5 Common Painting Mistakes

5 Common Painting Mistakes

A fresh coat of paint can be extremely satisfying when done correctly without any painting mistakes. The clean look of new paint can do wonders for the inside and outside of the home. For the do-it-yourselfers out there, this can be quite the project if not done correctly. Generally speaking, this can delay the project and create a headache that could have been prevented. Here are Elka Interior’s few common painting mistakes to avoid when tackling your next paint project.

Painting Mistakes to Avoid

1. Not washing the walls

The soiled surface of the wall can cause an uneven paint job that will not hold over time. For paint to stick, the surface needs to be prepped and cleaned to remove any dust that might interfere with the paint’s ability to adhere to the walls and ceiling. Do not give in to the temptation of painting without a good wash. This might save time in the short-run, but for a quality paint job, it is important to take that extra step and prep the surface for paint.

2. Using the wrong paint

If you plan on painting the inside of the home, be sure to buy paint with an interior label. For an exterior paint job, use exterior paint. Both paints might contain the same pigmentation and consistency, however, one might be oil-based while the other is water-based. Traditionally, outdoor paints are oil-based to handle dirt, humidity, and temperature changes.

Outdoor paints may also contain additives to give the coating longevity that might not be suitable for the inside of the home. Paint for the interior is meant to hold up nicer against any scuffs or scratches.

3. Leaving fixtures exposed

This might save time in the beginning, but take a few minutes before painting to cover all doorknobs, light fixtures, and any other exposed area that should not be painted. It will be hard to navigate around the fixtures with some of the brushes. Covering them up ensures an easy paint job that will not leave you worrying about a steady hand.

4. Not using a primer

A good primer gives the paint a sound surface to adhere to. Moreover, the paint primer helps hide surface stains and provides a stable surface for the paint layers to lock onto. When the surface is porous and painted without a primer, too much of the paint will draw into the surface.

5. Using the wrong tools

This one can hold even the best painters back from completing the job properly. Many people are unaware that rollers and brushes are meant for specific finishes. The stiffer the brush, the cleaner the line and the more paint it can hold. Angled tips are good for corners as they get into the crevices of even the tightest corners. To remove stains and provide a mirror-like finish, a soft brush is an ideal way to go.