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| 15th June 2019

Common Painting Mistakes to Avoid

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Have you decided to pick up the paint brush and get started on that DIY project you’ve been wanting to do for a while?

To help you avoid any painting mishaps we worked with our expert team to gather a list of common mistakes to help you prevent problems on your next painting project.

1. Paint Drips
Avoid paint drips landing on your floor by using a good quality drop sheet. Canvas is usually the choice of professionals, as they are durable, reusable and thick enough to soak up paint splatter. If you’re looking for a more cost-effective or disposable solution, a plastic or paper drop sheet will get the job done.

2. Clean Lines
Use painter’s tape along walls, ceiling edges and trims to create precise lines and protect from unwanted paint drips. Make sure that your surface is clean and dry otherwise the tape won’t adhere, and never apply to paint that isn’t fully cured. To ensure that your fresh paintwork doesn’t flake off when removing the tape, make sure to remove the tape while the new coat of paint is still wet.

3. Visible Wall Marks
Repair small dents and scratches on your walls. There is nothing worse than spending all that time painting and having unslightly marks showing. Darker colours and paint with a higher sheen will highlight any marks even more. 

4. Clean Your Walls
Wash your walls before painting. They may not look like they need cleaning, but they do. Even the smallest particles of dust can interfere with the best result.

5. Wrong Tools
There are times when a roller is the best tool and there are times when it’s better to use a paintbrush. Choosing a good quality paint roller or brush will help to avoid paint drips, as well as save you time. Talk to your local Haymes Paint stockist who will be able to recommend the best paint roller or brush depending on the project you are taking on.