What makes a professional paint job different than a DIY paint job?

There are a few common mistakes people tend to make when they do their own paint jobs. What’s the first step to fixing those mistakes? Learning what the mistakes are, of course.

Getting a paint job done right will, most likely, require more time and more money. It will be time and money well spent though. We have 6 painting mistakes to avoid in your project.

Skipping Prep Time

It is easy to get excited about a paint project before you start it. This can lead to jumping in a little too quickly. That’s a big no no though. Without a complete start, your project will not have a complete looking finish. It will be helpful to follow a step-by-step process to ensure you are prepping for your paint job properly.

Painting Mistakes To Avoid

Buying Cheap Equipment

The only thing buying cheap equipment does is save you money. Saving money is great but this may not be the right area to be stingy in.

The cheaper the tools are you get the cheaper and less professional your paint will look. Buy quality paint, quality brushes, and quality rollers to achieve a professional looking DIY paint job.

Higher quality brushes and rollers have better paint coverage. They will last you much longer than cheap ones, if taken care of properly, making them a worthy investment

Using The Wrong Kind Of Tape

Painters tape is the real deal. That’s what you should be using. Once again, it will be more expensive than masking tape, which people normally use when doing their own paint job, but it’s called painters tape for a reason. It’s what the professionals use and it is what you should use too. It gets the job done right.

When applying the tape, don’t use your fingers to remove air bubbles and seal the tape. Use a mini scraper or putty knife to get the tape on there as neatly as possible.

Skipping Over Primer

Primer will give you the finish you want. As professionals will tell you primer can make your paint job last longer and look better. It makes the paint smoother and can add to the richness of the color.

Plunging The Brush Too Far Into The Paint

The brush does not need to go more then a third of the way into the paint. This gets enough paint on the brush for it to do its job, without getting too much paint pushed into the bristles, clogging the brush up. The less paint that gets pushed into the bristles the easier the brush will be to clean.

Painting Mistakes To Avoid

Skipping Clean Up

You’ve put time into doing the job right; you’ve spent money on good tools; you’ve done it like the professionals. Now there is one last step. Preparations are important and so is clean up. If you want your brushes and rollers to last, clean them properly.

Chances are, you’ll want to just throw your brushes in the garage and call it a day but when the time comes to use them again, you’ll be happy you cleaned those brushes properly.

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Preparing for painting is the most important part of any painting job. What you do before you start slapping paint on your project determines whether or not your room, siding, or deck will look good and last. Make sure you take your time prepping for your painting project.

If you have any questions, be sure to call Kopeck Painting for a free quote!