||10-02-2011 07:31 AM
HGTV--What Not To Do
Something about Home and Garden Television has been bothering me for some time now, and it's time to speak out. It's definitely applicable to what our aim is here at DIYChatroom, and that is helping homeowners better handle their home painting projects. What I take objection to is the mockery they make of painting. After watching the utter jokes I saw yesterday, I decided it's time. If this was a pro forum, I would say that what they do leaves an impression in homeowner's minds that it is what we do and that impression makes justifying our prices that much harder. But, it's not a pro forum. But, for the homeowner, it teaches very bad habits. And, if you do your project following the example they present, you'll have a horrible outcome. Granted, their stance is to show you what to do, not exactly how to do it. But, they're supposed "pros" in the home improvement field and they could at least guide homeowners in the proper procedure. What are some of the things I find so objectionable:
- There is absolutely no work area set-up. No furniture is condensed or covered in plastic.
- No drop cloths. They had a small square drop in the center area where they opened and poured paint, and then rolled over exposed tile floors.
- They work out of full paint cans. NO, NO, NO
- They roll prior to cutting in. In spite of what some do, you will not get optimal results if you cut in after rolling. Period. This is especially so above flat sheens.
- They start rolling in the middle of the wall, and compound that error by rolling every which way. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
- I've seen them use a one inch roller nap on smooth surfaces and use little six inch mini rollers to roll big walls. A one inch cover on smooth walls will leave a horrible finish look and mini rollers will as well on a large area, beside the absolute waste of time.
- They never use rolling poles. A rolling pole, used properly, will enhance the outcome of the job. And, a rolling pole will take the strain off the elbow, so there's a health benefit to it as well.
I could go on, but I hit the main points. I've even seen commercials by the majors who portray the same wrong procedures. Those who take their cue by watching these shows will screw up and come here with questions on fixing the mistakes. And, we know what the adopted attitude is about that course of action. How do I get the lines out of my paint, should I spackle? How do I clean paint off the tile floor? I brushed my cut in after I rolled and now the cut in is obvious. You can hear them now. Please, use HGTV to develop ideas about decorating. But, under no circumstance, take how they portray the task of painting as the way it is done, it's not real world. I'm constantly disappointed with their approach. I have an informative article on the subject of proper paint job set up procedures
, please read. I'm not self-promoting, as I get no benefit from anyone reading it, no pay per click or whatever. I'm here to help people do their DIY painting projects smarter, better, faster.