Painting your walls can be a great way to update your home and give it a fresh look. However, even the most experienced painters can run into issues.  

These common paint problems can be frustrating, but the good news is that many of them can be fixed on your own.  

This article will explore some of the most common paint issues and provide simple solutions to help you fix them.  

If you want to avoid these issues in the first place, hiring reputable Edmonton painting companies is your best bet. 

Paint Drips 

Drips are a common problem when painting, especially when working on a vertical surface. To remove drips from the paint, start by allowing the paint to dry completely.  

Once the paint is dry, use a scraper or sandpaper to remove the drips carefully. Be sure to work gently to avoid damaging the surrounding paint. If the drips are stubborn, you may need a thinner solvent to soften the paint before scraping or sanding it.  

After removing the drips, touch up the area with fresh paint to ensure a smooth and even finish.  

Brush Marks 

Brush marks can be frustrating when painting, as they can leave unsightly streaks or lines on your walls.  

To remove brush marks: 

  1. Sand the affected area with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface. 
  1. After sanding, use a damp cloth to wipe away any dust or debris. 
  1. Apply a thin coat of paint to the area, working in long, even strokes in the same direction as the wood grain or the wall’s surface.  

Be sure to use a high-quality brush or roller to achieve a smooth and even finish. Allow the paint to dry completely, and then repeat the process with a second coat if necessary.  


First, start by identifying the cause of the stain. If the stain is caused by water damage, address the underlying issue before attempting to fix the stain. Next, use a clean cloth to gently dab the stained area with warm water and dish soap. 

Be sure to avoid scrubbing or rubbing the area. If the stain persists, use a mild abrasive cleaner or a solution of equal vinegar and water. Rinse the area thoroughly with clean water and allow it to dry completely. 

Once the wall is dry, touch the affected area with paint that matches the surrounding walls.  

Flaking Paint 

Flaking paint can be unsightly, making your walls look old and worn out. Start using a scraper or putty knife to scrape away the loose paint gently. Be careful not to damage the underlying surface.  

Next, sand the area using sandpaper to smooth out the edges and create a level surface. Wipe the area with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris. Once the surface is clean and dry, apply a coat of primer to the affected area. This will help the new paint adhere to the surface.  

Allow the primer to dry completely before applying the new paint. Finally, apply a coat of paint that matches the surrounding walls.