How to Fix Your Interior Painting Mistakes

It can be discouraging to complete a painting project only to come back later and see that there were a few mistakes made in the process. Thankfully, some interior painting mistakes are easy to go back and resolve the problems without having to redo the entire project.

Paint Drips

Clean up paint drips as quickly as possible. Keeping damp cloths for clean up while the paint is still fresh will be a quicker wipe up than waiting for it to dry.

Large dry paint drips can be removed with a scraper and the rest sanded down to a smooth surface and repainted. Smaller paint drips may only need a light sanding before repainting. Make sure to feather the edges of the fresh paint into the dry painted areas for a seamless fix.

Paint Spills

For paint that has spilled on flooring surfaces such as carpet, hardwood or tile. These mistakes can be fixed as well. Tile and hardwood may easily be fixed by gently scraping away dried paint. Go slow and be careful with the tools and manor of scraping so the flooring is not scratched while removing the paint. Depending on the texture of the flooring surface, it may pull away easier.

Paint spillages on carpet may be a little more difficult to remove but the faster you get to the spillage the better. Scrape away and soak up as much of the excess spilled paint as possible. Then treat the area with warm water and a mild detergent. If this does not fully remove the stain, there are paint removing cleaners that may assist in the s clean up.

Debris Dried in the Paint

It can be discouraging coming back to a dried project to find debris has hardened into the surface of the paint. Whether fuzz left behind from a roller or somewhat that made its way after the painting, these can be resolved with a quick sanding of the area to gently loosen the debris from the wall. Once the area is cleaned, fresh paint can be applied and blended to hide the touched-up patches.

Uneven Paint

After going back through your paint job it is common to find areas where the paint did not get applied evenly and result in thin or missed spots of paint. This could be due to not loading enough paint to the roller, a poorly lit work space or the quality of paint being applied. Also, uneven paint in a roller can result in inconsistency if there is too thin of paint in the center and large amounts of paint on the edges resulting in bolder lines and lighter centers of each stroke.This is a common mistake and an easy one to fix.

A few thin spots can be covered quickly by blending in an additional coat of paint to those patchy areas. Let the paint dry completely before going in for retouches. However, if there are many missed areas it is best to apply another coat of paint to the entire wall for the most consistent coverage.

Thicker areas may be a little harder to fix as they may need to be sanded down for an easier blend with a second coat to cover the inconsistencies.

Paint Bubbles

If the paint does not properly adhere to sections of the interior surface, you may be left with bubbles in the dried paint. The bubbles can be scraped from the surface. Once the area is sanded and cleaned, fresh paint can be applied and blended in for a smooth finish.

Even while trying to use preventative measures and paying close attention to detail, we are bound  to find a few mistakes along the way after interior painting. We hope these fixes help with those common interior painting issues that may arise.

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