Problems To Avoid When Painting Your Room
Painting is one of those Do-it-yourself projects that everyone attempts at least once. Having a room transformed by picking the right paint color and taking the time to do the job right is tremendously rewarding. If a room in your house is could use a new coat of paint, here are some things you should keep in mind.
1.) Using The Wrong Paint
Choosing the right interior paint color is often the focus of many painting projects. While color is important, the type of paint is just as crucial. Paint can adversely react to certain materials leaving you with unintended textures on your wall. Oil-based paints that may be fine for wood or metal may peel or crack on concrete surfaces. You’d also want to shy away from applying solvent-based paint over water-based paint. This could lead to paint that comes off easily or other reactions.
2.) Painting over Paint Problems
Not all walls are paintable. If the paint on your wall is chipping, cracking, peeling, or has a powdery or chalk-like appearance, it is not paintable. Chalkiness usually indicates a wall that has been damaged and needs to be repaired.
As for chipping, cracking, and peeling, a good quality sandpaper can be used to scrape off the peeling paint until the wall is smooth enough for painting. Signs like mildew or blistering could point to a problem with moisture in the area that will need to be fixed, otherwise, this issue will most likely ruin your new paint job.
3.) Neglecting Wall Prep
Even if walls appear to be in good condition, there are things you can do to get better results. Wall Prep is a simple and important part of painting. If you’ve ever just painted a wall as is, you are not alone but there’s a better way. Cleaning walls with a bit of soap and water can go a long way in improving the way your walls look after painting. Even sanding walls, a bit and wiping off the dust can help the appearance of your paint project. Neglecting this step can lead
to walls that are grainy or uneven in color.
4.) Old Paint Color Bleeding Through
This often happens when painting a light color over dark walls. The dark color seeps through, this is called bleeding. You can imagine how frustrating this is but it is avoidable by using a primer first. Primer is a type of paint that helps to coat the surface and allows for better paint adhesion. Primer is white and works to block out the dark color, so your lighter color shows crisp through without the dark bleeding through. As with wall prep, many people think they can skip primer but going through the process of priming a wall can be the difference between an “ok” paint job and one that looks amazing.
If all of this sounds a bit daunting, it doesn’t have to be. You can always call a professional. We, here at Franklin Painting, make your project a priority. Give us a call at 860-678-7701 or contact us online to get a virtual estimate.