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Published January 20, 2018

peeling paintA big paint job can be daunting- such as painting the outside of your house or painting a large interior room. It can take time and effort and even some painting expertise. We are here to supply some of the latter as we show you a few shortcuts to painting your house that you want to make sure you don’t take.

Painting without Cleaning a Surface

In order to make the paint stick properly to a surface, it needs to be clean from dust, dirt, mould and other things that may be attached. A dirty wall will lose new paint quickly, as the paint won’t be stuck to the wall, in many cases, but will be stuck to the dirt.

Once that dirt falls off, it takes the paint with it. That leaves you with a patchwork wall with a lot of unsightly holes in the paint.
Be sure to pressure wash, scrub or otherwise clean any surface you plan to paint until it is smooth and clean.

Painting over Old Paint

You can often paint over old paint if that paint is in good condition. If the paint is faded or just not the look you want anymore, but it is still intact, then it’s okay to paint over it. When you want to avoid repainting on top of old paint is when that paint is chipped, curled, peeling or otherwise damaged. That paint is going to come off over time, taking the new paint with it. Just like the dirt example we talked about above, you’ll end up with a wall that looks poorly painted after a while.

It’s best to scrape off any paint that is starting to show its age and peeling or chipping. It takes time to get rid of that old coat of paint, but you’ll save yourself from having to repeat the work over again later.

Not Preparing the Area for Painting

The biggest mistake people make when they paint a home themselves is that they don’t properly prepare the area they are going to paint. They don’t remove fixtures, such as light switches, lights or curtain rod holders. Or, they don’t sand down or smooth the materials before they start.

Another example of this would be forgetting to add a bottom coat of quality primer to a wall before adding the top coat. Many times, primer is what helps the paint look better and stick longer, and failing to put in that extra time and effort can result in a paint job that doesn’t last very long.

Homeowners looking to do some painting in their house should consult with a painting expert when it comes to primer and the various things they need to do to prepare a surface for painting. This is where the majority of them go wrong, but once the proper preparation has been made, it becomes fairly easy to make even big painting jobs look great.

Hopefully, these tips will keep you from making the same mistakes as a lot of other people and ensure that your house looks beautiful once you are finished redecorating it.