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10 Reasons Your Paint Job Looks Off, And How To Fix It

A paint job is one of the most affordable and DIY-friendly projects you can take on to transform your space instantly. We get a lot of questions about why someone's paint job isn't coming out the way they'd hoped, and we're here to help you break down a few factors that could be causing these issues.


Your coverage is inconsistent.

Priming your walls is extremely important and can alleviate some potential headaches along the way. Starting with a primer will help make sure your paint has a good starting point and has the best overall appearance. Primer helps you get an even coat and ensures paint adheres to the surface better and improves durability.


You have paint splatters everywhere.

Protecting your space is as important as the painting itself. A professional painter will protect anything in a room you don’t want paint on, which means placing drop cloths on the floor, plastic over any furniture, and taping off trim.

If you spot drips while the paint is still wet, a damp cloth will usually do the trick to pull paint off wood floors. If the paint has dried on wood floors, you can try to gently scrape it up, then use a damp cloth to wipe any excess away.



You can see brush mark streaks.

Using a high quality brush or roller makes a huge difference in paint jobs. It will help provide smooth, straight lines, while a high-quality roller will give better paint coverage and a smoother finish.



The lines around outlets are messy.

It’s important to remove the switch and outlet covers before you begin painting. This will help you use the roller to get close to the outlet/switch and prevent you from using a brush.


There are dried drips on the wall.

To prevent this, make sure to start rolling at chest height. That way, most of the paint is in the middle of the wall and you can use the roller to spread the paint up and down from the center, as opposed to the top (or bottom) and try to spread it a much farther distance. Before paint dries, do a quick check for any drips. They are much easier to fix while the paint’s still wet — you’ll just need to roll it out to distribute the paint.

If you find drips later, you’ll need to scrape them off, sand that part of the wall smooth, and repaint over the section. Blending the patch into the rest of the wall can be tricky, so this is definitely easier to prevent than fix.



The paint around the windows and baseboards is clumpy.

There are a few reasons why this usually happens, including not properly cleaning the surface and picking up dust and debris, applying the paint too thick, or applying too many coats of paint over time. It is important to clean everything thoroughly before starting to apply any paint.



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