Painting is a DIY project that many homeowners try to tackle. It is possible to do a good job on a DIY paint project if you are willing to take the necessary steps. Unfortunately, there are some common mistakes many homeowners make that impact the quality of the finished paint project. Learning about these common mistakes will help you avoid them and ensure that you end up with a high-quality finished product.
Skimping on supplies
Many homeowners decide to go the DIY route with a paint project in an effort to save money. So, when it comes time to buy supplies, a common mistake homeowners make is skimping on supplies in an effort to save money. This may mean choosing brushes, rollers, paint, and other supplies based off of price and not quality. When it comes to painting supplies, there can be a big difference in terms of quality. For example, a low-quality paint brush can leave you with streaks and bristles stuck in the paint. Low-quality paint can end up costing more when you realize that you have to reapply several times in order to get the coverage you need. You do not have to purchase the most expensive option but you should take the time to learn about the quality of the options you consider.
Failing to prep the surface
Failing to prep the surface you want to paint is a common mistake for DIY painters. In order for paint to adhere properly to a surface, the surface must be free from dirt, dust, and other debris. If you do not clean the surface, remove old paint, and repair damage your final paint project will look splotchy and uneven. Painting over a surface that you do not prepare properly will also shorten the life of your paint job. You can avoid this common mistake by taking the time to properly prep any surface you plan to paint.
Trying to rush the project
It is a lot of fun to watch paint transform the look of your home. However, it is not very fun to spend days or weeks working on the project. Many homeowners try to rush paint projects by skipping out on important tasks like prepping the area or using painter’s tape. The reality is that you will have better long-term results if you slow down and do each step of the process properly. This may mean that it takes you a little longer but it will likely result in a longer lasting finished product. You will thank yourself later if you take the time now to do the job properly.
You need to be proactive in order to avoid the common mistakes that homeowners make on DIY paint projects. Fortunately, it is possible to do a good job on DIY paint projects if you learn and implement the appropriate steps.