I often see painting errors on new construction, and I often think -- you do know that not all paint sticks on everything, right?
This is a brand-new home. Nobody has moved in. This is the final walk through.
This is the FAMOUS REVEAL! It's when the builder can finally SHOW OFF THE HOUSE.
Painting requires knowledge and skill. It is not a slop-it-up product. Care must be taken to paint at proper times - basics, like when it isn't too cold outside, or too hot, or wet. These basics are only small a part of the understanding one gains when the painting craft is learned.
The craft IS NOT LEARNED in a parking lot where the "painter" is picked up along with a group of other "painters" for work that day on somebody's expensive new home.
Knowing how to spray paint onto a surface is one thing. Know what preparation must be made to the surfaces prior to painting is another.
Priming is one way to prepare a surface for painting.
It protects the subsurface and provides a very good product for the paint to stick to.
When priming is not done, like to the right where MDF is used (medium density fiberboard) the trim will swell and deteriorate rapidly. Many such spots on this house had not been painted, much less primed.
But, not all paint will stick to everything.
Latex paint will not stick to an oil-based product - like oil-based paint or plastic.
Why not? Because latex has a different chemical make up and its surfectants (the paint additive that sticks the paint to whatever the surface) will not adhere. Before you go spraying latex paint around, care must be taken to prevent latex paint from being sprayed onto material to which it will not adhere.
None of the plastic fixture mounts on this house were protected prior to spraying them with latex paint.
Notice how the latex is already peeling from the plastic?
How long has this paint been there? I'm told less than two weeks. All of the vents, plastic track members, bases, etc., were spray painted and are peeling just as beautifully as these two plastic bases.
Not only does this demonstrate a LACK OF PROFESSIONALISM, WHICH IS MY BIGGEST, BIGGEST, BIGGEST BEEF WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION, but it also demonstrates a LACK OF SUPERVISION, WHICH IS MY SECOND BIGGEST BEEF WITH NEW CONSTRUCTION.
People often ask me which is the best builder, or if the builder of the home they are buying is a "good" builder.
My answer is simple:
IT DEPENDS ON THE SUPERVISOR WHO IS ON SITE EVERY DAY,
AND THE SUBCONTRACTORS THE BUILDER HIRES FOR THE HOUSE.
Is that plain enough?
Now this mess has to be taken care of and I assure you the result will not be attractive. And some of the plastic bases and vents with peeling paint are very high up! Good luck.
This is entirely unnecessary. There isn't enough time to do it right, but there's enough time to come back later to fix it?
My recommendation: some of this sort of thing can be handled up front by the buyer. They can ask if the supervisor on site every day actually has long experience and up-to-date understanding of proper construction techniques. How long has he been with the company? How many houses has he supervised the construction of? Where do they get their subcontractors? And do the subcontractors have actual employees, or just groups of "construction professionals" they pick up for day labor? These kinds of questions are essential and will have solid impact on the quality of the product buyers are paying good money for.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560