Top 6 Painting Mistakes You Should Never Make

There is nothing that can restore the look of your home or update it more quickly and inexpensively than a fresh coat of paint. An easy do-it-yourself project, painting your walls is an easy project anyone can do with minimal effort and a little bit of time. It can add a lot of value to your office, store, business, rental property, or real estate asset.  

Although most people think that painting is an easy, no-brainer job, a botched paint job will not enhance your home’s aesthetics but could tank them. If you aren’t a professional, then it might behoove you to consider having a professional painter take care of the hassle painting can create. 

If you are going to give painting your own home a try, then there are some things that you need to know before you pick up a paintbrush. Don’t make these six painting mistakes or you will be calling in professional Winnipeg painters to undo your damage. Follow these tips and your home will be freshly updated before you know it. 

1 Don’t Buy Cheap Materials 

If you want to save money by doing your own painting, then spend the amount of money necessary to buy materials that will function the way your space needs. If you use paint that is cheap, you are not going to get the professional look you desire, even if you are super careful. 

Poor-quality paint will not cover evenly, and it will not last. If you have a location that is humid or experiences a lot of moisture, you will want to make sure you spend money on a paint that will protect your walls. Don’t skimp, or you’ll kick yourself for it later. 

2. Prep Your Walls 

If you try just to paint over the existing wall without taking into account the imperfections that already show through, guess what? They aren’t going to disappear. Instead, your paint job will likely just make them more pronounced. Make sure to scrape and to sand imperfections in the drywall before you paint or that new paint job will look anything but new. 

Additionally, if you have dirty walls, then the paint isn’t going to stick the way you want and may end up peeling or bubbling. Once you’ve filled in any cracks or holes, take some time to wash down the surface of the wall, o that the paint will look the way you want it once you apply it. 

3. Make Sure You Aren’t Dealing With Lead 

If you have an older home, you will want to test your existing wall paint for lead. When you begin to scrape off paint, you make it airborne, and it is then breathed in, potentially causing hazard to your family. If you simply paint over it, however, it likely won’t be a problem, but, if you have lead, you will want to consult a professional before disturbing it. 

4. Buy Enough Paint For Multiple Coats 

If you think that one coat is going to be enough, think again. A paint job is only going to effective if it covers up the old wall underneath. If you don’t apply enough coats, the old paint will probably come through or your painting will look uneven. The tint of existing wall colors can even change the appearance of the new one. 

You will want to start with a primer (especially if you are covering a loud color) and apply several coats of the new color to make sure that it looks even and that you don’t have some of the old paint shining through. 

5. Invest In Some Painter’s Cloths And Tapes 

You might see the professionals make a perfect line with a paintbrush, but that kind of skill comes after years of experience and familiarity with brushes. Experts of their trade, even the professionals know that mistakes can happen and, consequently, plan for them. 

Make sure you cover up any items you aren’t moving out of the room, make sure the floor is protected and apply tape to the edges of things that you don’t want to paint (like trim). Otherwise, prepare for paint spilling and ruining things. If you don’t want to run the risk of replacing any items or paying for someone to undo any damage, invest in painter’s cloths and either remove things from the room or cover them, to avoid any paint mishaps. 

6. Be Aware Of The Temperature 

Unless you want to spend days on end painting, be aware of the temperature of your house. It is hard for paint to dry when the weather is very humid, but if you close all the doors and turn on the air conditioning, then you aren’t getting the proper ventilation you should in order to protect yourself from paint fumes. Try to paint your home when the weather conditions are ideal instead of making things harder for yourself. 

A newly painted room is a great way to update your space. One that is done improperly could cost you for replacements or bother you to look at. Plan ahead and make sure that you take your time to get your paint job just right.

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