Common Home Improvement Mistakes – Painting Blunders

by Rachel Laurendeau on November 1, 2013

painting company Eden PrairieIt seems as though every home improvement project has its pitfalls and common mistakes that many of us make. In this blog series, we’re going to talk about some of those mistakes and how to avoid them.

In today’s installment, we’re talking about common painting mistakes, most of which are relevant whether you’re taking on a DIY painting project or hiring a painter.

1. Dirty walls – dirt and grime can show through paint and they can also affect how well the paint adheres to the surface. Wash your walls and let them dry completely before you start to paint.
2. Taping mistakes – take the time to tape around the doorframe, windowsills ceiling edges and woodwork to ensure nice clean, straight edges. You can also tape or cover door handles to avoid splatter and remove the wall plates. Just be sure the tape is removed before the paint dries or you risk pulling up chunks of paint when you remove it.
3. Skipping the primer – Not only does primer cover the old color so you have a fresh start and true color, it also helps the paint to adhere to the surface. The only time you should skip the primer is if you’ve chosen a paint that has primer built in. Even in cases where you’ve just patched a few holes and are repainting the area in the same color, a coat of primer is key.
4. Using the wrong tools – for large areas, you’ll need a roller, making sure you use the right nap, or pile, for the particular sheen of paint. For brushes, use the right angle and material. If you’re unsure about this, ask for help at the paint store.
5. Using the wrong paint sheen – Paint is available in many sheens or finishes and each one is appropriate for different surfaces or uses. Understanding the difference between flat, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss finishes will ensure that you choose the right one for your project.
6. Choosing colors in the store – it’s impossible to look at a paint chip in the store and know how it will look like in your home. Bring the paint chips home and check them out in different light, or, better yet, buy sample sizes and paint a few swatches in the room to help you decide.

Painting is a simple home improvement project that can have a lot of impact on your space without major renovation costs or disruptions. Steer clear of these blunders and your home will be looking great in no time!

Reference: DIY Network

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