Paint is one of the most powerful tools for transforming your home. Simply repainting a room can make that room look completely different when the job is done. Trust us – we do it all the time when staging our homes for sale in Raleigh, and it works!
That said, it's important to apply your paint carefully. Making mistakes while painting will always affect the final result. Here are a few of the most common ways we've seen paint projects go wrong and some things you can do to correct the problem.
- Paint on the Windows or Window Frames
It happens at least once during every painting project: no matter how hard you try to keep all of your paint on the walls, at least some of it will end up on the windows.
Most of the time, it's better to let spilled paint dry before you remove it. Wet paint can easily smear and become harder to scrape off. Dry paint, on the other hand, should come off relatively easily. Take a small metal scraper or a putty knife and gently pry the paint off the surface.
- Running Paint
If you apply too much paint in one go, you might end up with lines of running paint disrupting your smooth wall. If this paint isn't dry, you can just paint over it to soak up the drips of your brush or ruler. If it's already dry, though, the process is a little more involved.
Wait until it's dry, then sand down the parts with the most paint build-up. Wipe the wall down to remove any grit or dust, then carefully repaint the wall. Go as slowly as you can manage, taking care to cover each area with just enough paint to create a smooth, solid coat. Watch for drips, and if you spot any, correct them right away before they get the chance to dry.
- Blistering Paint
Paint that is exposed to excess moisture may develop bubbles or blisters under its surface. This problem can be quite subtle if the moisture is minimal, but it tends to get worse over time. Don't ignore it if you spot it!
You'll need to identify the root cause of the blistering before you can fix it. Otherwise, any new paint you apply will just blister again. Look for any water leaks or ventilation problems happening in that area and repair any issues you find. Then, scrape the blistered paint off the wall using a scraper. As long as that part of the wall will not be exposed to any more moisture, you should have no problem repainting it.
- Cracked Paint
Paint that is applied too thinly might develop unsightly cracks when it dries. These cracks change the texture of the wall, so you can't just paint over them.
To get rid of them, you'll need to sand off the rough parts with some sandpaper. Keep going until the surface is mostly smooth again, then lay down a coat of primer. This will seal off any remaining grit and give you a mostly smooth surface to work with when repainting.
- Faded Paint
Exterior paint can sometimes start to look faded over the years. This is because the pigment particles in paint can be damaged by exposure to the sun's UV rays.
You'll need to repaint the affected surface to take care of this problem. Choose a high-quality paint that is formulated to stand up to sun damage to ensure your new paint job lasts longer than the last. According to our real estate agents, it's also a good idea to apply some UV-resistant primer before you get to work.
A fresh coat of paint can completely change a home's look and feel, but if you're ready for a truly fresh start, it's time to think about moving. Contact us today.