You finally gave up on trying to paint your walls. You’ve done the research and removed all furniture from the room.
Take a deep breath and roll your roller. Then you get to work. You are so absorbed in your work that a few hours pass by without you even realizing it. You will be horrified when you look back at the results of your work.
The paint is streaky, uneven and clumpy. What went wrong?
What are the Three Most Common Paint Streaks?
There are generally three types of paint streaks that untrained painters will encounter on their DIY journey. Each paint streak will need to be treated differently, so it is important to classify them.
What are the most common paint streaks?
Roller Marks with Raised Edge
Raised-edge roller marks can be narrow, raised streaks formed by house painters in Auckland who don’t know how to correct their paint roller technique. Excess paint can be pushed into walls too hard by the painter, resulting in streaky trails.
Brush Marks Leftover
For large areas of the wall, we recommend using paint rollers. However, for smaller spaces and around windows and doors, paint brushes are necessary. It is difficult to master proper brush technique.
Bad brush technique can leave streaks and textures behind. This is okay if you’re trying to achieve the desired effect. If your “textured” painting job is not done with intention, it will look less like an artistic choice and more like an error.
Uneven Paint Streaks and Clumps
This category includes all streaks, clumps and drips caused by not using enough paint, or using too much. This third type of paint streak can be seen when you look back at the old paint and see how it is reflecting through your new paint job.
What Are The Most Common Paint Streaks Types?
Let’s look at the causes of streaky paint. You need to know what causes paint streaks and clumps.
Inconsistent Coverage Can Cause Paint Streaks
It is important to use the same amount paint each time you return the roller brush or paintbrush to the tray. You can keep the paint amount on the wall consistent by using the same amount of paint.
This consistency is often lost by DIY painters halfway through a project if they get tired or bored. This DIY painter’s trap can be dangerous if your painting job looks great, but then becomes less quality as you go down the walls.
Be focused and consistent in how much paint you apply to walls.
Too Much Paint Can Cause Paint Streaks
Many DIY painters believe that it is a good idea for a wall to be painted first, then spreading it out. It is false! This is not how interior wall paint works. We’d all be spraying paint on the walls and spreading it out afterwards, if it worked like that.
Paint should be sufficient to evenly coat the paintbrush and roller. Before you attach the paint tray to your wall, allow the excess paint to drip off the roller or brush.
The Walls were not properly primed or prepped
Paint streaks can sometimes be caused by bad technique, uneven coverage or too much paint. Paint may not adhere to walls if they aren’t properly prepared. This can cause paint streaks, drips and clumps.
- Make sure that your painting surface is level. You should inspect your walls for any dents, holes or scratches, then fill them with dry-wall glue or spackle.
- Clean your walls regularly to get rid of any oil or dirt that has accumulated over time. Paint should adhere to walls, not small dust particles, grease, or dirt.
- To ensure that your paint adheres to the best surface, use a neutral primer of high quality.
Low-Quality Paint can cause paint streaks and clumpage
When painting your home’s interior, make sure to use only high-quality paints. Paint that is not of high quality or that you have made from different sources should not be used for painting your home. Paint made of inferior materials can cause it to separate or crack, rendering it unsuitable for its purpose.
You should also stop thinking you can prolong the life of your old paint by mixing thinners with newer paint. You shouldn’t mix paints with additives or cut paint with another paint, especially if you don’t have a professional-grade mixer.
It can lead to disastrous results and even counter-productive.
Poor Technique Can Cause Paint Streaks
Learn the proper techniques for painting. You will be able to make a big difference when you paint. For valuable tips and visual guides, check out our blog.