Updated: Jun 24
What to avoid when painting rooms? What to watch out for and what not to underestimate? We bring you 6 mistakes that you can avoid when painting. But don't expect miracles, because painting really is no honey, especially when you want to paint yourself. Whether you take it as killing boredom of endless days or as a way to save money (which can be relative, as you will learn), the following lines will help you achieve the best possible result.
1. "It won't get dirty"
But the opposite is true. No one wants ruined furniture and a dirty floor. However, this can easily be prevented by proper preparation before painting. The main task is to make all the walls
accessible. You can temporarily take some things to other rooms in your apartment, but large pieces of furniture will have to stay in place. That will be a job for the tarpaulin, adhesive tape and cardboard.
Everything left in your room must be hidden. Today, the cover foils cost a few pounds and are easy to obtain. You will comfortably cover all furniture with foil. The floor is reliably protected by cardboard. You can unpack old boxes, which can be found in any supermark
et - just ask. Don't forget to fasten everything with adhesive tape. And if that's not enough, use it more! Once you're done taping, don't forget to use masking tape around windows, doors and ceilings. You don't want your room to look like a five-year-old's colouring book.
2. “Hole here, hole there”
Furniture, floors and anything that could get dirty are taken care of. Now comes the question "Can I start painting?" The answer is no. Check all the walls you are going to paint. If you see any holes, larger cracks or even smaller abrasions, you need to fix them.
For most small abrasions and cracks, a little grout or cement will suffice. However, if your wall has large cracks, you should rather consult with experts. No one wants such cracks to reappear on the newly painted walls.
Another thing to consider is how many times the room has been painted. If you see a thick layer of previous paint on the wall, which is already peeling off, you will need to scrape the wall. If the number of coats is high, but the walls do not tend to peel, consider the penetration layer before painting. It will strengthen and unify the surface of the walls and the new paint will hold on to them better.
3. Not just the wrong type of colour
There are probably a few questions running through your head right now. The first is definitely "Which type and shade of colour to choose?" Choosing colours may seem like a daunting task, yet it is the most important step in painting. It is not at all easy to find out the types of paint where words like acrylic, dispersion or glue do not tell you anything. The paint you use for regular wall maintenance will be completely different from the ones you take for the very first painting. It also depends a lot on the surface. When buying, don't be afraid to ask manufacturers or retailers, who will be happy to advise you on your choice. In Adam most of the painters use shades by Dulux (be careful not to confuse it with 50 shades of grey, you have to go to the cinema for that).
But the paint type is not everything. Another question you probably ask yourself is "How much of the paint is needed?". On each can of paint is visible information on how large an area it will cover. Don't forget to buy two cans, because it will usually be necessary to repaint the rooms a second time. However, it is important to note that due to the amount or type of paint, such painting may become more expensive.
4. Roller vs. brush
An endless duel that you will face - use a roller or a brush? Here, too, one can make mistakes, but there is no need to look into it that much. The roller is generally suitable for large areas. However, when using it, it is necessary to pay attention to the substrate. If you are painting walls that already have a lot of paint that you haven't scraped off before, the roller may peel off the previous paint. The paint is sticky and the roller can do more harm than good.
On the other hand, the brush is more suitable for painting details around the tape or painting in the corners. However, you can also use it if you put on the substrate with penetrations. But beware, even here you will have to choose from a large number of available brushes, either with artificial or natural bristles. In general, flat brushes are more suitable for large areas and thus act more like a roller.
5. Little patience
Everyone wants to have the painting done as soon as possible, but Patience brings roses. And it's not different with the second coat. The easiest way is to follow the paint instructions. However, if it is missing, you won't do anything wrong by waiting 24 hours between the first and second coat. The paint should be thicker with the second coat. However, you can slightly dilute the colour.
6. You won't take any advice
Painting is not done in a second. In addition, it can be quite expensive if you want your work to look professional. If you have to buy all the equipment completely new, first think about whether you will really use it. We have emphasised several times in this article that you should not be afraid to consult with experts. Especially if your walls need repairs, we recommend contacting someone in the field. You may find out that you don't really have enough or that it's just not worth it. Try to use Adam and give yourself time off!
We make the whole painting process much easier and you won't have your head worried. Thanks to the largest network of certified painters, we at Painterdam.com offer you the best prices and top quality, and it is entirely up to you when we arrive. No more adapting to craftsmen's needs. Adam will take full care of your needs. So if you are looking for a painter in Birmingham or London, contact Adam. They can handle not only the rooms in your home, but also offices, houses and any kind of interior. In addition, you know the price in advance - just click the Find Price button in the menu and our online calculator will give you an estimate. Immediately and completely transparently.