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How do you fix paint streaks caused from overlapping with paint roller?

Can you please help us fix our bedroom?  We painted the bottom half of the room first and the the top half.  We are using a red color.  We have applied 2 coats and have horrible overlapping paint marks where the paint overlaps from the top and bottom. 


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Posted 2013-11-24T21:56:02+0000  by kirstina kirstina




Yours is a classic case of a color that just does not hide well. Reds have been notorious for such lack of coverage, especially dark, bright reds. I am assuming that this was a Behr paint color. If you look on the color chart, you will probably see a little cross like symbol right behind the name of the color. This is Behr's way of warning you that multiple coats and/or a primer is neccessary. When this symbol is used, a minimum of paint or primer is neccessary, possibly more.


There are several things that would have, or might help: 


First, a couple more coats using techniques to lay the paint out just as evenly as possible.  I personally use long, full strokes top to bottom. Each fill of the roller only gets you one width of the roller before re-filling. After laying out the paint in the roller, make long strokes back over the previous two widths of the roller. This evens out the paint and lessens the overlapping look. Work quickly and deliberately, trying to keep a "wet edge". You never want to be  rolling back into paint which has dried or begun to set.


Do your "cutting in" and rolling simultaneously, bringing everything down the wall at once. If you cut-in the whole room first ,or do it last, you will be double coating those areas and that will show up as more intense color and possibly a higher sheen.


At this point, you should probably not consider starting over with a primer, but continue on with the same color. However, were you beginning again, a primer could well be in order. The Behr computer will flag those colors which should use a primer to the Paint Associate and indicate what actions would be preferable.

Glidden products also are flagged by the computer.


Again, for future reference, avoid those Behr colors carrying the dreaded cross symbol behind the name if possible. Of course, if you really want a specific color, you do what you have to do to get it! Those colors without the cross  can almost always be accomplished in one or two coats.


Some advice for right now: give the paint several hours of dry time between coats. That " two hour re-coat" time on the back of the Behr can is for light colors only. The dark colors are LOADED with pigment which slows the drying and curing time. A good rule of thumb is one hour of drying time for every ounce of pigment. Your red will undoubtedly have at least 12 or 13 ounces of tint, i.e. twelve hours of dry time advisable. Recoating too soon could cause the last coat ot lift right off the wall!  It can in itself cause streakiness!


In the best of scenarios, paint manufacturers like to see the customer use two coats, either primer and paint, or two coats of a self-priming paint such as all Behr interior paints, or Glidden's DUO. Two coating, or multiple coating, usually solves such problems as you are experiencing.


Hope this has helped you understand what is occurring and how to deal with it now and in the future.

Posted 2013-11-24T23:58:52+0000  by ordjen
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