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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.


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    Jeffn19 4 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.