Solution to Common Interior Paint Problems

There’s a good reason why professional painting contractors will always be in high demand. Painting interiors can be just as tricky as painting the home’s exterior. For homeowners that are brave enough to take on interior painting, getting the job completed correctly requires information about any potential issues and how you can prevent them from happening. Check out the following solutions for blistering, blocking, burnishing, and cracking.


– Often, bubbles can appear during the painting process. Blistering is the outcome of several factors. When lifting of the paint film from the surface underneath occurs, loss of bond, applying oil-based or alkyd based paint over a surface that is damp or wet, humidity which has leaked into the home through the exterior walls, or contact of latex paint to high levels of humidity or moisture after the paint has dried can all result in blistering.

Blisters can likely be removed by scraping, sanding, and then repainting with a good quality latex based interior paint. For situations like when the blisters have reached the substrate of the surface, the most vital step is to get rid of the source of moisture, if it is possible. It may be a good idea to install vents or exhaust fans. If you follow the above directions and remember to apply a primer first and then the top coat which acts as a sealant that can help prevent blistering.


– An undesirable and unexpected end result of interior painting that do-it-yourself adventurers regularly revel in is blocking. This takes place whilst the painted surfaces stick collectively, consisting of a door sticking to the jamb or window sticking to the casing. Possible reasons consist of: the usage of substandard gloss or semi-gloss paints or not allowing the painted surfaces to dry very well before replacing windows or doors. The most reliable way to prevent blocking is to use top quality gloss or semi-gloss latex interior paint and carefully follow directions regarding drying times. Persistent blocking can be relieved with talcum powder.


– When there may be an increase in sheen or gloss of paint film as a result of scrubbing or rubbing against objects, it’s known as paint burnishing. The feasible reasons of burnishing consist of: the usage of flat paint in high-traffic areas wherein a higher sheen level within the paint is a higher desire, frequent spot cleaning and washing, the usage of a low-grade paint with terrible scrub resistance, and furnishings or different items rubbing in opposition to the walls. Use semi-gloss or gloss paint – not flat sheen – in high-traffic areas. When you need to clean painted surfaces, use a sponge or soft cloth and non-abrasive cleaners and then rinse with water.

Cracking and Flaking

– Over time, the dry paint film may additionally start splitting, which ends up in general failure of the paint process. Possible reasons of cracking and flaking of interior paint encompass: overspreading or over-thinning the paint, the use of substandard paint that has inadequate flexibility and adhesion, or immoderate hardening of alkyd paint over the years.

Use a scraper or cord brush to take away the flaking, loose paint and sand the surfaces and edges which have a feathered look. Use of a filler may be required if there is more than one layer of paint flaking. Before repainting naked wood, use a pinnacle high-quality primer. Paint with a pinnacle nice top coat to prevent the problem from becoming routine.

Contact our paint professionals at Burnett Painting today for help, advice, or to schedule a top quality professional interior or exterior estimate!