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Interior Painting Tips: Fixing Common Paint Problems

One might think that because the interior of a home isn’t exposed to the elements, nothing could ever go wrong with its paint application. As a professional painting company serving Cape Cod and Nantucket for more than 15 years, we know that this simply isn’t the case. From water stains resulting from leaks, to drywall tape which has become loose, to cracking horsehair plaster, to mildew and paint stippling, we’ve seen it all and we know how to fix it. Proper preparation is the key to an interior paint project which looks beautiful and maximizes its.

If you’re concerned about the condition of your interior paint, please review these helpful links.

Paint Blistering

Bubbles, which look like blisters, sometimes form on the paint film, resulting from the localized loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface.

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Paint Blocking, or Sticking

Blocking occurs when two painted surfaces stick when pressed together (e.g., a door sticking to the jamb).

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Paint Burnishing

Burnishing 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 surfaces.

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Cracking or Flaking Paint

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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Paint Foaming, or Cratering

Foaming and cratering occur when bubbles ("foaming") form during paint application. When the bubbles break during application and drying, they result in small concave depressions ("cratering")..

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Paint Lap Marks

Lap marks cause the appearance of a denser color, or increased gloss, where wet and dry layers of paint overlap during application.

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Mildew on Painted Surfaces

Mildew can appear on the surface of paint or caulk as black, gray, or brown spots or areas.

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Paint Mud Cracking

Mud cracking results in deep, irregular cracks in the paint that resemble dried mud on the dry paint film..

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Picture Framing, or "Hatbanding," on Drywall

Picture framing occurs when corners or edges appear darker than the rest of the wall.

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Poor Paint Flow and Leveling

Poor paint flow and leveling occur when the paint application does not flow smoothly and the paint fails to dry into a smooth film, leaving unsightly brush and roller marks.

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Poor Paint Hiding of Stains and Colors

Poor paint hiding is the inability of the dried paint to obscure, or "hide," stains or previous colors on the underlying surface.

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Paint with Poor Print Resistance

Poor print resistance is the tendency of paint film to take on the imprint of an object that is placed on it (for example, dishes and other objects).

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Paint with Poor Scrub Resistance

Poor scrub resistance is indicated by the wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.

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Paint with Poor Sheen Uniformity ("Flashing")

Poor scrub resistance is indicated by the wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.

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Paint with Poor Stain Resistance

Paints with low stain resistance fail to resist the absorption of dirt and stains.

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Paint Roller Marks, or "Stipple"

Roller marks and "stipple" are unintentional textured patterns left on the paint film by the paint roller..

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Paint Roller Spattering

Paint roller spattering occurs when the paint roller throws off droplets of paint during application.

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Sagging Paint

Sagging is a downward "drooping" movement of the paint film that occurs immediately after application, resulting in an uneven coating.

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Paint Surfactant Leaching

Sagging is a downward "drooping" movement of the paint film that occurs immediately after application, resulting in an uneven coating.

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Paint Wrinkling

When uncured paint forms a skin, it can wrinkle, making the surface appear rough and crinkled.

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