Most Common Painting Mistakes

Painting can be a tricky process and it undoubtedly takes a lot of patience. You might find yourself trying to cut corners if you are embarking on a DIY painting project however, it’s important that you don’t. The little details make or break the paint the paint job and will be the giveaway as to if you paint job was done professionally or not. Here are some of the most common painting mistakes so that you can ensure your DIY paint project goes as smooth as possible. If you find yourself running into problems and need assistance with a painting project, contact us for a free estimate, we would be happy to help.

Not sampling the paint before purchasing.paint samples

The Problem: Not sampling the paint before purchasing.
How the paint color sample looks in the store is most likely not how it will look once applied to your walls. The lighting in the room you are painting will have a huge impact on how this shade will actually look. Another thing to consider is what it will look like over a large surface not just a small paint stroke. Sometimes people will like the color on the sample but when they see it all over the walls, they realize they may have made a mistake.

The Solution:
Ask to bring a small sample of the paint home with you. Then paint a chunk of the wall with it. Wait until it is completely dry to gauge the color. After it is dry, look at it a couple times throughout the day when the lighting might be different. You will want to see how it looks first thing in the morning, mid-afternoon, sunset, and night-time. Now that you know for sure you like the color and shade you can go ahead and confidently purchase the paint and complete your project.


Picking the wrong finish.paint finishes

The Problem: Picking the wrong finish.
Picking out paint is actually quite stressful. With the wide array of colors, shades and finishes it can be difficult to navigate which will work best for you and your home. Paint finishes are especially tricky to navigate because different finishes work for different places in your home.

The Solution:
Before you go to the hardware or paint store, do you research. Know the differences between the paint finishes and what you think will look best in your home. This way you won’t get overwhelmed while you are in the store and wind up purchasing the wrong ones. If you still are questioning yourself, ask an employee and the store you are paint browsing to help you navigate your way around the finishes and ask him to explain the differences between all of them.


Not priming.

The Problem: Not priming.
Primer creates a consistent surface for the paint to go onto. Primer will also ensure that your paint lasts, and you don’t run into any chipping, peeling or other unwanted issues later down the road.

The Solution:
Simple, use primer! It can seem like a time-consuming unnecessary step, but it truly will make all the difference.