Painting your own home is a fairly simple DIY task. However, many first timers make mistakes that leave them feeling frustrated when the job done doesn’t end up looking professional and money spent is wasted.
Here are a few common mistakes and how to avoid them.
Use of inferior applicators
After buying good quality paint, you might be inclined to buy cheap brushes and rollers in an effort to cut costs. You will always need good quality painting tools and accessories. It is money well spent.
Improper preparation of walls
When it comes to painting, start with a blank slate. Firstly dust your walls down, and make sure all repair work is done prior to applying paint. For paint to be applied smoothly, your walls should be smooth and clean, dry and free of any loose debris.
Skipping small details
Attention to detail is what is required to create a great finish. For clean lines and professional-looking results, use masking tape. Taping ensures that you’ll have the crisp edges you want. To prevent bleeding, make sure the tape is sealed tightly around baseboards, windows, light fittings and mouldings. Once you have finished painting, gently removed the making tape while the paint is wet, if you wait until the paint is dry you will pull the paint off with the masking tape.
Leaving surroundings unprotected
Even before opening a can of paint, make sure your work zone is protected. If possible, remove all the furniture from the room. Cover the entire floor with a drop cloth. You’ll thank yourself for this 10-minute prep when you’re not scrubbing paint splatter off floors later.
Working without primer
Never skip the paint primer. Primer/Sealer prepares the wall surface so that patching and sanding can be done. Primer/Sealer also allows the next coat of paint to be applied easily, plus it ensures the true colour of the paint shines through.