When it comes to home renovations, we all want to save money. One way we can do this is to do a paint job on our own. L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc list 10 common mistakes to avoid if you want your paint to look flawless.
What Should You Not Do when Painting Walls?
- Skipping prep time is the biggest difference between professional projects and DIY. The emotional reaction that homeowners are wanting happens by getting that color on the wall, so they rush into it. The walls need to be cleaned, scraped and holes and cracks need to be repaired and completely dry before starting. Painter’s tape needs to carefully applied as well and anything you don’t paint on should be covered.
- Don’t buy cheap brushes and roller covers. Having the best paint in the world amounts to nothing if you use cheap applicators. The good brushes will allow for better coverage and will save paint. Better brushes will also last longer if you take care of them making them worth the extra cost. You also need to know the nap required to get the best coverage.
- Using masking tape instead of painter’s tape is a mistake. High-quality tape along with a putty knife or mini scraper to remove air bubbles and seal the edges will prevent drips and produce sharp clean lines.
- Skipping the primer will give you sub-par results. Primer allows for a smooth, long-lasting finish. If the surface is old and was previously covered with paint and is in good shape with a flat finish you can use paint-and-primer-in-one mixes. Painting over more difficult surfaces such as plaster, wood, concrete, glossy paint, or stained/porous drywall than a stand-alone primer is recommended before paint.
- Using flat paint in high traffic areas should be avoided as they are harder to clean. Washable satins or semi-gloss finishes are better for high-traffic areas like closets and the laundry room. There are durable matte finishes available too.
- It isn’t a good idea to paint over high-gloss paint without sanding it first. New paint needs some texture to adhere to, so it’s a good idea to lightly sand shiny surfaces with sandpaper and rinse with clean water before re-painting.
- Avoid plunging the brush all the way into the paint. You will get enough paint on the brush by going in a third of the way. Plunging your brush deep into the paint also pushes paint dee into the bristles making it harder to clean afterwards.
- Avoid painting aimlessly and always start near the ceiling and work your way down to catch drips along the way. Painting over mistakes later will leave marks and color streaks on the surface.
- You should not paint over wallpaper with water-based paint. Always use an oil-based primer first to avoid having water-based paint reactivate the wallpaper glue and cause unsightly peeling.
- After all that painting it’s easy to skip the cleanup. You shouldn’t do this! Protect your investment in those better brushes and clean them immediately with water and dish detergent, wrapping them in airtight plastic wrap or aluminum foil and storing them in their original packaging to hold their shape.