11 Painting Shortcuts That Do More Harm Than Good
All painting projects, large or small, require diligent preparation and attention to detail. Taking shortcuts leads to a disappointing paint job that won't last very long. Here's what you should not do on your next painting project.
Trying to Cover in One Coat
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Not Washing Siding Before Painting
Not Sanding Walls
Painting Over Unprimed Patches
Painting Over Partially Dried Paint
Not Masking the Baseboard
Skipping the Prep Work
Painting From the Can
It's tempting to paint from the gallon can. It's one less thing to clean up. But it's a mistake for several reasons. A full gallon is heavy, and if you spill it, you'll have a big cleanup job. Also, it's hard to load a paintbrush correctly from a full gallon of paint. Always transfer a small amount of paint to another container, and paint from that. And while you're at it, it's a good idea to strain the paint to remove lumps and impurities.