Who doesn’t like the sight of a freshly painted home? The sheer joy of a fresh coat of paint can uplift the spirits of people living within the house as well as outsiders. However, the process of painting has its own share of challenges. In this post, we share some tips to minimize some of these challenges by avoiding some common painting mistakes.
Not Cleaning and Preparing the Surface
Before any painting project, make sure the surface doesn’t have dirt, dust, or any remains of old paint. Different surfaces require different cleaning methods. For instance, smooth surfaces can be cleaned with a sponge using a mixture of mild detergent and water. Rough surfaces may require additional cleaning with a bristle brush. Glossy surfaces require sanding to ensure the paint is applied well. Also, care needs to be taken to ensure the paint surface is dry, otherwise it may lead to peeling or blistering of the paint.
Missing Out on Painting Tape
Painting tape or masking tape helps in avoid bleeding of paint on other areas such as window sills, glass, door trims, etc., thereby helping to achieve sharp paint lines. Once painting is done, the tape can be removed easily without causing any damage to the surface. If you use a professional painting contractor, applying painting tape will be a part of their services. However, before they apply painting tape, make sure the surface is clean. Also avoid over taping to ensure the wall to be painted is entirely free of tape.
Leaving Furniture & Flooring Uncovered
Nobody wants their furniture to be ruined by spilled paint. One way to prevent furniture from being damaged is to pull all the furniture in the center of the room and cover it with plastic sheets. Similarly, if you have a carpet or hardwood flooring, they should be covered before painting begins. You can use for these purposes. Plastic sheeting is not recommended for covering floors because there’s the risk of the sheet getting punctured, thereby defeating the purpose of covering.
Not Setting a Designated Area for Paint Supplies
It is advisable to set up a designated area for painting, preferably in the middle of a room or outside the home. This area should be used for all painting-related activities, such as mixing of paint or cleaning of brushes. This way, spills will be minimized and a lot of time will be saved on cleaning. Any old table, covered with a cloth, can also be used as a staging area.
Not Paying Enough Attention on the Finish
Along with choosing the right paint color, the choice of finish is an important decision. A high gloss finish is durable and easy-to-clean, but will give a very shiny look. A satin finish is velvety, making it appropriate for family rooms. A flat or matte finish is the most cost-effective choice, but is not so easy-to-clean. Make sure to try out different finishes at the testing stage itself to avoid any surprises later.