Interior painting is a quick and easy way to update your Bethesda, MD home – unless you make a mistake. My painters are well aware that while some errors are minor, others are quite costly and time-consuming. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the top interior painting mistakes that an inexperienced home painter is likely to make.
Buying the least expensive paint
Any first-time home painter would think it was better to opt for the least expensive paint, hoping to save a few bucks in the process. While it may seem cost-effective in the beginning, it will probably cost more in the end. Inexpensive paint fades quickly, isn’t easy to wash, doesn’t cover thoroughly, and adheres less easily. That means you will be house painting more often – and using more paint.
Using a latex paint over an oil-based product
If you notice your Bethesda, MD house painting is oil-based and you want to cover it with latex paint, don’t take the easy way out. It may seen simpler to paint over and oil-based formula, but it will begin peeling and cracking. That’s the last thing you want to see after laboring over your interior painting all day.
Not cleaning walls
Almost every home painting tutorial, whether it’s for interior or exterior painting, advises to begin with clean walls. There’s a reason for that. You may not notice bits of dirt, hair or other residue on your walls – but you will notice them once your walls are painted and the scum is embedded into your newly painted walls.
Applying a second coat too soon
Painting is time-consuming. We all want to see the job finished quickly and efficiently. But, you shouldn’t use that mindset with interior painting. If you apply the second coat before the first layer dries, you will be unhappy with the results. The paint will pull, you will see brush strokes, and your finished product will be sloppy. Have patience and wait a while.
Not sufficiently covering your floor or furniture
Prepping the room before you paint is a bit of a chore, but it’s worth it in the end. My expert painters know that floors, furniture, and important belongings need to be covered before painting begins. That way, you won’t have to worry about accidents from paint drips or spills. Painting can be stressful and this way, you can breathe a little easier.
My painters and carpenters at Benchmark Painting & Carpentry are here to help you with all your interior and exterior painting needs. If you want a little help with your painting projects, or need some expert advice, please give us a call 301-949-1100 or contact us online.