Undesirable sticking together of two painted surfaces when pressed together (e.g., a door sticking to the jamb).
- Not allowing sufficient dry time for the coating before closing doors or windows.
- Use of low quality semi-gloss or gloss paints.
Use a premium semi-gloss or gloss acrylic enamel paint. Low quality semi gloss and gloss water-based paints can have poor block resistance, especially in warm, damp conditions. Follow paint label instructions regarding dry times. Acrylic enamel paints have better early block resistance than vinyl latex paints, or solvent-based enamel paints. Application of talcum powder can relieve
persistent blocking. Dulux recommends Dulux Aquanamel.
Change in gloss of the paint film when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or having an object brush up against it.
- Use of flat paint in highly trafficked areas, where a higher sheen level would be desirable.
- Frequent washing and spot cleaning.
- Objects (furniture, for example) rubbing against the walls.
- Use of lower grades of paint with poor stain and scrub resistance (see Poor Stain Resistance and Poor Scrub Resistance).
Paint heavy wear areas that require regular cleaning (e.g., doors, window sills and trim) with a premium semi gloss or gloss acrylic enamel. This type of paint offers both durability and easier cleaning capability. In high traffic areas, choose a low sheen, semi-gloss or gloss rather than a flat sheen level. Clean painted surfaces with a soft damp cloth or sponge and non-abrasive cleansers; rinse with clean water. Dulux recommends Dulux Wash and Wear 101 Advanced.
The splitting of a dry paint film through at least one coat as a result of 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 and/or peeling occurs.
- Use of a lower quality paint that hasinadequate adhesion and flexibility.
- Over thinning or overspreading the paint.
- Inadequate surface preparation, e.g. not applying a sealer or primer on porous surfaces prior to top coating.
* Poor adhesion of the underlying coat/s.
- Excessive hardening and embrittlement of alkyd paint as the paint job ages.
Remove all loose and flaking paint with a scraper or wire brush, sand the surface and feather the edges. If the flaking occurs in multiple layers of paint, use of a filler may be necessary. Prime bare timber areas before repainting. Use of a premium quality primer and topcoat should prevent a recurrence of the problem. Dulux recommends Dulux One Step Acrylic Primer Sealer Undercoat and Dulux Wash and Wear 101 Advanced.
Formation of bubbles (foaming) and resulting small, round concave depressions (cratering) when bubbles break in a paint film, during paint application and drying.
- Shaking a partially filled can of paint.
- Use of low quality paint or very old latex paint.
- Applying (especially rolling) paint too rapidly.
- Use of a roller cover with wrong nap length.
- Excessive rolling or brushing of the paint.
- Applying a gloss or semi-gloss paint with a long nap roller.
All paints will foam to some degree during application; however, higher quality paints are formulated so the bubbles break while the paint is still wet, allowing for good flow and appearance. Avoid excessive rolling or brushing of the paint or using paint that is more than a year old. Apply gloss and semi-gloss paints with a short nap roller.
Appearance of a denser colour or increased gloss where wet and dry layers overlap during paint application.
- Failure to maintain a 'wet edge' when painting.
- Use of a low solids 'economy' paint.
Maintain a wet edge when painting by applying paint toward the unpainted area and then back into the just-painted surface. This technique (brushing or rolling from 'wet to dry,' rather than vice versa) will produce a smooth, uniform appearance. It is also wise to work in manageable-size areas and plan for interruptions at a natural break, such as a window, door or corner. Using a top quality water-based paint makes it easier to avoid lapping problems because higher solids (pigments and binder) content makes lapped areas less noticeable. If substrate is very porous, it may need a primer/sealer to prevent paint from drying too quickly, reducing wet edge time and therefore making lapped areas noticeable. Solvent-based paints generally have superior wet edge properties, and therefore less lapping.
Black, grey or brown spots on the painted surface.
- Forms most often on areas that tend to be damp, or receive little or no direct sunlight (e.g., bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms).
- Use of flat or matt paints in areas subject to moisture.
* Use of low quality latex paint.
- Failure to prime a bare wood surface before applying the paint.
- Painting over a substrate or coating on which mildew has not been removed.
