Top Five Amateur Painting Mistakes To Avoid

Painting With A Brush

When it comes to painting a room, it can be very easy to make costly mistakes as an amateur. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled the top 5 painting mistakes to help make your paint project go flawlessly.

As an amateur, it can be easy to slip up or make a mistake because you simply haven’t done it before. 

So.. from buying the wrong brushes to using too much paint and costing yourself extra money. We’ll dive deep into each topic putting you in the best position to come out on top.

1. Buying The Wrong Brush

Choosing the correct brush/roller will make your entire job so much easier. It’s important to know when and where to use a brush.

For example, you don’t want to use a 4” brush to paint the main part of your wall. You also wouldn’t want to use a roller to get around the trim to try and “make it work”.

Oftentimes at your local hardware stores they’ll have a starter kit. This is perfect for any small projects to get the job done. If you need any assistance be sure to talk with the painting professionals in-store.

2. Not Doing Prep Work

Skipping the prep work can be the easiest and biggest mistake. It will lead to a large mess, stress, and not your best work.

When it comes to prep work, nobody really wants to do it. It requires setting up drop clothe\s, taping off important parts of the room, and stirring the paint.

Why’s it easy to skip?

Well, it’s exciting to get the room painted and done so everyone naturally thinks “i’ll just skip it” not realizing the project will end up looking poor. It will also in most cases cause much more work for yourself.

3. Buying The Wrong Paint

Paint is one of the most underrated parts of a paint project. 

Going cheap on paint will give you cheap results. It’s important to use the best quality that you can afford if you’re looking to get top of the line results.

Experts recommend avoiding BEHR as it is inferior and usually requires multiple coats. Better options to go with are Benjamin Moore or Sherwin Williams.

It’s also important to get the right paint for the job. 

For example if you’re painting outside an exterior paint will be ready for the heavy weather. Interior paint is made to transform a room but not get soaked like exterior paint can.

4. Not Using Primer

This is another step that can easily be skipped. 

But skipping this step can lead to the wrong color, adhering issues, and just not good results.

There are many benefits to priming a wall. The first would be that it seals the existing material so that your paint won’t soak in causing extra cost and money.

For new construction, primer will help seal the joints of drywall. This is very important as those joints could ruin the whole look of your brand new home.

The final benefit is that the color you bought is the color that will show. But that’s only if you apply primer before the paint. This is because the primer will create a perfect white canvas for your new paint.

5. Using Too Much Paint On The Roller

This mistake can commonly happen to beginners as they just don’t have much experience.

When getting the perfect amount of paint, it makes sense to get the job done faster and not use as many coats to get a bunch of paint loaded onto the brush. Although this sounds great – it doesn’t really work.

In fact, it will actually hurt more than help.

Getting too much paint will cause massive dripping. This can dry on the wall and ruin the look. As well as it can drip everywhere causing a huge mess.

When dipping the brush into the paint only do about ⅓ of the bristles. This will prevent from getting too much.

Helpful Resource: How Many Coats Of Paint?

Final Thoughts

Painting a room as a beginner can be stressful as well as exciting. Especially if you’re planning on selling your home.

It’s best to take the time to understand the project and what it’ll take. We’ve compiled the 5 major mistakes to help prevent any serious mistakes.

So whether it’s getting too much paint on your brush or forgetting to prime, mistakes can be made.

Now that you’re aware of the 5 common mistakes, we hope we’ve put you over the hump to finish a flawless paint project.

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