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Solutions to Common DIY Painting Challenges

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Some hobbyists get less than satisfactory results as they paint due to the challenges that they cannot resolve. Implement solutions to improve the following outcomes of your DIY painting projects.

Poorly Flowing Paint

Some types of paint, such as high-gloss paint, may be hard to work with because it does not flow easily, but it dries quickly. You can improve the workability of such paint by using an additive so that the paint takes longer to dry. This longer drying time will allow you to apply an extra coat on spots that seem to have got an insufficient layer of paint.


Stains can also show through a new coat of paint if you did not take deliberate steps to prevent such a defect from showing. Crayon marks, soot and ink are examples of stains that affect the quality of newly applied paint. These stains can be prevented from spoiling the quality of your work through the use of a primer. It is also advisable for you to prime the stained section with the top coat before you apply an even layer of that topcoat over the entire surface. No stain will be visible if you do this.

Uneven Paint Lines

Some hobbyists try to copy professionals by using smaller brushes to create neat paint lines on surfaces, such as trim. However, professionals rely on their extensive experience to do that. Use an easy shortcut to get the same straight lines. Buy a roll of masking tape and place it on the surfaces where you want a straight line. Any excess paint will go onto the masking tape and you will be left with perfect lines once you remove the masking tape at the end of your project.

Dripping Paint

Do you intend to paint elevated surfaces, such as the ceiling? Paint is likely to drip onto your body and head as you use the brush. This paint can make the project very uncomfortable for you and you may end up abandoning the project before you complete it. However, a simple trick can save you from that inconvenience. Get a sponge and place it on the handle of your painting brush. The sponge will soak up any paint drops so that your head and body will be spared from the droplets.

Start with painting a small area, such as a dog kennel, if you lack experience. Graduate to larger surfaces once you have mastered the use of the tips discussed above.