Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to transform it and create a distinct personality. To ensure your project goes as smoothly as possible, the experts at General Paint have gathered five deadly mistakes that are sure to kill your paint job.
#1 Not Asking for Guidance
Many painting mishaps are easily preventable if you consult an expert prior to starting the project. Paint store employees can help determine the best paint line and products to use for your specific project, while offering advice about preparation and the painting process.
#2 Not Properly Preparing your Surface
Before painting a room, wipe down the walls with a damp cloth to remove dust, debris and cobwebs. Also patch any nail holes and sand areas with bumps or patches. By creating a clean, blemish-free surface, you are creating an ideal foundation for your paint.
#3 Using Low Quality Application Tools
Quality paintbrushes and rollers provide better coverage, help reduce streaks and runs, and may eliminate unnecessary additional coats. Purchase a sturdy roller frame and roller cover that is compatible with the paint product you’re using. Investing in higher-quality tools may also enable you to use less paint.
#4 Not Applying the Proper Amount of Paint
Over-applying paint can cause paint drips or puddles on the wall. Under-applying, or over-rolling, may require the wall to be repainted, as the underlying coat of paint may remain visible. High quality paints will deliver the best results, with a typical gallon covering 350-400 square feet.
#5 Removing Painter’s Tape too Early from Walls and Trim
If you remove the tape before the paint has fully dried, the paint could run or bleed, resulting in an uneven edge. Allow the paint to dry completely, and then separate the paint from the tape using a precision knife. Follow the edge of the tape against the wall to separate it from the paint.