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Painting Tips

Painting, whether it's indoors or out, is a great way to give your home a fresh new look. While it's relatively easy and inexpensive to update your home with paint, there are some pitfalls you'll need to pay attention to. Here are a few tips from our real estate agents for avoiding common painting issues.

  • Runs in the Paint
    Runs in the paint are an extremely common issue that most, if not all, do-it-yourselfers experience at some point. Runs are usually a sign that you're laying the paint on too heavily, although it can also be due to thin paint, high humidity, or cool temperatures. If you see a run develop, use the roller or your brush to spread the paint before it has a chance to dry. Once dried, runs can be resolved with a little light sanding, then repainting. To prevent runs from happening, make sure you're painting multiple thin layers rather than aiming for complete coverage with the first coat.

  • Brush Marks
    Brush marks visible in the paint are the opposite problem of runs. If you can see brush marks, it means you were brushing the paint for too long, and it started to dry. Instead, use the brush to apply the paint, spread it, quickly even it out, and then move on to the next section.

  • Overlap Marks
    Overlap marks in your painting happen when you paint two overlapping sections at different times, and the first section dries before you have a chance to paint the second. The result is obvious areas of overlap in the paint, also known as lap marks or picture framing. To avoid this, the experts recommend keeping a wet edge, which basically just means constantly blending as you move from the previous section to the next section.

  • Bumping the Ceiling or Floor
    If you aren't paying attention, it's easy to run the paint roller too high or too low by accident. To avoid unsightly paint smears on your ceiling or floor or to prevent your roller from picking up debris from the floor, start your paint job by running the roller back and forth horizontally and making a quick demarcation zone. Just remember to work with the wet edge and blend the paint as you go along, as described above.

  • Windows and Doors Painted Shut
    It's not uncommon for DIYers to find after painting that the windows and doors have accidentally been painted shut. To prevent this, be sure to do a thorough job of masking before painting and keep the window or door open until the paint is fully dry. Shutting it while the paint is still tacky will cause it to dry and stick together.

  • Overspray
    Using a sprayer can make the job go much faster, but make sure you're doing it correctly, or it'll create more work than it saves. Make sure everything is taped and covered to prevent overspray from reaching it. If you're painting outside, make sure you're not doing so on a windy day, as the fine mist a sprayer creates can travel quite some distance on the breeze.

  • Paint Drips or Overspray on Glass
    Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you'll find overspray on the windows later. Not to worry! This is easily cleaned up. Don't try to wipe the overspray or drips, though, as you'll just smear the paint and make a bigger mess. Instead, let the paint dry and then scrape it off the window glass using a razor blade. Since the glass is a hard surface, the razor blade will be able to peel the paint right off.

  • Paint Drips or Overspray on Vinyl 
    Unfortunately, paint overspray and drips on vinyl aren't quite as easily removed as they are on glass. The same rule applies, though: Don't try to wipe up the paint but let it dry instead. When it comes time to peel it off the vinyl, skip the razor blade, which can cut the vinyl, and use your fingernail or a putty knife instead. 

  • Cracked or Peeling Paint
    If the paint you've recently applied is starting to crack, blister, or peel, there was something wrong with the paint or how the paint was applied. For instance, too-thin paint or paint that dried too fast, such as in hot weather, can crack. Moisture damage underneath the paint can cause flaking and blistering. If it's the old paint that's showing these issues, you'll need to strip the paint down by scraping it and sanding the surface, and be sure to replace any moisture-damaged surfaces before repainting.

Painting is a great way to update your home's look and add instant curb appeal. Are you planning on repainting in preparation for selling your home? Contact us today for painting tips to help your home sell faster.

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