How To Fix 3 Types Of Paint Streaks On Walls (And How To Avoid Them)

It happens to everyone (even myself, once upon a time).

Anyone who has, is, or will be painting a wall will more than likely leave paint streaks somewhere. It’s almost like a rite of passage into the DIY home painting world.

Thankfully, paint streaks on walls are not too difficult to fix, if a little time-consuming. You can use the “How To Avoid These Problems” at the bottom of this post to better help you avoid streaks. But before you get to that you’ll probably want to go ahead and solve your current streak issue.

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How to fix paint streaks on walls

1. Fixing Raised Edge Roller Marks

This looks like where the edges of the roller are leaving little raised lines of paint behind as you roll, almost like boundary lines. This happens when the roller is full of paint and is pressed too firmly against the wall.

To fix these paint streaks on walls you’ll need to sand down the raised edges. You may have to touch up the wall here and there but that’s only if you sand too closely. You’ll want to use 120 – 150 grit sandpaper and sand lightly. Sanding too hard can take off the flat paint, which would mean another coat application.

Make sure to wipe the areas clean of dust before you start painting again

2. Fixing Uneven Paint Streaks On Your Walls

Sometimes the paint on the roller starts disappearing faster than we realize. Less paint means a lighter coat, resulting in uneven paint streaks on your walls. Thankfully the fix to this doesn’t involve sanding. All you need to do is wait for it to completely dry and then apply another coat of paint.

If it isn’t all the way dry it can still look uneven after another coat of paint

3. Fixing Leftover Brush Marks

If you’ve done any brush painting on your wall and you see marks left over, you can get rid of them.

If the edges are raised you’ll want to follow the same steps as with the raised edge roller marks. Sand off the raised parts and touch them up as necessary.

For uneven brush marks, you’ll want to apply another coat of paint until you can no longer see them. Try to avoid painting in the same places so the edges don’t become more noticeable.

Paint Streaks Beware!

Armed with this knowledge you should be able to get rid of paint streaks on your walls and avoid them in the future. What kind of paint streaks are you seeing on your walls: raised or uneven? You can tell us in the comments below.

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