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Ever watched an episode of The Block and thought “I can do that!”. Like so many of those DIY shows, they make the paint job look like something you can accomplish on a weekend without much fuss or skill. Unfortunately, reality rarely matches up to expectation. So, it makes you ponder on whether it truly is worth attempting something that is going to be on your walls for a long time, a big investment that may not be a big asset to your property if you don’t get it right. So, what could possibly go wrong?DIY Painting

SAMPLE THE COLOUR

First-time painters can get over-whelmed with the excitement of the coming change and skip a few important preliminary steps. The visible changes to your space rest on a foundation of work that comes before things get started. And one of these planning steps that takes patience is sampling a colour before you commit! Some DIY projects fail because a colour or brand was bought “blind” in a rush to get done without testing the colour palette for the chosen room.

NOT TESTING A SMALL AREA

If you’re not that patient and don’t test it in a small, concealed area you may regret it later. So, you should have wisely invested in a colour sample first. It’s always best to paint an area that’s at least 0.2–0.5m2 and then give it a few days to dry. This will allow you to see what it looks like in variations of natural and artificial light. Paint changes slightly from the sample once its dried so be patient.

WHAT IF YOU CHOOSE THE WRONG PAINT?

A good paint is a mix of complex chemistry which each colour is only one part. Each colour has a particular finish that displays it to its best advantage, and this means it’s best for a particular kind of surface. Paint choices ranging from satin to gloss or flat finishes can be confusing enough and then you have to choose between exterior or interior paints, it’s quite easy to select the wrong one if you are not informed. You also have to know what you’re painting over — some paints don’t adhere well to certain surfaces already painted or stained. It’s a minefield unless you know what you’re looking for, and using the wrong kind of paint can be costly.

TAKING SHORTCUTS WITH PREP

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It can’t be underestimated the importance of adequate preparation. Doing a DIY repaint on an improperly prepared surface is a waste of time as you’ll either get a badly done job out of it, or you’ll have to repaint again sooner than you hoped. Always ensure you smooth and prime your walls perfectly to spare yourself unnecessary trouble.  Stripping back the walls to a clean surface and prepare the surface is equally as important as the painting itself.

 

UNDERESTIMATING WHAT’S INVOLVED

One of the most common reasons home painting projects fail is because they take more time and skill than you want to believe! Sometimes it pays to call in the experts, and relieve yourself of the pressure of becoming a DIY home painting genius and not getting a quality finish that you should have.

I have a range of professional painters I could refer you too rather than risk it with a DIY project that’s going to cause an issue around your home. Contact me to discuss your options.

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