I painted my hallway and it looks absolutely terrible, I really messed it up good. It doesn't look too bad when looking at it face on but, when the sun is shining down the hallway, it looks terrible as you can see in the photos. It really does depend on the light as to how bad it looks, but I'm really unhappy with it and would like to fix it.

I used Dulux once Jasmine White and I used a Harris Trade Micropoly 9" x 1.75" roller sleeve.

I'm wondering how I can fix it? I'm not sure if I should paint over it, or sand all the paint off, water the paint down next time to make it easier to work with?

Honestly, I have read about it so much, and thought about it so much, over the last few days that I don't know what the answer is!

Hopefully someone can help me.

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    What was the surface condition prior, and did you use a primer to assure the underlying surface had the same underlying color and absorption? – Harper - Reinstate Monica Jan 8 at 22:09
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    It looks like some spackle was used on the wall (the dull areas)? – ojait Jan 8 at 23:54
  • hi folks, I did not use a primer before painting. The underlying surface was indeed the same colour and same brand of paint. Some spackle was used, but the dull areas are much bigger than the spackled areas. – ubuntuuser Jan 9 at 9:39
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    The imperfections in my remodels often annoy me immensely. When I show the imperfections to others, they don't understand why. Put on another coat. Hang some pictures, the imperfections will be less noticeable. – Mattman944 Jan 9 at 9:52
  • Thanks, Mattman944. – ubuntuuser Jan 9 at 11:53

If you're sure the wall itself is flat and there's no major paint drips/lines on it, you could try another coat on one of the walls and see if that makes a difference. I can't really tell if there is just a difference in sheen on your walls or if there are surface issues.

Also, The less shiny the paint, the less obvious the imperfections when light hits it.

I wouldn't ever try sanding wall paint. Depending on the paint, it can peel off like a sunburn from the heat of the friction if there are drip lines. If there's major surface issues, you could mud over it and sand it down to re-smooth wall. I also personally wouldn't water down the paint.

Just my opinion... we'll see what others say. ;)

  • Thanks for your coments. There are areas on the wall that it looks like the paint has gone on too thickly. I now believe that I should have watered down the paint a little, to make it easier to work with. It has been a costly mistake!! – ubuntuuser Jan 9 at 9:44
  • @ubuntuser- you should never water down paint (unless it's extremely hot weather and than only very little) or the label states it's acceptable (which they usually dont). If it's too thick spread it around more. – ojait Jan 9 at 14:51

Am I correct when I say the walls have dull and not dull sections? It appears that way looking at photo #3 on the upper left wall.

If that is your concern (having the walls painted with a consistent sheen) than you will need to re-paint them.

I've found most paints can be judge for quality on how much they cost (most of the time). Choose a reputable brand of paint (there's alot) that's within your budget. $30-40 USD per gallon is common.

Choose the type of paint. You'll need an indoor latex ...eggshell, flat, semigloss?. Choose a paint that is a paint and primer in one can. I've found this type of paint to be much better at covering an old color in one coat. It contains more solids and binders so it will be thicker and cover much better than a paint with no primer. It's usually not much more than a regular gallon of paint.

Some suggestions for a quality paint job:

-If you will use more than one gallon of the same paint color mix them together so the color is uniform.

-wash/clean the surface to be painted. No rinse TSP is a good grime cleaner and should be used before paint is applied.

-use a 3/8-1/2 inch napped roller pad. Any brand will work. Load the roller fully and evenly with paint. Apply the paint with the roller in vertical lines that slightly overlap the wet edge. Re-fill often or if you find yourself applying force to extract paint from the roller.

You shouldn't need more than 2 coats of paint to cover the old color unless it's very dark. To cover the sheen problem in your photo's one good coat with a paint and primer should suffice.

  • Thanks for your comments. I neglected to wash the walls down before I painted them. Again, this was something I just realised I should have done and it was a big error on my part. I will have to buy a new roller pad as it seems my 1.75" is a little too thick. – ubuntuuser Jan 9 at 9:46

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