If you are planning to give your home or business a fresh coat of paint, you may think that you can just apply the new paint directly over the old. While there are some projects in which it’s not strictly necessary to remove the old paint, in our experience here at Carolinas Eco Blasting, taking the time to do so will usually yield better final results. In this article, we’ll go over more about when paint removal makes a difference in order to help you decide whether this step is necessary for your project.
- Dealing with Lead-Based Paint. One situation in which paint removal is definitely necessary is when the old paint contains lead. As we now know, lead paint can have serious consequences for your health, which is why modern regulations prohibit the use of lead in paint products. If your home or business has lead paint, we encourage you to get that paint removed in order to ensure that your indoor environment is as safe and risk-free as possible.
- Correcting Mistakes. The other most common situation where it makes sense to get professional paint removal is when you want to correct the mistakes in an old paint job. If the old coat of paint was applied unevenly, has faded over time, or has undergone significant peeling and flaking, it’s best to simply strip that coat away completely. This way, you’ll be able to paint on a smooth, even surface, and thus achieve better, more seamless results from your project.