If you have interior painting to do, it is important that you know the right methods and techniques. Unfortunately, there are some common mistakes that painting novices tend to make before they realize their mistake. Make sure you avoid the following mistakes while painting.

Not Prepping the Surface

Make sure you take the time to prepare the surface before painting it. If you have a wall that is still dirty and has not been primed, the paint will not go on smoothly, and you won't be happy with the result. If you have furniture that you are painting, you should use sandpaper to create a smooth surface. All interior surfaces must be cleaned thoroughly before painting. You should also prep the area by covering the ground and nearby furniture with tarps or plastic, and tape around the area you are painting.

Failing to Pain the Ceiling First

The rule of thumb for painting is to start from the bottom and work your way down. While painting the ceiling might seem like the least enjoyable and most difficult, it should not be left for last. If your ceiling drips as you are painting it, you might have to do touch-ups on the freshly-painted walls. By painting the ceiling first, you avoid this. After the ceiling is painted, work on the walls next, then finish with the baseboards to cover any drips caused by painting the walls.

Not Allowing Coats to Dry Before Painting

You will most likely be painting multiple coats, but they must always be on a dry surface. Never paint a second or third coat if the previous coat has not dried completely first. This can seem like a time-consuming process, but painting over wet paint creates a texture that is no longer smooth. You could be dealing with blistering or peeling of the paint if you don't give it sufficient time. Also be sure you give it extra time to dry if it is humid in your house, as this creates more moisture and adds to the total drying time.

Throwing Away Paint When You're Done

You should always keep your leftover paint once you're finished, just in case touch-ups need to be done. Even if you don't think you will have another use for this particular color, you should always have some extra lying around. This is especially important if you had a custom color made or you mixed the color yourself. Have extra paint mixed in the beginning so you don't run out before you're done and end up with nothing to save. For more information, contact a business such as Steeles Paint & Decorating Ltd.