TODAY I’M SHARING HOW TO FIX THE DREADED PAINT DRIP FOR A PERFECT FLAWLESS FINISH | VINTAGE TABLE MAKEOVER
Hi, creative SI family! When painting, it doesn’t matter how experienced or careful you are, mistakes WILL happen. Because paint is fluid, it spills, splatters, and drips are inevitable. But remember, it’s JUST paint! So no need for worry. There’s always a way to fix it! Today is all about the dreaded paint drip and how to eliminate it for a perfectly flawless finish. It’s a simple fix and believe me, no one will ever know it was there!
Here’s the table I started with. Isn’t she gorgeous? Look at those legs and all this detail!
And because I can’t wait to show you the after, here she is decked out for the Fall season. This Merlot color is absolutely perfect. It’s a toned-down red with orange undertones… so beautiful, don’t you think?
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PAINT DRIP TOOLS
HOW TO FIX PAINT DRIPS
Regardless of how many years I’ve been painting furniture, the odd drip still happens. And if you work with paint whether it’s painting walls, furniture, or kitchen cabinets to name a few, I’m sure you’ve experienced paint drips as well. Today is all about the paint drip quick fix to leave you with a flawless finish!
WHAT CAUSES PAINT DRIPS
Paint drips occur when you overload your roller or brush with too much paint. Runs and drips can also happen when spraying. If your spray gun settings are incorrect or too much product (paint) gets applied on the surface when using a spray can, runs and drips will happen. Gravity does its thing and the next thing you know your perfect paint finish isn’t so perfect anymore.
The BEST way to fix paint drips is to catch them right away and brush them out while they are still wet. This is why I always do a once over (and then a twice over) while I’m painting. If I see any areas where the paint looks heavy or starting to droop, I’ll smooth it out with a paintbrush. Done.
But as in the case of this table, I was rushing the process. I wasn’t paying as much attention as I should have. And unfortunately, I came back to a DRIED PAINT DRIP as seen below. Ugggh.
TOOLS TO FIX A PAINT DRIP
The easiest way to fix a dried paint drip is to scrape the dry drip off with a razor-sharp tool.
My Go-To Tools Are~
Anything with a razor-sharp edge will work. But be careful. Always remember safety first when using tools of any kind! Be sure to scrape AWAY from you, not towards you.
HOW TO REMOVE A PAINT DRIP
Once a paint drip has dried, I use one of my razor-sharp tools to remove it. Little by little I smooth out the drip by scraping it flat. Don’t rush this process. These tools are super sharp and its easy to slip up and gouge the wood. Keep the scraper flush with the wood and slowly scrape off the excess paint.
SAND THE AREA SMOOTH
After I’ve scraped or cut off the excess paint drip with a razor-sharp tool, I sand the area smooth. The area you just worked on is not going to look good but this is okay. The point is to create a fresh flat surface.
Once the area is all smoothed out, it’s time to RE-paint! Apply one or two coats and you’ll never know the drip was there in the first place! Take a look…
Can you see where the drips were?
I know some sites say just to sand it out, but that’s never worked for me. By the time I sand down the drip, the entire area around the drip has been sanded down as well. Including sanding off the primer or right to raw wood in some cases.
I feel so blessed when I come across curvy detailed pieces like this. I mean look at these legs, right?! I wish mine were this shapely!
Here’s the 411 on how simple this makeover was…
I cleaned the table with this White Lightning and then gave it a scuff sanding with a 180 sandpaper. I know a lot of furniture painters wipe off sanding dust with a damp or wet cloth but I much prefer using a tack cloth like this so I don’t raise the grain before painting. I find this creates a smoother painted finish.
I painted two coats of Merlot. This is another one of Suzanne’s Fall Colors Limited Editions but a great substitute is this Rustic Red. I believe they have already sold out of this collection so I’m also working on a recipe card for you. This way if you like any of the colors in the fall collection but don’t have a local retailer still selling them, you can create and mix your own!
SLAP ON TECHNIQUE
To get a nice clean and seamless finish on these gorgeous legs, I used my slap-it-on technique. I take a wide paintbrush, in this case, my 3″ Wooster Paint Brush, add a small amount of paint so it doesn’t splatter. Using some wrist action, slap the brush from side to side on the circumference of the legs. Below is a video of this painting technique in action.
Here’s the step-by-step on Youtube. If you have any problems viewing below, feel free to watch it on my Youtube Channel here… and don’t forget to subscribe! 🙂
I’ll be spraying 2-3 coats of this Satin Clear Coat for protection.
Here’s another look at this before and after. I hope it’s inspired you and given you some new ideas for your projects.
LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK OF THIS FALL TABLE MAKEOVER. FEEL FREE TO ASK ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE OR CHIME IN HOW YOU GET RID OF PAINT DRIPS… I ALWAYS LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. IT MAKES MY DAY! 🙂
Happy furniture painting friends!
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