Amateur Painting Mistakes to Fix

A paint job brings a spark back to a space and is one of the most affordable DIY-friendly projects. Painting is relatively simple, but without the proper patience and precision you could be left with a botched job. Here’s a breakdown of all the common amateur painter mistakes.

Inconsistent Coverage. Primer can alleviate many headaches down the line. It will ensure the paint has a good foundation. A primer will help the paint adhere to the surface better and improve durability. Without it, you can be left with a splotchy or streaky wall. If you need to fix a splotchy wall, let it completely dry overnight and apply another coat of paint afterwards.

Paint Splatters. Even if you perfect a paint job, protecting your space is imperative. A professional will cover anything in a room to prevent accidental splatters. This includes dropping cloths on the floor, plastic over furniture and taping off trim. If paint drips, a damp cloth usually does the trick to pull the paint off wood floors. If it’s already dried you can try to gentry scrape it up, then use a damp cloth to wipe any excess. Solvents are available for really stubborn spots. Be sure to check the label to ensure it won’t damage the floor.

Sloppy Edges. If you end up with wavering cut lines on a paint trim, chances are you didn’t use painter’s tape. Apply painter’s tape on areas you don’t want the paint to go. This will minimize mess and provide crisp paint lines. Removing the tape is just as important. Remove it within a few hours or you increase your chances of pulling away sections of dried paint.

Incorrect Finishes. A paint finish is almost as important as the color itself. Each sheen is suited for different situations and rooms. Eggshell paints offer a soft look with minimal glossiness that is a nice middle ground for durability and luster. A flat paint on the other hand, offers virtually no gloss and is great for hiding surface imperfections underneath. You can use this type of sheen for an old door.

Cracking Paint. An issue most common in kitchens and bathrooms, this issue occurs due to there being something on the surface such as grease or cleaning residue. Pre-paint cleaners can help prevent this from happening. You can also prepare walls by lighting sanding prior to priming and painting.

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Source: the Kitchn

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