How to spray paint without drips

When painting surfaces with spray paint amateurs face the issue of paint drips on their painted surface after some time. Well, don’t get confused with the solution because I have come up with easy to understanding step-by-step guide in this post.

A frustrating rookie mistake! Am I right? Do you want to know how to spray paint without drips? Have you been pouring your heart and soul into a project or painting a mural, only to end up with drips all over the place?

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Doesn’t it make you want to rip off your hat or turn away from your canvas because who could bear to show anyone the jumbled mess that you have created??

Now it might be time for an intervention. We hope so because we have done all of the research and it’s time to spill the beans on what has gotten us drippy results again, and again.

Here is our expert guide on how to perfect that smooth finish.

Spray paint mixing

The first thing I’d say you should do is to shake that can of spray paint a lot. That way when the time comes, you’re absolutely certain it’s mixed up and ready for action.

About paint cans themselves, a lot of people think that blasting air into the nozzle with a straw will work just fine. Well…the only thing that does is make your straw soft…and really mess up the inside of your paint can!

No matter how many times you’ve used your airbrush, it can sometimes spit out a bit more paint than what you were initially expecting.

The nozzle could get clogged over time and if this happens, the holes in the nozzle will rust up or get blocked with old paint. When that happens, your texture won’t look very smooth at all.

Method to fix spray paint drips
Step-by-step guide

Sanding off the texture might be a good way to go since sandpaper is gentle enough that you should be able to erase any sloppy brush strokes without damaging the model too much.

If all fails, then you could just go ahead and clean the nozzle or change it completely with a new one.

Don’t start on the project directly

This is one of the biggest mistakes that I see people make when spraying paint. It doesn’t matter whether it’s directed at a wall, piece of paper, or a canvas, when you first push down on the nozzle or let go of it, sometimes the paint will sputter.

To avoid this, remember to always start spraying away from whatever you’re painting and move smoothly in a straight line across the object with even consistent pressure.

Always begin spraying past the edge of your artwork because if there is not enough paint already on your brush, you might experience streaks caused by too much-wet paint being pushed out all at once.

How to fix spray paint drips

Cleaning and wiping of nozzle

If you’ve been seeing a lot of dripping when it comes to your nozzle and paint, you may need to clean it. This is most noticeable in the early stages of use.

If your nozzle and paint are building up, make sure to wipe down your can with a cloth every once in a while, so that it doesn’t drip on your object while you’re painting.

Sanding the surface

Drip, Drip, Drip! For whatever reason, I can’t stop the drips from coming out of my paintbrush and onto my floor.

I try to clean up but it’s a lost cause. If this happens to you too just hold on and act as if nothing happened until the paint is completely dry.

As soon as that happens lightly sand the surface with a fine-grit sanding block to smooth out any bumps or smudges, then paint over it again. What was once a disaster will quickly become your canvas.

Tip: When you’re learning how to spray paint, the motions might feel a bit awkward at first. But once you get the hang of it, there are plenty of things that can be spray painted – trust me!

Method to Prevent Bumps

The industrial workers at the biggest paint factory in America say that if a can of paint has sun on it, it won’t spray properly.

Not to mention, rough surfaces like concrete and metal will get horribly pitted if you don’t sand them down first.

And even though spraying a can of paint out in the open air might feel like painting outside, these two things are actually very different things.

Method to get Even color

When you shake the can before spraying, it’s to mix the paint up and to make sure that the paint is atomized properly.

The paint may have settled during shipping or handling so you should always shake it up to make sure that the paint is nice and mixed, otherwise, you’ll get the uneven spray.

Use Spray trigger

If you will be doing a lot of spray paint, it is worth investing the extra money in a spray trigger.

The spray tires you out quickly and it’s downright frustrating when you have to hold down that little button, but with a better quality trigger, it makes things so much easier and saves on finger fatigue too.

Use a New spray can

When you’re about to put on the last coat of paint, don’t grab a can that has been sitting in your garage for months. The contents might have dried up or the nozzle could be clogged.

