ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What happens if Your Paint Wont Dry? Common Home Painting Problems

Updated on September 21, 2012

Painting A Home

Painting your home is a lot of work, and can be very challenging, while still being extremely rewarding. If your home needs a new coat of paint, check to see fi any of these conditions exist prior to repainting, and address these problems so that your new color looks its best for years to come. Painting a home will not only make it look better, but will also raise the re-sale value of your home. If paining your home becomes too much of a project, rest assured that a professional painter can be called in to help at any time. If the job is just too big for you to handle, then Destin professional painters might be your only choice, and all professional painters should be able to handle any job that includes repairs for these kinds of paint problems.


Peeling is paint that is peeling off the walls. This is caused by painting over either wet wood, moisture within the house, or just painting over a dirty surface. For the paint to stick, the surface that is to be painted needs to be clean, dry, and sanded smooth for the best results. If you have peeling paint, you need to scrape as much of the peeling paint off as you can, sand everything down smooth, and bare spots need to have a layer of primer applied before the paint is applied.


Alligatoring is just like it sounds. The paint looks like the hide of an alligator. This happens when the top coat of paint does not adhere to the coats below it. Usually this is caused by the paints not being compatible, or simply because the second coat was applied before the first one hadn't dried enough yet. To fix, scrape off the old paint, sand and prime, then repaint


Blistering paint is paint that rises from the surface and looks like a blister. This is caused by moisture or improper painting. To fix, scrape off, sand and repaint. If the wood under the blister is dry, it was caused by moisture. If you find paint, the paint is the problem. sand and prep, and paint again during cooler weather. Heat will form on oil based paints as well as alkyd-based paints and create a skin that traps solvents and they form a bubble.


Wrinkling is caused by new paint running and sagging, in skin like droops. This happens because the paint your using is either too thick, or if it's too cold. To fix this problem, sand the area smooth, then repaint, making sure the paint is at the proper consistency and brush it out evenly.


Paint that has a dusty surface is said to be chalky. Some oil based and alkyd based paints "chalk" when it rains. Most of the time, this is desirable, as the fine layer of powder is washed off every time it rains, and it automatically cleans the surface. The problem is when your sidewalks, shrubs, and foundations get stained, as too much chalking is happening. This is caused by painting this type of paint over porous surfaces that absorbed too much paint. Chemical imbalances happen, causing too much chalk to be produced. To fix, wash the area as thoroughly as possible, then paint over with a non-chalking paint (such as latex based) as soon as the house is dry.


Moldy growth on paint is a common thing, as it grows naturally in wet, shady locations. Painting over mildew is completely ineffective, as the mildew will come right through the new paint. To fix, wash the area very well, making sure to remove all the mold and mildew, with a fungicide (chlorine bleach/water mix is a good choice) to kill the mildew and mold, and then repaint when dry.

Running Sags:

Having too much paint on your paintbrush will cause running sags, which create a wavy, irregular surface. Fixing this is easy, as all you have to do is sand down the area and repaint, making sure to not have too much paint on your paint brush. Your paint brush or roller should have plenty of paint on it, but shouldn't be drenched in paint. Paintbrushes and rollers act just like a sponge and absorb the paint. For the best results, try to only stick 1/2-2/3rds the brush or roller into the paint, and always wipe or roll excess off the brush or roller for the best finish.

Paint Wont Dry:

This is actually caused by buying poor quality paint. Poor quality paint, if applied too thick, or during high humidity, won’t dry for a very long time. Good paint dries quickly, as well as performs better, adheres better, and will ultimately look better in the long run, with better color retention, as well as fade resistance. Good quality paints will always cost more than the cheaper paint, but in the long run, are extremely worth the extra expense. Also, buy high quality primer based on the type of paint your going to use, such as latex based for latex paint. This will ensure that your paint job has the best possible starting point, therefore giving you the best results possible, making your home look its best.


Submit a Comment

  • Jeffn19 profile image


    5 years ago from Boston, MA

    Of course a lot has to do with the weather of the day and days preceding. Up here in Massachusetts we do most of our painting in the spring, summer and fall, and avoid the cold winter season. When painting homes in Woburn MA we always make sure to check the weather prior to laying on paint coats to make sure it has ample time to dry.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)