Most projects or objects that are built involve painting. A car, a washing machine, a bicycle, a computer, and an airplane are just a few examples. Even a house receives considerable painting and finishing when being built. One reason that paint is used so often is because, though it may not make something work any better, a neat, tasteful coat of paint makes everything look much nicer. Imagine buying a brand new car just off the assembly line without any paint! No one wants cars (or bicycles) without paint, even though it makes the product cost more and does not make it run any better.
Though paints originated simply to make things look better, they have been improved to provide much more value to the things they coat. Paints (including varnishes and clear coatings) now form valuable protective barriers on most things that they cover. They offer protection from wear and stains, from corrosion, and from damage by the rays of the sun, to name just a few. Whether applying a bright color or a clear coat such as shellac on a wood surface, the same skill is needed—the skill of painting.
Learn to paint your projects. They will look better and last longer. Learn to paint after a repair. With fresh paint, not only will the repair be hidden, but the piece will look new again. A quality project with a well applied finish coat often looks as if it came right off a store shelf.
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