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Problem Solver - Interior

All interior paint problems are correctable—find the right solution here. This section lists a variety of interior painting problems. Simply select the problem you have to find the remedy. Note: Images provided by The Rohm & Hass Paint Quality Institute.

   

Blistering
Bubbles sometimes form on the paint film that look like blisters. These result from the localized loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface.
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Blocking
Blocking occurs when two painted surfaces stick when pressed together (e.g., a door sticking to the jamb).
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Burnishing
Burnishing is an interior painting problem that occurs when the gloss or sheen of paint film increases when subjected to rubbing or brushing.
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Caulk Failure
Caulk may lose its initial adhesion and flexibility, which will cause it to crack or pull away from the surfaces to which it is applied.
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Cracking or Flaking
Dry paint sometimes cracks or flakes through at least one coat due to aging, which ultimately will lead to complete failure of the paint.
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Foaming or Cratering
Foaming and cratering occur when bubbles (foaming) form. When the bubbles break during application and drying, they result in small, round concave depressions (cratering).
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Lap Marks
Lap marks are the appearance of a denser color or increased gloss where wet and dry layers overlap during paint application.
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Mildew
Mildew can appear on the surface of paint or caulk as black, gray, or brown spots or areas.
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Mud Cracking
Deep, irregular cracks that resemble dried mud form in dry paint film.
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Picture Framing on Drywall (Hatbanding)
"Hatbanding" describes a coating with an excessively heavy textured look.
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Poor Flow or Leveling
Poor flow and leveling occur when paint fails to dry to a smooth film, which results in unsightly brush and roller marks after the paint dries.
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Poor Hiding of Colors
Dried paint fails to obscure or "hide" the surface to which it is applied.
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Poor Print Resistance
This is the tendency of paint film to take on the imprint of an object that is placed on it (e.g., a shelf, table, window sill, or countertop with books, dishes, and other objects on them).
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Poor Scrub Resistance
Poor scrub resistance is a painting problem that leads to the wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.
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Poor Sheen Uniformity
Poor sheen uniformity leads to shiny spots or dull spots (also known as "flashing") on a painted surface.
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Poor Stain Resistance
Paint that fails to resist absorption of dirt and stains suffers from poor stain resistance.
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Roller Marks or Stipple
Roller marks and "stipple" are an unintentional textured pattern left in the paint by the roller.
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Roller Spattering
This occurs when a roller throws off small droplets of paint during application.
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Sagging
Sagging is a downward "drooping" movement of the paint film that occurs immediately after application, resulting in an uneven coating.
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Surfactant Leaching
Surfactant leaching appears as tan or brown spots or areas, and can sometimes be glossy, soapy, or sticky.
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Wrinkling
When uncured paint forms a skin, it can wrinkle, making the surface appear rough and crinkled paint.
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Yellowing
Aging paint can develop a yellow cast, most noticeably in the dried film of white paints or clear varnishes.
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