Paint Finish Quality Issues In New Construction

Real Estate Agent with Home Buyer's Agent of Ann Arbor

In the majority of the new homes we help home buyers purchase we end up with some touch-ups for paint issues.


The National Association of Home Builders has a set of standards for paint finish quality and that document helps with getting most items corrected, but that document is also written for the benefit of builders.


The type of lighting in a room is very important in evaluating paint finish. In this particular job the luxury bathroom has multiple light fixtures and heat lamps, and different light sources can make paint defects more or less visible.


In this video we see about all the possible paint defects, including improper drywall preparation, improper trim sanding, Pinting over sawdust, unfilled divits, goobers (from dust on the roller), improper coverage, improper masking, and drips.


The first video shows many issues with the paint quality. 


Fortunately we were able to get the builder to understand the level of problems and they eventually agreed to bring in a painter who's skill level was a more appropriate match to the job. Here is the "After" video:



The original painting quality may be perfectly acceptable for repainting budget concious apartments. Totally inappropriate for a luxury bathroom new construction project.



Comments (1)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jon, our new homes in Denver use the thinnest paint ever, and most homeowners need to have their home painted soon after closing.

Jul 25, 2020 06:53 AM
Jon Boyd

Interesting Joan, is it just one coat? (Combined primer & finish?) I've heard about that but haven't seen it in action yet.

Thanks for the note!

Oct 21, 2020 01:06 PM