How to Paint without Brush Marks

Most people set out to avoid brush marks when painting.  However, they happen.  Follow these painting tips to eliminate brush marks/strokes:  

  1. Prep the surface by sanding.
  2. Use a longer bristle brush.
  3. If paint is thick, mix paint in another container with a little water to thin it out.
  4. Dip the brush into the paint to cover only 1/3 of the bristles.  Ensure there is enough paint always on the brush.
  5. Don’t press to hard on the brush.
  6. Apply a thin coat.
  7. Paint in shorter strokes.  Don’t go back over paint.
  8. Paint in the direction of the grain.
  9. Sand between coats.
  10. When dry, finish a piece by sanding to smooth out marks.
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Is the picture featured with this post charcoal or just black?

Hi Lynn,

It’s Just black.

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