Avoid common painting mistakes at home

Painting walls

A fresh coat of paint is simple and easy, yet it can do wonders for your home. You can hire a professional to come and apply a fresh coat of paint to your home without the stress of doing it yourself. But if you would like to give it a go then try doing a DIY job. Before you do ensure you know all about the common problems when it comes to the standard painting mistakes, people tend to make all too often.

Painting on a dirty surface

It is vital that you wash anything down before you paint it. Even if the wall or ceiling looks clean, it can still be messy. The paint will stick better when it is applied to a clean area. However, know that dust particles can interfere with the final results of the colour. You can also avoid a mould treatment for wood later if the surface is completely polished and clean before painting.

Un-prepared surface

Glossy surfaces will need to be lightly sanded before adding a new coat of paint, and any flaking or peeling paint should be removed before painting. The paint will not cover and stick if the surface has not been set or prepared correctly.

The right tool for the job

An essential part of the painting is using the correct roller or brush for the right job. There are different brushes for different areas that make cutting in and edge work a lot easier.

Not using protector tape

You need to apply tape around door frames, skirting and even windowsills to ensure that the paint doesn’t get slopped around on items that it should not be on. You wouldn’t want the interior wall finishes of your home to look shabby and unattractive. Hence the use of protector tape, as and when required, can be a huge beauty saviour.

Fixtures are left exposed

Before you start your painting, you need to cover items like light fixtures and doorknobs. You will be surprised by how much paint can drip and slid around no matter how careful you are. If paint gets on the fixture, then you can end up with an ugly looking fixture as you may need to use a paint remover that could potentially damage surfaces.

What do we paint last? The ceiling

Painting the ceilings last can be a mistake, and when doing this, people tend to see their walls ruined with drips from the ceiling. Try an alternative flooring while you paint the ceiling to make sure that that your paint doesn’t excessively drip and ruin your flooring work.

Not allowing enough dry time

Generally, you need to let the walls dry after washing them or during humid weather where the moisture would take time to completely dry. This works the same in the case of paint. Ensure you leave enough dry time in between coats. You need to take into consideration the room temperature as well as to whether you need to allow more time than that stated on the tin.

Not using a paint primer

Primer needs to be used to give your paint a good surface to adhere to. It can improve the look of the paint and always needs to be used if you are painting over a darker colour with a white or beige shade or you have heavy stains on the walls that light coloured paint may not cover entirely. Using a primer can enhance the utility of even non-slip timber paint that can prove to be very advantageous for you. Trust me, you will know the difference.

There are many problems that people can get into when it comes to painting, especially if you are new to the DIY world. Try watching some tutorial videos and do your research and ensure you have everything ready in hand before you start. By following these few tips above, it can help you avoid the common problems many DIY jobs seldom run into.


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