Here at D & D, we’re professional painters, and we like to think we’re the best at what we do. But we understand that there are a number of reasons why someone would prefer to do a home painting job themselves. While we’d love your business, and we’re here for you if you need us, we’d like to offer a few tips on common mistakes that people tend to make on their first DIY painting project. Avoiding these will help ensure that you get a finished product you’ll be happy with.
Any job will go more smoothly and produce better results if you prepare properly, and painting is no exception. It can be a bit of a nuisance, and certainly time-consuming to clean your walls, and deal with blemishes or imperfections, but it will save you a lot of trouble in the long run. If you paint over a dirty wall, you may end up with irregular coloration, or need to use an extra coat or two. Rough surfaces won’t give you the smooth, lustrous finish you’re looking for, so do take the time to sand and spackle where it’s needed. And of course, be sure not to skip covering carpets and furniture that can’t easily be moved, so you don’t create unnecessary damage and expense with spills or drips.
It may seem like an unnecessary expenditure of time and money to get the tape that’s specifically designed for painting, or even to use tape at all. Painter’s tape is the “right stuff” for the job. It’s designed to leave a straight line, and then allow for easy removal. As with most projects, using the right materials will make your life easier and give you better results.
It’s obvious that you don’t want to do exterior painting in the rain. But if it seems like you can paint your interior walls and ceilings when it’s raining out, please think again. While the inside of your home is not directly exposed to the elements, you’ll still want plenty of warm dry air to both dry and cure your paint job. Wait for a dry day on which you can open the windows, allowing plenty of ventilation which will benefit both the paint and the painters.
You may not be able to complete your paint job all in one session, or even in one day. But if you stop in the middle of a wall, and then resume after the first section is already dry, you run the risk of ending up with a finish that’s inconsistent. Be sure to plan your work so that you complete applying a full coat of paint to any surface, in the same sitting in which you started.