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Before you get your walls painted in gorgeous hues, read these tips on common painting mistakes to avoid.
One of the easiest ways to give your home a complete makeover is to paint the walls in new colours. If this is your first time, it is best to hire professionals, such as Nippon Professional Painting Services or Berger Express Painting. This will offer you a stress-free experience of giving your home a brand-new look. It’s a good idea to know the common painting mistakes, even if you plan on hiring professionals to give your home a makeover.
So, take a look at these common mistakes and how to fix such painting mistakes on your walls before you get started.
1. Not repairing the walls first
One of the very first painting mistakes to avoid is not getting the walls repaired of any pitting, cracks, nail holes, etc. The surface should be completely smooth with sandpaper once the repairs have been done. Also, make sure to scrape away all flaking paint from the previous paint job. If there is water damage, make sure to find its source and get it fixed before repairing the walls. After all, you don’t want seepage on your newly painted walls.
2. Painting a dirty surface
Even if the walls and ceiling look perfectly clean to you, dirt and grime are likely to have stuck to them over time. In addition, you could have lovely crayon drawings of your little one or bubbling and flaking of paint. Paint always looks better and stays longer when applied to clean walls. When you use professional services with Berger interior paint, the painting team will wash and scrub the walls clean for you to ensure the best results.
3. Skipping the primer
Primer helps the paint stick to the walls better, leading to brighter colours and making the paint job last much longer. For instance, without a primer, the beautiful Berger Paints Silk Illusions Marble Finish won’t show up at its best. Also, if your previous paint job had a glossy finish, a primer can hide it completely so that the new paint shows up properly. Use a high-quality product like BP Cement Primer or Shalimar Paints Water Thinnable Cement Primer for best results.
4. Not covering surfaces properly
Another one of the common painting mistakes is not covering surfaces that you don’t want painted. For instance, you don’t want the doors and windows or the doorknobs to get paint on them. The same holds true for the furniture in the room. You might want the ceiling moulding to be a different colour than the ceiling or walls. Don’t fret about paint getting onto the door-frame, window-sill, switches, or edges of the moulding. When you use Berger’s Express services, the painting professionals will cover other surfaces with masking tape and your furniture with plastic sheets, to prevent these from being ruined by splashes of paint.
5. Leaving the ceiling for the last
If you intend to paint the ceiling too, it is best to start with it first. If you leave the ceiling for the end, your newly painted interior walls might end up with ugly paint drips or splatter from the ceiling paint. If you paint the ceiling first, any drips or splatter can be easily covered when the walls are painted. Also, painting the ceiling white with high-quality paint like Berger Never Miss White Ceiling Paint is a good idea. This will not only hide any imperfections in the ceiling, but will also give the perfect backdrop for the walls to stand out. This is especially true if you’re painting the walls with unique textures or colours.
6. Putting Only One Coat of Paint
Interior walls almost always require at least two coatings of paint, even if you use high-quality ones like Berger Paints for interior walls. With just one coat, the previous paint colour might bleed through or you won’t get the effect you are looking for. The true colour and richness of a paint comes through with at least two coats. The paint job will also be more durable with two coats.
7. Painting on Wet Walls
Since you will be washing the walls clean, make sure you give them enough time to dry completely before you start painting. This is also true for the second coat of paint. Make sure the first coat has dried thoroughly before applying the next coat. If the walls are damp while painting, you might end up with blistering or peeling paint.
8. Choosing to paint in the wrong weather
Starting your paint job during the Indian monsoon can wreak havoc on your timeline and the overall finish of the paint. The excess humidity in the atmosphere will mean that the paint will take much longer than usual to dry. The end result will be that your home will be in a mess for a long time. Also, if you live in a region where it becomes very cold during the winter, it is best to avoid starting the project at that time. Not only will the paint not dry quickly, it could also start to bubble and peel due to the cold.
Painting can be tricky, leaving brush strokes on the walls. It’s best to hire professional service like Berger Express Painting, wherein the experts offer a superior experience, with safety and hygiene among their top priorities. They will also ensure to clean up after the paint job is done, offering you a completely hassle-free and safe home painting experience.
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