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Old 07-31-2016, 10:06 AM   #1
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Common interior painting mistakes by a first-time DIYer (me)?


What are common or likely mistakes that could be caused by a first-time DIYer (me) in interior painting of a home?

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#1 to me is not loading up your roller with enough paint. Load that baby up with paint, lots of it...........it should ALMOST be dripping with paint when you pick it up out of the roller tray. Then, let the roller do the work. Lay the paint on the wall, don't push down on the roller. Reload often.
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Thanks. I was thinking more along the lines of mistakes that cause frustration (having to repaint) or cause damage (ceiling drip/splatter on hardwood floors & appliances), for example.

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Well, everything gets covered. Plastic sheeting, drop cloths, and masking tape for any woodwork you don't want to get splattered. That will eliminate 99% of any "mistakes." I use old bedsheets to cover counter tops and appliances. Drops go on the floor and plastic is used to cover furniture.

Use good paint. Don't go to Home Depot for the latest, greatest deal on Behr paint.
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Using cheap brushes and roller covers.
Not cleaning the walls first.
Using to low a nap roller, in most cases you need a 1/2" nap cover.
Not priming any repairs before painting.
Trying to change the color to a really dark color and not having the primer tinted 50% of the color your going for or using gray primmer.
Not painting the ceiling first.
Not cutting in two coats.
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Expecting paint won't bleed under tape.

Moving everything to the center of the room instead of taking 5 extra minutes to move most of it out of the room completely.

Not putting a broom stick in your roller handle.

Not using a little tiny brush to get into the tight spots.

Trying to make a W pattern on the wall with the roller.

Painting way too slowly.

Not wiping edge of can after you pour some paint out.

Using old sheets for drop cloths. The paint will go right through them.

Pushing too hard. If the roller has enough paint, you don't have to push.

Stepping in wet paint and tracking it all over. Although you have a tarp, you still want to minimize drips as much as possible.

Not washing rollers and brushes before use. They should be SLIGHTLY damp to make the paint flow better and make them easier to clean. But if they are too wet, then they'll drip all over the place.

Not having a wet rag handy. Hey, mistakes WILL happen. Clean them up promptly.

Stressing out too much. It's just paint!
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I've not heard of using a slightly damp roller. Will have to try that next time.

- Not rolling towards the arm of the roller to avoid roller marks.
- Not learning to use a sash brush instead of tape.
- Rolling so fast like they do on some tv commercials so paints flings all over the place.
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"Do I need a slightly different painting technique when rollers have different fibers, formulas, pile heights, etc.?

Before painting, all synthetic roller covers require some form of preconditioning. If using latex paints, the cover should be lubricated with water and spun to remove excess moisture. This will prevent the paint from attaching fibers and provide an optimal level of release. If using an oil-based paint, the roller cover should be lubricated in a paint-thinning solvent. Mohair roller covers should also be preconditioned this same way. Due to their natural oils, lambskin roller covers do not require any preconditioning. Remember ... preconditioning your roller cover will greatly improve its painting performance."

http://www.purdy.com/painting-resour...ushes-rollers/

It depends on what kind of cover you're using. With some covers it makes a huge difference. For others, not so much. But it's always a good idea.
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trying to paint around wall accessories rather than under them. Remove everything you can --- light switch and outlet wall plates, door stops, heating grills, towel racks. Much easier that way. After the paint dries, I like to put the wall plates, etc back, but don't fully tighten the screws. I let the paint dry for a couple more weeks before tightening the screws, ensures no sticking next time you take it off.

-- and always have a wet rag with you and clean up any drips right away.
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Putting too much paint in a small area. If you have to paint the tiny area above the door, you want to use a big section of wall first to get most of the paint off the roller.
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Over-working the paint - don't keep rolling or brushing over the same area.
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