Randy Charles
Randy Charles
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Hi, I’m Randy Charles, the creator and chief editor of this site Paintcentric. I’m a businessman now by profession, but I used to work as...Read more

Randy Charles
Randy Charles
Professional Painter

Hi, I’m Randy Charles, the creator and chief editor of this site Paintcentric. I’m a businessman now by profession, but I used to work as...Read more

How to Fix Spray Paint Mistakes?

Randy Charles
Randy Charles
Professional Painter

Hi, I’m Randy Charles, the creator and chief editor of this site Paintcentric. I’m a businessman now by profession, but I used to work as...Read more

Ever tried feeling the smoothness of a wall for you to get paint stains on your hands? Yeah, this is common, especially on a spray-painted wall. At the same time, you might be wondering if all the paints will eventually rub off or what you can do to correct such a situation. This article will walk you through the concept of spray painting and what to do to avoid such rubbing off.

Spray painting/spray paint.

Spray paint is mainly referred to as aerosol paint. It is contained in a sealed and pressurized container released into the air through a valve. Spray painting is a painting technique in which an instrument/device (spray) is used to spread paint across a wall surface. It brings out a fine and smooth surface when such activities are carried out.

Spray painting is especially done because of its fast application, which brings about a uniform and even coat of color compared to the traditional painting technique.

What Are the Common Spray Paint Mistakes?

Whether you are applying the traditional painting method or the spray painting technique, there are bound to be mistaken. Although, spray paint might be the easiest way of achieving an even painting. It doesn’t always go smoothly. This is due to mistakes affecting applying too much paint on a surface, peeling, and several others.

Subsequently, this section will be treating some common spray mistakes and their causes.

What Are The Common Spray Paint Mistakes

Spray Paint Lines

This is for you if you ever get those frustrating lines in your paint. Spray paint lines are common faults present in painting due to dirty and clogged tips. These lines are irremovable as they are stuck to the wall.

Runs and Drips

Although, the above mistakes explained are all peculiar mistakes to spray paint. Run and drips are the most common of them all. Just like others, Run and drips are caused mainly by the technique used in applying the paint. Applying too much paint on a single area, Spraying too slowly or fast, Applying too much thick paint on an area, and so on are causes of Run and drips on paints.

Paints Blobs

Paint blobs are a common spray paint mistake that happens when there is too much paint on a surface. When you hold the sprayed too close, move slowly, and apply too much paint on a single area, paints Blobs are bound to occur. These paints are capable of ruining every piece of work, and as such special attention should be paid to painting techniques when applying spray paint to prevent paint blobs.

Smudged paints

Smudged Paints occurs as a result of over seriousness and impatience. This happens when the second layer of paint is added to the previous ones without allowing it to dry. The result of such engagement is a smudged painting. Thankfully, this is an avoidable mistake. All you need to do is just to be patient while applying the paints; mistakes like smudged painting can be avoided.


Shrinking is a peculiar mistake that happens unknowingly. This error occurs when a painting is done in extremely cold or humid weather. The weather Condition affects the drying process of the paint, causing it to shrink and dry out. Shrinking, however, happens only during the cold season, except there is a change from the cold season to an extremely hot period.

Supplies For Fixing Spray Paint Mistakes

To fix a spray paint mistake, meticulous planning is needed to achieve the best results. Apart from these, several equipment and supplies are needed to aid the transition. These supplies include:

  • Respirator
  • Dropcloth
  • Cardboard
  • Sandpaper
  • Sanding block
  • Wire brush
  • Spray Gun
  • Trisodium phosphate
  • New paint

How to Fix Spray Paint Mistakes?

Spray painting mistakes can be a disaster, and it could mean a restart of previously done work. Fixing it, on the other hand, can be technical. However, with these simple guides fixing a spray paint mistake would be easier and effective.

How To Fix Spray Paint Mistakes

Clean the Surface

Cleaning the surface of a work is determined by the kind of surface it is. There are several kinds of surfaces, including metal, plastic, and wood. Each of these surfaces has its distinct methods and materials used in cleaning them. This material includes Dropcloth, Trisodium phosphate (for wood surface), and so on. The manor key is to make sure the surface is properly cleaned.

Wet Sanding

Wet sanding is the process of using abrasive and liquid water to smother harsh surfaces. The liquid substance helps to remove any harsh and uneven particles from the sandpaper. These particles are leftovers from dry sanding, and they are removed to ensure a smooth and glossy finishing.

Wet sanding is a method of correcting uneven painting as it doesn’t not only smoothen harsh surfaces but also allows you to remove any scratches that the sandpaper may have caused without rubbing off the paint.

Adjust and Test Your Spray Gun

The spray gun is the equipment used for paint spraying, so when the surface is wet sanded, the best step is to re-spray the paint using the spray gun. Adjust the spray gun pressure using the control knob. The settings will allow for wide and smoother coverage.

Apply a Primer

Once the spray gun is set, position yourself strategically and then apply the first painting (priming). Apply the primer at about 12 inches away from the surface at a moderate speed from the beginning to the end. The speed should be consistent with a spray gun to avoid paint lines and smudge.

Once the primer is done, allow ample time for drying before progressing to the next step, which is applying the paint.

Apply Paint

Now that the primer is done, the next step is to apply the painting. However, before commencing the process, make sure the first painting is properly dry before applying the second one.

Apply Paint

Before painting, make sure to follow the instructions on the paint can that it is in the right consistency with the spray gun. After these precautions are taken, you can then begin to paint. However, your spray gun should be at least 12 inches away from the surface, and the painting shouldn’t be too thick to allow for a wide and even coverage.

Apply Additional Coats

Allow for a mole time for your first painting to dry, after which you can then follow the previous steps to re-apply another coating. This is to give the surface a smoother feel. The process should be repeated evenly at a consistent and moderate speed until there is uniform coverage.

Make sure to allow for ample time for drying in between the coating process to prevent smudging and paint lines. Once you achieve a smooth feel on the surface, your fixing is done.

Clean Your Equipment

After your fixing is done, make sure to wash and clean all the equipment used. Store properly at the right temperature to allow for use subsequent times.

How Do You Smooth Spray Paint?

Achieving a smooth spray paint has a tight connection with the technique used. If the proper technique and guidelines aren’t followed, getting a smooth surface is nearly impossible.

However, to smooth a spray paint, the coatings have to be done in a light way such that the speed and the paint are inconsistent. Time should also be given between each coating to allow for drying, thereby preventing a smudged painting. Apart from this, below are simple tricks to follow to achieve a smooth finishing.

  • Spray in a diagonal way to prevent drips and paint lines
  • Eliminate blobs
  • Don’t spray too thick; Avoid spraying too much on a single surface
  • Don’t spray in direct sun or a cold weather
  • Shake the paint well to get an even color.

Final Words

Spray paint might be the easiest and most convenient method of applying paint. But the easiest thing in it is messing it up from shrinking to smudging and paint lines. It takes just a little mistake to mess it all up. However, if the right steps are taken, you can be assured of smooth finishing and repairs even when they are damaged.

Randy Charles
Randy CharlesProfessional Painter

Hi, I’m Randy Charles, the creator and chief editor of this site Paintcentric. I’m a businessman now by profession, but I used to work as a painter earlier in my professional career. There is simply nothing about painting that I didn’t do as a painter. From painting a fridge to a multi-storied building, I left nothing. I retired from my painting job in the mid of 2018 due to back arthritis problems.

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