Painting Mistakes to Avoid

A botched paint job is one of the hardest mistakes to come back from, not to mention expensive. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the most common painters in Fresno, CA mistakes to avoid so that you can be proud of the results you will get.  

Not Preparing

While professional painters make it look easy, painters Fresno, CA requires a lot of preparation, so be sure to give yourself enough time beforehand to scrape off any cracks and peels that are on the walls, wash them, and put on the painter’s tape cautiously and with precision, while allowing any patching compound that you may have applied to fully dry.

Not Having the Right Tools

It doesn’t matter how expensive your paint is. Without applying it with the right tools, it simply won’t show. That’s why it’s a good idea to invest in good quality mixers, applicator brushes and rollers so that you can get good, long-lasting coverage. Good quality applicators will also last you for a long time, and you can use them again so you don’t have to buy new ones every time you have a paint job to complete.

Using Masking Tape Instead of Painter’s Tape

Again, avoid cutting corners because it’ll just blow up in your face in the end, and this goes for painter’s tape as well. While most people think it’s acceptable to use masking tape instead of painter’s tape, the former won’t create the sharp asymmetrical lines that you need for an immaculate finish.  

Not Using Primer

A paint job without primer ends up looking gaudy and weird, whereas using primer results in a smooth and more attractive finish.

Using the Wrong Paint

Some people purchase paint without paying attention to what type of room it’s suited for. For example, washable gloss paint is an ideal option for high-traffic areas like laundry rooms and bedrooms, whereas a durable flat finish can also work in a closet, for instance.

Painting without Sanding

When painting over glossy surfaces, it’s important to do some sanding before so that the paint is able to stick to the wall instead of running down it.

Plunging Your Brush Too Far

There’s no need to drown your brush in the paint before you apply it. It’s sufficient to just dip it halfway so as to get enough paint to apply without dripping it everywhere.

Painting Aimlessly

Use the top-down approach so that any paint that drips can be caught by the brush as you go down.

Using Water-Based Paint Over Wallpaper

This is never a good idea, as the combination of water-based paints and wallpaper often leads to peeling due to the reactivation of the glue by the water-based paint.

Skipping Cleanup

Whatever you do, don’t conveniently ‘forget’ to clean up after finishing Fresno painters just because you’re tired. At least wash the brushes with warm water and dishwashing soap to prevent them from hardening up. After you’ve wrapped them in aluminum foil, store them in a safe place so that they’re available for the next paint job.