Poor flow and levelling is when paint fails to dry to a smooth film, resulting in unsightly brush and roller marks after the paint dries.

Possible Cause

Causes of poor flow and leveling include:

  • Using inferior quality paint
  • Applying additional paint to 'touch up' partially dried painted areas
  • Re-brushing or re-rolling partially dried painted areas
  • Use of the wrong type of roller cover or a poor quality brush

 

Solution

Use a premium quality water-based paint. These are generally formulated with ingredients that enhance paint flow and lead to a smooth film. When using a roller be sure to use a cover with the recommended nap length for the type of paint being used. Use of a high quality brush is also important; cheaper brush can result in bad paint flow and levelling.


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