Interior paint problem solver



Development of a yellow cast in aging paint solvent-based enamels

Poor sheen uniformity

Shiny spots or dull spots (also known as 'flashing') on a painted surface; uneven gloss.

Poor scrub resistance

Wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.

Poor hiding power/opacity

Failure of dried paint to obscure or 'hide' the surface to which it is applied.


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 ...


A rough, crinkled paint surface, which occurs when uncured paint forms a 'skin'.


Downward drooping movement of the paint film immediately after application, resulting in an uneven coating.

Roller spattering

Tendency of a roller to throw off small droplets of paint during application.

Roller marks/stipple

Unintentional textured pattern left in the paint by the roller.

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Poor gloss retention

Deterioration of the paint film, resulting in excessive or rapid loss of lustre of the topcoat.

Dirt Pickup

Accumulation of dirt, dust particles and/or other debris on the paint film; may resemble mildew.

Fading & poor colour retention

Premature and/or excessive lightening of the paint color, which often occurs on surfaces with a sunny exposure.


Bubbles resulting from localised loss of adhesion and lifting of the paint film from the underlying surface.

Tannin staining

Brownish or tan discoloration on the paint surface due to migration of tannins from the substrate through the paint film.

Poor alkali resistance

Colour loss and overall deterioration of paint film on fresh masonry.

Surfactant leaching

Concentration of water-soluble ingredients on water-based paint, creating a blotchy, sometimes glossy appearance, often with a tan or brownish cast.


Loss of paint due to poor adhesion. Where there is a primer and top coat, or multiple coats of paint, peeling may involve some or all coats.


Appearance of a denser colour or higher gloss where wet and dry layers overlap during paint application.


Formation of fine powder on the surface of the paint film during weathering, which can cause colour fading.