There are a number of home improvement projects that the average person will not attempt. For example, many people shy away from making major repairs to plumbing or electrical systems. When it comes to something as important as your plumbing or as potentially dangerous as electricity, it is best to leave it up to the pros. Painting, on the other hand, is a home improvement project that many people consider tackling. If you are willing to put in the time and effort required to complete your paint job right, it is possible to end up with high-quality results from a DIY project. One common mistake that can impact the final result that DIY painters often make is skimping on tools and supplies in an effort to save money. The tools and supplies that you use will have a direct impact on your finished product so it is important not to skimp on them if you are planning a DIY paint project.
Making repairs properly and with the correct materials is an essential part of getting a high-quality finished product. You will paint over the repairs that you make. This means that if the repair does not hold up over time because you did it wrong or used cheap products, you will be painting again sooner than you anticipated. Proper repairs are a foundational part of a high-quality and long-lasting paint job. Purchase the right repair products for the job and have the patience to do the repairs correctly if you want the best results.
Ladders and scaffolding
When it comes to ladders and scaffolding, many DIYers try to make what they have work. This could mean standing on a tall chair, climbing on furniture, or trying to balance on an old ladder that it not quite tall enough. Don’t do this! Your safety is the number one, most important thing to consider as you are painting. Using a ladder that is not stable or tall enough for the project puts you at risk for a fall. For your own safety, do not skimp when it comes to getting the right ladders and/or scaffolding for the job. It will make the job easier to complete and provide you with a higher level of safety throughout the project.
Brushes and rollers
The brushes and rollers you use for painting will directly impact how it looks on the walls. A cheap paint brush will lose bristles in the paint and end up permanently affixed to your wall. The wrong type of roller can leave fuzz in the paint or cause it to look uneven. Buy quality brushes and rollers designed for the type of paint you are using and the surface you are painting on.
The type of paint you use for your DIY paint project matters. It may be tempting to purchase the least expensive paint on the market but that could be a mistake. Low quality paints may have poor coverage and require more coats than higher quality paints. The time you spend putting on another coat and the cost of the extra paint can quickly eat up your original savings. Spend some time researching your options and choose a paint with good coverage that is designed for use in the area you are painting.
It is possible to get an excellent finished DIY paint product. Remember not to let your goal of saving money sabotage the quality of your paint project. Get good quality tools and supplies from the beginning. You will get better results and may even save time and money when you invest in quality tools and supplies.