Five Common Home Painting Problems and Solutions
Painting your home inside and out is a rewarding task. As with any household DIY project, there many problems that can arise. Here are five of the most common problems when painting your home, and the solutions to doing it right.
1. Not enough paint, money or time to complete the job.
One of the first problems you could run into is not having a plan. There are many online guides to help you make a workable plan. Figure the space you’ll have to paint so you can create a budget. Once you know your square footage and you have your budget, (paints, brushes, coverings, tape, etc.) decide who will help with your task. Make a realistic schedule of hours per room to finish the job. Going into the task with a plan will save many headaches.
2. Uncertainty in picking the correct color.
Professional paint companies like Court Hampton Painting can help you in deciding what colors work best for your living space, and for your personal style. Using a color chart will help you differentiate the nuances between color differences. Warm colors (like tones of blue, beige, grey) will give a room a more tranquil feel, whereas a brighter color tone (reds, yellows, oranges) can create unique spaces for artwork, parties, or themed rooms.
3. Paint splattering on floors and trims.
Once the painting begins it is vital to cover the areas you don’t want paint to drop on. To save overall time, many painters assume they can keep uncovered surfaces clean. The clean-up from mistakes will add more time than preparing ahead. Use plastic to cover furniture and flooring. Tape the edges so nothing exposes your belongings. Painters tape should be applied to all door and window frames, along baseboards, mantels, and any other immovable surface along the wall. To help prevent splatter while painting, begin each stroke with an upward motion.
4. Rollers and brushes leaving streaks.
Often, when using a roller or brush on walls, the paint will leave behind lines that no matter how many times you paint over, the lines keep appearing. Several issues can cause this streaking. One issue is a low quality paint. But before you write it off on the paint, be sure your technique is proper. Using a roller brush, start from the corner of the wall making zig-zag or X patterns when applying the paint. Then continue paint strokes while filling areas within the pattern.
5. Wall paint is blistered or rusted.
Many older structures like sheds, gutters, or metal walls can easily rust over time. When making these structures look new, your first challenge is to decide whether you need to sand the area. If the rust is a dark red and has caused damage to the wall, you should sand using a small grade sander. Only sand the rough edges until even with the wall. A light rust should need no sanding. Use a rustproof paint to make the surface look new and last for years.