Test for mildew by applying a few drops of household bleach to the area; if it is bleached away, the discolouration is probably mildew. Remove all mildew from the surface by scrubbing with a diluted household bleach solution (one part bleach, three parts water), while wearing rubber gloves and eye protection. Rinse thoroughly. To protect against mildew, use a premium quality water-based paint, and clean when necessary with bleach/ detergent solution. Consider installing an exhaust fan in high moisture areas.
If the area is subject to frequent moisture, e.g. bathrooms, consider using a semi gloss or gloss paint to discourage the growth of mildew.
Deep, irregular cracks resembling dried mud in dry paint film.
- Paint is applied too thickly, usually over a porous surface.
- Paint is applied too thickly, to improve inherent poor hiding (coverage) of a lower quality paint.
- Paint is allowed to build up in corners upon application.
Remove coating by scraping and sanding. Prime and repaint, with a premium water-based paint, and a roller with appropriate nap length. Sanding the surface smooth before repainting with a premium water-based paint can also repair mud-cracked areas. Premium quality paints have a higher solids content, which reduces the tendency to mud crack. They also have very good application and hiding properties, which minimises the tendency to apply the paint too thickly. Dulux recommends Dulux Wash and Wear 101 Advanced.
An effect of non-uniform colour, or sheen level, that can appear when a wall is painted with a roller, but is brushed at the edges and corners. The brushed areas generally appear darker, resembling the 'frame' of a 'picture.' Also, sprayed areas may be darker than neighbouring sections that are brushed or rolled.
- Usually a hiding (coverage) effect. Brushing will generally result in lower spread rates than rolling, producing a thicker film and more hiding.
- Adding colourant to a non-tintable paint, or using the wrong type, or level, of colourant.
Make sure that spread rates with brushes and rollers are similar. Don't cut in the entire room before roller coating. Work in smaller sections of the room to maintain a 'wet edge.' With tinted paints, be sure the correct colourant-base combinations are used. Factory colours, as well as in-store tints, should be thoroughly shaken at time of sale, and the product must be thoroughly stirred prior to use.
Failure of paint to dry to a smooth film, resulting in unsightly brush and roller marks after the paint dries.
- Use of lower quality paint.
- Application of additional paint to 'touch up' partially dried painted areas.
- Re-brushing or re-rolling partially dried painted areas.
- Use of the wrong type of roller cover or poor quality brush.
Use premium quality water-based paints, which are generally formulated with ingredients that enhance paint flow. Brush and roller marks thus tend to 'flow out' and form a smooth film. When using a roller, be sure to use a cover with the recommended nap length for the type of paint being used. Use of a high quality brush is important; a poor brush can result in bad flow and levelling.
Failure of dried paint to obscure or 'hide' the surface to which it is applied.
- Use of a low quality paint.
- Use of low quality tools/wrong roller cover.
- Use of an improper combination of tinting base and tinting colour.
- Poor flow and leveling (see Poor Flow/Leveling).
- Use of a paint that is much lighter in colour than the substrate, or that primarily contains low-hiding organic pigments.
- Application of paint at a higher spread rate than recommended.
If the substrate is significantly darker or is a patterned wallpaper, it should be primed before applying a top coat. Use a premium quality paint for better hiding and flow. Use quality tools; use the recommended roller nap, if rolling. Follow manufacturer's recommendation on spread rate; if using tinted paint, use the correct tinting base. Where a low-hiding organic colour must be used, apply a primer first. Dulux recommends Dulux One Step Acrylic Primer Sealer Undercoat.
Poor Scrub Resistance
Wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.
- Choosing the wrong sheen for the area.
- Use of a lower quality paint.
- Use of an overly aggressive scrub medium (see also Burnishing).
- Inadequate dry time allowed after application of the paint before washing it.
Areas that need frequent cleaning require a highly washable premium quality paint formulated to provide such performance. High traffic areas may require a low sheen, semi-gloss or gloss paint rather than a flat paint to provide good scrub resistance. Allow adequate dry time, as scrub resistance will not fully develop until the paint is thoroughly cured. Typically, this will be one week. Try washing the painted surface with the least abrasive material and mildest detergent first. Dulux recommends Dulux Wash and Wear 101 Advanced.
Poor Sheen Uniformity
Shiny spots or dull spots (also known as 'flashing') on a painted surface; uneven gloss.
- Uneven spread rate.
