When droplets appear on acrylic paint

Have you noticed small droplets appearing on your fresh coat of acrylic paint? This is known as 'surfactant leaching'. Don't panic - it's a normal part of the curing process.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Yellowing

Yellowing is the development of a yellow cast in aging solvent-based enamels. It’s most noticeable in the dried films of white paints or clear varnishes.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Wrinkling

Wrinkling in paintwork can be identified by a rough, crinkled paint surface, which occurs when uncured paint forms a 'skin'.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Sagging

Sagging is the downward "drooping" movement of the paint film immediately after application that results in an uneven coating.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Mould

If you’ve noticed black, grey or brown areas on your painted surface, chances are you’re dealing with a mould problem.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Roller Spattering

Roller spattering is the tendency of a roller to throw off small droplets of paint during application.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Poor stain resistance

Poor stain resistance is the failure of paint to resist the absorption of dirt and stains.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Poor sheen uniformity

Also known as 'flashing', poor sheen uniformity can be identified as shiny or dull spots on a painted surface that can lead to an uneven gloss.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Poor scrub resistance

Poor scrub resistance can be identified if paint film wears away when scrubbed with a brush, sponge or cloth.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Poor hiding

Poor hiding is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the failure of your dried paintwork to obscure or 'hide' the surface to which it is applied.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Poor flow and levelling

Poor flow and levelling is when paint fails to dry to a smooth film, resulting in unsightly brush and roller marks after the paint dries.   For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Roller marks / stipple

Roller marks or stipple is the unintentional textured pattern that’s left in the paint by the roller.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Mud cracking

Deep, irregular cracks resembling dried mud in your paintwork is called mud cracking.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Lapping

Have you noticed that there are areas of denser colour or higher gloss where wet and dry layers overlap during painting?  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Foaming or cratering

Foaming or cratering is the formation of bubbles (foaming) and resulting small, round concave depressions (cratering) in a paint film, during paint application and drying.   For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Cracking, flaking or peeling

Cracking, flaking or peeling is the splitting of a dry paint film. This is a problem that needs fixing as it can lead to complete failure of the paint.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Burnishing

The gloss of paint can wear down when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or having an object brush up against it.  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Blocking

Blocking is the undesirable sticking together of two painted surfaces when pressed together (e.g., a door sticking to the jamb).  For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.

Picture framing

Picture framing occurs 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. For each problem you’ll find a guide to identifying it, its causes and solutions.