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How to Prevent Drips When Painting Inside Your Home


Painting your home’s interior can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to look like a Jackson Pollock painting. With the right paint, preparation, and technique, you can avoid dreaded drips and ensure your walls look smooth and even.

Al’s Painting of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, prepared these practical tips and techniques to take you through this process so that you can create a masterpiece of your own.

Choosing the Right Paint

Choosing the right paint is key to preventing drips when painting inside your home. There are four significant types of paint for your indoor space; choose the type suitable for your indoor project and personal preference. (1)

Pick paint specifically for interior walls to ensure the best results. This type of paint typically has a thicker consistency and can help avoid dripping. You should also choose a color that matches the existing wall as closely as possible to minimize visible differences if drips occur. Also, consider buying pre-tinted or ready-mixed paints to avoid mixing them yourself.

Before making any purchases, check out reviews from other homeowners who have used the brand. Read up on their experiences with how well it applied and whether there were any drip issues you should be aware of. After conducting this research, you’ll have a better sense of the quality you can anticipate and the most appropriate paints for your project.

Preparing the Room

Before starting, cover the floors and furniture to protect them. You’ll also need to move any items near the walls or ceiling you plan on painting. Doing so will help ensure a neat and clean finish.

After covering and moving your furniture, carefully clean the wall surfaces with a damp cloth or vacuum before priming or painting. This removes dirt and dust, which could interfere with the paint job.

Tape off any trim, baseboards, or molding around the walls you don’t want to be painted. It’s easier to do this now than when painting is in progress.

Be sure to fill any holes in drywall with spackling compound, then sand down for an even surface before applying primer. Since paint can seep through small cracks in drywall, caulk all seams between walls and ceilings where needed before priming or painting for a smooth finish.

Applying the Paint

Once you’re ready to apply the paint, make sure to do so in an even and consistent manner. Here are four tips to help you achieve a professional-looking result:

  1. Use a quality brush or roller – high-quality tools will ensure your finish looks smooth and uniform.
  2. Work from top to bottom – start at the ceiling and work your way down, overlapping each section.
  3. Don’t overload the brush or roller – if there is too much paint on the surface, it can create drips or run marks, which will spoil the look of your finished job.
  4. Take regular breaks – painting can be tiring, so take frequent breaks to give yourself time to rest and recharge.

Cleaning Up After Painting

After painting, cleaning up any excess paint and brushes is essential to avoid a mess. First, use a moist cloth to wipe off surfaces and remove spills or smudges.

Shake off any remaining moisture from your brush after carefully rinsing it in warm water to remove any paint traces, then lay it flat on some newspaper or paper towels to dry. Once the brush has dried, use a wire comb to remove any clumps of dried paint before storing it away for future use.

If you’re using rollers, rinse them with water and let them dry separately from the brushes.

If you’ve been using oil-based paints, consider disposing of your rags in a sealed container; they can be dangerous due to their flammable properties. Alternatively, you can wash them with white spirit if they’re not too saturated with paint.

Also, empty leftover cans into an old bucket and dispose of them at your local recycling center for safe disposal.

Troubleshooting Common Problems

If you encounter any issues while painting, troubleshooting common problems can help ensure the job is done correctly. To tackle drips and smears, several solutions may help:


  • Select a paint with a low viscosity for effortless flow and brush control.
  • Apply thin layers of paint to avoid making a mess.


  • Use a damp cloth to wipe up any extra paint on surfaces before it has time to dry.
  • Remove excess paint from brushes or rollers with a rag after each use.

Other issues may include improper adhesion or bubbling in the finish coat. If this happens, try lightly sanding the area before applying another coat of primer and more coats of paint as needed. For bubbling in the finished coat, use an angled brush to add pressure as you spread air bubbles along the wall’s surface. Finally, if your walls appear streaky after drying, sand them down and apply additional coats until the desired results are achieved.

Learn how to further enhance your space’s appearance with our easy strategies to make a small room look bigger.


You’ve done it! You’ve successfully painted the interior of your home without any drips or mess. As you step back to admire your work, you can take pride in knowing you can create something beautiful with a little hard work and preparation. Allusion may be an art form, but correctly applying paint is worth mastering.

Now, if you’re ready to tackle the next step in home transformation, it’s time to focus on those tired and dated cabinets that could use a fresh new look. At Al’s Painting of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, we specialize not only in painting, but in the artistry of bringing your entire space to life. Explore the advantages of professional painting services in Eau Claire for an unmatched quality finish.

At Al’s Painting, we’re not just painters but artists who bring your vision to life. Our talented team is prepared to turn your dream into a reality, whether you want to refresh your home, modernize your office, or improve your interior space. With years of experience and an eye for detail, we turn blank canvases into breathtaking masterpieces.

Contact Al’s Painting today for a consultation. Together, we’ll create a world of color and beauty that you’ll love coming home to.

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To prevent drips, you should use a brush with soft bristles. Synthetic brushes are good options, as they hold more paint and provide smooth coverage. Try a 2-3 inch angled brush for corners and edges, or opt for a 3-4 inch flat brush for larger surfaces.

Cover furniture you don't want to paint with plastic or drop cloths. Secure the covering to prevent paint from dripping underneath. Move any removable items away and cover them separately.

Primer can help ensure that the colors come out true, and it's worth considering. It'll help provide a quality finish that will last.

Wait at least 24 hours before moving the furniture back into the room. To prevent drips or smudges, wait until the paint is dry before doing this.

Generally, painting every three to five years is recommended. However, the frequency may vary depending on the climate and wear-and-tear in your home.