So you’re ready to start your first DIY paint job. Congratulations! And good luck! Painting is something that many of can indeed do ourselves. It doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment, or special training. But there are some potential pitfalls. Here are a few tips to ensure that you to help first timers get the painting done right, the first time:
As it is with many projects, the outcome of your painting project is largely dependent upon the time and effort you put into preparing. If your walls are dirty, it’s going to impact the final result and leave you with an irregular and blemished surface. The same goes for rough surfaces. Taking the time to wipe or wash the walls, and sand over rough spots may make the job take longer, but you’ll be much more pleased with the results. Putting down a coat of primer first will add time and effort, but the improved coverage and adhesion of the actual paint will make it all worthwhile.
I know one of the reasons you’re doing this as a DIY project is to save money, and I’m sure you will. But don’t skimp on the quality of your tools and supplies. Not all brushes and rollers are the same, and I don’t think you’ll be as happy with the results if you use the cheapest ones you can find. Part of the reason those are so cheap is that they’re not as durable as the higher-end supplies. Cheap brushes tend to fall apart more quickly, and will leave bristles stuck in your paint. Cheap rollers will do the same, but leave their own fuzzy stuff in the paint. These will require some cleanup, and will be a lot of work to fix if you don’t catch the mistake before the paint dries.
Once again, you’ll get what you pay for here. It’s OK to wait until the brand of paint you want goes on sale. But don’t use the cheapest paint at the hardware store. It will likely require more coats of paint to cover your surface, and you may not be happy with the end result, including how long it lasts. Get a high quality brand name paint to ensure a beautiful and long-lasting finish.
While painting doesn’t seem like a high-risk project, it’s not without its hazards. For example, If you own an older home, there may be lead-based paint, even if it’s a few layers down. If the existing paint is in fairly good condition, you may be able to simply paint over it. But if sanding or scraping is required, you may want to get professionals to come in and assess the situation, so you don’t end up exposing yourself and your family to toxic lead.
While modern paints no longer contain lead, and should not be toxic, it’s still important to keep the area well-ventilated. And please be sure to wear safety goggles or glasses to avoid getting paint or any stray debris in your eyes.