How to Prevent Paint Streaks on Walls

Interior Painting | February 21, 2023

If you are considering rejuvenating your living room, bedroom, or another area of your home with a fresh coat of paint, it is crucial to understand how to prevent paint streaks on walls. While painting a room may seem like a straightforward task, there are several considerations that must be kept in mind and actions that must be performed to produce a flawless finish. As experts in exterior and interior painting, the team at Dunbar Painting knows that proper care must be taken to produce optimal results. That is why we have compiled some information to help you minimize the risk of paint streaks on your walls and ensure results that you will love.

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4 Tips to Help Prevent Paint Streaks on Walls

To minimize the risk of paint streaks on your walls, consider the following tips:

1. Make Sure Your Paint is Properly Mixed

Before applying paint, it is crucial to ensure that it is properly mixed. If your paint has been sitting for a few months or years, it has likely started to separate. If you open the paint can and it does not look as it should, it is strongly recommended to have it shaken at a paint store. This will ensure that every element is properly mixed, restoring your paint to a usable condition.

2. Fully Prepare the Surface(s) Being Painted

You should always take time to carefully inspect the surfaces you wish to paint. During this inspection, check to see if your walls are greasy, dirty, or damaged. You should also check for paint adhesion barriers like unpaintable caulking. If your walls are greasy or damaged, they will need to be cleaned or repaired before you can paint them. This is especially true for walls that have not been cleaned or painted for a long time, as they have likely accumulated a significant amount of dirt and other debris that can be difficult to notice.

3. Apply Paint Evenly

When painting a wall, it is crucial to ensure that all paint is distributed as evenly as possible. Use a roller and apply even pressure to ensure that the paint spreads over each surface without pooling or becoming overloaded. If paint is applied too heavily in one area, this can lead to runoff, streaks, and other imperfections, so it is always worth taking the time to apply the paint slowly and evenly. If you are painting over another colour, you will also need to ensure that you are applying enough coats to sufficiently cover it.

4. Use High-Quality Paint Products

While you may be tempted to cut costs and choose cheap paint products, this will only increase the risk of streaks and other imperfections. To ensure optimal results, choose high-quality paint, brushes, and rollers. This will drastically reduce the risk of imperfections while allowing for a smoother application process, making them well worth the price.

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To learn more about our interior and exterior painting services or to discuss the details of your project, get in touch with the team at Dunbar Painting. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our services or your project.