Painting a room in your home is the most cost effective and simplest way to change and/or brighten a room. Painting can instantly transform the dynamics and style of a room. When it comes to doing it yourself, there are a few mistakes that people make that can really impact the final quality. Today, we at L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc would like to share these common mistakes in an effort to help you avoid them.
Painting Without Primer
Primer is often viewed as an unnecessary expense and a waste of added time to the project. The primer is essential in a number of ways. It helps the paint adhere to the surface as a prime example, which is the reason primer is available for surfaces such as wood, drywall, and masonry surfaces. Additionally, the primer will allow the paint’s color to shine through with fewer coats. In the long run, it will save you money, though the upfront cost may be a little more.
How Professional Painters Use Tape
Many people swear that if the painters tape is not included in your kit, your kit is not complete. Painters tape is not designed to make designs or should be used on trim. Avoid leaving the painters tape on an extended period of time by removing it just before the paint starts to finish. Leaving it on will cause the paint around the tape to muck up, so moving it is essential.
Many people do not know how much paint is enough. For every 400 square feet, you need a gallon of paint. However, there are a few variables to consider, such as how big the walls are, how much paint the walls will absorb, and if you took advantage of primer. You will save time since most of the colors these days are not shelf paints by figuring out how much paint you need ahead of time as opposed from making second and third trips back to the store. Keep in mind that you will also need to afford more time to wait for the professionals to mix the paint.
Brush or Roller for Emulsion
If you re new to interior painting, you should know the difference between a roller and brush. There are too many new to the project that do not know which tool is best for what application. For painting trim, around corners, and chair rails as well as for painting smaller areas; a brush is best suited. In contrast, you should be painting with a nap roller of high quality when it comes to large surface walls. With top-quality paint, you should literally just “roll” the roller across the wall. Do not use excessive pressure. Pushing too hard not only wears down the roller quicker, but it also negates the soft texture the roller is designed to do and leaves streaks and blobs of paint.
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Taking on an interior paint job takes time, and if you do not allot for a day or two worth of work, it is best to leave it to the professionals. Call L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc for a consultation on your interior painting project and get it done efficiently and in a timely manner.