Common Mistakes When Painting Your House
It’s no big secret that when it comes to revamping your home, sprucing it up, or just trying to make it look more attractive – paint is the best option available. Paint not only is a great way to update a home in general (exterior or interior), but it can also be repainted to create a cleaner room, it can be changed as often as you like to go with the current trends or your current likes or dislikes, and paint is a superb way to attract buyers to your home if you have it on the market. But, with paint being so beneficial, you’d be surprised as to how many people out there actually end up making the biggest mistakes when it comes to the paint itself, as well as the paint job. If you are going to paint your home, inside or out, and you need some help along the way; i.e. it’s been awhile since you painted, or this is something you are really quite new at, here are a few things you might want to know about before dipping your paintbrush into that pan of paint!
Some people say that painters tape is god’s gift to painting. Other say it’s a pain in the butt, more than it’s beneficial. One of the biggest things you need to remember about painters tape is that you have to use it quite quickly. This is not to be used on a wall to make designs or on trim to be painted and then left on there for days to come – or even hours. Essentially and ideally you should be removing the painters tape as soon as you finish doing whatever it was you needed it for i.e.; before the paint even starts to finish. If not, and you wait until the paint finishes to dry, the painters tape could muck up the paint under the tape or around the tape. Remove it whenever possible.
Not Using Primer
Yes, primer is going to cost you more and it will take time to put it down. But, it’s going to really be worth it in the end for you. Primer is like the glue that keeps everything together when primer is placed on a wall, it helps the paint to adhere to the surface. This is why there are all sorts of types of primers such as wood primer, dry wall primer and even masonry primer. Not only will it help the paint stick to the material you are painting, but the primer will help the true color of the paint show up with less coats. So while it might cost you a few bucks more and a few hours more to add the primer to the surface, it will really help you save money in the long run.
Brushing vs. Rolling
If this is your first rodeo and house never painted before, you should know what a brush is for and what a roller is for. Paint brushes tend to be for corners, for painting trim and chair rails and for painting smaller areas. However, when it comes to a large surface wall, you should be painting with a nap roller of good quality, a nice paint pan for the paint and you should literally just “roll” the roller across the wall, and not really add a ton of pressure to the roller. This sort of defeats the elegant texture layer of paint the nap roller leaves behind and beyond that if you push too hard, paint can come out the sides of the roller and roll down the wall, leaving yucky streaks and blobs.
Most of the time when you ask a top house painter in Winnipeg how much paint is enough paint, they will tell you that you should only need 1 gallon of paint per every 400 square feet. Of course this will vary depending on the wall itself and how much paint it soaks up and if you primed it. Figuring out how much paint you need ahead of time will keep you from making second and third trips back to the store and it will save you time since most of the colors these days are not shelf paints i.e.; they need to be mixed by a pro which means you might need to wait a few minutes for them to finish mixing and shaking the paint.