Notice the term, “great” paint job, not “good” paint job.
Up close: The 12-inch appearance surface test.
That means: Up close, the painted surface will look at least as good as it does less than twelve inches away.
That means: Up close, an inspector will see no paint runs, holidays, brush strokes, uneven tones (spread of paint), splatters, roller streaks, etc.
That means: Up close, the pattern of every panel of the wallcovering will match, “magnifying glass close.”
That means: Up close, the wallcovering panels will be smooth. Wrinkles will not be present. Small bubbles will disappear after the adhesive dries and the wallcovering shrinks (2-5 days).
That means: Up close, the seams of side-by-side wallcover panels will be “seamless seams.” No gaps, mismatches, stretching, etc.
That means: Up close, the seams of natural-fiber wallcover panels will show slightly, because of the natural variation of color.
That means: Up close, the patching and sanding of the surface will be smooth, or appropriate, for that surface – and area.
That means: Up close, the touch-up of any patched and sanded surface will blend in with the surrounding surface(s) and area.
That means: Up close, the drywall that has been replaced, taped and mudded will fit flush with the surrounding drywall – on all sides.
That means: Up close, the entire area, when primed, will look – and feel – uniform, even and smooth.
That means: Up close, a textured surface, with an evenly applied coating, will blend consistently with the areas adjacent to a random textured area.
That means: Up close, a spray painted finish on a smooth surface will have a well-blended sheen. The film thickness will be applied evenly, absent of runs and orange peel on the surface.
That means: Up close, wallcovering seams will be tight, blending in with the surface. The pattern will match exactly. No bubbles or paste will remain along any seam line, or on the surface.
That means: Up close, a gilded finish, such as metal leaf, will reflect very little through the surface. The metal leaf will be wrinkle-free, with no tears. And, the surface will be bubble-free.
That means: Up close, the drywall compound will lay smooth, eliminating all ridges from the knife pressure. The overlapping edge of compound and drywall will be ultra smooth.
That means: Up close, the gloss paint finish will be ultra smooth, and show no imperfections in the surface of the substrate – whether it is wood, metal or drywall..
That means: Up close, the body filler application will leave a smooth finish, that is visually non-porous, and shows no high and/or low spots.
That means: Up close, the stain finish will be applied evenly, with no visible wipe or drip marks, or floating pigment.
That means: Up close, a properly sanded surface will show no deep sanding marks. With wood, sanding will be with the grain. With other substrates – eg. metals or painted wood – sanding marks will overlap in a subtle crisscross pattern.
That means: Up close, every time, on every surface, the painter makes every effort to leave behind a great job! Actually, both up close, and further away than 12 inches from the surface.
TIP: “Take your time and get it right!” Brian Santos, The Wall Wizard.
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