When you do your own painting inside or outside of your home, or when painting cabinets or furniture, do you ever have streaks running through your paint job? Nothing looks worse than having streaks running through your paint project. Painting streaks are a very common problem and one that can be repaired and prevented by using proper painting techniques. L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc will share what can cause painting streaks and what needs to be done to repair and prevent these painting flaws.
Types of Paint Streaks
When painting there are three different types of painting streaks that can occur. Streaks mostly are due to poor painting techniques and not knowing when to switch out rollers or not using a good paint brush. The three types of painting streaks are:
- Raised-Edge Roller Streaks – A raised-edge roller streaks or marks are narrow and raised sections of paint. The edges of the roller often accumulates paint. Therefore, when a painter presses too hard on the roller it squeezes the excess paint toward the edges where thick streaks of paint are left behind.
- Paint Brush Streaks – Although a roller will cover most of the walls and other surfaces, a paint brush will be needed to paint the edges and tighter spaces. Paint brushes are actually more difficult to use than most people realize. Paint brushes require advanced painting techniques so as to not leave streaks. However, for those who are not professionals, it is highly recommended to invest in a quality paint brush. They will leave less streaks than cheaper paint brushes and are cheaper in the long run.
- Painting Clumps and Drip Streaks – While painting and you notice you have paint clumps and drips streaks, these occur when using too much or too little paint. As a roller nap is used more and more, it’s nap will collapse causing uneven paint streaks. It is important to find the right amount of paint to put on a roller and to know when to change out the roll nap.
Why is My Paint Streaky?
As these are the common types of streaks that occur when painting, some of the reasons behind streaks on the surface will vary. One of the most common reasons why streaks form on the walls is due to inconsistent coverage. It is important to know the right amount of paint to have on the roller and to make sure you cover the wall evenly with the paint. Often the first coat will have areas that are thinner than others. This is why most painting projects will require at least two coats. The second coat is the most critical. You will want to avoid using too little or too much paint. Additionally, you will want to use equal pressure when rolling the paint. By using the right amount of paint, even pressure and covering the entire wall or surface, you will prevent streaks on the walls. For a more even coverage it also helps to prep and prime the wall or surface first. The primer is essential as it adds a protective layer over the surface and makes sure the paint adheres to the surface evenly. For a streakless paint job, make sure to first wipe down the surface with a damp cloth and then apply the primer.
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