Painting sure is easy to do. While you may not become an expert painter on your first try, you can definitely get the job done. House painting is among the most popular projects for do-it-yourselfers and if you are on a budget, but want to update your home, then devote a weekend or so for this project. But before you get any paint on your walls or any part of the house, be sure to steer clear of the common mistakes that many DIY’ers make in painting their homes.
1. Never skimp on the preparation.
Often, we want to get on with painting and get the job done on the first day. However, any home project requires preparation, especially when you’re dealing with paints. You don’t want to get paint spatters on your walls and furniture as well as drips on the floor. Also, painting on damaged surfaces without first repairing them will certainly result to uneven and blotchy spots.
2. Never paint over moisture.
The basic rule is to paint only on dry surfaces. Never paint where there is moisture or mold because it will cause blistering and the paint will not adhere completely on the surface.
3. Never use cheap paint.
While it may seem you have saved a lot at first, cheap paint can be very frustrating to work with and even expensive! When using cheap paint, it can take more than a couple of coats to get it to achieve the coverage you want. Also, many have tried and learned their lesson as cheap paint will not last. Soon, you’ll see problems, such as blistering, flaking, and fading on your walls and molding.
4. Never paint on window tracks.
Obviously, you do not want to paint the window tracks as it can cause damage to your windows and difficulties in opening and closing them. You will also want to prevent the windows being ‘painted shut” due to closing the windows while the paint is still wet.
5. Never paint over switch covers and outlets.
Merely taping the outlet, switches and other electrical cover plates, before painting will pose problems sooner or later. It often leads to paint ridges on the edge as well as unsightly marks when your decide to remove or replace them.
6. Never use cheap paintbrushes.
Cheap paintbrushes tend to get worn with only a single use. The bristles cannot withstand repeated and heavy use so you will be forced to buy often. When buying paintbrushes, make sure to buy quality brushes and test the bristles by tapping it gently on the table to make sure the bristle do not fall off.
7. Never use water-base over oil-base paints.
Oil-based paints dry harder and when water-based paint, which dries softer, is painted over it, the latter tends to chip and peel.