When budgets are tight, home-owners often turn inward to take on home handyperson jobs and renovations by themselves.
But while some things, such as gas, plumbing and electrical-related repairs and refurbishments must only be undertaken by licensed professionals, painting is one of those tasks that many people tackle alone.
To help you paint your house like a professional, it’s important to understand some common DIY painting mistakes to avoid.
Choosing the Right Paint for Your Home
With so many brands of paint to choose from, as well as a plethora of colour permutations, selecting the paint to suit your home and lifestyle is the first key step.
The decision between warm white and cool white is tricky enough, then with other choices to be made about oil versus water-based paint, or enamel over semi-gloss, it’s enough to make your head spin, without access to the right information at your paint-splattered fingertips.
Here are some basics to understand before you start painting:
Undercoat Affects The Final Colour
That bright colour you have planned as a feature wall pop of colour might not turn out the way you imagined without the right undercoat. By understanding what type of undercoat you need to bring out the best in your actual paint colour, you can enhance the impact of your finished surface and have the best possible chance of your project actually turning out the way you want.
Lighting Impacts Your Paint’s Appearance
Sunlight, shade, as well as artificial lighting, all play a key part in how your finished paintwork looks. What appears one way in the bright lighting of the paint supply shop or hardware store can be very different from reality in your own unique lighting environment. This is one reason why playing with paint samples on the actual surface you plan to paint is incredibly helpful and can help you make a properly informed choice of paint colour to suit your property.
Painting Inside or Out?
When it comes to painting outside or inside, some specific tips are handy to know.
The type of paint used for outside weather conditions is very different from what’s required inside and, depending on your own family (whether you have pets or young
children, for example), you may also choose between low-sheen that is hard-wearing and easy to keep clean, versus a matt paint that is perfect for hiding imperfections, due to its low light reflection qualities. Choosing a sheen level is something to think about carefully and can change, depending on what areas of your property are being painted and the amount of traffic that area gets.
Painting Your Home’s Interior
1. De-clutter first.
To give yourself the best possible working space, it’s vital that you remove as much furniture as possible before you paint.
2. Paint-free protection
Items that can’t be moved must be moved into the centre of the room and covered with a protective covering that will not absorb paint spills and splashes.
Lay down drop sheets to protect floorboards and carpets, being sure to cover every surface. Covering yourself is just as important – choose over-sized op-shop clothes, or purpose-designed coveralls for the job.
3. Cut In Correctly
Cutting-in is a technique that involves applying paint to areas that can’t be reached with a roller – using a brush or application pad that enables you to access more fiddly areas along skirting boards, window-sills and door-frames. Talk to your local hardware specialist or paint shop to ensure you have the right equipment for the job and, if you are unsure, search Youtube for videos about how to do this like a pro.
4. Apply paint evenly
Load your paint roller by pushing it forward across your paint tray, then lift the roller to check if it spins evenly. A roller that is unbalanced is a sign that the paint has not been evenly applied. Fix this by rolling over the tray with careful complete rotations to ensure the even spread before applying it to the surface you wish to paint.
5. Lay-Off For a Smooth Finish
Laying-off your wall means making sure it has a consistently smooth finish that hides any ugly brush strokes.
By placing your unloaded paint roller at the top left corner of the wall you are painting, then rolling straight down, with as little pressure as possible, until you reach the bottom, you can reduce streaks. Remove the roller, then return to the top and repeat, being sure to partly overlap your previous paint path, to enable each new roll to rub away any lines from the previous lay-off.
Painting Your Home’s Exterior
Whether you need to paint brick, weatherboards, or concrete finishes, will all impact on the appropriate paint choice. Be sure to do your research around surface materials, as well as weather conditions, to select the best quality paint that will last.
Weather-resistant paints come in a variety of finishes, such as high-gloss, or low-sheen and the choice between them depends on the materials you are painting onto, the look you want and the performance you expect.
How to Avoid DIY Painting Mistakes
• Mix paint thoroughly, with a flat-edged object, to avoid colour variations.
• Don’t paint in low light. To ensure you are doing a streak-free job, work in bright light so see every aspect of the work clearly.
• Understand how many coats should be applied for the ideal finish.
• Invest in the right equipment.
• Be realistic about how much time it will take – and your budget.
• Don’t skimp on quality accessories.
• Oil-based paints and water-based paints don’t mix.
Remember that tackling any house-painting job, either inside or out, often means specialist equipment, including extension poles and ladders. Your safety should always be a priority and by determining the cost of buying everything you need, compared to the cost of hiring a professional to do the job for you, you can weigh up whether or not your own painting plans are worth the hard work you will need to put in.
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