Painting walls can be fun at first, until you realize you’re only done with one wall and have more rooms to finish. This results in looking for shortcuts to complete your work earlier than your set time. To avoid making these errors, you have to familiarize yourself with it. Here are the few common errors to avoid in painting:
1. Painting With One Coat
Majority of first-time painters try to save time by covering their entire walls with one coat of paint only. This should be avoided since the first layer of coating is only enough to even out the painting surface. Some people think that covering the wall with thick paint can suffice for two coats already. The problem with thick layer is it tends to dry longer than expected, and it can cause runs or drips on your wall. For optimal results, paint with coats, allowing each coat to dry in between.
2. Painting on Wet Paint
One more common mistake made by many is painting on coats that are not fully dry yet. Some people become impatient and try to finish their walls without checking if the first coat is dry enough. This will result in brush marks on your wall, which is not a pleasant sight to see in a newly painted room. The first coat may even be peeled or brushed off as you paint over it. Dry paint that sticks to your paintbrush can cause even more problems. Again, for optimal results, follow the drying time indicated on your paint tin.
3. Painting Straight From the Can
Before starting a painting job, make sure you have all the necessary tools ready, even a paint tray. Not having complete tools can result in a messier work area and longer time in finishing the job. Using dirty tools and wrong tools can cost you more money as you’ll need to consume more paint than needed.
This is why one of the most common mistakes made is getting paint straight from the tin. Aside from being messy, you’ll find it hard to even out the paint. It can also result in more paint drips and more paint to waste. A paint tray is essential, especially when you are using a paint roller. You can use this to even out the paint and remove impurities and lumps before painting the wall. Also, the worst thing that can happen is you can contaminate the entire paint from the tin. One drop of different color mixed in your tin can result in a significant change in color.