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3 Painting Mistakes To Avoid Inside Your Home

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For many do-it-yourselfers, painting the interior of the home seems like an easy way to save money. After all, you can hang a picture over a mistake or hide it behind furniture, right? The truth of the matter is that even if you hide a mistake now, it can still make an appearance later. If you are planning to sell your home in the future, a bad paint job could be seen as a shoddy attempt at hiding something more sinister. Therefore, it is important to avoid mistakes such as these from the get-go. 

Painting Over a Dirty Wall

Newbies to interior painting might believe that with a good primer and paint, they can skip the process of cleaning the walls before painting. The reality is that soiled walls can sometimes have enough grime on the surface that it makes it difficult for paint to adhere. When that happens, your paint job might not last as long as you expect it to. A simple clean of the wall is sufficient enough to remove the grime and get the wall ready for the primer and paint.  

Painting Over Imperfections

Paint can refresh a room and make it look far better than it previously did. However, it cannot hide imperfections. Laying on the paint over rotted wood, holes in the wall, or any other imperfections will only leave a rippled mess when finished. Small steps, such as replacing the rotted wood, will result in a better paint job.  

It is important to note that if you repair a hole in the wall with a compound, you need to allow the patch job time to dry before you start painting. When you paint over a wet surface, the paint can start to blister or peel after it is dry. 

Leaving the Painter's Tape on Too Long

If you are planning to use painter's tape to protect your paint lines, you are on the right path. Unfortunately, leaving the tape on too long can destroy all of your good work. The adhesive on the tape becomes more affixed to the surface the longer it is left on. When you attempt to remove it, you could inadvertently end up removing some of the paint.  

After you finish applying your coats of paint, remove the painter's tape right then. This helps to ensure that the tape is not too attached to the surface.  

There are many other mistakes that could potentially occur when you paint your home's interior. To avoid those mistakes, consider working with a painting contractor from a company like LaPlace And Eagan LLC.