Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Your Home’s Interior

Interior Painting

You’ve finally decided on a color and removed all furniture from your living room. As eager as you might be to begin painting, rushing into the project can lead to mistakes that take significantly more effort to resolve down the road. To help prevent additional work, here is a list of the most common mistakes you’ll want to avoid when completing your next interior painting project.

Dirty Walls

You might not notice it at first glance, but chances are your walls are covered in dust, dirt and small debris from years of remaining untouched. Oftentimes, when large pieces of furniture are placed against a wall, dust collects behind it coating the surface of your wall. Furthermore, the constant moisture build-up in your bathroom can cause your walls to develop a thick film that prevents the adhesion of new paint. In all cases, you’ll want to follow the same procedure of washing the wall with a solution of TSP and water and letting dry completely before applying any primer or paint.

Moisture

Obviously, you want your walls to be dry to the touch before you begin painting. But you also want to check for areas where the drywall might be damp from moisture behind the wall due to a leak or penetration from water outside the home. If you feel any soft spots on the walls or see paint blistering or water stains, be sure to investigate before beginning the painting phase of your project.

Improper Paint Usage

While latex  paints are used most commonly in general interior painting applications today, this wasn’t always the case. If you have an older home, chances are that the wall, ceiling and trim surfaces are coated in oil-based paint. The general rule of thumb is that if you’re transitioning from oil to latex or vice versa, it’s necessary to use a quality bonding primer, such as Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start Primer to ensure proper adhesion. Slapping latex right on top of oil-based paint without any preparation may lead to blistering and peeling.

Too Much Paint

You may think that applying a thicker layer of paint to cover up mistakes underneath is an easy fix, but beware that this is not a permanent solution and can lead to inconsistencies in finish. The best rule of thumb is to apply one coat of primer tinted to the same color as your finish coat, and one coat of the paint of your choice. To avoid drips and sags, don’t overload your brush or roller, but put enough on so that it slides easily across the surfaces applying a minimal layer of paint.

Repainting a room in your house can really freshen up your entire space. But if you’re not careful or not sure how to approach the project, it may be best to hire a professional to do the job for you.

What Causes Paint to Peel?

Peeling Paint

So you just finished painting your room and it looks great! A few months later, however, the paint is starting to peel and come off certain areas of the walls and trim. You thought you did a great job painting, and you’re confused as to what went wrong.

To help you solve your peeling paint dilemma, read about the 3 main causes of peeling paint below.

1.   Improper Surface Preparation

Paint peels when it fails to adhere properly to the existing finish. If the wall has not been properly cleaned of dirt or other substances, the paint is not going to create a solid bond to the drywall. Make sure you lightly sand and wash the walls prior to beginning any painting project. Furthermore, apply a quality primer, such as Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Start, to prepare your walls and trim for the new coat of paint. 

2.   Moisture

Moisture is one of a painter’s worst enemies. If the surface upon which you apply paint isn’t completely dry, the paint cannot properly bond to the surface. This can create bubbles under the paint that will eventually lead to peeling.

Even trace amounts of moisture can affect the adhesion of paints and penetration of stains. Thus, make sure that any surfaces you are finishing are completely dry before you begin work.

3.   Low Quality or Improper Use of Paint

If you purchase a new paint that is not the same type as what has already been placed on the walls, you’re asking for trouble. Whether it’s oil, latex or water based, paints of different types don’t usually mix well. If you have to use a different type of paint on top of another one, ask your local home improvement expert for a good primer that will help with the situation.

Another common reason paint can peel is if the paint itself is simply poor quality. Cheap paint is cheap for a reason. It may be able to dry properly if it is the only layer on the wall, but it may lack the adhesive needed to stick on top of other layers of paint.

All of the problems listed above can be easily avoided if the painter simply takes a little extra time to assess the situation and prepare prior to starting the paint job. Another way to ensure these problems don’t occur is to simply hire someone else to do it for you. If you’re in doubt of your abilities, hiring an expert may be the best solution in the long run.