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6 Things Not to Do When Painting Your House


New paint will do wonders in enhancing the look of your house. But you need to be careful when painting the house. Many people end up paying more for a paint job due to oversight when painting. 
Here are six things that you shouldn’t do when painting a house to avoid a disaster. 

1. Selecting the Wrong Paint
A lot of people hastily select paint for the house without careful deliberation. But often the paint turns out to be unsuitable for the job resulting in extra costs. 

You must always select the right paint for the job. Oil-based paint is recommended for metal and wood surfaces. Using latex, or water-based paints will damage these surfaces. Always consult with a professional painter to know what paint will be perfect for the particular surface. 
2. Over Brushing 
Too much brushing will result in uneven color. You should avoid over brushing if you want to get a smooth finishing. Dip the brush in the paint can and then quickly cover the area one stroke. Next, you should use one or two strokes to level the paint over the area. 

If you reapply a coat of paint over the same area that has started to dry, it will create unsightly marks on the surface. Applying the paint will create ridges on the walls that will be costly to remove afterward. 
3. Painting During Extreme Weather Conditions
You should not paint during extreme weather conditions. The paint will dry midway and easily crack if applied during the frigid winter season.  Moreover, painting on a hot day is also not recommended as the bubble will fall after the application of pain. 

Plan your exterior house painting when the temperatures are not extreme. Avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible. Consider painting south-facing walls early in the morning or near dawn when the sun is less intense. 

4. Not Priming the Walls
A costly mistake is not priming the walls before the application of the paint. You need to apply a good quality primer when painting over new or glossy surfaces. A primer will ensure that the paint adheres properly to the wall’s surface. 

Not priming the wall before painting will result in an improper paint job. The colors will be uneven and there would be patches of rough areas. Additionally, a wall that is not primed before painting will require more coats of paint. 

Priming the surface is particularly important when painting over glossy surfaces. You can also sand the surface area before painting. Priming or sanding the area will allow the paint to stick to the surface.

5. Not Testing Before Painting Over Popcorn Ceilings 
Test a small inconspicuous area of the popcorn ceiling before painting. This is important since sometimes the texture doesn’t stay put and fall off in sheet when painted. Testing a small area prior to painting will help avoid bigger problems later on when painting over popcorn ceilings. 

6. Painting in Low Light
A common mistake people make is painting in low light conditions. The painted surface may appear fine in dim light. But imperfections may likely become visible when you let in natural light. So, you need to make sure that there is plenty of bright light when painting a room. 

The above are the common mistakes that you should avoid making when painting a house. Again, you must contact an experienced painting contractor to ensure a professional paint job. Hiring an inexperienced painter, or worse, trying to tackle the work yourself without the proper knowledge could turn out to be costly for you.