Also, don’t spray closely

Looking to cover something but having a hard time avoiding drips? Here’s the biggest mistake you can make: most cans of spray paint suggest that users should spray 10-12 inches from the object they’re covering.

If it gets too close to the surface, your coat of paint is going to be thick and heavy and it will run. If you want to avoid dripping, keep your distance like 10-12 inches when spraying.

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Plus, there’s another good reason for doing so: unlike super tight coats that barely provide any coverage over an item, thin coats provide excellent coverage because they soak into the surface and soak out splatters or other mis-tints by erasing mistakes as well as everything else that might still be on top of it!

Let the surface dry before another coat

It’s important to wait a few hours before applying a second coat. Make sure to dry your dabber and wait until the layer you previously applied becomes smooth.

This will prevent any runs, drips, or pooling on your design. You don’t want your masterpiece drying with puddles of ink or getting smeared by a touch that shouldn’t be there, so avoid touching it again until it’s completely dry!

Remember this when working on collaborative pieces: once you start something for someone else, try not to make too many changes in the pieces as they grow.

Making revisions is perfectly fine, but remember that every edit may require several new layers to get back to where they were before the change was made.

Allow the surface to dry

Painting outside might sound like a fun idea, but you’ll want to be sure the temperature is above 60 degrees so the paint stays thin and can easily be applied.

Paint will start to get thick if it is too cold, which can cause imperfections and result in smudges or cracks.

It also won’t dry right, causing more issues down the road that you’ll have to deal with!

Also keep in mind that fumes can be overwhelming and can even make you sick if you’re painting indoors, so try to avoid doing so by staying somewhere well-ventilated (like in a garage).


Runs are one of the most frustrating problems when applying spray paint. It is caused by air flow, paint flow and paint dispersion, which all work against each other and create inefficient paint application. Let’s use an analogy to explain why runs occur. Let’s say that you want to wash your car with a hose. To do this, you turn on the hose and point it at your car. The water flow pushes the dirt and debris off your car and down into the gutter. You could get the water flow to push dirt into the gutter faster by increasing the pressure of the water, but this would also increase the pressure of the water and the speed of the water flow. When you do this, the force of the water will push the dirt off your car and into the water. In other words, the water pressure and water flow are working against each other. Similarly, the air flow and paint flow are working against each other when spraying paint.

In order to get the most out of a can of spray paint, you want to make sure you never take a long, continuous spray. Instead, you want to take short bursts of spray. Doing so should prevent your paint from drying out too quickly, allowing you to get more out of the can!

Often tiger stripes are caused when air gets between the paint and the object being painted. To avoid this, hold the object being sprayed at arm’s length, keep the can upright and move in a smooth, controlled and continuous motion. Doing this prevents the paint from drying in between the object and the coating you are laying down.

The most important thing is to apply paint evenly. This means that you should use a sprayer that has a relatively wide opening, so that the paint is evenly distributed. The wider the spray opening, the better. This is because the higher the open space, the better the paint will be dispersed, and you won’t find any paint smudges on the wall.

There are many ways to fix paint runs and different methods depending on the color of paint you are applying and the product you are using.  Some of the quickest fixes for paint runs are listed below. 1) First, you can use a drop cloth to prevent any paint runs from occurring. This will also help keep your clothes from getting on the walls. 2) Next, you can use a plastic drop cloth to help paint the wall while working on it.  This will help keep excess paint from getting on the floor or ground.  You can also use a container to help apply the paint to the wall. 3) If you have to clean up paint off of your skin you should use a dry cloth.  Always dry your skin, and then wash your hands after you have cleaned your skin. 4) If you are using a roller to paint, you can use a paint edger to help stop the paint from running. 5) If your wall is painted, and you want to cover up some of the paint above the wall, you can use a piece of tape to cover the paint, and then paint above the tape.


The complete step-by-step guide to fix the issue of paint drips caused by spray paints. I have explained each point in very easy-to-understand and layman’s language.

So that newcomers in this field can help their selves out from this situation where they get confused about what to do and what not.

Professionals should also comment down here in this post if they had some suggestion or tip that might help our newbie fellas.

If you find any confusion don’t hesitate to comment on your query which is bothering you.

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