We’ve got a different sort of scare for you this Halloween. It doesn’t involve any ghouls and monsters, but it’s just as scary. Well, at least it is for us and for anyone thinking of embarking on a painting project. These terrifying painting mistakes will have you wasting precious resources—time, money, and effort. Worst case scenario? You’ll have to start over from scratch. Spooky!

1. Poor Surface Preparation

A good paint job starts with proper surface preparation. The surface preparation you will need to do will depend on several things including the type of surface you’re working on (e.g. concrete, wood, metal, etc.) and the condition of your surface (e.g. new surface, a surface with existing paint problems like rusting, etc.).

You do not want to skip this step as it can affect the final outcome of your project. For example, repainting over a concrete wall that’s chalking will most likely cause problems as the new paint will not be able to adhere properly. For guides on proper surface prep, check out the Surface Preparation section of this blog.

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2. Not Checking for Paint Compatibility

Paint compatibility ensures that the elements in your project go well together and will not result in unwanted outcomes. For example, paint compatibility means checking that you have the right paint product for the surface you’re working on. It’s using wood paint for wooden surfaces, concrete paint for concrete, metal paint for metal, and so on.

Paint compatibility also encompasses choosing primers, putties, and topcoats that are compatible with one another. Because, again, if you don’t do so you could see all sorts of problems down the line. If you’re not sure which products go with your topcoat, its painting schedule will be able to tell you. Learn about that here.

3. Ignoring the Product Label

Painting is more than choosing paint in your favorite color. More often than not, home painting is a multi-step process and sometimes it can get confusing. So, it’s wise to always read the product label completely before starting. If it’s a Boysen product, you’re likely to find a guide for proper surface preparation, the product’s painting schedule, safety reminders, and more on the label.

Aside from the label, essential info about Boysen products can also be found on the Boysen App. If you don’t have it yet, go and get it. It’s free and has a ton of useful features and tools.

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4. Thoughtlessly Deciding on a Paint Color

The last thing you want to happen is to finally finish a project and find you don’t like the color you’ve chosen. When choosing paint colors, sure, you can go with your gut but informed decision-making helps you avoid regrets and heartaches.

There are many factors you can consider to help you narrow down your paint color choices. You can consider your intention such as if it’s to expand a small room or make it feel more “maaliwalas. You can also consider where the windows in the room are facing as this does make a difference. Need help? Check the Color Inspirations section.

5. Not Asking for Help When You Need It

Everyone needs a little help every now and then. If you’re not entirely confident in your skills or that you can carry out a job well, there’s no shame in asking someone with more experience to do it for you. In fact, if it’s a complicated project, it’s advisable to call a professional. Some examples include applying waterproofing and dealing with large cracks in concrete.

That’s all the scary painting mistakes we’ll share for now! Happy Halloween!

If you have any questions or inquiries about Boysen products, our technical team will be happy to assist you. Send an email to ask@myboysen.com or call (02) 8363-9738 local 413 to 418 during office hours for a one-on-one consultation.


Jill is a writer on a continuous journey to learn about paint and share them with you, the reader. She has an interest in the technical side of things but also thoroughly enjoys playing with colors. She likes calm greens, quiet blues, and mellow yellows best.

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