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Interior Painting: 4 Mistakes Commonly Made

When you need to spruce up your home, revamp it or just try to increase its attractiveness, one of the most effective and easiest ways to do it is with paint. Paint works great at updating your home, but it also helps to improve the cleanliness of a room, can be changed when trends changed, and can attract potential buyers if you decide to sell.

Despite how beneficial painting your home is, there are many people who tend to make some of the most common mistakes when it comes to paint and painting. So, if you are considering an interior paint job, here are four things you will want to know to ensure that you don’t fall victim to the same mistakes so many others do:

Mistake #1: Failing to Use Painters Tape or Using It Improperly.

Some people say that painters tape is more hassle than it is worth, while others literally swear by it. Ideally, with painters tape, you simply need to remember one thing: it is meant to be removed rather quickly. It is not intended to be left on the wall for hours or days. Once you have finished painting a wall or a design, the tape needs to be removed. In most cases, you will remove the tape before the paint has even fully dried. If you end up waiting for the paint to dry, you run the risk of paint messing up.

Mistake #2: Failing to Use Primer.

Many people do not use primer because it is an additional cost and it takes additional time. However, in the end, it is worth both of those. Essentially, primer can be viewed as the glue that keeps things together. It helps paint adhere to the wall or any type of surface that is being painted and assists in bringing the true color of the paint out with minimal coats. So, sure it is going to cost you extra upfront, and it is going to take an extra couple of hours or so to apply the primer, but it will actually save money in the long run and help your home look a lot better.

Mistake #3: Understanding the Difference Between a Brush and a Roller.

If you have never painted a house before, then it is important that you first understand the difference between a brush and a roller. They both have different uses. Paint brushes are ideally used for comers, trim, rails, and smaller areas in general, while paint rollers are used when you are painting larger surfaces, such as an entire wall. You don’t need to use a lot of pressure, just roll it across the wall. Otherwise, you will create blobs and streaks of paint on the wall from pushing too hard. You will also need a paint pan and ensure that you are using a quality roller.

Mistake #4: Not Properly Estimating the Amount of Paint You’ll Need.

As a general rule, you will need one gallon of paint for every 400 square feet of surface that you intend to paint. However, this amount can vary based on a number of factors, such as whether you primed the wall, the texture of the wall, the number of coats that you apply, etc. You can save yourself a lot of time by determining the amount of paint that you will need for your project prior to starting.

For more painting advice or to simply hire a professional to paint the interior of your home, contact us at Frederick Painting.