How Do I Repair An Uneven Paint Job?

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Q: I recently painted 3 accent walls my apartment here in Los Angeles. One wall, blue, in the living room, and 2 walls, grey, in the bedroom. I love the colors and they were heavily inspired by postings on Apartment Therapy. However, my paint job didn't turn out so well. I used painter's tape (I tried standard blue, then tried Frog Tape) and even with the tape on, the paint got underneath and created some really not straight lines.

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I'm wondering, what is the best way to fix this? Anything I can do, or should I bring in someone? Any recommendations from the AT community about how to fix my uneven painting job to a nicer finish?

Sent by Erich

Editor - We've had this happen a few times ourselves on older uneven walls. We waited for the paint to dry, carefully used painter's tape on the newly painted side and repainted the white areas using a roller, a tiny brush for speckles/splatters, and a sponge. In certain instances, paint remover can be helpful to clean up areas where paint should not have been applied; the process can take awhile, but it beats repainting.

We're quite certain a few readers out there have some secret painting tips that can save a slightly messed up result. Please share any tips with Erich and the rest of the community below.

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