Common Santa Rosa Residential Painting Mistakes and How to Avoid Them


For over 100 years, Hawley’s Paints has proudly sold quality residential paint in the Santa Rosa area, and throughout this time we’ve heard many homeowners regret a poor paint job that could have been easily avoided. Here are the most common mistakes and how you can prevent them.

  1. Using latex based paint over an oil based paint without proper preparation. This causes bubbling, peeling, and cracking. To prevent this problem, sand down the oil-based paint and apply the right primer.
  2. Neglecting to use primer. Primer is designed to block stains, prevent bleed through, and establish a uniform surface for the final color. Without primer, walls can appear uneven, blotchy, and stained. A paint expert, such as those at Hawley’s Paints will be able to recommend the best primer for your needs.
  3. Inadequate preparations can result in a sloppy finished project. For best results, make sure you wash the walls to remove dust and hairs that will show when the paint dries. Patch and prim holes, and carefully tape fixtures, trim, and molding, for neat clean lines and even color.
  4. Underestimating the amount of paint needed can result in mismatched colors. The slightest change in the mix can drastically alter the end result. Even if you return to the same place and request the same color, there may be unavoidable variations in hue. It’s always best to err on the side caution than risk the colors not matching.
  5. Over applying paint can cause running, dripping, and uneven coating, resulting in sloppy appearing walls. Remove excess paint from brushes and rollers before beginning and use the W technique for even coating.
  6. Removing painters tape after the paint has dried can pull the paint right off the walls or trim. Chips and uneven lines are both caused by allowing the paint to dry before taking off the tape. Instead, remove the tape right after finishing the trim, using care not to smudge the lines.
  7. Rushing between paint coats can cause several unpleasant results, such as bubbling, peeling, cracking, or oozing. Brush marks may also be visible and paint can be pulled off the walls if the paint is not allowed to dry between coats. Depending on the paint, you should allow 24 hours between coats for best results.

For more information on residential paint in Santa Rosa, please contact Hawley’s Paints today at (707) 545-1711!