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How to Paint With No Brush Strokes

Updated April 17, 2017

Painting a wall or trim in a home is a quick way to drastically change the appearance of a room. However, a paint job that doesn't look smooth will not enhance the room's beauty. Typically, brush strokes are undesirable on walls in a home, and if you use a paintbrush, it is challenging to avoid brush strokes completely. Fortunately, there are several different ways to paint and leave no brush strokes that are suitable for many skill levels and budgets.

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Use a paint roller. Paint rollers are cylinders covered in fabric or foam that are designed to be rolled in a small amount of paint, then rolled against a wall to apply that paint. Rollers are imprecise, potentially messy and difficult to reuse, but they cover large amounts of area quickly and are inexpensive and simple to operate. Small rollers are available for small jobs like painting trim. Because they are not brushes, paint rollers automatically leave no brush strokes.

Use a paint sprayer. A paint sprayer atomises paint and sprays it in a fine coat on a surface; sprayers can be used for stains or finishes as well. Paint sprayers are even faster than rollers and make it easy to create an even, attractive finish with no brush strokes. However, paint sprayers are difficult to use on uneven surfaces and tedious to clean, which makes them unappealing for small tasks. Paint sprayers are also very expensive.

Use a paint conditioner. This is a chemical that can be added to latex paint. Latex paint has a fast drying time, which means that the paint could dry before it has time to spread evenly, trapping brush strokes. An appropriate paint conditioner can slow the drying time, creating a more even finish with little work. Pour paint into a separate container before mixing in a conditioner.

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Things You'll Need

  • Paint roller
  • Paint sprayer
  • Paint conditioner

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