How to Avoid Common Interior Painting Mistakes
Painting the inside of your home is a cost-effective way to bring new life
and change the mood of any room. The problem is that many people take
on interior painting as a do-it-yourself project because they think it
is simple and less expensive than hiring professional painters. Many end
up with less-than-optimal results by making amateur mistakes. Once the
mistake has been made, it can often require more extensive work at a greater
expense to turn the results around.
Below are some of the most common mistakes do-it-yourselfers make and what
to do to avoid them.
Failing to Prep the Walls – Too often, people go straight to painting without thinking about
the dirt on the walls or any imperfections that might have occurred along
the way. Paint doesn’t cover up major imperfections, and some types
of soil can find their way through the paint even after it is dried. Before
applying the paint, make sure the walls are clean, and that there are
no pieces of chipped paint. Fill in any cracks or holes, and sand the
patching compound once it is dry to create a smooth, even surface. Invest
in genuine painter’s tape to give you clean, sharp edges.
Using Poor Quality Tools – If you purchase the lowest priced rollers and brushes for the
paint application, don’t expect professional results. The tools
you use to apply the paint should be sturdy and made for the type of paint
application that you are using them for. The last thing you want is for
your application tools to come apart in the middle of the paint job.
Not Using the Right Paint – Interior house paint comes in a variety of mixes and finishes,
and each type is right for certain types of surfaces. Some paints have
the primer mixed in, while others require you to apply primer before putting
on the paint. You also need to know whether to buy a flat finish or a
glossy one to get the impact you want. Areas with high traffic do better
with glossy or satin finishes, unless you choose a paint that is made
specifically for high traffic areas. If you aren’t sure which type
of paint to buy, ask a paint professional before you buy.
Painting Over Surfaces Painted with High Gloss Paint – New paint won’t adhere to the slick surface of high-gloss
paint. Sand the surface lightly, and then wipe with clear water to remove dust.
Applying Paint Over Wallpaper – Applying water-based paint over wallpaper can reactivate the glue
and cause the paper to come loose from the wall. If you don’t want
to remove the wallpaper, use oil-based primer to seal it first.
Not Testing the Paint Color – The color that looks great on a paint sample can become overwhelming
once it goes on your walls. Use one of the new apps to see what the color
will look like on your walls. Depending on the light in the room, dark
or bright colors may be too stark for the entire room and may be better
for painting a single accent wall.
Failing to Clean Up – As soon as the paint job is finished, wash the brushes and rollers
thoroughly to remove all traces of paint. Reshape to dry, and wrap securely
in plastic to keep them ready for the next paint job. Also, make sure
you have some additional paint to store with them in case you need to
make any repairs.
Painting can be a lot more complex job than most people imagine. The best
way to get the professional quality results that you have in mind is to
hire the experts at Dixon Painting for interior painting in Marietta.
We give your paint job the attention to detail that is needed to get optimal
results and take the worry out of painting that often goes with DIY projects
of this type.
Get in touch to
learn more about our interior paint services.