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Top 5 Things DIY House Painters Get Wrong

Top 5 Things DIY House Painters Get Wrong!

So, you’ve made the decision to give your house a makeover- what better way to transform your living space’s atmosphere than a paint job!

Everyone loves a good DIY (Do It Yourself) project, but when it comes to certain tasks, sometimes it’s better to call in the professionals! Here are the top 5 things that can go wrong when you decide to DIY paint your house…

1. Setup

A solid foundation is the key to a quality job done in just about anything, and house painting is no different. The difference between a good and poor-quality paint job lies within the attention to detail from the very beginning. We know it’s a hassle to remove your furniture from a room being painted and to cover all of your flooring. We also know that DIY house painters all too often make the mistake of putting a little too much trust in their careful painting abilities. More times than not, this leads to paint splattered floors, sandy couches, and a big headache.

2. Poor Prep

The process of sanding and spackling imperfections such as cracks, divots, and holes on the wall before you even touch a paint brush can seem tedious and time-consuming, but it’s a crucial step. Skipping this step is one of the first big mistakes that sets up a poor home paint job. Painting is hard work, but with the substantial transformation a good paint job can give a room, it’s worth the extra time and effort.

Using masking tape instead of painter’s tape, or even not using tape at all is another top mistake DIYers make. Nothing feels worse than working hard on a paint job, taking off the tape, and seeing that the paint has bled through. Instead of tediously scraping off the remaining paint, professional-grade painter’s tape is the way to go.

3. Not using primer

This one is huge- in order to minimize the risk of uneven paint jobs, the use of primer is critical. Often, DIYers seem to forget this step! Primer does just what the name implies- it’s the first thing you put on the wall to maximize the vibrancy and lifespan of your paint. Skipping primer can cause the paint to soak right into the walls, leaving a dull, lifeless surface no matter what kind of paint you buy- even the paints that claim to be paint and primer in one.

4. Picking the paint

Taking into consideration the desired mood, hue, and tone of a room while picking paint color can feel a bit daunting, and is often overlooked. The best quality paint comes with the best color, longest lifespan, and least regrets in the long run. When DIYers think all paint is the same- problems arise.  All in all, if you choose the wrong paint, you’re probably going to spend more time and money going back over your DIY paint job fixing little mistakes like smeared edges and dull patches, than it would have taken to hire a pro to take the job off your hands.

5. Picking tools

Quality over quantity is the rule of thumb when it comes to painting tools such as brushes and rollers. Professional-grade brushes make for the cleanest angles and streak-free paint jobs. In addition to this, paint is saved with quality tools– low quality DIY rollers and brushes can soak in your paint, forcing you to buy more!


All of these steps can make home paint jobs feel like an overwhelming task where it is all too tempting to cut corners. That’s why FCI Painting Corp. is here to help! In order to avoid these DIY house painting mistakes, leave the paint job to us, and save the DIYs for an art & crafts project or two. With hundreds of home painting jobs completed, we’ve got this thing pretty down pat. Contact us if you’re ready for your professional house painting job in Naples! We can’t wait for you to see the results.

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