Painting the interior of your Minneapolis home may seem like a fun weekend activity, but it can quickly turn frustrating by making rookie mistakes. We couldn’t agree more with this article from Family Handyman mapping out a few mistakes people make while painting, and they offer some suggestions on how to avoid them.
Extreme Minneapolis Temperatures Can Mess with Your Exterior Paint
The first one that stood out, and we are very mindful of it at NuCoat Painting, is how much extreme temperatures can affect the quality of your paint. Don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Minneapolis can get a bit chilly, which can ruin both latex paint and caulk. Bring your paint and caulk indoors when the fall months settle in so they are usable next spring. Also remember that it isn’t good to paint when the temps dip below freezing. The paint will only end up drying half-way and will come off when touched.
On the other hand, painting in extreme heat is bad, too. Paint will dry too fast and peel off.
Related: 5 Steps to Paint a Room Fast
Deciding on a Paint Color Using Only Color Chips
Oh boy. Picking out an interior or exterior paint color is stressful, that’s why we have a couple articles that will help:
The one thing to avoid is trying to picture a color on your wall by merely looking at the paint chip you get from the store. Instead, ask the store to mix a couple samples of your favorite colors and then try them out on your walls. Make sure you look at them from every angle, and during every part of the day. Paint looks different during a bright day vs. a cozy dimly lit night.
Lock Up the Pets
Don’t think this hasn’t happened. You leave wet paint on the floor, and Fido runs through it resulting in yellow paw marks through the house. Or, Fido grabs the paint brush handle and makes you chase him through the house. Think these are unlikely? This is based off experience!
Interior Ceiling Paint Marks
Quick tip: When you’re painting with a roller, make a horizontal swipe running parallel to where the ceiling meets the wall. This will give you a buffer when you start taking long up/down strokes on the rest of the wall.
Make sure to really light up the room your painting. The surface you’re painting may look fine at the time, but once daylight from a bright sunny day filters through, you’ll really notice the imperfections. Lighting up a room while you paint allows you to capture your mistakes right away.
Other Painting Mistakes
A few others worth noting from the article:
- Spray painting without covering everything
- Leaving the lid off the paint can
- Letting the roller touch the floor
- Painting over glossy finishes
- Not adding paint conditioner