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Quick sheen reference:

Flat/Matte

Generally used on ceilings and closets the flat or matte finish provides the least amount of shine and works well for hiding imperfections in low traffic areas.

Eggshell & Satin

Eggshell is the most common sheen for walls in most medium-high traffic areas including the dining room, living room, kitchen, hallways, and children’s rooms. Surfaces painted with eggshell or satin are more durable and easier to clean than areas painted with Flat.

Satin overlaps both eggshell and semi-gloss sheens and is more commonly used on trim, doors, and cabinets.

Semi-gloss

Semi-gloss is very durable and easy to clean. It is often recommended for use on moldings, trim, and high moisture areas like bathrooms.

How do I fix paint bubbles?

Paint blisters or bubbles occur when the paint film lifts from the underlying surface. The loss of adhesion between the paint film and surface is usually caused by heat, moisture or a combination of both. This condition eventually leads to peeling. It can be corrected, but the underlying cause of the problem must be addressed or it will recur.

How to Prevent Paint from Bubbling

  • Make sure the surface is clean and dry
  • Apply primer-sealer over any stains and let it dry completely
  • Prime new joint compound with flat latex paint or latex primer
  • Avoid painting in hot or humid conditions
  • Let paint dry completely before exposing the surface to moisture
  • Consider installing vents or exhaust fans in humid areas

How to Fix Paint Bubbles

  • If the blisters do not go all the way down to the substrate, remove them by scraping and sanding. Once the problem area has a smooth finish, coat with primer before applying a quality acrylic latex interior paint.
  • If the blisters go down to the substrate, you will need to remove the source of moisture, if possible.
  • Repair loose caulking and consider installing vents or exhaust fans to lower the humidity in the house.

Chalking

A fine powder can occur on the surface of the paint film during weathering, which can cause color fading.

What Causes It?

  • Although some degree of chalking is a normal, desirable way for a paint film to wear, excessive film erosion can result in heavy chalking.
  • The use of a lower-quality, highly pigmented paint or an interior paint can cause the paint to erode prematurely and cause chalking.

How to Solve It

  1. First, remove as much of the chalk residue as possible, using a stiff bristle brush (or wire brush on masonry) and then rinse thoroughly with a garden hose; or use power washing equipment.
  2. Check for any remaining chalk by running a hand over the surface after it dries. If noticeable chalk is still present, apply a quality oil-based or acrylic latex primer (or comparable sealer for masonry).
  3. Repaint with a quality exterior coating. If little or no chalk remains and the old paint is sound, no priming is necessary.

CRACKING/FLAKING

Initially may appear as a hairline crack but often results in complete flaking of paint chips.

POSSIBLE CAUSES

  • Use of a poor-quality paint that lacks proper adhesion and flexibility.
  • The failure to apply coating at recommended spread rates.
  • Inadequate surface preparation.
  • Aging oil-based paint that has become too brittle.

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • See Lead Information for warnings.
  • Remove as much loose paint as possible by scraping and sanding.
  • Apply one coat of Pratt & Lambert® Multi-Purpose Waterborne Primer.

What Causes Paint Blocking or Sticking?

Insufficient time is allowed for the paint to cure before closing doors or windows

Using low-quality semi-gloss or gloss paints

How to Prevent Paint from Sticking

  • Use top-quality alkyd paint or semi-gloss or gloss acrylic latex paint. Low-quality latex paints can have poor block resistance, especially in warm, damp conditions
  • Follow paint label instructions regarding dry times
  • Doors and windows should be adjusted to open and close properly

How to Solve Paint Blocking or Sticking

  1. Apply talcum powder, wax, or soap on the problem area to temporarily relieve sticking
  2. Remove all loose paint and sand the surface. Glossy surfaces should be sanded dull
  3. Clean the area and allow it to dry
  4. Prime as needed and apply topcoat. Follow manufacturer's instructions regarding drying time

 

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      0056 County RD. 450
      Breckenridge, CO 80424
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      Silverthorne, CO 80498
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