Common Mistakes to Avoid when You Paint a Room

There’s a difference between how you envision a painting project and how it actually turns out as you do the work. This is one of the most compelling reasons to have painting done professionally. However, if you’re planning to tackle a painting project on your own soon, read on to learn more about what can go wrong when you’re painting a room, brought to you by the pros from Forever Builders, the experts in painting services San Diego homeowners trust for exceptional craftsmanship and unmatched service.

Using the Wrong Brush

You’ll need to pay attention to the brush you choose for your painting project. Certain materials in paint can either cause the bristles to leave marks in your paint or prevent the paint from spreading. Use the type of brush that’s appropriate for your type of paint. For example, brushes with natural bristles tend to work best with oil-based paints.

Choosing Colors that Turn Out Lighter or Darker than Expected

“Was this the color I picked?” This is something you can avoid asking yourself by doing some extra homework when you’re choosing colors. Don’t just go by how a paint color looks on your computer screen. Do a quick color test by getting small samples of various shades of the same color and using them to paint a small area on the wall in the room where you’ll be working. It doesn’t matter if you end up creating a bit of a colorful mess, since you’ll be painting over everything anyway. This way, you can see what the actual color will look like with the natural light and other design features in the room.

Leaving Painter’s Tape on Too Long (or Not Using It at All)

The purpose of painter’s tape is to create clean lines. If you don’t use it at all, you could end up with paint on light switches and other types of mistakes you want to avoid. On the flip side of things, if you leave painter’s tape on too long, it can get stuck. If this happens to you, use a blow dryer to see if you can gently peel away the tape.

Not Using Primer First

We understand the desire to just start applying your new color as you start painting. However, patience truly is a virtue. This definitely applies to primer, which can prevent old colors from bleeding through as you apply fresh paint. If your current color is darker, consider applying two coats of primer.

Failing to Consider the Weather

If you paint when it’s hot and humid out, the paint will take a long time to dry. This can leave you unable to use the room for a longer time than expected. On the other hand, if you paint when it’s freezing cold, you’ll have uneven drying. Using fans and opening or closing the windows can help you adjust the temperature in your room so it’s just right for the type of paint you’ll be applying.

Getting Roller Marks on the Ceiling

This happens at one time or another to pretty much everyone when they’re painting rooms. Avoid this mishap by either taping off the ceiling altogether or leaving about 5 inches of space between the ceiling and where you finish painting with the roller. You can then fill in the space by hand with a brush.

Painting a room can be a major project, so consider hiring experienced professional painters to ensure you’ll get high-quality results. Whether they need a fresh coat of paint or a whole house remodel, San Diego homeowners can rely on the team from Forever Builders for outstanding workmanship and exceptional service that fits their budgets. To learn more about our high-quality painting services, call one of our friendly team members today at (833) 243-5624.

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