3 Painting Shortcuts That Will Cost You In The Long Run


3 Painting Shortcuts That Will Cost You In The Long Run

Painting is a time consuming task that should not be rushed. Although it can tempting to want to get the job done as soon as possible, taking short cuts can cause problems later on, or even while the job is still in process. Whether you are in a hurry to see your room transformed, or simply just want to get it over with quickly, you should slow down and take the time to complete each step. That said, here are three painting shortcuts that you should never take, since they will make the job harder.

Not Using Primer

It is very, very important to use primer when painting any surface. Primer helps cover cosmetic blemishes on the walls, as well as any previously applied paint. If you do not use primer, you may end up needing more coats of paint than expected, and even those may not cover the walls and give you the desired effect. Avoid this problem by using a wall primer that is designed to go with the paint that you have chosen for the room.

Not Mixing The Paint Well Before Use

Even if your paint is fresh from the home improvement store, you still need to mix it after opening the can. Sometimes pigments can separate very quickly, leaving you with what looks like an oddly mixed can of paint. Stirring the paint well before application will ensure that you end up with an even color and walls that all look the same.

Applying The Paint Too Thickly

You might be in such a hurry to get the job done that instead of applying very thin coats of paint, you slap it on thickly, hoping to get enough coverage in one coat. This will backfire, leaving you with an uneven paint application which will vary in color, as well as take forever to dry. You could even end up with crusty sections where the paint has dried unevenly. Instead, take your time and apply thin, even coats.