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.

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An image of a white-colored wall surface with blister-like bubbles 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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An image of two white-colored surfaces with chipped paint between them Blocking

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

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An image of a blue painted surface that shows the effect of burnishing 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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An interior view of a window with caulk wearing around the edges 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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An off-white colored ceiling that shows cracking and flaking paint 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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An off-white colored surface that shows foaming or cratering effects 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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A bluish-white colored surface that shows lap marks 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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Two halves of a surface comparing one side with mildew and one without Mildew

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

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A blue colored surface with signs of mud cracking Mud Cracking

Deep, irregular cracks that resemble dried mud form in dry paint film.

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A blue colored surface with signs of a heavy textured look or ¿hatbanding¿. Picture Framing on Drywall (Hatbanding)

"Hatbanding" describes a coating with an excessively heavy textured look.

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A blue colored surface with signs of poor flow and leveling 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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Two halves of a surface comparing one side that¿s better at hiding colors than the other Poor Hiding of Colors

Dried paint fails to obscure or "hide" the surface to which it is applied.

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A grayish-colored surface marked with a ruler to indicate poor print resistance 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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Two halves of a surface comparing one better than another at resisting wear 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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A dark blue colored surface reveals poor sheen uniformity or ¿flashing¿ 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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A sky blue colored surface covered with green, blue and red scribble marks Poor Stain Resistance

Paint that fails to resist absorption of dirt and stains suffers from
poor stain resistance.

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An off-white colored surface with stipple ¿ marks left behind from a roller Roller Marks or Stipple

Roller marks and "stipple" are an unintentional textured pattern left in the paint
by the roller.

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Two halves of a dark blue carpet comparing one side clean and one with paint spatter Roller Spattering

This occurs when a roller throws off small droplets of paint during application.

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Two halves of a painted door, one reveals sagging and the other is clean 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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A painted surface affected by tan and brown-colored spots Surfactant Leaching

Surfactant leaching appears as tan or brown spots or areas, and can sometimes
be glossy, soapy, or sticky.

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A white-colored surface where the paint shows bubbling and wrinkling Wrinkling

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

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A painted surface shows signs of age and yellowing Yellowing

Aging paint can develop a yellow cast, most noticeably in the dried film of white
paints or clear varnishes.

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