1. Inadequate surface prep
Preparing a surface for painting is a tedious and time-consuming job that many people want to figure out a way around. Although there are several different ways to accomplish the task of surface preparation and even a few products that claim to allow you to skip it altogether, your safest bet is to use a time-tested method and good old-fashioned elbow grease. One RV owner learned this lesson the hard way when she tried painting her laminate cabinets, shown below, without priming first, and the paint started peeling off later.
To avoid this problem, you need to make sure the surface your painting has a texture the paint can “grab on” to. The best method for creating a surface paint will adhere to depends on what type of material you’re painting, which leads me to another common mistake….
2. Using paint or primer that’s wrong for the surface
I remember an incident when was younger where I accidentally used interior latex paint on some exterior trim on our house. My dad told me it would need to be sanded and repainted, but I couldn’t see what the problem was…until a few months later, when the paint started cracking and flaking off. That experience taught me how important it is to use the right kind of paint for whatever project you’re doing.
You can find lots of great information online that can help you determine which paints, primers, and prep methods are best, but to save you hours of searching for advice on Google or Pinterest, I’ve also created a PDF guide to help you figure out the best way to approach your painting project.