Paint Streaks

Old 01-31-00, 07:59 AM
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I just finished painting the interior of one of my rooms, and I noticed that although I put three coats of paint on, there are semi-visible roller streaks in certain light. Any ideas on how to stop this?

Kelley Shirazi
Old 02-01-00, 05:01 AM
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Kelley, there are several possible reasons why the streaks are there. Since I can't see them in person, I don't know which applies.

1) Use quality tools (roller sleeves and brushes). Good tools distribute the paint better.

2) Use quality paint from a paint store, not a paint department.

3) Darker colors will take 4,5, even 6 coats to look right. Darker colors have more pigment and its tough to evenly distribute all that pigment.

4) Use a manual roller and an extension handle. The 'paint sticks' put more paint in the middle and less on the ends of the sleeve. Its hard to get an even roll, then.

5) Use proper technique - put the roller in the middle of your 'strip', right next to the last strip painted. Roll forward, then back. Now roll into the previously painted strip to blend the paint. Don't over-roll.

6) When using more than one gallon of paint, mix the cans together before starting. Get a paint pail, pour some of one can into it, top off with the other can. Now pour from one can to the other and to the pail. The same 'exact' color will have slight differences in shade that will show up in certain light conditions.

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