7 Common Painting Mistakes You’ll Want To Avoid Making

Whether you’re planning on moving houses this year or you want to spruce up a room for the new season ahead, painting interior spaces can actually be done wrong. Everything from the type of paint you select to the application and tools you use influence the end product. If you plan to do any painting in your future, be sure to read these common mistakes you’ll want to avoid making. 

Mistake #1: Using the wrong roller nap

A roller’s nap refers to the length of the material absorbing paint. The nap comes out from the core of the roller and can make a big difference in your paint job’s appearance. Longer naps close to 1 inch are perfect for high-texture surfaces, while shorter naps, such as an ⅛ inch, are great options for smooth surfaces. 

Mistake #2: Using the wrong brush

When it comes to paintbrushes, we recommend never opting for the cheap version. The brush you choose will make a big difference in your paint job. Using a high-quality paint brush ensures a smooth, brush stroke-free finish to your walls or ceiling. 

You should also regularly purchase new brushes for different projects. If a brush sits with dried paint on it for months and you go to use it again, the application will show steaks from the misshapen bristles. 

Mistake #3: Not mixing your paint

If you’ve never painted before, this one may not be obvious. When you bring home a new can of paint or are pulling out a can that has sat for any time, you need to ensure the solution is thoroughly mixed. Paint stirs can be purchased at any paint store and help you ensure the paint is ready for application. 

Mistake #4: Not fully loading the roller with paint

If you’re using a roller, it needs to be fully loaded with paint to its core to ensure no air bubbles are left on your surface. If air bubbles occur during the application, the dried paint will have little bumps and spots. To get the right coverage, roll the roller back and forth on the roller tray until all of the air bubbles are gone, and the roller feels heavy. In addition to fully loading the paint roller, you want to make sure the nap is evenly coated. 

Mistake #5: Using too much or too little paint

Like many arts, getting the perfect amount of paint is required for painting walls and other surfaces in your home. Too much or too little paint can both lead to unsatisfactory paint jobs. 

If you load the roller or brush with too much paint, it can result in drips and streaks down the walls. Applying too much paint to a surface also extends the drying time. Contrary to too much paint, using too little paint also results in unwanted texture. Too little paint also requires you to paint more coats than necessary. 

Mistake #6: Painting unevenly 

Because paint starts to dry as soon as it’s applied to your surface, it’s essential to work quickly and paint in sections. You don’t want to apply new, wet paint over older, dry pigment. This can create an unwanted texture and alter the coat colors on your walls. 

Mistake #7: Not waiting for the paint to dry

In addition to painting evenly and working in sections, you must let an entire paint coat dry completely before adding on another one. While many paints require multiple coats, let the paint dry completely to ensure you’re seeing the paint’s true color. Wet paint is a different color until it dries, so wait until the color is uniform across the room to add another coat or finish your work. 

Bonus Mistakes to steer clear of

Mistake #8: Ignoring Surface Preparation

Failing to properly prep surfaces before painting can lead to adhesion issues and premature peeling. Ensure surfaces are clean, dry, and free of debris, dust, and grease for optimal paint adhesion.

Mistake #9: Skipping Primer

Applying primer is essential for promoting paint adhesion, enhancing color accuracy, and improving durability. Skipping this crucial step can result in uneven coverage and poor paint adhesion.

Mistake #10: Overlooking Ventilation

Inadequate ventilation during painting can lead to a buildup of fumes and VOCs (volatile organic compounds), posing health risks and causing discomfort. Ensure proper airflow by opening windows and using fans or ventilation systems.

Mistake #11: Painting in Unsuitable Conditions

Painting in extreme temperatures or high humidity can affect paint drying times and adhesion. Optimal painting conditions typically range between 50-85°F with humidity levels below 50%.

Mistake #12: Neglecting to Protect Surfaces

Failing to protect adjacent surfaces, such as floors, furniture, and trim, can result in unsightly paint splatters and spills. Use drop cloths, painter’s tape, and protective coverings to safeguard surfaces from accidental damage.

Mistake #13: Rushing the Drying Process

Attempting to expedite paint drying using fans or heaters can lead to uneven drying and compromised finish quality. Allow paint to dry naturally according to manufacturer-recommended drying times for best results.

Mistake #14: Improper Paint Storage

Storing paint cans improperly, such as in extreme temperatures or direct sunlight, can degrade paint quality and shorten its shelf life. Store paint cans in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to preserve freshness and consistency.

Mistake #15: Neglecting Clean-Up

Failing to clean brushes, rollers, and other painting tools promptly after use can result in dried paint buildup, rendering them unusable for future projects. Thoroughly clean tools with soap and water or appropriate solvents to maintain their longevity.

Know the experts’ secrets before embarking on your next paint project

Have other questions about painting or looking to hire an expert to help you with your project? The team at Todd A Hess Painting Co is happy to help! Connect with our team today to learn more about how we can best help you or request a free quote. We proudly serve York, Lancaster, Harrisburg, and surrounding areas. 

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