Interior Paint Problem Solving

Blocking

Description

Two painted surfaces stick together when pressed against the other, such as doors and windows.
Probable Cause & Solutions

 


Burnishing

Description

Spots of increased sheen that appear after paint has been rubbed or scrubbed (even a fingernail can burnish).
Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

Chalking

 Description

Loss of the protective moisture seal due to the loss of initial adhesion and flexibility. 
Probable Cause & Solutions
 

 


Coalescence Void


Description

Paint is not forming a continuous film when surface temperature is too cold, usually below 50 F.
Probable Cause & Solutions

 
 


Cracking / Flaking

 Description

Aged paint splitting through at least one coat with flaking occurring in the later
stages.
Probable Cause & Solutions

 
 


Flashing

Description

Uneven gloss with shiny or dull spots on painted surfaces.     
Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

 

Flow / Leveling Failure

Description

Excessive brush or roller marks causing an unsightly non-uniform surface.     Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

 

Foaming / Cratering

Description

Excessive bubbling that doesn't flow out and leaves craters or depressions in the paint film.      
Probable Cause & Solutions

 


Lapping

 Description

Occurs where wet and dry layers overlap during painting.    
Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 



Mildew

Description

Areas of black, gray brown fungus growing on paint and other surfaces, particularly in damp areas. 
Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

Mud Cracking

Description

Paint looks like dried mud with deep irregular cracks in the dry film. 
Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

 

Picture Framing

Description

Darker color appear where ceilings, windows, doors, and corners were cut-in with a brush. 
Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

Poor Hide

Description

Failure of the finish coat to cover the previous color or a new substrate.  Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

 

Print Resistance Failure

Description

The marking of paint from the weight of an object such as a dish on a shelf.  Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

 

Roller Marks

Description

A stipple texture pattern from the roller that is not planned or desired.  Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

 

Sagging

Description

Paint running down immediately after application, leaving an uneven coating appearance. 
Probable Cause & Solutions

 
 

 

Scrubbing Failure

Description

Excessive wearing away of the paint film from repeated scrubbings. 
Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

 

Spattering

Description

A spray of droplets from the roller cover as the paint is being applied.  Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

 

Stain Resistance Failure

Description

Paint soiling with minimal resistance to the absorption of dirt and stains.  Probable Cause & Solutions

 

 

 

Touch Up Failure

Description

A difference in color and appearance between the original paint and the touch-up spots. 
Probable Cause & Solutions

 
 


Wrinkling

 Description

A rough crinkled surface caused by a drying interference and forming a wrinkled skin.  
Probable Cause & Solutions

 
 


Yellowing

Description

Gradual formation of a yellow cast in aging oil based paints sensitive to the lack of UV exposure.
Probable Cause & Solutions