8 Quick Tips To Paint Furniture And Avoid Brush Strokes

Avoid Brush Strokes When Painting

Whenever you paint your doors, trim, kitchen cabinets, or furniture and want a smooth finish without any brush visible strokes, these tips and tricks will help you succeed.

Paint Extenders

Use an additive like Floetrol to extend the dry time of your paint. Fast-drying paint has less time to level itself to a smooth finish. Floetrol will prolong the drying time and give the paint an opportunity to level out properly.
You don’t need to add much to your paint 2-3 Tablespoons is enough for a gallon of paint in most cases.

paint extenders for avoiding brush marks

Use The Right Paint Brush

Use a good quality brush. Cheap brushes or “throwaway brushes” have low-grade bristles and will leave strokes and even loose bristles in your finish.

A good quality paintbrush will cost you around $20-$30 but will last you quite a while if you clean it properly and take care of it.

Good brushes include Wooster, Purdy, and Picasso.

purdy brush

Make Sure Your Primer Coat Is Smooth

Primer usually dries fast and thick.

You want to be aware of any brush marks in your primer coat.

Since the primer coat is the foundation of your topcoat it needs to be smooth so that there will not be any brush strokes showing through the paint coat.

Sand Between Coats

Your topcoat is only going to be as smooth as the coat beneath it.

Try sanding any spots that are uneven and have brushstrokes with 220 grit sandpaper first.

Get close to the surface and inspect it before applying your topcoat to ensure it’s evenly smooth.

Your topcoat is only going to be as smooth as the coat beneath it.

Try sanding any spots that are uneven and have brushstrokes with 220 grit sandpaper first.

Get close to the surface and inspect it before applying your topcoat to ensure it’s evenly smooth.

Use A  RoMiniller

You can avoid brush strokes by not using a brush.

Instead, use a 4 inch or 6-inch mini roller.

Using a 4-inch by 3/8 inch microfiber roller will get you great results but if you want to get an even better result that looks like a sprayed finish try a 1/4-inch mohair roller.

mini roller - how to paint a room

Use The Right Technique

Load your paintbrush with paint and apply it to your surface.

Once the brush starts to run out of paint it will start to drag the paint.

This creates brush strokes. Load your brush again and continue where you left off.

Pressure

When applying the paint you want to refrain from using too much pressure.

Let the brush glide over your surface.

Applying too much pressure will cause your brush to start dragging the paint instead of laying it down smooth.

 

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