Choosing Inferior Applicators
After spending big bucks on paint, you might be inclined to buy cheap brushes and rollers in effort to cut costs. However, in order to get professional results, you’ll need to start with good quality tools. Investing in applicators is well worth the extra expense.
Skipping the Tape
Attention to detail is what separates good work from great work. For clean lines and professional-looking results, don't skip the painter’s tape. Taping ensures that you’ll have the crisp edges you want. To prevent bleeding, make sure the tape is sealed tightly around baseboards, windows, and molding.
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Leaving Surroundings Unprotected
Paint has a habit of ending up in places we never intended. Before even opening the can, make sure your work zone is protected. If you can, move out all the furniture take off all the wall plates. Then, cover the entire floor with a drop cloth. You'll thank yourself for this 10-minute prep when you're not scrubbing paint splatter off wood flooring later.
Painting Without Primer
Dunking Your Paintbrush
When you submerge a paintbrush entirely in paint, the paint can dry in the bristles and be harder to clean later; similarly, a large dunk for a roller can mat down the roller. Instead, only dip your paintbrush about a third of the way into the can. Two bonuses? You’ll be saving paint and avoiding any unwanted drips of paint.
Applying a Second Coat Too Soon
You can ruin your entire paint job by not allowing enough time for the first layer of paint to dry before adding a second coat. Check the instructions on your paint can for a suggested dry time, and if you’re still unsure, give it 24 hours.
Letting Extra Paint Dry Up
If you don't take the proper precautions, your touch-up paint can dry out so that it's virtually unusable by the time you need it. For water-based, cover the top of the can with a piece of clear plastic wrap before you seal it up to help extend the life of the leftover paint; for oil-based paints, add a half-inch of water to the surface before closing.
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