If you have small children in your home, you are probably familiar with stains and marks on the walls.

Even if you do not have small children, there is still a good chance that you have at least one area on your walls that is less than perfect. Perhaps you dropped a cup of coffee and it splattered all over the wall, leaving stains behind.

Painting Options For Hiding StainsThere are many reasons why you might have stains or marks on your walls – now it is time to find out the best way to paint over them so you never have to look at them again.

The first thing you need to consider is the type of stain or mark that you are confronting. If your child has scribbled on the wall in crayon or washable markers, you may be able to remove the writing with a gentle cleaning. Then paint the area to cover any leftover marks.

However, if your child used a permanent marker, you are dealing with a more stubborn mark. Permanent markings often require more attention to detail in order to cover them completely.

The problem most people face when dealing with stubborn marks or stains is that no matter how many times they paint over the area, the stain bleeds through. This is especially true of permanent markers, oil-based stains, and other stubborn stains.

These situations often require the use of a quality primer to prepare the surface for painting. The primer works by sealing over the stain. Once the area is dry, you will be able to paint over it without worrying about bleeding later down the road.

One important detail to remember when painting over stains is to make sure your colors match. If your walls have been painted for more than a year, there is a good chance that the paint has lost some of its luster. The freshly painted area will stick out like a sore thumb. In cases like this, you may want to consider buying new paint for the entire room to ensure a fresh, uniform color.