No matter how hard you may try, painting mistakes can happen to anyone. Whether you are an experienced DIYer or a painting professional, it’s not uncommon to encounter a few bumps in the road during a painting project. Fortunately, most interior painting mistakes can be fixed without too much hassle. Jeff the Painter will share some of the most common painting problems you might have encountered and tips on how to save your painting project.
Paint Runs & Drips
Drips and or runs happen when too much paint is applied to a surface, causing the paint to flow downwards and create an uneven surface. To fix this particular problem, allow the paint to dry completely. Then use a fine sandpaper to gently sand away the drip. Wipe away the dust, and then repaint the area with a proper amount of paint. It is that easy!
Paint Roller or Brush Marks
Roller or brush marks are often left behind when the paint is not applied evenly or is overworked when painting. To correct this other common problem, sand the area lightly to smooth out the ridges, and then repaint it. Make sure to use even strokes or rolls. Remember to not overwork the paint simply apply a smooth and even coat and then move on.
Blistering or Bubbling Paint
Blistering or bubbling paint is usually caused by painting on a damp or hot surface. If you notice any of these issues, scrape the blisters off with a paint scraper and then sand the area smooth. Before repairing the area, ensure the wall or surface is dry and cool, and then apply a fresh coat of paint.
Uneven Paint Coverage
This issue is often the result of not applying enough coats of paint, or not allowing the paint to completely dry between coats. If the old color is showing through, apply an additional coat of paint, making sure to let it dry completely between each coat of paint.
Peeling often occurs when the surface area was not properly prepared before painting, such as if the surface way dusty, had mold or was damp. To fix peeling paint issues, remove the loose paint, sand the surface area smooth, and clean the surface to remove any dust or oil. A primer may be necessary to ensure proper adhesion and now repaint the wall or ceiling.
Stains Showing Through Paint
Sometimes, stains on the wall can show through the paint. If you notice a stain popping through your fresh coat of paint, it can be fixed. Start by applying a stain blocking primer over the stain, and then painting over the primer once it is dry.
Paint Lap Marks
Lap marks occur when a wet layer and a dry layer overlaps during painting. To avoid this, always maintain a “wet edge” while painting, meaning you should always try to roll into a section that is still wet. If you already have lap marks, a fresh coat of paint using this technique should cover them up.
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Painting mistakes happen all too often. It is important to use proper painting techniques and to take the time to properly prepare the surface for painting. If you decide you need help for your next painting project, contact Jeff the Painter today.