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Most Common Painting Mistakes

A couple of weeks ago we published an article on why we think you should hire a professional painter/decorator for your home. If you didn’t catch that, you can take a look by following the link here. Anyhow, we thought we would follow up that article by basing this week’s article on the most common painting mistakes. We hope all of our readers across Bridgend, the Vale of Glamorgan and all of the surrounding areas enjoy…

Prep is essential

In order for a painted wall to look good when finished, it’s important to ensure that the underneath is well prepped beforehand. It’s all too easy to jump straight in and paint over the old wall, but we would recommend that you a) clean the wall first, b) scrape off any peels or cracks, c) fill small holes and d) place painters tape around the room to stop the paint ruining nearby flooring/furniture. Whilst we’re here, we should mention that we use dustless sanding when we begin preparation to help keep your home completely dust free.  

Incorrect brushes and rollers

Cheaper brushes and rollers might look like they have done the job well at first, but once the wall has dried you’ll soon notice missed patches and an unlevel finish. Expensive brushes and rollers have much better coverage and will use less paint for the same job. Besides, more expensive brushes and rollers will last for longer and will therefore save you money in the long-term.

Incorrect paint

Cheaper paint vs. expensive paint. Cheaper paint might be, well, cheaper, but it certainly doesn’t mean that it’s better. Expensive paint offers a much cleaner finish and it lasts for much longer. It’s also important to use the correct type of paint. For instance, we wouldn’t recommend using a paint with sheen in areas where there are likely going to be nicks and bumps. Try using a paint with less sheen instead!

Aimless painting

When you’re painting a door or a wall, you need to have an aim. If you’re painting a door, stick to the individual panels and follow the grooves. If you’re painting a wall, we recommend that you start from the top and work your way down so you can catch any drips and smooth over them. Same principal as the door, make sure that you stick to a small, specific area.

Clean your tools

We understand that painting can be a tiring and draining experience. After all, it’s what we do! However, it’s always worth investing those extra few minutes to make sure that your tools are clean and ready for the next time you need to decorate your home. Wash them in the sink using a strong detergent and wrap them in some kitchen foil/the original packaging so they can keep their shape. Alternatively, if you haven’t got any tools of your own, allow us to use ours.

If you would like to avoid this stress, please get in touch with us and we can be of assistance. Whether it’s whole rooms, whole houses or your garden decking that needs painting, we’ve got you covered. Contact us through our websites contact form or give us a call on 07816 201 130. We’ll look forward to hearing from you soon.