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Interior Paint Problem Solver

All interior paint problems are correctable—find the right solution here. This section lists a variety of interior painting problems. Simply select the problem you have to find the remedy.

Blocking: Blocking occurs when two painted surfaces stick when pressed together (e.g., a door sticking to the jamb).

Burnishing: Burnishing is an interior painting problem that occurs when the gloss or sheen of paint film increases when subjected to rubbing or brushing.

Caulk Failure: Caulk may lose its initial adhesion and flexibility, which will cause it to crack or pull away from the surfaces to which it is applied.

Cracking or Flaking: Dry paint sometimes cracks or flakes through at least one coat due to aging, which ultimately will lead to complete failure of the paint.

Hatbanding: "Hatbanding" describes a coating with an excessively heavy textured look.

Poor Flow or Leveling: Poor flow and leveling occur when paint fails to dry to a smooth film, which results in unsightly brush and roller marks after the paint dries.

Roller Marks or Stipple: Roller marks and "stipple" are an unintentional textured pattern left in the paint by the roller.

Roller SpatteringThis occurs when a roller throws off small droplets of paint during application.

Yellowing: Aging paint can develop a yellow cast, most noticeably in the dried film of white paints or clear varnishes.

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