Painting Walls: 3 Mistakes You Should Know About

Painting Interior Walls Sapphire NC

If during the repair you have to paint the walls, take into account all the pitfalls of independent work – so that in the end it turns out that the surface is painted unevenly, and the paint has turned into a lump. 

If you think that painting takes a maximum of half an hour and the walls look new, we have to disappoint you. Surface painting is a work that is not devoid of nuances: the process can be delayed due to an incorrectly selected paint, roller, or a wrongly applied layer. And the time of day at which you pick up the instrument also matters. Training is the best way to achieve success, but we recommend avoiding other people’s house painting mistakes – we’ll tell you how.

Mistake # 1: painting unprepared walls 

Small defects, dust, grains of sand, villi from the brush during the previous staining may appear under the paint and negatively affect the result. All the flaws will be visible under a layer of paint – it will remain either to accept or clean the wall and paint it again. And possible greasy spots will show through, no matter how many layers you cover the surface. Defects will be especially noticeable if you use glossy paint.

What to do: To avoid double work and unpleasant surprises, prepare the wall in advance. Take sandpaper or a special plastering tool for sanding and go over the unevenness and imperfections. Then – dust off with a brush or broom. Stains can be removed by wiping the wall with a damp cloth and soap.

Mistake # 2: ignoring the primer 

Don’t use a primer before painting your walls? Don’t be surprised if you end up with an unevenly painted wall or paint overruns. The fact is that the primer provides a lower hygroscopicity of the surface, which saves the means for coloring. The base also gives the surface “adhesion” to the paint, which improves painting over the walls. 

What to do: Choose an appropriate wall primer. Apply it with a brush vertically in small stripes and then horizontally – perpendicular to the first layer. After the base has dried, the surface can be coated with the first coat of paint.

Mistake # 3: improperly thinned paint 

The paint is too thick or becomes so in the process. Then it must be diluted – this is an intuitive action. But what to dilute is already a question that can spoil both the material and the whole work. For example, if a waterborne paint is diluted with white spirit, it will cause the polymers to stick together. If you paint a wall with such a composition, the result will be of poor quality – disappointment is inevitable: the paint will lie unevenly, maybe even in lumps. If, on the contrary, the oil paint is diluted with water, it simply will not mix with the bulk. 

What to do: read the composition on the paint can and select the appropriate agent for diluting the product. Do not add too much water or solvent – it is better to add a little, stirring the paint thoroughly.

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