Tips for Avoiding Common Painting Mistakes

Painting your house by yourself is inexpensive and also allows you to express your creativity especially if you are a DIY enthusiast. If you are doing the paint job in your house for the time, then you are bound to make some newbie mistakes. For this reason, you need to be careful when doing the paintwork because a simple mistake might stand out like a sore thumb once you are done. This article highlights insights you can put to use to avoid common painting mistakes that newbies make when preparing their homes.

Tape Off the Carpet -- It is common practice for most DIY enthusiasts to slip masking tape under the baseboard. While this might work, it will force you to move the carpet away from the baseboard, which can be time-consuming. However, if you decide to leave the carpet intact, the tape will not create a seal between your furniture and the carpet. To avoid this, press the masking tape hard on furniture and the carpet. It will ensure that the tape does not go all the way down to the floor. Remove the tape once you are done with painting the baseboard. The carpet will rise thereby covering the unpainted bottom part of the baseboard.

Remove the Tape the Cut the Paint -- When painting for the first time, you might find it necessary to pull off the tape only after you are done with all sides of a room. It is not advisable because if you remove the masking tape strips when the paint is dry, then there is the likelihood that you will pull off paint from the wall. To avoid this, remove the tape while the paint is still wet. However, if have to wait until the paint is dry for one reason or another, then make sure that you cut along where the paint meets the edge of the tape. It will make the tape come off easily without ruining your paint job.

Eliminate Fuzz from New Rollers -- One of the tools you need to clean when preparing to paint is a roller. When new, rollers, especially the relatively cheap ones, have a thin layer of fuzz that mixes with paint to create bumps on the wall when painting. To avoid this, wrap the roller with a strip of masking tape all round then pull it off. The excess fuzz will stick on the surface of the masking tape as you pull it off thereby leaving you with a clean and ready-to-use roller.