How to Eliminate Brush Strokes

Updated April 17, 2017

Sometimes even the best paint jobs can have unintentional defects. One common defect is brush strokes that linger after the paint has dried. Brush strokes often ruin the appearance of a paint job and make the paint surface look uneven. However, with the correct tools and knowledge of how to get rid of the brush strokes, you can repair a bad paint job and turn it into a beautifully painted surface.

Wait until the paint fully dries. The minimum time period is 10 days after the paint has been applied.

Sand the paint from the surface with the sander. Concentrate especially on the areas where the uneven brush strokes are prominent.

Run your hand along the surface to check that it is even and smooth. Sand the areas that are not smooth and even.

Paint the surface with a paint brush.

Wait for the surface to dry.


Sanding a surface that is not completely dry will clog the sandpaper. If this happens during an attempt to sand the surface, stop and wait a minimum of five days before attempting to sand the surface again. For best results, use a paint brush that matches the paint used. China bristle brushes often work best with oil based paint, and polyester brushes yield the best results when used with latex based paint.

Things You'll Need

  • Electric sander
  • Paint
  • Paint brush
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Residing in Raleigh, North Carolina, Fahlen Brown started her freelance writing career in 2011. She currently writes eHow articles and has held jobs in the administrative and customer service fields. Fahlen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Meredith College.