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How to Fix Paint Drip Lines

    When the Paint Is Still Wet

    • 1). Plug in a bright light and shine it toward the surface from the side so the paint lines cast shadows. This makes it so you can see the drip lines much more easily.

    • 2). Dip a mini roller or brush into the paint being used and load the bristles or nap with paint. Scrape off or roll off as much of this paint as possible on the edge of the paint bucket or roller screen. The idea is to keep the brush or roller wet, but not soaked.

    • 3). Place the roller or brush at the top of the drip line or below it.

    • 4). Roll or brush out the line, and use up-and-down and side-to-side motions only when the paint is completely wet and hasn't dried or become tacky. Distribute the paint line into the surrounding paint so the paint is evenly spread out. Lines form where the paint stacks up. These are called high spots. The idea is to blend the high spots in with the low spots.

    After the Paint Has Dried

    • 1). Sand the paint line using 220-grit sandpaper in one direction: up and down or side to side. Sand only the paint line and not the surrounding paint. Sand until the paint line is flush with the surrounding surface paint.

    • 2). Open the can of paint that was used to paint the wall and dip the bristles of a paintbrush into the paint. Wipe the paint off on the sidewall of the paint can. You don't want a blob of paint on the end of the brush. You just want the bristles to be wet with paint.

    • 3). Lightly paint over the drip line to blend it in with the surrounding paint.

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