Fixing a Bad Interior Paint Job

There is nothing like a freshly painted room until you notice one of these commons signs that your paint job was bad. You walk in and discover drip stains, paint bubbles, uneven marks, spots on the ceiling, painter tape lines, or some other mistake. All of these are common mistakes or the result of trying to cut corners. While many times they are not noticeable to others, observant homeowners and professional painters will not be able to take their eyes away from a bad interior paint job.

Fixing a Bad Interior Paint Job

Fortunately, there are some easy ways to fix these common interior paint job mistakes.

Uneven Paint

If your walls seem patchy and there is some of the old paint showing through, this means that there are not enough coats of the new paint on the wall. To fix this you will need to wait for the paint to dry and then have the walls painted with another coat. Ensure that there is always a wet edge on the roller. Repeat coats until you get the result that you desire.

Dried Paint Drips

Do you see several running trails on your walls? If you are seeing these runs it can be quite obnoxious. The way to fix this is to use a paint scraper to remove the drips and then sand the area down until it is smooth. If it is really bad, you might just want to patch the area. Once you have sanded, you will want to clean the entire area with a cloth and then repaint the area.

If the drips are on the floor or on the trim, use a razor blade to remove the drips if they are dry. The best thing that you can do to avoid this issue is to make sure that you wipe any spills or fresh drips as they occur and use drop cloths on the floor.

Roller Marks

If your walls look like the lap lanes of a pool, you are staring at roller marks. This happens when the roller or brush does not have a wet edge when you are painting. In order to fix this, you will need to first sand down all of the uneven areas until they are smooth. You might have to patch after doing this. Next, clean off the walls and then prime the area. Put a uniform coat of paint on the wall that has the issue. Make sure that you are rolling the paint out of the sides of the roller as a way to prevent edge lines.

Removing Ceiling Spots

 A spot on the ceiling is a very easy fix. If it is currently wet, spray some clear window cleaner on a clean paintbrush and then wipe the paint off. Make sure that you are very careful so that you do not remove more paint than you mean to. Touch up the area with a small brush. Make sure that you are feathering the edges so that it will blend in with the rest of the ceiling.

Removing Brush Marks

Most of the time when you see brush marks on the wall they were not put there for artistic reasons. Typically they occur because the painter did not cut in properly. Cutting in is where you use a paintbrush in an area that a roller will not be effective. To fix this issue you will first want to sand the area down and then patch as needed. Be careful so that you do not take underlying paint off. If you do take more paint than necessary off, patching the entire area might be needed. Clean the area and then repaint.

Most of the time you will simply need to sand and repaint areas in order to fix a bad home painting job.

Superb Painting Omaha, NE

At Superb Painting, LLC our Omaha interior painting team starts by sanding & vacuuming the trim, crown, or cabinets using a trim brush attachment for our shop vac.  Cabinets may require more work removing hardware and laying them flat to spray so that you don’t get any paint runs.  We then use a tack cloth to further remove any sanding residue. Next, if the wood was previously stained, we apply an oil-based primer to help keep the stain from bleeding back through the paint.  After that, we do a light sanding/scuffing of the primer to make sure the first coat of paint gets good adherence to it.

Then we spray (or could brush) the first coat of trim paint such as Sherwin Williams Pro Classic.  After that, there is another light sanding/scuffing of the 1st layer of paint and then the final finish coat is sprayed (or brushed) on for a beautiful finish that lasts!   Contact us today for a FREE Estimate.

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