Common Interior Painting Mistakes

Interior Painting | December 15, 2022

When done right, painting can be a highly effective way to breathe new life into your home and make a familiar space feel like new again. Unfortunately, painting is often far more difficult and complex than it first appears. This is especially true for interior painting projects that involve bathrooms and the kitchen, as these spaces require additional considerations and work to ensure optimal results. As a leading provider of comprehensive interior painting solutions, the team at Dunbar Painting knows how complex some projects can be. That is why we have provided a list of common interior painting mistakes to help you determine if your painting project is something you want to handle or if it would be better left in the hands of a professional.

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3 Common Interior Painting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Many mistakes that people make when painting a home’s interior can be avoided with proper knowledge, planning, and preparation. Some of the most common interior painting mistakes to be aware of include:

1. Inadequate Surface Preparation

Surface prep is a vital, yet commonly overlooked, step for interior painting projects. If a surface is not sufficiently prepped, this can result in paint that does not adhere properly, peels easily, or has a rough texture once it has dried. Before applying any paint, you will need to thoroughly clean all walls that you wish to paint. While some walls may only be mildly dirty, walls in your kitchen and bathroom will likely need to be degreased with a suitable product before painting. Once all surfaces in your home have been sufficiently cleaned or degreased, they should then be scuff-sanded to ensure proper paint adhesion. Any damaged areas in your walls should also be repaired before painting, as scratches, gouges, and small holes will be visible through the new paint.

2. Choosing the Wrong Paint

It is crucial to choose the right paint product(s) for the surfaces being painted. Different rooms and surfaces will require different types of paint to ensure proper adhesion and long-lasting durability. For example, paint for bathrooms and kitchens will need to be more resistant to moisture and mildew than paint that is used for bedrooms. Trim paint will also typically be more durable and have a higher sheen than wall paint, so it is important to ensure that you do not try to use trim paint on your walls.

3. Insufficient Masking and Room Preparation

Painting is a messy and time-consuming task regardless of your skill level and experience. Paint will splatter and drip throughout your project, so it is crucial to ensure that every room is sufficiently masked and protected. Before starting your project, you will need to move all furniture away from your walls, cover these items, tape off baseboards and trim, and ensure that your floors are covered with a paint-resistant material such as plastic or drop cloths.

To learn more about our interior and exterior painting services or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Dunbar Painting. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.