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Five Interior Painting Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re a fan of home improvement shows, you may believe that interior painting is a simple task. However, the reality is very different. To be fair, it isn’t that interior painting isn’t easy, but doing a good job of it is what’s difficult. Anybody can slap some paint on a wall, but knowing the tools you need, how to prep, the paint required for different surfaces, and knowing the right techniques, well that’s a different ball game.

The good news is this article is here to make the process of painting as easy as possible with . There are certain mistakes people make when painting the interior of their home, but after reading this article, you should be able to avoid these mistakes quite easily. So here are five mistakes to avoid when painting.

Applying a Second Coat too Early

Most people end up rushing the process. They get caught up in seeing what the wall will look like after the first coat and want to see the finished result as soon as possible. While it’s okay to be excited about your new paint job, you should take it slow. Allow the first coat to fully dry out before you apply the second. If you rush it, you’ll end up with a streaky, muddy finish.

Taking too long to Remove Painter’s Tape

An excellent painting tool for novice painters is the painter’s tape. It gives you the confidence to work with molding floors, fixtures, tricky angles and more. However, you need to peel it off early, before the paint dries. If you leave it too long, you may end up peeling off a bit of the surrounding paint along with it. This will leave you with tattered unsightly edges that aren’t easy to touch up.

Too Much Paint

Less is always more when it comes to interior painting. Instead of loading too much paint on your brush, try to load only about 1/3 of your bristles with paint. This gives you better precision and control.

Skipping Primer

You may think that using a primer is a boring first, but it’s actually quite important. The primer provides “support” for your topcoat, which in turn gives you a smoother surface, superior paint adhesion, and effective colour change. It is also useful when you want to make repairs, such as filing a nail hole. If you skip using a primer, you’ll see a lot of blemish on the paint no matter how carefully you patched and sanded the wall.

Painting Damp Walls

It can take some time for damp walls (such as bathrooms) where there is a high steam/moisture concentration to fully dry. Open up the windows, run a fan or anything else you might need to get a completely dry surface.

Another thing you should note when painting bathrooms are that you should give it time (say a day or two) for the paint to fully cure before using its facilities. The paint needs to be as dry as possible before you go back to introducing moisture, steam, and high levels of traffic.

           

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