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I just finished (yesterday) painting my living room wall with a Behr Eggshell plus primer in one.  I bought a color called Mossy Bank (Green) and used it to cover a fairly recently painted wall in a very similar - just slightly lighter shade of green (that was painted by our contractor who used Sherwin Williams paint).  I painted the first coat Sunday and the second one yesterday.  I am very very disappointed with the results.  There are VERY obvious streaks on the entire wall.  I've painted many many times in the past and always used CIL smart paint (eggshell) and never had this happen.  I wanted to buy CIL on Sunday but was advised by the man int he paint department that he couldn't tint the CIL paint the color I chose (I guess it was a Berh swatch) and advised me to buy the Behr product.  I wish I hadn't listened.  Anyway, 52 dollars later - I'm exhausted and frustrated.  I'm wondering if maybe I should now go over it with a flat finish paint or??? How can I fix this mess?
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Posted 2015-07-21T14:58:15+0000  by restmom restmom
Every paint goes on a little differently, which is why pros have their favorites.  I'm assuming the paint was shaken at the store and you stirred it before use...  I'm hardly an expert but after painting a section (maybe 4') I'll go over the section, very lightly from floor to ceiling in one continuous motion to even things out.

If you have enough paint, I would suggest trying another coat.  If you have to buy more paint, I'd go with the brand you prefer.  There's no reason that Home Depot or any other paint store can't match colors.
Posted 2015-07-23T09:03:43+0000  by Adam444

Hey restmom,

Sorry to learn of your problem with streaks and thanks for the opportunity to explain "smoothing strokes."


Walls are commonly smooth, not textured, so I will base my answer upon painting a smooth surface.


In an earlier post, there was a discussion of correct nap. Click Here to see a "Quick Tip" video and review that discussion. You will find that most smooth surfaces are painted with a three-eighths nap roller.

Commonly, paint coverage problems and streaks are created three ways:


1) When the nap is too long, the nap extends on the backside of the roller and pulls at the wet paint making an orange peel texture. In addition, when too long nap is used, the roller loads full of paint and when pressed firmly against the wall, paint releases from the roller at both edges creating two parallel ridges. Sanding the orange peel and/or ridges until smooth and repainting with a three-eighths nap roller cover is the solution;


2) When dark color paint is applied to the wall and then re-coated too fast, the second coat re-wets the first coat creating streaks. The solution is simply waiting six hours between coats; and


3) When roller or brush marks show up. The solution for this is to use "smoothing strokes." 


A) Begin working in an area about as wide as your body (approx. four-feet);

B) Cut-in at the top and the bottom of the wall;

C) Fill the wall with paint using W-strokes or V-strokes;

D) Refill your roller with paint four or five times to cover the section of wall as wide as your body;

E) Before you move over and without going back to the tray for more paint, roll continuous strokes from the cut-in at the top of the wall to the cut-in near the floor;

F) Overlap these smoothing strokes about one-half inch and expect to use four or five overlapping smoothing strokes to completely smooth the area you just filled with paint; and

G) Then move over the width of your body and repeat.

While most pros and DIYers never achieve one coat coverage, using "smoothing strokes" will give you the best opportunity to paint your walls in one coat.

Try this technique and let us know what you think.

Posted 2015-08-13T20:23:23+0000  by Pat_HD_ATL
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