8 Best Ways on How to Paint Without Streaks


Painting is an amazing way to instantly freshen up and beautify a room (or furniture) in your home. A near endless array of colors is at your disposal, each one bringing its own mood and vibe to the table. It’s all up to you! But even if you have the best, most perfect color picked out for your painting project, there’s something that can leave the finished product less than great.

And that something is streaks/brush strokes. Your goal when painting should be to have a smooth, flawless wall (or set of walls or article of furniture) by the end of the project.

If paint streaks are something you’re concerned about (or that you’ve already had a problem with), we’ll be discussing several different tips for steering clear of paint streaks and brush strokes. We also recommend that you contact any painters in your area, since a professional painting job is the best way to guarantee your walls are free of streaks.

Follow this simple, effective tutorial on how to paint without streaks:

1. Do proper prep work

Whether you’re painting a wall, a door, a piece of furniture, or whatever you might be painting, it’s important that you prepare the surface before putting brush to surface. With a wall, that might mean wiping it down to make sure that it’s free from dust, dirt, etc. If there are any gouges in the wall, have those properly filled in before you start painting.

With furniture, you should also clean everything off, sand down all possible surfaces, fill in any indentations, and so on. Make sure your surfaces are as clean and smooth as possible so that paint can follow suit.

2. Find the right kind of paint brush

Soft, long bristles are probably your best bet on how to paint without streaks. Shorter bristles tend to show brush strokes more and coarse bristles can be the same way. Keep your brushes maintained, make sure you purchase good quality ones, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about as you paint.

3. Use the right kind of paint

If you want to paint without streaks, you’ll want to purchase good quality paint, obviously. Something slow-drying and water based is best for making sure that your walls aren’t covered with a bunch of streaks and brush strokes. Yes, it’ll cost more to get quality, but it’s worth it!

If you don’t have slow-drying paint, you can always DIY your own by adding a little water to the paint you do have. If unsure about how much to use or if it will affect the paint’s makeup, speak to your local paint store or hardware store people.

4. Don’t use a ton of paint all at once

As you’re painting, pay attention to how much paint you put on the brush. If you load your brush with too much paint, then it can drip and streak and cause you headaches. Take care not to overload your brush, even if it means more dips into the paint can overall. Going slowly is worth stroke- and streak-free walls.

5. Take the time to apply two coats

You definitely don’t want to skimp on paint layers! Think of it like coats of nail polish. The first coat is essential, covering the bare basics and setting the groundwork for the next coat. It often isn’t the prettiest coat and it often doesn’t cover every bit of your nail.

The second coat is when the polish really has a chance to shine and make your hands pretty. And the same goes for paint! Two layers is basically a necessity if you want great-looking walls/furniture/etc.

6. Use a paint roller

Paint rollers can be great when it comes to smoothing out paint problems. A couple tips: only roll in one direction, always. Otherwise you could have roller marks as well as brush marks! And second, invest in a good quality roller, one that will work well in smoothing out your brush strokes.

Check online reviews, ask at your local hardware/paint store, and find out what roller would be great for you!

7. Use less pressure while painting

Another handy tip that could help you steer clear of streaks is that of making sure not to press too hard with your paint brush. When you employ a lighter touch while painting, that can help cut down on brush strokes and give you a smoother pain experience overall. You may just want to paint one heavy coat and be done with it, but doing at least two lighter coats will give you better quality overall.

8. Sand away the streaks

If, after all your efforts, there are still some streaks and brush strokes on your furniture, then you can certainly try to sand away those defects. You’ll need to have some very, very fine sandpaper on hand. Gently sand away any streaks or brush strokes that you see in order to give that smooth, professional finish.