Painting Tricks

When we are painting we are likely to encounter a dose of problems. More usually than not, these problems are minor and you can fix them easily so, in this post we are going to talk about 3 common problems encountered when painting, and the way to correctly address them.

Wrinkled paint is something that happens sometimes when we paint. We finished the job, then it dries and our paint looks wrinkled. This is not good at all and won’t fix itself so, the only way to address this problem is to strip the paint out, then sand everything well and after that finish the job by repainting and get the result you were looking for. Stripping the paint can be done in a wide arrange of ways, but the easiest one is to use chemical stripper. If you have a hot air gun you can do it more professionally but, the odds are you haven’t. However, if you prefer to prevent than to heal, you should try to not paint coats too quickly and let them dry before you apply the next layer. Wrinkling may happen too when there are extreme temperatures (prevent extreme temperature changes in your home with selection of window blinds) while your paint is going through the drying process, but this is less likely.

Brush marks are an annoyance as well, and it is something very common when you are not a professional painter. Mainly, brush marks are caused because of a poor technique and it is way more common and usual when you are applying a natural wood finish. If you are trying to get a natural wood finish, and you don’t apply the right technique, it will look uneven and ugly. The only way is to sand the area, wipe it all of dust and then repaint it again. If you can machine sand, it is better than doing it manually with sandpaper. To ensure this doesn’t happen again, you should make sure to use the grain to apply stain and to keep it wet at the edge always.

The last problem to address today is poor coverage. This is caused mainly because you applied the wrong number of layers and this is combined sometimes with streaks in the paint because they were caused by the buildup on roller edges. This is obviously a problem of lack of technique and the best way to address is to ensure your roller is well loaded and evenly distributed. When you paint, you tend to apply more pressure in the center of the roller, which displaces paint to the edges and then, paint is not evenly distributed leading to poor coverage in the areas you used the roller by its middle part, and loaded in the areas you used the edges. Again, the only way to address this problem is to sand paint and then paint it again. Another way is to wait for the layer to dry and apply a new coat of paint, because sometimes the problem was you didn’t apply as many layers as you needed.

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