ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

DIY Painting Advice-Problems and how to avoid them

Updated on March 20, 2016

Ever tried a spot of home painting and ended up with blistering, flaking, peeling or wrinkling paint? Here’s the lowdown on the most common painting problems and how to avoid them:

Peeling and blistering

Both peeling and blistering are normally caused by painting on moist surfaces or trapping moisture between layers of paint. Heat, for instance from the sun, can also cause peeling and blistering and will affect your exterior paintwork most of all. To prevent your paint work from peeling or blistering make sure your surface is completely dry before you paint, so choose a warm (but not boiling) dry day to paint the exterior of your property. If you’re painting indoors make sure the surfaces are dry before you begin and ventilate the area as well possible during and after painting.


This often occurs when your paint is too thick; the surface layer dries in a film over the top of moist paint below. Painting onto a cold surface or in cold weather can also cause wrinkling as the paint takes longer to dry underneath. To prevent wrinkling apply the right type of paint in the correct thickness and allow to dry completely before applying another layer.


If you haven’t prepared your surface before painting then your new paint may flake. To stop flaking, remove old paint before applying a new coat by sanding, scraping, chemically removing or heat blasting. Using a suitable primer before you paint will also help to avoid flaking.


Brush marks

This is probably the most common painting problem which is caused by faulty application. Using paint that’s too thick, applying too much to a surface or using poor quality paint brushes can result in brush strokes. Avoid all of these things and to finish off painting, brush in the direction of the grain to leave a stroke-free finish.

Slow drying paint

If you haven’t prepared and cleaned your surface properly before painting then grease and dirt can prevent paint from drying properly. Paint will also take a long time to dry if it’s too thick or you have used the wrong primer or undercoat. If you’re painting internally, make sure you allow for plenty of ventilation to speed up the process.


Dust, specks of dirt, hair and brush bristles can all get stuck in your paint work so make sure you clean the area before you paint and use a good quality brush.


If you’ve applied the wrong colour undercoat or not applied enough layers, the previous one can show through your new paint. Make sure you apply a proper undercoat and paint enough top coats to give a consistent finish.


Can be a common household problem which is caused by excess moisture and if you paint on top of mould it will simply grow into the next layer. Make sure you fix any damp problems before you paint – get some more advice on damp proofing here. Once you’ve sorted the root cause of household damp, clean the mouldy area using a water and bleach mixture or a special cleaner. Wear protective clothes for this task and hire a professional if the mould covers a large area.


Hire a professional painter

The best way to avoid all of these painting problems and get a sleek, professional finish is to hire a professional painter. Whether you want to repaint the exterior or interior of your property, an experienced painter will be able to prepare the surfaces, recommend a suitable paint type and carry out the work safely, efficiently and to a high standard. Best of all, hiring a painter will save you precious time and effort. Make sure you get quotes from at least three different painters before you hire and check their reference and insurance credentials carefully.

Choose the most comon painting problem you're mostly dealing with

See results


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    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)