7 Most Common Potential Painting Problems

Old wooden painted blue planks, paint peeling background

by Daniel Law - February 19, 2019

Well painted walls not only make a room look better but they also affect our general mood. Bright colours are associated with a cheerful mood while dull colours look sombre and serious. When your wall looks like it needs a new colour, it is easy to get a brush and start doing it yourself or contact a painter to do it for you. However, before doing that, it is important for you to understand some basic rules in painting to avoid future painting problems on your wall. The secret to achieving a clean, seamless and smooth finish lies in the preparation before painting. Before painting, ensure the wall is clean and apply a base primer. In this article we will focus on the seven most common potential painting problems;

1) Blistering

Blistering on the wall occurs when an oil-based paint is applied on a surface that is not properly dried. Blistering problems can also result from moisture seeping through the walls, painting before preparing the surface adequately, such as cleaning can also cause blistering on the wall, and exposing the wall to high moisture or humidity. You can correct blistering by scraping it off and applying a new coat of quality paint. Ensure the source of moisture is also removed to avoid more blistering challenges.

2) Chalking

Paint should not cause residue on the wall. However, one of the painting problems is having chalk-like dust from the wall. Chalking occurs when you use low-grade paint that is highly pigmented. Using paint that is meant for interior painting to do your outdoor painting can also result in chalking. To solve this problem, scrub off all the chalk from the wall using a bristle brush and rinse off the wall thoroughly. If the chalk is still present after cleaning, apply an oil-based outer coat then repaint using outdoor paint.

3) Mildew

Mildew painting problems occur on surfaces that have no direct sunlight or surfaces that are mostly damp. Low-quality paint that does not have enough mildewcide will also result in mildew. Painting on a surface that previously had mildew and was not cleaned property will most definitely result in this problem. Bare wood should be properly primed before painting to avoid mildew. To solve the mildew problem, use household bleach to ensure it is mildew and not dirt, clean off the mildew, then apply a primer and exterior coat.

4) Peeling

If blistering is not solved, it can lead to peeling problems. Peeling can also occur if the surface was not well prepared before painting or if an oil-based paint is applied on a surface that is not fully dried. Using a low-quality paint on your surface will also peel off over time. Excess moisture also contributes to this problem. To solve this peeling problem, scrub off the loose paint, apply primer and repaint the surface with good quality paint.

5) Flaking

Flaking or cracking is caused when low-quality paint that has less adhesive power is used to paint a surface. Flaking can also be caused by spreading the paint too thin, painting a surface that is not well prepared, and very high temperatures that cause the paint to dry too fast. To correct this problem, scrub off the loose paint and apply primer before repainting. If the flaking or cracking is severe, you may consider scrubbing off the entire surface and repainting it.

6) Wrinkling

Wrinkling is caused by applying paint too thickly. It can also result if the painting is done during very hot weather causing the outer layer to dry faster than the inner layer. Painting over a dirty surface can also lead to wrinkling. To remove the wrinkled coat, scrub it off and repaint the surface evenly. Avoid repainting during very hot or humid days.

7) Yellowing

Yellowing is caused by oxidation of the oil based paint or varnish. It can also be caused by heat emitted by stoves or heaters and lack of proper lighting. The solution to yellowing is to use top quality acrylic paints for areas that will most likely not be exposed to light such as closets.

Painting is not an easy task that can be done by anyone. Poor preparation of the surface and uneven spreading of the paint can cause painting problems. Other problems may occur due to external factors such as humidity, lighting and temperatures. To avoid this problem, consider hiring Newline Painting, a professional painting company that will transform your interior design.