Many people think painting their home is a simple task. After all, you simply pick your wall colour, grab a brush and start panting, right? The reality is that there is more to painting a home than most people realise. It is inevitable to make a few painting mistakes regardless of how careful or experienced you are. Here are the most common painting mistakes to avoid at all costs. Once you remember not to do these things while painting your home chances are you will have amazing results.
Not picking the right paint colours
One of the biggest painting mistakes homeowners make is not choosing the right paint colours for their homes. In most cases, people simply pick paint colours from colour strips at the paint shop. More often than not, homeowners are shocked when the paint colour looks different on their walls than on the colour strip. With this in mind, ask the paint store to prepare a paint sample hat you will go and try at home. Make sure you try the paint sample under both natural and artificial light.
Foregoing preparation time
Some homeowners are so keen to see new wall paint they forego adequately preparing for the paint job. However, regardless of how excited you are to get started painting your home, proper preparation is necessary. As such, cover all furniture, light switches, electrical sockets and doorknobs with drop cloths and plastic. This step is essential to prevent paint drips and splatter from ending up on your furniture.
Not cleaning the walls
Another mistake inexperienced painters make is not thoroughly cleaning the area they want to paint. Wiping down walls and thoroughly cleaning them will ensure that your paint adheres to the wall nicely and has a smooth finish. If walls have grease on them then you need to degrease them to remove all the grease.
Not paying attention to cracks on walls
Ignoring cracks in your walls will not only affect the quality of your paint job but it could also compromise the structural integrity of your home. if there is evidence of large cracks then you need to hire a contractor to come and rectify the problem. However, you can fill any small cracks or holes in your walls with a patching compound. Make sure the patching element is completely dry before you proceed to paint your walls.
Not using good applicators
Regardless of the quality of your paint, you won’t be able to do a good job if you are not using good paint applicators. With this in mind, ensure that invest in good paintbrushes and roller covers. Also, make sure you are using the right paint applicator for the type of paint you are using.
Not using primer
Some amateur painters skip using wall primers to reduce costs and save money. However, wall primers offer a strong coating that provides a perfect finish for the paint to stick to. In addition, wall primers guarantee maximum surface sealing, full paint adherence and the uniformity of application.
Using inferior quality paint
To get the best results for your paint job, make sure you consider the quality of paint you are using. Top-quality paints will not only look amazing on your walls but they will last you longer.
Not considering the weather
Do you know that various weather elements including humidity affect the quality of your paint job? This is especially true if you are undertaking an exterior paint job. As such, check local weather conditions for rain and humidity before you start a paint job.