Despite the fact that an interior painting project may seem like the perfect way to spruce up our homes, there are many ways that can lead to less-than-impressive results. Surprisingly, interior painting mistakes are more often caused by minor mistakes in preparation rather than faulty techniques. Most mature professionals overlook priming the wall, rush the second coat, or simply fail to choose the right tools.
To help you avoid such mishaps, Temple Painting Company can help with your interior work needs. With our professionals, you do not have to worry about making these mistakes. You should be aware that if you want to handle everything by yourself, you should remember these things.
1. Not Using Prep Tape
When decorating, prep tape is your number one protective material, ensuring crisp edges and leaving a neat, professional line between surfaces. For instance, if you want to work only in particular areas of a surface with decorative trims prep tape is to the rescue. Prep tape also protects the corners of the room, light switches, and door and window frames. With prep tape, you can say goodbye to splotchy results and hello to a clean, professional finish.
2. Not Preparing the Surface
The success and durability of your job will mostly depend on the preparation of your surface. Most of the understanding of why a primer is used, yet preparing the actual surface is one of the most commonly skipped steps made by amateurs. While many feel a new lick of paint can cover those dirty walls, it’s by failing to remove the dirt that leaves you with a bad job. Preexisting dirt, oil, scratches, cracks, bubbles holes, or any other wall surface imperfections can lead to faults like uneven spots and chips and peels off easily. For the best results, make sure your first step is scrubbing down those walls!
3. Skipping the Primer
Now that you’ve got a clean surface, it’s time to prime! As an essential part of creating a long-lasting, smooth finish, this is a step you won’t want to skip. Primer also helps in bringing out the actual color you’ve selected by sealing the paint to the surface and helping the pigment better adhere to your walls.
4. Choosing a Low-quality Paint
Now that you’ve picked your finish, it’s time to examine how to choose the correct type of material for the job. After all, there’s nothing more frustrating than putting in the preparation only to find that some lackluster formula, ruins the end result.
5. Not Testing the Color Beforehand
When choosing the right paint, it may be tempting to buy a tin and call it a day. However, the reason test pots and samples were invented, is to make sure you get the right match for your surface! The paint in the tin will rarely look the same once it’s on your walls, so take advantage of what’s available to you and get testing!
6. Using the Wrong Tools
On to the next step, it’s time to consider your tools! A crucial part of getting your desired results is knowing which tool or brush is right for the job. In an interior job where a long-lasting finish, is the goal, choosing high-quality equipment is needed to achieve that uniform surface coat and finish.
Brushing over the same area even after the paint has started to dry is a technical mistake, mostly caused by inexperienced hands. Aimless brushing or applying too much to a brush causes visible ridges and marks on our surface. For a rich and smooth finish, it’s important to gradually build up your paint evenly and with consistent brush strokes.