When a painting disaster strikes, who should you call? Or, do you call anyone at all? Although painting a room can be the most cost-effective home upgrade you can make. It doesn’t come without complications in some situations. If you take the time to properly plan and prep your home for your next DIY paint project, all should go well. But, in the event, something goes awry, here is how you can fix the most common home painting mistakes.
Generally, you want to paint each surface at least twice to ensure that paint is evenly distributed across the entire wall. But, things happen. The lighting could have deceived you into thinking you covered everything, you may have gotten tired, or you could have spread the paint too thin. Either way the fix for missed spots is easy: Wait until the paint dries, and use a brush to touch up the missed spots.
This happens all the time when we use too much paint, especially on rollers. To correct this paint mistake, wait until the paint dries completely and use fine sandpaper to rub away the run. Then use a small brush with paint to lightly go over the spot to smooth it out.
A successful painting project is only as good as the supplies you use. Paint is just one part of the project equation. The quality of your rollers and brushes are also very important. Roller marks are often because the roller became too saturated with paint – common with inexpensive rollers. You want to invest in a high-quality, short-nap, synthetic roller. To fix this paint snafu, wait until the paint has dried, lightly go over the wall with a microfiber cloth to remove any dust and repaint the wall using uniform strokes in the same directions. To avoid this problem, be sure to check the smoothness score of the paint which will let you know if roller streaks are going to be more or less likely with that paint type.
Getting crisp lines can be a hassle, especially if you cut corners and don’t properly measure or prep your painting surface. The fix is two-fold: patience and high-quality painter’s tape. You’ll want to take the time to tape the surfaces, making sure your tape is straight. When painting, use a brush with a tapered tip so you can have better control of the brush, especially along edges. Make sure to remove the tape when the paint is still wet, so that it doesn’t dry and stick to the tape.
Overall, painting can be one of the most fun DIY projects you can do to give your house an instant facelift. Just take the time and invest in getting quality materials and supplies to make your painting experience more seamless.
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