Want A Professional-Looking Paint Job? Follow These 3 Painting "Don'ts" !

Posted by Tarvin Realtors on Friday, October 21st, 2016 at 9:13am.

Graphic of paintbrush and blog titleThinking of painting your home for yourself or for potential buyers? Worried that your amateur paintwork might result in a finish that looks less than seamless? Let's face it; we've all seen sloppy DIY paint jobs that result in missed edges, splashes on the ceiling, or the lumpiness that comes when paint is spread thin in certain areas and thickly coated in others. You want that striking, polished look that you see in the decor magazines; the model home finish in which you couldn't find a flaw if you tried. Well, there are a few tips and tricks to help you get there. Most amateur paint jobs that look clearly unprofessional only look that way because the painter jumped right in thinking that the scope was easier than it is. Don't make the same mistakes; follow these 3 simple-as-pie steps and give yourself a home that looks like it was pulled from the pages of a magazine!

Don't Forget To Prep & Prime

Priming for paint jobDon't be so excited about the job being complete that you skip some of the essential steps that you deem unnecessary. When priming your walls, don't drag your feet; this might even be your most important step. Why? Priming will ensure your paintwork looks smooth and seamless, evening underlying flaws. But priming isn't even your first step; make sure to fix any cracks, chips, and dents before applying primer as well as using a dusting brush to remove hard-to-see debris.

Don't Try To "Touch Up"

Touching up paint coatOnce you've completed a coat, don't try to "touch up" any less-than-perfect patches. It's better to apply another veil of paint over the entire wall than to try and subtly patch up one spot. Even if you use the exact same paint, the patch-up will not look consistent and will be visible even if you have another coat to go.

Don't Use The Same Approach For Different Textures

Various painting toolsSure, painting a flat wall takes precision, but nothing like the precision required for areas with different textures, such as baseboards, cabinets, molding, or windowsills. Mix up your paint tools; don't use the same brush across-the-board. Fitches work well for small spaces and corners to give you a clean finish.

Preparing to sell your home? Need some advice on how to begin the process? Contact your local home selling experts at Tarvin Realtors today!

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