4 Common Mistakes DIY Painters Make and How to Avoid Them

When it comes to interior and exterior painting, many people like to take a DIY approach. It saves on the cost of having to hire a professional up front, but could end up costing more in the long run. You might believe that all you need is a can of paint and some brushes, but really there are crucial elements to keep in mind, to ensure your project comes out looking perfect. Painting should be left to a trusted professional, but if you decide to do-it-yourself, learn from these top mistakes before starting!
Low Paint Quality
When choosing the paint for your home, it is always best to go with a higher quality product. Cheap paints are not as flexible and resistant to temperature changes, causing the paint to crack, chip, blister, etc.
Dirty Exterior Surface
When painting the exterior of your home, it is crucial that you wash all surfaces to be painted. Dirt & grime make it difficult for the paint to stick the surface. After washing allow plenty of time for drying.
No Primer
Many people choose to forego adding primer to their walls before painting. This is OK to do if you are just painting over a previously painted surface. If the wall has never been painted before, it is highly recommended to apply primer to help achieve a more consistent finish. Primer is also cheaper than paint. By using primer, you won’t have to use as many coats of paint to make the color pop!
Incorrect Application
Misapplication of paint is a common occurrence, especially when a person has never painted their home before. This means overspreading paint or applying too thin a coat. If you apply paint incorrectly it will not last as long than if you took the time to spread a nice even coat.


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