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Painting Mistakes You Should Avoid

Painting is one of the home improvement projects that homeowners can do on their own. However, many think it is just a matter of mixing paint and getting a brush to put that paint on the surface. This thinking results in many mistakes that compel the homeowner to repeat the job much sooner, or the painted surface doesn't look attractive due to the shoddy workmanship. This article discusses three common painting mistakes that you should avoid.

Painting Over Peeling or Chipped Paint

When paint peels off a wall, it can never reattach itself so when you paint over it then the new layer will not stick to the wall and it will keep peeling with the old layer. In short, you will have wasted your time and money by painting over peeled or chipped paint. The solution to avoiding this outcome is to scrape off all the old paint and then sand the exposed surface. This will allow the new paint to adhere to the wall.

Painting a Dirty Wall

Another common mistake that people make is to imagine that a new coat of paint is the solution to the dirt on their walls. Painting a dirty wall (or any other surface for that matter) is self-defeating because that dirt (such as dust) will interfere with the ability of the paint to get through to the substrate underneath the dirt. If painting the outside of your home, the result is that you will soon have "bald" parts on your newly-painted home once the dirt washes off (for instance after it rains). Wash and rinse all surfaces before you paint them so all the paint will adhere to those surfaces.

Painting Without Removing Hardware

Hardware like light switches and door handles should be removed before you start painting that surface. You may ask, "Why not simply put masking tape over that hardware?" It takes longer to cover hardware carefully before you paint a surface rather than unscrewing that hardware from the surface. It is more time consuming to be cautious as you paint so that you avoid staining any hardware that is uncovered. The message here is simple; save time by removing the hardware before you start painting.

A DIY painting job does not have to look amateurish and neither should it take a very long time to perform. Keep the tips above in mind and your work will be completed quickly without compromising its quality. Alternatively, you could also hire residential painters to do the job for you if there are troublesome areas of your home or if you're not up for such a large task as it can be time consuming.