If you’re just a novice or new into painting, chances are you will come across painting mistakes that can ruin your painting or prolong or make painting task difficult. Whenever you paint, you can avoid the following painting mistakes. Read on and turn that painting into a masterpiece that you will love to keep and showcase to your neighbors. Have a happy painting.
Forgetting to Sand Surfaces
Smooth surfaces are slippery and won’t admit any coating. If a wooden surface is rough and sanded, paints or varnishes can adhere to the surface easily. Paint lasts longer in sanded surfaces since those microscopic ridges created by sanding makes surfaces for paint coat particles. You can use various types of sand paper with various sand grit sizes such as the following:
40 – 80 = Coarse sand paper great for first sanding and varnish removal.
80 – 220 = Great for removing scratches.
4 – 12.4 = Ultra fine sand paper that is useful for polishing and last retouch.
For faster sanding, use power tools such as power sander which has a replaceable sander disk.
Not Using Primer Paint
Primer paints serves a first line of coat protection for surfaces and as base for last paint coating. Not using primer paint can lead to poor final paint adherence and shortened paint lifespan. Without primers, paint coats are more susceptible to alligators, chipping and peeling. Choose the right paint primer that is of high quality and type.
Forgetting to Prep Painting Area
Forgetting to prep or cover up your painting area is a sure way to messy, time and paint wasting painting. Painted furnitures and flooring are the results of not preparing or staging a paint area. Further, use a sturdy and quality work bench where you can comfortable start working and place the rest of paint brush and paint.
Painting Wooden Surfaces Without a Stain Blocker
Wood surfaces such as hardwood have tannins that can seep through the wood pores. Tannins are organic chemicals found in wood and fruits. When that happens it can ruin the painted surfaces and result in repainting. Use a high quality stain blocker such as the wood primer.
Using the Wrong Paint
Using the wrong paint can create painting issues such as lack of adherence and or unwanted painted surfaces issues. Whenever you paint roofing, use acrylic paints for metallic and concrete surfaces. On the other hand, use enamel paint for wooden surfaces. Further, when tinning paints, use lacquer paint thinners for paints with VOCs, thin oil based paints with mineral spirits and thin latex paints with water.