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Remodeling Mistakes Using the Wrong Paint

Homeowners often make the mistake of choosing the wrong paint for the project that they are working on during their remodeling. They don’t understand that there’s paint suitable for almost every surface imaginable. The common assumption is that all paint is the same and that it can be applied to almost anything. Although paint can be applied to anything, it doesn’t always produce the same results when it’s not intended for the material that it’s being applied to. Homeowners are encouraged to do some research about paint before they purchase random types of paint in bulk.

Those who are uncertain about the type of paint that they’re investing in may want to ask questions at the home improvement store or related area. There will be professionals there who should know more about paint and be able to provide them with more suitable information about the type of paint that can be used for their project. Another option is to allow for the contractor to purchase the materials for the project - including the paint - so that the proper option is purchased by a professional. Doing some research online will provide information about how different types of paint can provide different effects on various areas throughout the household. Homeowners are also advised to purchase paint at locations that will allow them to return the paint if it’s an inappropriate option.

Homeowners that don’t know anything about painting or how to handle painting their home shouldn’t get involved with this portion of the remodeling process. Although it can be fun to turn a remodeling task into a DIY project, it can be a waste of time and money if the process is done incorrectly. For this reason, it’s better to have a professional handle the painting instead. They will know exactly what they are doing and the type of paint that should be used on different parts of the materials that are being used in the project. If the homeowner is focused on handling this themselves, then they can get recommendations from the professionals at the home improvement store about the right type of paint that can be used.

Another point to consider is that things don’t always need to be painted. Sometimes it’s a good idea to leave materials unpainted because they may have a nice texture or style to them naturally. Other times it may be more suitable to varnish something instead of dealing with painting it. Using a varnish or a stain can give a style that’s completely different than if the materials had been painted. This is always something to be considered. The contractor or those who are on the remodeling team may have different alternatives that can be used instead of painting to provide unique style to the project, so asking for their opinion can also be a great choice.

Amy Wright
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Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.