You are ready to start your DIY painting project. Here at Tar Heel Painters, we want to help. Being professionals, we have comprised a list of the most important DIY painting mistakes, so you can avoid making them.
If you skip prepping for your painting project, you may be disappointed with the finished product. Dust, grease spots, and uneven surfaces will show up through the new paint.
- Cover your furniture and floors with drop cloths.
- Remove covers from outlets and put tape over the switches. Tape the screws to the plate covers.
- Scrape off any cracking and peeling paint and patch any holes. Allow any patching compound to dry completely before you paint.
Clean the walls. A solution of one half-gallon of warm water and 2 drops of mild dish soap works well. Keep sponges very dry. Use one to “rinse.” Use a towel to dry as you go.
Low-Quality or Wrong Tools
Quality brushes and rollers not only last, but they use less paint and result in a more professional-looking application. Besides, cheap brushes shed bristles everywhere.
Not Using Painter's Tape
Substitutes will not work well at all. To get crisp, straight lines, painter's tape is the only way to go. Use a paint scraper to remove any bubbles, and remove the tape before the paint dries completely to lessen the chance of damage to your new paint job.
Not Priming the Surface First
Primer gives you a smooth finish that stands the test of time. If you are painting over a surface that was previously painted with flat latex and it's still in good condition, you can use an all-in-one paint and primer mix.
However, if you are painting over a surface, like concrete, plaster, wood, glossy enamel, or drywall, you will need to use a separate primer and then paint. You also have the option to use an all-in-one paint and primer mix formulated especially for unpainted surfaces, but make sure it is a premium product. Usually, you are only as good as your tools.
Using the Wrong Paint Type/Finish
First, in general, enamel is oil-based, and latex is water-based, and you cannot apply latex over enamel without sanding down the enamel first. Otherwise, the new paint will peel and crack.
For high-traffic areas like entryways, hallways, closets, and laundry rooms, you will want to use an easy-to-clean gloss, semi-gloss, or satin. For low-traffic areas, use a durable flat or premium matte finish.
Dunking Your Brush Too Deep
Ideally, you only want to dip your paintbrush one-third of the way into the paint. This gets plenty of paint on the brush without getting enough to cause drips and waste. Besides, if you dip it in all the way, it becomes tough to clean.
Not sure where to start? Call today! At Tar Heel Painters, we are eager to help you get it right. We enjoy making homes and offices look pristine. We take pride in our painting, staining, repair, and restoration work.