Top 5 Common Mistakes Every DIY Painter Must Avoid
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Most people take pleasure in painting their homes themselves, as they enjoy having maximum creative control over it. Homeowners also like to paint the interiors themselves because it enhances their attachment to the house and many families consider it as a family bonding time. Even though DIY painting is preferred by many people given their emotional reasons as well as cost saving, it is still a job that should be left to the professionals unless you are skilled at it.

People who have started painting their house for the first time can make several blunders, some of which are:

1. No Proper Plan

The first blunder many people make when taking up painting jobs for themselves is that they just simply start painting without any preparation.
Pre-painting preparations include proofing the area to avoid the paint spoiling any of the appliances and furniture around. DIY painters should take time to make sure that everything is covered and the floors are protected with sheets before starting to color a wall.

2. Insufficient Paint

As a homeowner won’t really know how much paint they should buy for their wall, chances are that they might end up buying either too much or too less.

Professional painters always have a general idea of the quantity required to paint a particular wall, as they do it regularly, but a common person doesn’t. Even if they buy enough paint, most DIY painters are seen using too much of it for a single spot, which results in the paint finishing even before the wall is fully colored.

3. No Pattern

Another problem found in walls painted by people themselves is that they appear asymmetrical and unbalanced. This is because the wall wasn’t painted in a single direction but from every angle, as homeowners don’t really focus on the correct angle of painting a wall.

4. Wrong Paint and Paintbrush

It is very important to not only have the right quantity of the paint but to also have the right color. Many homeowners end up buying the wrong shade of the color needed for their room as they don’t pay attention to the many color codes found at the paint shop.
Apart from buying the wrong paint, many homeowners also don’t pay attention to the paint brushes they have and use just about any brush to color.

5. Forgetting the Painter’s Tape

Another mistake made by novice painters is that they don’t use a painter‘s tape to seal the windows in order to avoid bleeding. Usually wet paint seeps down onto the windows and stains them. Most first time painters also try to use a masking tape instead of an appropriate painter’s tape which doesn’t really do the job. The best approach to prevent paint bleeding is to remove the tape just in time before the paint fully dries, any delay in this step can cause the paint to shed off.

Given the above slip-ups that can occur in a DIY painting scenario, it is always a good idea to call up a professional painter to help you out.

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