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Interior painting mistakes

DIY interior projects can appear to be the most cost-effective method of making your household look more refreshed. However, DIY projects can result in disappointing results. The biggest mistakes with DIY projects can occur when minor oversights occur, mostly in the preparation phase. This can include rushing to paint a second coat on the wall and/or picking the wrong equipment for the job. Here are some simple steps to avoid common interior painting mistakes.

Not using painter's tape

A simple but common mistake. When decorating, painter’s tape serves as the best protective material which allows for a neat, professional line between surfaces. When it comes to painting only particular areas, painter’s tape is a must. In addition to this, painters tape protects corners of the room, light switches, window frames and door frames. Using tape allows you to avoid disappointing results and ensures a professional finish. When using painter’s tape, follow these simple tips:

  • Do not remove the tape until the paint has dried.
  • Ensure that the tape is sealed tightly along all surface edges
  • Always make sure the surface is clean prior to application

Not preparing the surface for paint

The overall success of the paint job as mentioned before comes down to preparation. While you may think that covering a dirty wall with fresh paint will give it that slick new look, A failure to prepare and clean the wall well will result in a poorly done paint job. Oil, scratches, cracks, bubbles, dirt and holes in the wall will all lead to the paint peeling off. The easiest method of ensuring a well-prepared wall for painting includes:

  • Cleaning the interior surface with soapy water.
  • Sanding and filling holes with a surface filling solution, after it has dried.
  • Prime the surface and let it dry.
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Choosing the low-quality paint

Choosing the correct type of paint for your walls should be prioritised over cheap paint. A dull pain formula can ruin your end result. So, how do you choose the paint for your walls? Here are some tips:

  • When it comes to buying paint, always favour the reputable brands. Those with the best quality often offer washability and warranted longevity.
  • Asking a professional painting expert for advice on the best paint is the safest and most effective method.

Not testing the paint colour beforehand

When you choose the paint that best suits your room, a common mistake involves not testing it. To make sure your paint is right for your surface, try out test pots and samples first. Testing your paint in the right way includes:

  • Painting the samples directly on the wall
  • Test multiple walls as shades may differ

Through employing these simple but effective tips when thinking about painting your interior walls, you are taking the right steps to ensure a successful paint job.

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