7 Common Painting Problems and How to Fix Them

7 Common Painting Problems and How to Fix Them

If you’re a fan of DIY painting, you’ll probably have this experience. You spend hours carefully applying paint to your walls, take a break, and then walk back into the room as the new paint is slowly drying.

Instead of your beautiful brand-new paint job, you see a “bald” patch, or paint bubbles, or brush strokes, or drip stains. Or you notice drips of paint on your windows or carpet. So annoying! Can these issues be fixed, or must you repaint the entire wall and pull up your carpets?

Luckily, most painting errors can be fixed easier than repainting the entire area. Here are some tips on how to fix:

  • Uneven paint
  • Brush or roller marks
  • Paint bubbles on walls
  • Dried paint drips
  • Paint on windows
  • Paint tape lines
  • Paint on your carpet

If your painting issues are more complicated than what you read here, it’s probably better to consider hiring a professional paint contractor.

How to Fix Uneven Paint

If your walls look patchy with some of the old paintwork showing through, you don’t have enough coats of paint on the wall. All you need to do is:

  • Wait until the paint is dry
  • Add another coat
  • Make sure your roller always has a wet edge
  • Repeat until you get the desired result

Wall painting is easier with a commercial 45cm roller as you can cover more area faster. It will cost more, but you get a more professional looking paint job as a result.

How to Fix Brush or Roller Marks

Roller or brush marks on your walls occur when a brush or roller doesn’t keep a wet edge while painting. To remedy this:

  • Sand down the uneven areas until smooth
  • Clean the dust off of the walls
  • Prime the area
  • Repaint until uniform

How to Fix Paint Bubbles on Walls

When wall paint bubbles, it’s usually because of moisture or heat, which can cause paint not to stick to the undercoat. To get rid of the bubbles, you have to:

  • Scrape the bubbles off with a scraping tool
  • Sand the area smooth
  • Clean
  • Prime
  • Repaint!

How to Fix Dried Paint Drips

If you have drip trails, also known as runs, it’s usually because of too much paint on your brush. This causes the paint to overflow and drip down your walls. To fix this, you can:

  • Scrape the drips off with a paint scraper or sand the area until smooth
  • Clean the area with a damp cloth
  • Repaint!

How to Remove Paint from Windows

Paint on your windows can seem like a major issue, but it’s not. If you try to wipe it off while it’s still wet, you might spread it out and make it harder to remove. Here’s the best way to remove it:

  • Wait for the paint to dry
  • Take a razor blade and scrape off the offending paint at an angle
  • Clean off the razor blade before each stroke

How to Remove Tape Lines

Sometimes, you pull off your protective tape, and some wall paint comes off with it. Chances are the tape was on the wall for too long. Removing tape no longer than an hour after the paint job is ideal. If you haven’t taken the tape off yet:

  • Use a razor blade to cut off the tape
  • Smooth the area with a sanding block
  • Clean
  • Prime
  • Repaint!

How to Remove Paint Stains from the Carpet

This is probably your worst nightmare when DIY painting! But don’t panic, it’s fixable. Don’t be tempted to scrub the patch if it’s still wet. This will just grind it into the carpet fibers.

Note that these cleaning tips are for small patches of spilled paint. If you’ve managed to kick over a whole paint bucket and then walked it around the carpet, you’ll have to consult a professional cleaner.

Latex paint:

  • Take a sponge or cloth and dab the paint until it starts to come up
  • Repeat this step multiple times
  • Dry the area by placing a cloth on it so it soaks up the rest of the paint
  • Repeat
  • After the stain is gone, use warm water and dishwashing liquid to clean the area

Oil paint:

  • Apply mineral spirits or turps with a cloth or sponge
  • Don’t use too much spirit as this can dissolve the carpet glue

Turpentine can be used instead of mineral spirits to thin oil paint and clean your painting tools. Turpentine is more toxic than mineral or white spirits and gives off some nasty fumes, so make sure to use in a well ventilated area with a respirator.

If you’re going to hire a painting professional, you should know how to choose a good painting contractor. If you bring in the wrong person, you may have to hire another one to fix the problems the first guy leaves behind!

It’s easy to DIY when your problem area is small and you have the time. If it’s a whole wall, an entire room, or there are multiple problems in need of fixing, let us handle the painting for you! No job too big or small, dial 083 500 2841 and give us a call.