The 10 Most Common Paint Problems

Dec 27, 2012 No Comments by

There are some paint issues that are too common to be altogether avoided. Here are ten common painting problems that can chip away at your home improvement dreams:


Peeling – Peeling can be caused either by moisture or poor adhesion. It can be repaired with caulking, priming, and repainting with top quality acrylic paint.

Alligatoring – This may be caused when applying a very hard coat over a more pliable coat. This can be solved by scraping away the current paint, sanding the surface and then priming it.

Blistering – Humidity is a major enemy of paint. Humid conditions can cause blistering. The common work-around is scraping and sanding.

Chalking – This normally occurs during weathering. Brush away the chalking, rinse the surface, and repaint.

Flaking – Dry paint can crack causing paint chip flakes to form. Lightly brush away the flakes and repaint.

Dirt – Depending on paint quality, dirt particles can form along the paint film. Thoroughly washing a surface before painting it will go a long way toward preventing this issue.

Mottling – This is caused by a lack of surface preparation after a prior mottling. Mottling can be removed by a brush and a thorough rinse.

Fading – This can occur naturally over time or after the use of low quality paint. Ultimately, you will need to repaint. Be sure to invest in quality paint.

Frosting – Frosting looks a lot like chalking and mottling. Removing the white residue frosting by wirebrushing or sanding is the best course of action. Once removed, thoroughly rinse the surface. adding a coat of high quality exterior paint.

Wrinkling – Thick paint application can cause the layer to wrinkle over like skin. Be sure to scrap and skin to remove wrinkled paint and then carefully repaint.

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