Avoid the Pitfalls of Painting

  • 30th December, 2009
  • Category: Painting

By Paul Escobedo

Whether you're a novice or professional, painting mishaps occur. These are usually the result of being a little careless in prepping the area by either laying down tarps or taping.

Following is a list of mistakes commonly made in painting and some tips on how to avoid them:

Masking tape when taping, it's common to forgo painter's tape and use masking tape instead. However, professionals never use masking tape because of the residue it leaves behind. Painter's tape, on the other hand, is designed to avoid leaving a sticky residue. Unless you are a professional who can skip the tape altogether and paint straight lines with a brush, you should opt for the painter's tape to ensure clean windows, trim, ceilings, walls, etc.

Opting for high-gloss paint for the entire house If you would like a higher sheen in certain rooms such as the kitchen or bathroom, instead of a high-gloss, use a semi-gloss or satin finish. For the rest of the house a flat paint provides a clean, classy look, plus it better conceals blemishes than gloss (e.g. nail holes that have been puttied over).

Pacing the paint bucket in the center of the room. This will cause you to drip paint all over your floor. Instead, ensure that you cover your entire floor with either tarps or sheets and carry your paint bucket with you, keeping it within reach of the wall you are painting.

Trying to save money on your roller. Purchasing a roller frame is not the area to pinch pennies. The problem is that the cheaper the roller frame the more likely it is to bend after being pressed to the wall. This bending leads to unsightly roller marks. By simply shelling out a few more bucks, you can find a roller ($8 or $9) that will stand up against bending and endure several paint jobs.

Painting straight up and down. Rolling paint on vertically will leave an inconsistent sheen and visible lines marking each stroke. The middle of the roller produces thinner coats of paint than its edges resulting in a paint job that looks like it's been done by an amateur. Try rolling a giant @ on a bare wall followed by two huge X's above. Then fill the area with vertical strokes.

Putting flat paint on a wall that already has been painted with high-gloss, without first sanding. If you do this, the flat paint will bump up/ to avoid this, you need to make the high-gloss layer rougher by using sandpaper, or you can apply a little Di-sodium Phosphate before you paint.

Author resource: Houston home builders, Illinois home builders and Colorado home builders.

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