7 Ways to Avoid Orange Peel Texture When Painting
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Thursday, September 20, 2018

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It's one of painters' worst fears...the dreaded orange peel texture! Sometimes when we're painting with a sprayer, our paint dries and has a bumpy, uneven finish like the skin of an orange peel. 

Luckily, this is easily avoidable and most of the issues have to do with your paint and painting style! Here's a brief overview on what to avoid. For the FULL DETAILS, head to the Saws on Skates blog. 

Step 1

Strain the paint to remove air bubbles.

Removing all air bubbles from your paint will ensure you output a smooth stream of paint from your sprayer and will also help your paint dry more smoothly. You can strain your paint by using a cheap, cone strainer. 

Step 2

Thin the paint to create a finer finish.

When using a paint sprayer, it's always best to thin your paint. This will allow the paint to flow through the sprayer more smoothly, create a finer finish, and prevent orange peel texture.

Step 3

Don’t shake your paint. Use a stir stick instead.

Shaking your paint can may cause unwanted air bubbles to form in your paint, which might create an orange peel texture when you're applying the material. This can be avoided by using a stir stick instead.

Step 4

Don’t store or spray paint in high humidity/weather.

The weather can play a huge role when it comes to painting. Hot, humid weather can affect the way your paint dries and can lead to an orange peel texture on your wood surface. 

Step 5

Don’t output too much paint.

Applying an excessively thick layer of paint to your surface can cause the paint to dry unevenly and possibly create unwanted textures. You can avoid this by turning down your volume control knob to apply a light, smooth coat instead! Multiple thin layers are always better than one thick layer. 

Step 6

Thoroughly clean your sprayer.

Always make sure your nozzles and tips are thoroughly clean and free of obstructions before you start spraying. If there is dried paint in the nozzle/tip area, your spray pattern will be affected. 

Step 7

Be sure your paint is completely dry before applying additional coats.

Patience is key! If you don't wait for your first coat to completely dry, your second coat will be sprayed on semi-wet paint. This can cause an orange peel texture and unwanted air bubbles to form. 

We hope these tips helped! There are multiple ways to avoid getting an orange peel texture, but it's best to follow all of these tips to ensure it never happens to you! Be sure to head to the Saws on Skates blog for the full details on what to avoid, plus to read about some awesome DIY projects! 

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