Residential Paint Problems and Their Solutions

Residential Paint Problems and Their Solutions


Blistering, peeling paint, staining, and molding are all common residential paint problems faced by all house owners in Santa Rosa. Here’s how to resolve them.

Some Common Santa Rosa Residential Paint Problems

Breaking & Flaking: Paint breakage happens when paints that are incompatible with each other are applied together, layer on layer. The other factors responsible for breakage and flaking are inadequate surface preparation, surface damp or trapped moisture on the painted surface, grease, rot or rust. Paint also flakes when its keying hasn’t been done properly on the surface. Alternatively, paint from rotting timber also tends to flake and fall off when rust forms underneath.

  • Solution: Rub the affected areas with fine quality sand or abrasive paper. Then use a surface filler to fill in the surface. Once this is done, apply the primer and allow it to dry completely. Repaint. Larger affected areas may have to be completely scraped off and repainted from scratch again.

Orange Peeling: Also called crazing, this happens when the painted surface breaks up and resembles a crazy paving pattern. Happens due to the application of incompatible paints. The top layer breaks up because of expanding at a rate different from the one underneath.

  • Solution: Scrape off the paint totally and repaint the area. First, scrape off smaller areas with a sand pad for smoothening the surface. Subsequently, fill this area with a surface filler, apply a primer and repaint.

Blisters: These look like boils on human skin and usually contain water. Prick them first to let the accumulated fluid out. A blister indicates that damp has accumulated under the painted surface or is seeping in from its behind.

  • Solution: Use a hot-air gun to blow away the blistered area. Then allow for complete drying. Prime the affected area and repaint.

Color Run: Happens when the excessive paint is applied in thick coats and which are clearly visible.

  • Solution: Should the paint still be wet, brush out the runs. However, this doesn’t work if the paint is already starting to dry. Instead, wait till it’s completely dry and scrape with a very fine quality sand pad for smoothening the surface. Clean with a damp rag and repaint.

Visible Under-Colors: Liquid gloss always doesn’t come with extensive power for coverage. This needs undercoating first to hide a stronger color. Put a topcoat layer first and then use a one-coat paint, which has more body and covering power.

Molding & discoloration: Happens due to condensation with spores settling on damp paintwork.

  • Solution: An anti-mold fungicide may be used to treat the affected area first. Then wash it thoroughly, let it dry and repaint.

Stains: Stains appear when the water present in the paint activates the impurities of the wall. Moreover, if wire wool or brushes have been used to scrape the walls, rust stains tend to develop. One also sees visible deposits on the painted surface.

  • Solution: Stains are preventable if an aluminum-based primer-sealer is applied before painting. Should there be a recurrence, a primer-sealer may be applied over the stained areas and repainted.

Similarly, you may have cases of wrinkled paint, dark patches on painted wood as also insects stuck to drying paint. These problems too can be solved effectively by stripping, wiping, smoothening and repainting.

If you do not want to deal with these issues at a later stage, call Hawley’s Paints today, a reliable and quality focused residential paint service provider in Santa Rosa.