Paint Solutions for Common Interior Problems

Interior painted surfaces can have a variety of issues. Others occur over time, while others are caused by freshly painted surfaces. Residential painting company is best to know how to prevent these painting issues before applying any new paint. Here are some of the most common painting problems, and what you can do to prevent or correct them.

When two painted surfaces become stuck together, like a door jamb adhering to a door, this is called “blocking”. It can be because the paint hasn’t had enough time to completely dry before closing the window or door. This can be caused by using a lower-grade gloss or semigloss. It is easy to fix the problem by using a higher grade gloss or semi-gloss latex acrylic paint. In humid conditions the lower-grade latex paint does not provide enough resistance against blocking.

When you rub or brush the surface of the paint, it is called burnishing. This causes the paint to have a high or glossy sheen. Paint that is flat and in high-traffic areas can be rubbed to the point that it becomes glossy. Burnishing can occur if there are a large number of cleanings in the high traffic area. Shiny areas can appear when furniture rubs against the paint. The burnishing process is a precursor to the use of paints that are not stain or scrub resistant.

Paints for painted areas like window sills and trim, as well as doors and windows, should be a high-quality latex to withstand the cleaning and excessive usage. Areas that are heavily used or have a lot of traffic, and require frequent spot cleaning should be painted in a semi-gloss or gloss paint. You can easily clean these paints with a soft sponge or cloth, and an abrasive-free cleanser. The burnishing issue will be avoided if the area washed is rinsed in clean water.

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