It is common for people to look for shortcuts when painting their houses. If you have ever searched for a residential painter, you may think – “I can do this myself to save the professional costs”.
In the short term you are thinking about completing the job fast and saving money. However, you must take you time to ensure a grave mistake that will cost you more than you would ever expect is not encountered. If so, you could end up doing a complete do-over to correct the mistakes that arise.
These are some of the mistakes that you should never make while painting.
Not Using Primer in the First Step
Adhesion of paint is vital if the surfaces are to be smooth and attractive. When you skip using primer, which prepares the surface for the coats to come, moisture may end up seeping from the surface and blemishes will not be covered. This is actually a basic rule when it comes to painting. It’s also advisable that you get a primer that works with that specific type of surface as they vary.
Doing a Single Coat of Paint
Regardless of how much you want the painting job to be completed, you should not paint a single layer. You may think that doing a thick one will help rather than having 2 or 3. This will save time at first but as time goes by, more time and money will be needed to repaint. If it’s a thick coat, the paint will not dry fast and it will run. With time, it starts peeling off and cracking.
Painting another Coat when the Previous One is Partially Dry
Before doing another coat of paint, the previous one should dry first. You want the job to be done fast so you opt to paint over a partially dry coat. The result will be brush marks as the paint tends to level and flow badly while at the same time peeling off. The result will be disappointing, and the surfaces will have to be repainted.
Not Having the Appropriate Tools
Not having the appropriate painting tools will force one to take shortcuts when preparing the surface and doing the actual painting. For example, if you do not have the right brushes and rollers, the result will be an uneven amount of paint on walls and a disastrous result. There will be run overs, lumps and impurities. To ensure the surface is free of all this and is appealing, ensure that all the appropriate tools are available before the painting task starts.