Painting the interior of your home is a great way to revamp the look and feel of it. Unfortunately, there are mistakes that can be made. It takes time and effort to paint your walls and you might find yourself very disappointed to see drips, brush marks and stains after you’ve spent all that time and effort. Repositioning furniture and hanging pictures over these mistakes is an option, or you could just fix them. What are some of the ways to fix common painting mistakes?
How to Fix Paint Drips & Runs
You can avoid paint drips to begin with by not overloading your paint brush as you paint. If you do find some paint drips you can use a scraper to gently scrape the paint drips off. You can then sand the area unit it’s smooth and repaint the area.
Eliminate Brush Strokes
Natural wood finishes are notorious for brush strokes showing up. Brush strokes can also form from overloading your paintbrush or using improper painting techniques. You can remove them by sanding the area and then repainting the area.
Stop Stains Bleeding Through Paint
Stains on your wall may show through after you’ve painted if you didn’t prime the walls correctly beforehand-others may not notice the stain but you will and it will bug you until you take care of it-use TSP and clean the area-let the area dry and the apply an oil-based undercoat to the stain- after the undercoat has dried, you can repaint the area.
Fix Flaking & Peeling Paint
Paint can start to flake over time when moisture finds it way under the painted surface. It can also happen when you paint a damp surface. You can fix the problem by using a paint scraper to remove the paint that has flaked and then sand the area. Sand the area until the edges between the painted and scraped areas are smooth. If you don’t, you will be able to see the lines. The area can then be primed and repainted.
Treat Mold & Mildew Before Painting
Painted surfaces can develop mildew and often happens in bathrooms and kitchens where water is always present. Wash the areas with TSP, water, bleach and a stiff brush. Make sure you wear safety glasses, gloves and clothing as you clean. Work from the bottom to the top and let the wall dry for at least two days. After it is dry, use a primer that has mildew protection and repaint the area with two coats of paint.
Avoid Painting Mistakes
Many of these problems can be avoided by preparing surfaces the right way before they are painted, using high-quality primer and paint and being prepared. Being prepared means completing a wall before parts of it have has a chance to dry. Otherwise you will have an uneven appearance and lap bands. Make sure you are ready to finish once you start!