3 Simple Steps On How To Paint Without Streaks
One of the most challenging things you’ll encounter when doing your own home renovation is avoiding getting brush marks on your wall or furniture. Imagine the amount of time and effort you put into your project only to end up ruined by a messy painting job and uneven brush strokes. Don’t worry, there are ways to prevent from repeating this mistake.
In this article, we’ll teach you how to paint without streaks on your walls so that the final look of your renovation project will look professionally finished. No one will ever think that you did it all by yourself. Just follow our tips below.
Here are the materials you’ll need:
- Matte or flat paint
- Spackling putty
- Putty knife
- Angled paintbrush
- Painter’s tape
- Paint stir stick
- Paint tray
- Paint roller
- 3/8-inch nap roller cover
- Drop cloths
Make sure you prepare the surface by cleaning it to remove the dirt, oil, and other particles on the wall. Cover your furniture and floors with drop cloths to protect it from any paint spills.
1. Select the right tools and materials.
Before you start painting, it is important that you select the right tools for the job. A matte or flat paint is a more suitable choice if you want a finish that doesn’t reflect brush strokes on the surface.
Other paint finishes such as semi-gloss, glossy, and satin paint often dry out with a sheen. This tends to enhance the painting strokes used. You’ll be able to see uneven brush strokes that are not fully blended.
We highly suggest you invest in a good quality paint because cheap paint can cause the finish to have dry streak marks on it. Spending extra can also give you less headache and stress. Using cheap paints may save you more but it will affect the quality of your work and may even end up being more costly if you have to do your entire painting project all over again.
Another important tool that you need to get right is your paint brush. A low-quality brush produces lines and smudges on your paint.
If you’re using an oil-based paint, you should use a brush with natural bristles. On the other hand, use a nylon or polyester brush for latex paints.
2. Prep the surface you are painting on.
Once you have the right tools to start your project, inspect the painting surface for visible cracks and holes. Fill it up with spackling putty to help even out the surface.
Apply a small amount of spackling putty on your putty knife and use it to fill the gaps. Then use the flat edge of the knife to scrape off the residue.Make sure the surface is smooth and even to avoid visible marks on your paint.
Apply a painters tape along the edges of your wall to prevent you from painting over areas that should not be painted on. It will also prevent any accidental paint drips from ruining your floors.
Prep the paint. Use a paint stirrer to mix the paint in the can. Stir it well to prevent any streaks building up in the paint.
3. Apply the paint.
Use an angled brush to cut in the corners and borders. Make sure you keep your hand steady on the brush as you pull it along the wall.
The tip of the angle should be able to create a straight line. Work in sections and finish the areas while the paint is still wet.
Otherwise, painting over dried paint may also cause streaks and clumps on the surface. Once all corners are painted, clean off the paint from your brush and let it dry. A roller foam is more suitable when you’re painting over flat and large surfaces while a paintbrush is better for areas that require more detail.
Roll the foam over the paint until it is soaked well then remove the excess paint by pressing itagainst the raised part of the pan to avoid the paint from dripping. Make sure the cover is equally soaked to avoid uneven brush strokes on the surface.
Start by painting in an M or W-shaped pattern then fill in the empty gaps in between. Make sure you paint at least 3 inches high. Your roller should be moving in the same direction you are painting.
Always roll in one direction to prevent lines from forming. Avoid adding too much or too little pressure on the roller because it can also create streaks on the wall. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours before you start applying your second layer of paint.
I usually use two coats of paint for my walls. However, if I use a bold color then I apply a third coating to enhance and make the color appear more vibrant.
Painting Without Streaks
Now that we’ve walked you through the step-by-step process of how to paint without streaks, do you find this technique easy and useful? The reason why I came up with this list is because I encountered a couple of problems during the first time I painted my living room wall.
I ended up with huge and visible streaks all over the wall. It was certainly not a pretty sight. After letting the paint sit for a few weeks, I couldn’t stand looking at it anymore and decided to paint on it all over again.
However, I wanted to do it right this time. So I did my research and bought the proper tools that fit the job. I also practiced my brush strokes a couple of times until I felt confident enough to handle an entire wall again.
In your case, try to practice and perfect your painting technique before you rush into redecorating your home. Getting it right the first time will save you time, money, and effort. These are things that you can’t easily get back.
We hope this tutorial will help you improve your painting technique. For any questions, comments or suggestions, feel free to get in touch with us. We’d love to hear your thoughts.