Visible brush and roller marks are the results of poor paint flow and leveling.
Poor flow and leveling occur when paint dries too quickly, before it has a chance to "flow out" properly. The result is a streaky or dry-brushed appearance. You can easily prevent this problem by taking the proper steps.
What Causes Poor Flow and Leveling?
- Poor-quality paint is the leading cause of this problem
- Using improper or low-quality brushes or roller covers
- Brushing or rolling more frequently than necessary
- Touching up, re-brushing or re-rolling dried or partially dried areas
- Painting a warm or porous surface, which makes paint dry faster
How to Prevent Poor Flow and Leveling
- Top-quality latex paints are generally formulated with ingredients that
enhance paint flow. Brush and roller marks thus tend to "flow out" and form
a smooth film.
- When using a roller, be sure to use a cover with the recommended nap length for the application.
- Use a high-quality brush. Using an inferior paint brush can result in bad flow and leveling with any paint.
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