The Secret to Prevent Brush Marks When Painting Walls Revealed!
Thinking of home painting? We have put together a handy guide with wall painting ideas to avoid those ugly brush strokes when you paint.
Invest in high-quality paint
It is important to use good-quality paint to achieve professional results when it comes to wall painting for hall, kitchen, dining room, bedroom, balcony or any other corner of your home.
Choose the right sheen
For walls of any type, it is a good idea to go for flat paints as they don’t reflect the light, which would otherwise show the imperfections of the wall. Flat paints tend to absorb light, masking the dings and dent.
Invest in right tools for wall painting
The kind of brush you use should complement the kind of paint that you are using. For oil and water-based paints, it is best to use a natural bristle brush to spread the paint evenly across the surface. For latex-based paint, it would be best to use a brush with nylon or plastic-like bristles. While you think about the right paint brush to be used, don’t forget the roller. The right roller can help the painters spread the paint smoothly and evenly, so you aren’t left with patchy spots, uneven brushstrokes or other imperfections on the walls.
Spend proper time on prep work
Before wall painting, remove the hardware around the room and cover the floor with drop cloths to prevent damage caused by paint spills.
Fix the cracks and dents on the walls before painting. Also, do not forget to sand the walls. Unless you like textured walls, do not paint over dust.
Know the correct painting techniques
- Paint in shorter strokes for the best coverage.
- Don’t press too hard on the brush. If you see the brush fibres starting to fan out, this indicates that you are pressing too hard on it.
- Wet your brush with water before painting. This will let the paint not dry out fast in the bristles and pre-soften them.
- Going back over semi dry paint is never a good idea. If you miss a spot or make an error, do not fret; smooth it with sandpaper when dry and the next coat will be able to fix it.
- Always paint in one direction.
The Don’ts of Painting
Don’t use more than two coats
The general rule of painting is to use only two coats of paint. More isn’t always better! Stick to two coats as it will fix any potential imperfections on the walls.
Don’t mix different types of paint
If you do not have enough paint, do not try to mix or use a slightly different colour or finish. This is the worst idea ever as it can end up throwing off the colour or sheen of the product and look messy and streaky.
Bottom line – Best to just stick to one type of paint for both the coats. This will keep everything consistent and hide those streak marks well.