There is much more to painting the interior or exterior of your home than picking the right color and slapping it on a wall. When there isn’t the proper amount of care taken when preparing to paint your home, you could run into some problems. One of these problems could be paint blisters. New York Painting Services would like to talk about what causes paint to blister and how it can be avoided.
What are Paint Bubbles on Walls & Ceilings?
When you complete a painting job and start to notice areas where there seems to be some “bubbling” it can be quite troublesome. This will ruin the look of your painted surface. Paint blistering usually happens when preventative measures haven’t been taken before the surface was painted. When paint blistering occurs, the top coat of the paint will bubble up away from the coat underneath it. It will almost seem like the paint has been stripped in some instances. There are some cases when this phenomenon is almost impossible to understand or even predict. However, there are several reasons that this happens.
What Causes Paint Bubbling?
There are several reasons that paint blistering can occur. Some of them may include:
• Applying paint to a moist surface. This is especially true on the exterior of a home. If you have had a rainstorm recently and the surface of your home is still damp, it is important that you wait for that surface to dry completely before painting to avoid blistering.
• Painting an unclean surface. If you apply paint to a surface that hasn’t been properly cleaned, you run the risk of paint blistering.
• Moisture damage from the exterior of the home. If you have had water damage from a leak on the exterior of your home, it can cause paint to blister.
• Painting oil over latex. Applying oil paint on the top of a surface that has been painted with latex paint can cause the paint to blister. This is especially true on the exterior of your home. As your home experiences temperature differences, like extreme hot or cold temps, oil and latex paint react differently. It is best to avoid mixing types of paint.
• Painting in hot or humid conditions. When you paint your home, you want the air to be as dry as possible. You shouldn’t paint the exterior of your home if your area is expected receive moisture anytime soon. If your painted surface is exposed to moisture too soon after the paint is applied, you run the risk of paint blistering.
• Applying a second coat of paint before the first has completely dried. It is important to let each coat of paint dry completely before applying the next coat. It all comes back to moisture. You don’t want the surface to have any moisture even if it is moisture from the previous coat of paint not having ample time to completely dry.
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The only way to fix paint blisters is with scraping and sanding. The blistering paint needs to be completely removed, and when the area has been sanded and prepared properly, you can prime it and finally repaint the surface.
One of the best ways to avoid paint blisters, is to leave the job up to professionals. New York Painting Services has years of expertise and know how to help your best avoid paint blistering. Call us for an appointment today!