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Most paint problems or mistakes can be corrected once you know what caused it. Below are some of the most common interior paint problems that can occur and tips on how to correct them.
Bubbles resulting from localized loss of adhesion, and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface.
Undesirable sticking together of two painted surfaces when pressed together (e.g., a door sticking to the jamb).
Increase in gloss or sheen of paint film when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or having an object brush up against it.
Loss of caulk's initial adhesion and flexibility, causing it to crack and/or pull away from the surfaces to which it it applied.
The splitting of a dry paint film through aging, which ultimately will lead to complete failure of the paint. In its early stages, the problem appears as hairline cracks; in its later stages, flaking occurs.
Formation of bubbles (foaming) and resulting small, round concave depressions (cratering) when bubbles break in a paint film, during paint application and drying.
Appearance of a denser color or increased gloss where wet and dry layers overlap during paint application.
Black, gray or brown spots or areas on the surface of paint or caulk.
Deep, irregular cracks resembling dried mud in dry paint film.
An effect of non-uniform color that can appear when a wall is painted with a roller, but is brushed at the corners.
Failure of paint to dry to a smooth film, resulting in unsightly brush and roller marks after the paint dries.
Failure of dried paint to obscure or "hide" the surface to which it is applied.
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).
Wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.
Shiny spots or dull spots (also known as "flashing") on a painted surface; uneven gloss.
Failure of the paint to resist absorption of dirt and stains.
Unintentional textured pattern left in the paint by the roller.
Tendency of a roller to throw off small droplets of paint during application.
Downward "drooping" movement of the paint film immediately after application, resulting in an uneven coating.
Concentration of water-soluble ingredients on the surface of a latex paint, typically on a ceiling surface in rooms that have high humidity (e.g., shower, bathroom, kitchen).
A difference in color and appearance between the original paint and the touch-up spots.
A rough, crinkled paint surface, which occurs when uncured paint forms a "skin."
Development of a yellow cast in aging paint; most noticeable in the dried films of white paints or clear varnishes.
Note: Images & information provided by The Rohm & Hass Paint Quality Institute.