When you’re looking to paint the interior of your home, you want to make sure to be careful — you can easily do things that will cost you big in terms of time and money.
Of course, if you are well aware of these mistakes in advance, you can avoid them, making for a better interior painting project.
There are, of course, many kinds of paint, and not all of them are usable in all of the situations in which you may find yourself painting the interior of a home.
If you are painting a more high traffic area, for example, you aren’t going to want to use a flatter paint, which is more difficult to clean.
Additionally, you might find paint meant for painting the exterior of your home that could very well be on sale — but save it for the exterior of your home, when the time comes to paint it.
When you are in the process of painting the interior of your home, you will find that there are plenty of drips that take place — and if you don’t properly protect the floors, they will get quite dirty.
You can, for example, use a thin waxy paper to protect your floors, but that may tear while you are in the process of painting your floors and, therefore, not be much good.
Better floor protection would be a heavier cloth drop cloth, one that might even have a plastic lining and, therefore, not shift and not leak paint through it.
Cleaning the surfaces that you’re going to be painting is one of the more important things you can do prior to painting.
You cannot paint a dirty surface and expect that it’s going to look as good as a surface that was cleaned prior to being painted.
Sometimes people will just go right into a painting project without taking the time to really plan it out well.
They might wake up one morning and decide that their living room needs to be painted, and just start right into it without trying to plan it out first.
This is a mistake because things need to be taken into consideration, such as how much surface area needs to be painted — and this is a good number to calculate because you are going to want to understand both how much paint you will need and how long it will take to paint.
One thing that people do more often than not is to try to move on to the next step in the process before things dry.
That means that after they have finished cleaning their interior walls, they don’t let their walls fully dry — and even when they have finished applying a coat of primer, they don’t wait for the primer coat to dry.
This can lead to utter disaster, as if you try to paint over partially dry paint, the not fully dry paint will actually come up on your paintbrush or roller, and make for a big mess.
As you know, having a smooth surface is key to painting — and if you want that, you’re going to need to sand first.
Sanding does a number of things, including removing rough spots, leveling areas where spackle is found, and even taking care of joint-compound patches.
If you buy cheap paintbrushes or even rollers, you’re going to be able to tell when you look at the paintwork.
Bristles on those cheaper paintbrushes tend to fall out much more easily than the higher-end paintbrushes — and then you’re just going to ultimately spend all the extra time cleaning up after the mess you will have made.
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