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Interior Painting Mistakes To Avoid With Your Overland Park Home


It's really easy to get into a rush when you're painting your home's interior. The problem with rushing is that it's all too easy to make mistakes. Sure, the results may end up looking “okay” but who wants their Overland park house to look okay when it can look amazing? After all, isn't getting a nice looking paint job the whole idea behind interior painting?

The best interior painting advice you could get is to slow down and take your time. Painting just one room takes time unless you do it for a living. Plan to spend a few weekends painting rather than just a day or two. Or, you can just choose to hire an Overland Park painting company who will get the work done quickly.

If you're tackling the interior painting yourself, here are a few common mistakes you'll want to avoid.

Not taking the time to remove wall outlets & switches

An experienced Overland Park house painter will always tell you that you can't skip the interior painting prep work. Prepping a room for painting will take some time and effort. While most people will protect the floors with drop cloths or plastic, they tend to forget about the outlets and switches until after they've already started painting the walls.

Removing wall outlets and switch covers before painting a room may be a pain, but it's much better than getting paint all over them. It's also much easier to remove them than it is to tape them off with painter's tape.

Not using paint primer

Hmmm, was that blue paint supposed to look so purple? Primer isn't always necessary, but there are certain circumstances where it is. If you're painting over a vibrant or bold color, be sure to use paint primer first. Otherwise, the old color will bleed through the new paint after it dries. This causes two problems. One, you'll have to apply many coats of paint to cover the old color. Secondly, the old paint color will change how the new paint color looks.

You'll also need to use a primer if you are painting any type of bare surface. Primer seals the wood or drywall and bonds the interior paint to the surface.

Using oil-based primer underneath water-based paint

Let's face it, it can be confusing to figure out what type of paint and primer to get when you're getting ready for interior painting. No matter what type of paint you choose, make sure you use the same type of primer. You can't expect the results to turn out right if you apply an acrylic, water-based paint over an oil-based primer or vice versa.

Putting too much paint on the roller

One of the most common interior painting mistakes is to put too much paint on a roller. Keep in mind that you don't need to load the roller by dipping the whole thing into the deep end of the paint tray. Just get a little on the roller and use the shallow part of the tray to even it out on the roller, then apply it to the wall.

If you are looking for an interior painting company in the Overland Park area, please give us a call at 816-226-7414 or fill out our Online Request Form