- Failure to properly prime a porous surface, or surface with varying degrees of porosity.
- Poor application resulting in lapping (see Lapping).
New substrates should be primed/ sealed before applying the top coat to ensure a uniformly porous surface. Without the use of a primer or sealer, an extra coat of paint will more likely be needed. Make sure to apply paint from 'wet to dry' to prevent lapping. Often, applying an additional coat will even out sheen irregularities.
Poor Stain Resistance
Failure of the paint to resist absorption of dirt and stains.
- Use of lower quality paint that is porous in nature.
- Application of paint to unprimed substrate.
Higher quality water-based paints contain binders that have been formulated to help prevent stains from penetrating the painted surface, allowing for easy removal. Priming new surfaces reduces porosity, and therefore, ensures maximum film thickness of a premium top coat, providing very good stain removability. Dulux recommends Dulux One Step Acrylic Primer Sealer Undercoat and Dulux Wash and Wear 101 Advanced.
Unintentional textured pattern left in the paint by the roller.
- Use of incorrect roller cover.
- Use of lower grades of paint.
- Use of low quality roller.
- Use of incorrect rolling technique.
Use the proper roller cover; avoid too long a nap for the paint and the substrate. Use quality rollers to ensure adequate film thickness and uniformity. High quality paints tend to roll on more evenly due to their higher solids content and levelling properties. Use water to pre-dampen roller covers to be used with water-based paint; shake out excess water. Don't let paint build up at roller ends. Begin rolling at a corner near the ceiling and work down the wall in three-foot square sections. Spread the paint in a zigzag 'M' or 'W' pattern, beginning with an upward stroke to minimise spatter; then, without lifting the roller from the surface, fill in the zigzag pattern with even, parallel strokes.
Tendency of a roller to throw off small droplets of paint during application.
- Incorrect rolling technique; applying paint too rapidly
* Use of a low quality roller or incorrect roller cover.
- Use of lower grades paints.
Higher quality paints are formulated to minimize spattering. Using high quality rollers, with the appropriate nap length, can help. Overloading the roller with paint will result in excess spatter, as will overworking the paint once it is applied to a substrate. Working in three-feet square sections, applying the paint in a zigzag 'M' or 'W' pattern, and then filling in the pattern, will also lessen the likelihood of spattering.
Downward "drooping" movement of the paint film immediately after application, resulting in an uneven coating.
- Application of a heavy coat of paint.
- Application in excessively humid and/or cool conditions.
- Application of over-thinned paint.
- Airless spraying with the gun too close to the substrate being painted.
If paint is still wet, immediately brush out or re-roll to redistribute the excess evenly.
If the paint has dried, sand and reapply a new coat of top quality paint. Correct any unfavourable conditions: Do not thin the paint; avoid cool or humid conditions; sand glossy surfaces. Paint should be applied at its recommended spread rate; avoid 'heaping on' the paint. Two coats of paint at the recommended spread rate are better than one heavy coat, which can also lead to sagging. Consider removing doors to paint them supported horizontally.
A rough, crinkled paint surface, which occurs when uncured paint forms a 'skin.'
- Paint applied too thickly (more likely when using alkyd or oil-based paints).
- Painting during extremely hot weather or cool damp weather, which causes the paint film to dry faster on top than on
- Exposing uncured paint to high humidity levels.
- Applying top coat of paint to insufficiently cured primer.
- Painting over contaminated surface (e.g., dirt or wax).
Scrape or sand substrate to remove wrinkled coating. If using a primer, allow it to dry completely before applying top coat. Repaint (avoiding temperature/ humidity extremes), applying an even coat of top quality interior paint.
Development of a yellow cast in aging paint solvent-based enamels; most noticeable in the dried films of white paints or clear varnishes.
- Oxidation of alkyd or oil-based paint or varnish.
- Heat from stoves, radiators and heating ducts.
- Lack of light (e.g., behind pictures or appliances, inside closets, etc.).
Top quality water-based paints do not tend to yellow, nor does non-yellowing varnish. Solvent-based paints, because of their curing mechanism, do tend to yellow, particularly in areas that are protected from sunlight. To prevent yellowing, use a premium quality water-based paint in place of solvent-based paint. Dulux recommends Dulux Aquanamel.