How To Fix (or Prevent) Paint Streaks On Walls

It’s a familiar story—

After much mental resistance, you’ve finally got around to painting your walls. In the days leading up to this moment, you’ve done all the research—you’ve removed all the room’s furniture, unscrewed the plates covering outlet and light switches, and even taped off your windows and door frames like a pro.

You take a deep breath, roller in hand, and get to work. A few hours go by unnoticed as you are absorbed by your work. When you step back to admire the fruits of your labor, you are horrified!

The paint is uneven, streaky, and clumpy! Where did you go wrong? 

Pizzazz is very familiar with these horror stories like this, as we hear them repeatedly from customers. That’s why we’ve prepared this comprehensive how-to guide for fixing—or preventing—paint streaks, clumps, drips, and other unsightly painting errors. 

By the end of this post, you’ll be armed with the knowledge to fix (or even prevent) paint streaks, or be humbled enough to let us handle it! 

Too Much Paint Can Cause Paint Streaks

Some DIY painters falsely believe it’s a good idea to get a lot of paint up on the wall first and then spread it around once it’s up there. This is not true! Interior wall paint doesn’t work like this. If it did, we’d all be glopping buckets of paint onto the wall and spreading out after the fact.

You want to use enough paint to coat your paintbrush or paint roller evenly. Allow the brush or roller to drip excess off into the paint tray before bringing it up to your wall. 

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Img 01.The Right Paint Brushes and Paint Rollers For The Project

Don’t Alter the Paint With Thinners And Don’t Mix Different Paints Together

We can’t stress this enough—don’t mix different paints together and don’t use thinner to alter the paint unless you know exactly what you are doing. You can completely destabilize the paint or create a poorly mixed Frankenstein paint that will embarrass you once it’s up on the wall. To prevent disaster, use the paint as recommended. 

Two Coats Of Paint Is Usually Optimal

The optimal number of coats you’ll want is two coats of paint. Any more, and you’ll risk making the paint job uneven. Any less, and you are compromising paint coverage. 

Trust a Professional Painter And Forget About Paint Streaks

If you just can’t seem to get rid of paint streaks or don’t trust your steady hand enough to do it yourself, Pizzazz Painting’s experienced painters will paint your house fast and professionally and provide you with a stunning, streak-free paint job. Contact Pizzazz Painting today if you need help selecting the right colors and types of paint or if you need us to paint your home’s interior or exterior.   


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