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How to Handle Paint Drip Issues

August 30, 2018Sharewoodworking

While involved in painting a woodworking project you are most likely to face one common problem that is a paint drip that you are not able to catch in time and thus unable to fix. This problem of paint drip occurs when you use too much paint at a go and try to paint using your overloaded brush. However, you need not worry as the problem of paint drips can be fixed even after it has dried though it is easier to tackle the issue when the paint is wet. Now without wait let us learn the tips to manage the dripping paint issue.


What to do if the paint is wet yet

If the paint is still wet when you have managed to catch it dripping then you might be able to brush it out. What you have to do is stroke the brush in that very direction that you have done in the nearby areas. If you think you will be able to smoothen the drip by stroking your brush in the opposite direction then you will likely end up creating ugly cross-strokes that you will not surely find easy to get rid of. Just brush a few times in the same direction and check the outcome. If it does not give any satisfactory result or the paint looks weird then you need to stop then and there if you do not want to end up with something that will be even more difficult to handle.


What to do if the paint has dried

It will best to let the dripping paint and the nearby areas get completely dry before you begin handling the problem. If you do not let it fully dry the paint might peel up when you begin sanding or scraping it.

A paint drip makes the area look raised and the sheen of the paint highlights it. So, to begin with, you have to sand that raised part. Scrape down the drip slightly using a razor blade or a clean scraper. Try to be careful and not disturb the nearby areas – the more careful you are at this stage better will be the end results.

After getting rid of the raised portion take a 220-grit sand scraper to remove any other blemishes. Remember to sand in the direction of the paint drip. Sanding back and forth is what most people do and this results in the paint flaking away and thus you are left with a bigger problem to tackle.

After you are happy with the way the drip has been scraped away then the next thing you need to do is apply one or two more coats of paint and then the blemishes should not much be noticeable.


What to do in extreme conditions

If you have sanded or scraped the drip and it has caused some damage then you need to fill this part with a little glazing putty. Take a putty knife and spread it on the damaged area and any excess can be removed with a taping knife. Once the putty dries you have to sand again. You can even prime the area where you have applied the putty so that you face no issues when applying the topcoat. At times, pinholes are created if the paint is applied over the putty without using any primer, so be really careful.


To conclude –

The next time you start with a woodworking project be very careful and never use too much paint at a go to avoid the problem of paint drip occurring at all. However, if the problem does occur, the above-given tips will come to your rescue.

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