5 Common Painting Mistakes and How to Fix Them

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After putting in time and effort to paint your walls, it can be a tremendous disappointment if you’re left with less than perfect results due to a few painting mistakes. While you could cover them up with a few pictures or furniture, it’s best to fix them the right way.

Below we’ll teach you how to fix these common painting mistakes or avoid them in the first place.

  1. Paint Drippings

You can fix paint drippings by carefully scraping the paint drips with a scraper. Use sandpaper to smooth out the area and repaint.

Don’t put too much paint on your paintbrush to avoid paint drippings in future.

  1. Brush Marks

To get rid of brush marks on wood you have to sand the area with a machine sander and repaint the area

To avoid brush marks don’t overload your paintbrush and use proper painting techniques.

  1. Stains

Clean the stained area by using a pre-paint cleaner like TSP. Once it’s completely dry, cover the stain with an oil-based undercoat, then repaint.

Stains will show up if you don’t prime your surface properly before painting.  Make sure you use a quality primer for the best results.

  1. Flaking Paint

Use a wire brush or paint scraper to remove paint on affected areas. Sand the area by starting out with a coarse sandpaper and finally ending with a fine one. Make sure you smooth the edges properly. Prime and repaint.

Paint tends to flake when you paint over a damp surface but can also happen over time if your wall is exposed to excessive moisture.

  1. Mildew

Thoroughly wash the affected area with a pre-paint cleaner and a wired brush. Allow the wall to dry completely (two days at least) and then prime the surface with a mildew protectant primer. Once dry, repaint.

While this isn’t necessarily a painting mistake, it is a common occurrence in areas with excessive moisture. Using a primer formulated to prevent mould will go a long way.

You can easily avoid all of the above-mentioned painting mistakes by hiring a skilled painting contractor for your painting projects. For a quote from the most affordable and reliable painters in Pretoria, get in touch with Sipenda Painting Contractors Pretoria today.

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