Painting somehow looks very easy to do, but it is not really as easy as it appears to be. Certainly, any chimpanzee can be trained on how to put a brush into the paint and slap some of it on the wall.
However, a quality paint work needs human intelligence and at least a momentary commitment to detail (two qualities which slumlords seemingly lack entirely).
For your upcoming painting project, make sure to avoid dealing with these 10 amateur mistakes in painting, just in case your work be compared to a slumlord’s or even a chimp’s.
1. Don’t cut corners with the prep work.
Just like middle school, preparation work is a menial labour that has to be completed before you can continue to better things.
The most important thing for the indoor is cleaning all surfaces, sprucing up damage and put a patch on areas, and preparing the area.
The critical prep work for the outdoor is removing peeling and or else loose paint, fixing damaged or rotted wood, as well as clearing all surfaces.
2. Don’t mess with old paint unless you’re sure it’s lead- or asbestos-free.
Aside from curious, if not so reasonable, children eating paint chips, all of the warnings concerning lead paint and asbestos paint can be recognised with paint prep work: scraping or sanding lead or asbestos paint makes the paint friable (airborne), the perfect circumstance for entering into your body.
For safety assurance, if there is any possibility a surface may have been painted before 1990’s (lead house paint was banned in Australia in the early 1990s, and asbestos was banned in 2003), it is advisable for you to have a sample tested first.
For more information on how to perform lead paint testing and deal with it, visit Department of the Environment and Energy of Australian Government at http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/chemicals-management/lead.
Since some paints also contain asbestos, you are recommended to do asbestos testing in Sydney (https://www.asbestoswatchsydney.com.au/asbestos-testing-sydney/) to make sure you will not be exposed to asbestos fibres.
You can visit http://www.australianasbestosnetwork.org.au/asbestos-today/asbestos-at-home/in-your-house/, the website of the website of the Australian asbestos network at for more information.
3. Don’t paint on the top of moisture or active mould.
Stain-blocking (and specifically mould-blocking) primers work well for preventing colour merge with dark mould stains, but they are not designed to fix a live mould problem. And the primers only cover a moisture problem for a temporary.
Because mould and moisture go together, what you need to do first is to stop the moisture (wherever it is coming from), then eliminate the mould (using detergent or diluted bleach), and let it all dry altogether prior to priming and painting.
4. Don’t paint uncovered surfaces without priming initially.
As much as you may dislike it, the primer is definitely your friend. It sticks quite well, it clogs up pores in raw materials, and its price is much cheaper than paint, it is half the price of paint.
It is going to waste your money and probably will result in an unsatisfactory finished product if you use an extra coat of paint rather than a primer.
5. Don’t paint masonry abruptly.
Amid the very small number of building materials that can relatively be called “maintenance-free” is brick, poured concrete, concrete block, and stone. Painting them once modifies that for good.
6. Don’t use tape (in many cases).
Professionals do not use tape for the similar reasons that you shouldn’t: it takes a lot of times and is meticulous in applying, it commonly lets paint permeate underneath its edge, and it can strip the new paint off when it’s removed.
Rather than using tape in the normal places, get rid of anything that’s removable (such as cabinet hardware and outlet covers), and take some time to put in a clean line of paint across the edges of trim work and suchlike.
7. Don’t use low price paint.
Quality paint works better, has much nicer colour and lasts longer compared to an awful paint. And when you think about that you will be seeing the results for the upcoming decade or so, ten or fifteen extra dollars a gallon is a worthy upgrade…except that, of course, you are a slumlord.
8. Don’t use low-cost paintbrushes.
A $3 brush will never be able to work well and has to be disposed of after the first job, right about the time it begins shedding bristles. A $10 brush is knowledgeable about how to manage paint and will come to be a treasured tool for years down the road.
9. Don’t paint window tracks.
Painting the tracks in which the sashes slide is probably the best (and dumbest) method to ruin a window. This is similar to lubricating ball bearings using caulk. For that reason, do not ever let paint overlap from the stop to the sash and conversely.
10. Don’t paint on the top of outlet and switch covers.
Being too idle to get rid of electrical cover plates prior to painting and just taping off the covers leaves a ridge across the edge that normally peels away in a large, unattractive chunk if the cover is taken off later. Take two minutes to discard the switch plate.
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