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Not Happy with Your Interior Paint Job? Steps to Fix It

Posted on Jan 19, 2017 6:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

not-happy-with-your-paint.jpgSo you completed your interior paint project. Good work! But wait, is that a brush stroke I see in the kitchen? Are those paint drips dripping down your bathroom wall? Did you run out of paint over there? Okay, maybe your paint job isn’t all that perfect, but don’t fret. To be fair, it’s easy to have a DIY paint job look a little less than professional. And best of all, the little mistakes are probably an easy fix. Depending on what the problem is, most can be solved with some sandpaper elbow grease and new paint.

If a professional was responsible, see if they can come back and fix their mistakes, otherwise, clear some time in your schedule, and tackle the job yourself.

  • Paint drips

If your new paint job has visible drips, overloading the brush probably caused it. Overloading the brush happens when someone dips the brush too far into the paint can. While they may look unsightly, drops can are easily fixable. 

Using a scraper, scrape the paint drips. Next, use sandpaper to sand the area to a smooth finish. Repaint the area, using less paint on the brush.

  • Gritty finish

Poor preparation can lead to gritty or rough finishes. To remedy a rough finish, simply use sandpaper to sand the area back. Next, clean the area with a cloth to remove dirt and dust. Next, repaint with a topcoat.

  • Wrinkled paint

If the painter didn’t allow adequate drying time, it could result in the appearance of wrinkled paint. To fix this, use a chemical stripper or a hot air gun to strip the paint. Next, sand the area, and repaint.

  • Poor coverage 

If you see streaks in the paint, or is it obvious that one area has more paint than another? It’s time to fix the patchy areas. Do this by sanding the area to remove any trails left by a paint roller or brush. Next, clean the area with a cloth. Then, recoat the area with as many coats needed to match the surface.

  • Brush marks

Obvious brush marks were probably caused by a painter that was in a hurry to get the job done. Brush marks are also prominent in natural wood finishes. Use a machine sander to sand the area. Then, wipe the area clean with a damp cloth. Allow the area to dry, and then repaint. If you’re painting over wood, be sure to apply stain with the grain. 

While it can be a bit of a downer now, your paint job is probably fixable with a little patience and TLC. Even if the job is less-than-stellar, it doesn’t mean you have to give up and move out. Or even hire a professional painter. If you have any inclination toward the DIY route, you can probably fix the problem in one afternoon. If you think you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us for a quote.

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