A DIY painting project can be very enjoyable, and it can liven up any room in the home. However, without a bit of planning and preparation, you can end up making a mess, and all the money you’ve saved up by doing the project yourself will have to be reinvested into fixing the damage (which in some cases can run up your bill by a couple hundred dollars). Here are some of the mistakes that you should avoid during your DIY interior painting in Glen Ellyn:
1. Using Poor Quality Tools
You cannot do a proper job without the right tools. Low quality brushes will usually leave smears and streaks on your walls or cabinets, which is why you’ll want to go for the top shelf goods. This will make the project go much smoother, much faster, and the result will be very beautiful. Here are some of the best tools for the job:
· If you are using latex paints, you’ll want to go with synthetic bristles, and if you are using oil-based paints, natural bristles are better suited for the job.
· Dense foam rollers will make the job easier and the paint will be applied more evenly.
· For clean-up, you’ll want to go with a roller liner.
2. Not Priming the Walls
The primer has three important functions:
- It fills in any cracks and imperfections on the surface of the wall, making for a perfectly smooth look after the paint has been applied.
- It provides adherence to the surface, allowing for a better application of the paint.
- Allows the true color of the paint to show after it dries
Many newer brands of paint are already mixed with a primer, but for the best results, you’ll want to apply a layer yourself as well, just to be sure. This is especially true for newer walls that have never been painted over, and for rough surfaces such as concrete or wood. If you do not apply a primer, you will not get any of the benefits mentioned above, and you will likely find yourself applying a few extra layers of paint.
3. Dunking the Paint Brush Improperly
This is a very common mistake, especially with people who are new to painting. By dunking the brush improperly, you stand to make a huge mess. The best way to get paint on your brush is to dip it into the paint container a third of the way. This will give you all the coverage you need, without any of the mess that would otherwise drip all over the floor, wall, and other areas of your home.
4. Picking the Wrong Type of Paint
Different types of paint react differently when used together. For example, if you have an oil-based paint as a base layer, and you use a latex paint as a finish, soon enough, you will start to notice that the paint cracks and peels. This is why it’s important to check if your walls are currently painted with an oil-based paint. If this is the case, you’ll want to sand the surface a bit before applying a new layer of latex-based paint. Other considerations include room usage and lighting. For heavily used rooms, you’ll generally want a paint that’s more durable, such as a satin, semi-gloss, or premium matte finish. These finishes can be wiped down so that any fingerprints or smudges can be remedied. When it comes to lighting, you’ll want to use flatter paints in rooms that have a high luminosity, such as rooms where there will be a lot of natural sunlight.
If you would like to learn more about interior house painting in Glen Ellyn, or if you would like to hire a professional painting contractor for the project, contact Prime Time Painting today for a free quote!
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