Oh No! The Top Painting Mistakes Every Homeowner Makes

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Oh No! The Top Painting Mistakes Every Homeowner Makes

The Top Painting Mistakes Every Homeowner Makes

A guide to ensuring the best paint job in your home.


It’s time for a new coat of paint and you’ve decided to make this project a do it yourself one.  The problem is, though you may think you will save money in the long run, most homeowners don’t know what they are doing, and the results can be less than satisfying if not done right. But have no fear, we know exactly how to help you achieve the home of your dreams.

To save you the hassle and headache and to ensure you the paint job that you desire, hire a professional painting company. Professional painters have the skills and experience to make your dreams a reality, but before you sit back and relax, we have a series of ways that you can do your part to make the painting process run smoothly. We will show you the top mistakes that most homeowners make before and during their professional paint job, so you don’t do the same. These helpful tips will guarantee that you are satisfied with the results every step of the way.


Continue reading to discover how you can help to make your professional painting project a success.


Before the paint job

First Step, Prep

Don’t forget to prep. Many homeowners want to rush into painting so quickly. Excited to see their new walls, that they forget to take the proper procedures to minimize the mess. Prepping does not have to be a headache, check with your painting team to see what specific preparations are done before the project begins. Before your painting project begins, painters should move all the furniture away from the walls and use drop cloths to cover furniture and floors.

The use of painters’ tape guarantees clean lines around baseboards, windows, and outlets. In fact, most painting contractors spend a large portion of their time prepping to ensure the absolute best paint job. Most painting prep is included in the overall cost of the project but check with your painting contractor to make sure. Painting professionals know that failing to do the necessary prep work to ensure a clean and precise paint job can leave your project looking unprofessional.


Clean the walls

Wouldn’t you hate spending long hours and large amounts of money on your paint job just to realize the coat is uneven? To prevent this from occurring, professional painters will suggest that your walls are cleaned prior to the first coat of paint. Contact your chosen team of painters to see if they offer cleaning services, so you don’t have to do the work yourself.

If you are required to clean your walls prior to the start of the project, using a simple solution of water and vinegar is a great way to clean off all unwanted dust and debris and even loose hair strands. Before the first coat of paint can be applied, you must vacuum the walls and baseboards. Make sure that your painting team adds a base layer coat of primer to your wall or uses a paint blended with primer, this will provide the proper foundation so that the paint will adhere smoothly. Once you have taken the proper cleaning precautions you can ensure your paint job will be smooth and even.

cleaning walls before home painting
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Grab a Sample

We have all been there, walking into the paint store with no idea what color to choose until you have found what you think is the perfect shade for your home. Everyone has experienced a time when they were sure they had chosen the right paint color, so they order it and as soon as the painting job is done, they are completely disappointed. To avoid this, ask for a small sample of the paint to try out before committing to your final color.

The colors that are shown on the color chips do not always look exactly the same in paint form. It is important to take a sample and test it out on your wall to truly see if you are satisfied with the color. If you decide that you no longer like the color, you have only spent a small amount of money compared to all the money you could have wasted. Don’t forget to take a sample: it’s a little extra work, but less hassle.


Right Paint, Wrong Finish

So, you have finally found the right paint, but do you know if it’s the right finish? Different areas in your home will require a different paint finish to keep your paint job looking flawless. If you are unsure, ask your painting professionals what the best finish option for your space would be.

For your kitchen and doors, it may be best to use high gloss paint since it will prevent sticky fingers from showing up all over your walls. Semi-Gloss paint works well in kitchens and bathrooms because of moisture and grease that may affect the paint coating. Eggshell, a finish between satin and flat, is durable to scuffs and bumps, especially in the dining and living room areas.

If your walls have any imperfections, flat or matte paint may be your best option. Flat paint has the most coverage, so it hides blemishes in the wall. It works best in rooms that are less likely to be ruined. Make sure that your painters use the best finish for your space, it will give you the best results that will last for years to come.

choosing the right paint finish
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During the paint job

Brush, Brush, Brush

You can’t paint without a brush, right? So why not double-check that the right brushes are being used for the job. For different types of paint, different paintbrushes may be recommended. For latex paint, you will need a synthetic nylon brush and for oil-based paints, a natural bristle brush is recommended. By not using the proper paintbrush for the job, you may be decreasing your chances of getting the best possible paint job. Painting is not just about choosing the right paint color, but about the application. Proper paint application is the difference between drab and fab and the right painters will know the preferred method of application to give you the best painting results.


Paint the Right Way

Many homeowners, not knowing what they are doing, make major painting mistakes, that is why if you desire a high-quality paint job, it is best to leave it to the professionals. You can do your part by paying close attention to the painting process and being involved in every step of the way. One thing to always remember is that the paint coat should be applied ceiling to floor to prevent unnecessary dripping. Don’t be afraid to let them know exactly what you expect, it is your home after all, and you should be completely pleased with the results.

If your professional painters do not start by making a horizontal stroke adjacent to the ceiling followed by a series of brush strokes vertically down the wall, tell your painters how you would like the painting to be done. Be sure that your painters are not painting too close to the floor. This can result in picking up dirt and dust from the floor and spreading it across the wall. Now that you know what you should expect from your professional painters, you are well on your way to a high-quality paint job.


painting the right way
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Wait, Don’t Rush

Though it may seem like your paint project has been going on forever, do not rush the second coat of paint. Painters usually wait a couple of hours or even a whole day before applying the second coat, the exact time depends on the type of paint being used. Painting too closely between coats could leave unwanted brush strokes and cause the paint to peel. You would hate all their hard work to be ruined because the second coat was rushed. Allow the professionals to wait between coats, if you don’t, you could end up spending more money than you planned to fix the mistake.


Follow this guide and you will have everything you need to know in order to receive the best painting results. Your walls will be of professional quality at a bang for your buck. Don’t worry, you have all the information you need to make your painting project a success.


If you are looking for an impeccable team to help you with your next painting project, contact us! We have experience painting any surface in residential and commercial properties in the South Coast, Massachusetts area. When you are looking for your painting project to be done on time and on budget, ProGroup Contracting can help. Call now at 800-690-2539 or visit our website at https://paintingsoco.com/ to get your free estimate.









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