How to Avoid Brush Marks With Latex Paint

A lot goes into a good paint job. Buying the appropriate paint and brush, cleaning the surface, painstakingly taping along the molding and allowing ample drying time between coats, for example, is not a guarantee that your paint job will look professional. Brush marks are often a problem, especially with novice painters, ruining what would have been an excellent paint job. Therefore, incorporate a few additional techniques, some specific to latex paint, when preparing and painting your next project to avoid unsightly brush marks.

Use specific techniques to avoid brush marks.

Step 1

Use a 120-grit sand paper to smooth away any old brush marks from a previous paint job, previous drips and any other blemishes. If the surface is supposed to be textured, skip this step.

Step 2

Add a flow extender and leveling additive to the latex paint. It helps the paint spread out more evenly, thereby reducing or eliminating brush strokes as well as roller strokes. If the paint label states not to add an additive, do not. Also, do not add a flow extender and leveling additive if you are painting on stucco.

Step 3

Choose a high-quality, nylon-bristle brush to paint latex paint. Using a 2-1/2 inch brush gives you better control.

Step 4

Use the brush to cut in along the edges of a large surface. Otherwise, use a roller whenever possible. Dip the brush in the paint, then scrape the excess off on the edge of the tray so you do not have too much paint on the brush.

Step 5

Paint along the edges in small sections using the paintbrush. Then, roll that area of the wall before the paint dries, getting as close to the edge as possible. This is a trick that reduces brush marks. Move on to the next area and repeat.

About the Author

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.