Close up image of a surface with unsightly brush and roller marks.

Poor Flow & Leveling – INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

Failure of paint to dry to a smooth film, resulting in unsightly brush and roller marks after the paint dries.

Causes

  • Use of low-quality paint.
  • Use of the wrong type of roller cover or poor quality brush
  • Re-brushing or re-rolling partially dried painted areas.
  • Application under high temperature conditions – usually above 90 ºF – or too little humidity, which causes rapid drying of the paint, preventing the film from flowing out properly.

Solutions

  • Use high- quality latex paints, which are generally formulated with ingredients that enhance flow and leveling properties.
  • When using a roller, be sure to use a cover with the recommended nap length for the type of paint being used. The use of a high-quality brush is important; a poor brush can result in bad flow and leveling with any paint.
  • Avoid conditions that promote rapid drying of the paint.

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