Avoid these Common Pitfalls When Painting Walls
Painting walls can be tricky. When you have to navigate tight corners, crown molding and baseboards, the result often doesn’t match what you might see on Pinterest or in a home decorating magazine. So it’s usually recommended to hire general contractors.
But if you do decide to tackle interior painting as part of your home decorating, here are a few common mistakes people make when painting walls. Steer clear of these pitfalls and you’ll have one of the better paint jobs in Wayne, NJ.
Skimping on the Equipment
Investing in solid painting tools is one of the best ways to get a better paint job result. It doesn’t mean that you have to go buy the most expensive brushes and rollers available. But even the best paint won’t apply properly if your painting tools are cheap and not well made. And hair or roller lint from a cheap applicator can sometimes end up on the wall after you’ve finished painting. Spending the extra money on good equipment—brushes, rollers, painter’s tape, scraper—is worth the investment. Plus, nicer equipment doesn’t wear out as fast.
Not Applying a Primer
Primer evens out any bumps or nicks in the wall, creating a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. The paint color goes on easier and more evenly, which means less work for you in the long run. Depending on the circumstance, you can use mixes that combine paint color and primer into one. Such as when you are painting over a pre-painted wall. But if you are applying paint to a more difficult surface, like porous drywall, you should lean towards using a stand-alone primer.
Dipping the Brush in Too far
It’s instinct for people to want to coat the brush as much as possible. If you coat the brush in paint then that should speed up the painting process, right? Wrong. It actually ends up wasting paint. You only need to dip the brush a third of the way into the can. Don’t stick the paintbrush in so far that the paint is touching the metal of the brush.
Painting Without Direction
When you are covering a wall with paint color, you want to make sure you have a game plan. Having an idea on where you are going to start and end is the best way to ensure a smooth and even finish. The best way to apply paint color is to start near the ceiling and work your way down. That way if the paint drips down the wall, you’ll be able to smooth it out.
If you don’t have the time to do interior painting, contact us. We’ve been serving the painting needs of Wayne, NJ residents for over 25 years.