For the homeowner, there will be those painting moments when you wondered why you started the project to begin with. Frustration bubbles when you just painted a room and noticed the paint is bubbling. You don’t want to stick with the project when the paint won’t stick either. Problems like these occur with a painting contractor as much as they do with first timers caught with the painting bug. The difference is the painters have the know how to deal with these issues and correct them.
Listed below are some common mishaps and what to do when they happen.
The paint won’t stick: The usual cause here is that the new coat of paint is incompatible with the previous coat. For example, a latex paint will not stick to a coat of oil-based paint. What you’ll need to do to fix this is to strip the latex paint off, sand and then apply a coat of primer before repainting with a latex paint. Remember, latex paint is water based and as we all know, oil and water don’t mix.
Blistering: Blistering is generally due to moisture, although this is not the only possible cause. Failing to adequately prepare the surface before painting, painting a surface which is too warm or allowing the paint film to dew all can be the cause of this problem. You can correct this by making sure the room is dry (use a dehumidifier if necessary), then scraping off the blistered areas, sanding and repainting.
Fading: Sunny exposures may cause premature fading of paint application. The typical causes of this problem are using the wrong paint or paint mixture. Using lower quality paint, over tinting paint or tinting paint that isnt suppose to be tinted, and using an interior paint outside on an exterior wall. It can also cause chalking. Make certain the paint you purchase is meant for the purpose you intend to use it for.
Note: Gloss retention is another problem which is typically caused by low quality paint. Use good quality acrylic latex paints that include binders that make them resistant to UV radiation. Oil and alkyd paints don’t have this ingredient and will degrade under sunlight.
Lapping: Suppose you have just finished painting a room with a roller and you can see the roller strokes in the finished paint job. This makes the room look like there are overlapping layers of paint. This problem is caused by not keeping a wet edge when applying paint to a previously unpainted area, then rolling back onto your just-painted area. Brush from wet areas to dry; this will produce a uniform, layer free look.
These are the painting problems which you’re most likely to encounter around the home. Thankfully, they’re also among the easiest to correct. If you have more complex issues like wood rot, it’s time to speak with a professional painting contractor who can offer you solutions.