Painting Tips: How to Remove Drips

What You'll Need
Scraping tool
Masking tape

If a recent paint job in your home has given way to noticeable paint drips, there are a number of painting tips to help you get rid of them. With a few painting tips and some basic tools, you can rid your home's surfaces of paint drips in a timely and stress-free fashion.

Step 1 - Seal off the Drips

Before proceeding to remove them, you will need to seal off the area that contains the paint drips. Use four pieces of masking tape to form a protective square around the drip-laden area.

Step 2 - Remove the Drips

Having sealed off the drips, you will now need to use a scraping tool, preferably a paint scraper, to remove them from your painted surface. Once the drips have been successfully purged and the surface is flat, use a sheet of 220-grit sandpaper to smooth out the freshly scraped area, after which it will be safe to remove your masking tape. If there is any dirt or debris present, wipe it away with a dampened washcloth.

Step 3 - Repaint the Area

Now that the drips have been removed, it's time to repaint the area. Use a paintbrush, paint roller or paint pad to apply paint to the formerly drip-laden area in smooth, even strokes. Try to abstain from changing the direction of your strokes in the middle of the job, as this stands to cause more paint drips.