A fresh coat of paint can really do wonders for a room.  It can brighten it up, change the style, and even give it that new paint smell.  However, it takes time and a lot of effort to paint a room.  Plus, drips, spills, and other messes are definitely going to happen.


Paint drips

Drips happen….  but when they dry, these drips can make a wall look pretty bad.  Paint drips are one blemish that is extremely common, even for professional painters.  Drips can distract from an otherwise great paint job, but they can be fixed.  Flat paint disguises paint imperfections better than glossy paint.  So, consider the type of paint before you begin your project.


So, how does a drip occur?

Drips can occur for all sorts of reasons while painting, but too much paint on the brush being applied to the wall is definitely the main reason.  Gravity from the excess paint will cause the extra paint to run down the wall, and then it begins to dry.  The dried paint is raised compared to the rest of the wall which results in blemishes.


Removal of drips

The best way to get rid of the paint blemish is to cut or sand the drip out.  Then, the area will have to be repainted to achieve that smooth finish.  Dried Paint Removal Steps:

  • Scrape the paint drips off the wall with a razor after the paint has dried.
  • Sand the area with a medium sandpaper until it is smooth.
  • Wipe away the paint dust with a cloth.
  • Touch up the sanded area with the same paint used on the walls. Use a high quality paintbrush to blend the area as seamlessly as possible.


New Paint

If the newly painted area does not match the rest of the wall, you will need to repaint the entire wall with a roller.  For dried paint drips, you may be able to sand away if they are not too prominent.  For larger drips, use a clean scraper blade to remove the majority and then follow by sanding smooth.  Try to avoid damaging the surrounding paintwork to minimize the damaged area. Sanding along the length of the drip mark will help this. Remove any dust and repaint via the original method of application to reduce the chance of a different finish.

Sand down the edges of the paint to ensure they’re nice and smooth against the wall.  Then, use sugar soap then clean water to get rid of grease, grime and dirt.  Once the wall is dry, apply your first layer of paint, starting in the middle and feathering out towards the edges. Let the first coat dry and review to see if it needs another.


Contact us

Productive painting offers professional power washing and residential, commercial, and industrial interior and exterior painting services to the communities of Wall, NJ and throughout Monmouth County, NJ.  Fully licensed and insured, Productive Painting Company is owner operated NJ LICENSE #13VH04439800.  Hours of operation Mon to Fri 8 AM to 5 PM and Saturday 8 AM to 1 PM.  Closed Sundays.

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