a continuous stream of work, and for anyone looking to build there photography business I recommend you contact a number of these small local companies every day offering your services.

The video below has some interesting ideas that you might like to follow too.

How To Grow Your Photography Business

I get asked all the time by new professional photographers about my tips for building a successful photography business, and the answer is always more complicated then it might at first seem.

I was doing some research today and I came across this infographic, that breaks the process down, and while reading it, I realised that without any real planning, that this is what I do in my business.

So now if anyone asks the question I am just going to email them this graphic, and tell them to research each of the categories and follow this as a business plan.

I thought it would be worth sharing here for anyone else who gets the same question, or of course for anyone else that is asking the question. I hope it helps.