How to fix DIY painting mistakes

Painting the interior of your Vancouver home by yourself may be tempting, but keep in mind that mistakes are bound to happen. Painting is often more difficult than people may think, and without proper techniques, you can end up with some unsightly blemishes. Here are some of the most common painting mistakes and how to fix them.

1. Roller marks and brush marks

Roller marks are a common occurrence in painting. Roller marks are best prevented by ensuring the roller maintains a wet edge while painting. If you see roller marks on your painted surface, wait until the paint has fully dried (about two hours) and then repaint the surface using the same type of roller or roller cover. Start from a corner and repaint the wall making sure to keep a wet edge as you paint. Some sanding may be required if the roller lines are raised.

2. Paint runs and drips on the painted surface

Painting your surface with too much paint on the roller can lead to dripping paint that dries on the surface. To fix this issue, scrape off as much of the drip as you can and then sand the area until it is smooth and level with the rest of the surface. Finally, repaint the area ensuring that you don’t have too much paint on the roller or brush.

3. Uneven Coverage

If you finish painting your wall and find that some spots are blotchy or lighter than other areas, you can easily fix the issue by applying a second coat of paint to the wall. Wait until the paint is fully dry and repaint the surface for a beautiful, even finish.

4. Paint drips and minor spills on carpet

One of the best ways to solve spill issues is to avoid them by laying dropsheets down before you start painting. A commercial paint remover is great to have on hand in the event of any spills. If spills are caught quickly, a damp rag can often remove them. Here is how to clean paint spills and drips off of carpeted floors:

  • For dried paint, pour some water and dish soap over the dried paint and allow it to soften up the spill. Use a scraper to remove the paint.
  • For wet oil-based paint, dab the paint with a wet rag. This should remove most of the paint.
  • For wet latex-based paint, dab the area with a wet rag and then wipe dry. Give the entire area a good clean with some dish soap.

5. Getting paint off windows

If paint has gotten on your windowpane, do not try and wipe it. If you have a paint remover on hand, that is your best option for removing the paint. You can also use a clean razor blade to gently wipe off the dried paint. Make sure to clean the razor blade frequently throughout the process.

The best way to avoid painting mistakes is by properly preparing the surface for painting. Lack of preparation can lead to paint chipping, bubbling and more. For large rooms or full house paints, you may want to consider hiring a professional Vancouver painter for your interior painting project.