Common Paint Problems: Wrinkling

Wrinkling is a common, unsightly problem associated with painting. There are many ways to prevent wrinkles.

Have you ever seen raised - up ridges on the wall of a room you just painted? You might have also seen it on an exterior wall of your house, too. "Wrinkling", as the condition is known as, can appear on most any painted surface. It can make a picture - perfect paint job look lousy and unprofessional. If paint that is wrinkling is left unrepaired, it can lead to the paint chipping and peeling right off of the surface.

Paint wrinkling can be caused by many factors. The most common cause is probably impatience. If you try to rush a paint job, and brush on a coating of paint that is too thick, you can easily end up with wrinkled spots all over the surface. The reason for this, is, that the the surface of the paint dries faster than the lower layer. Since the surface of the paint has nothing to hold onto, or adhere itself to, it then wrinkles. Another problem commonly associated with trying to rush a paint job and get it done fast, is not allowing a first coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next coat.

Yet another cause of paint wrinkling is excessive moisture. If you try to paint an interior or an exterior surface, and the weather is very humid, or the temperature is high, the paint may have a hard time drying thoroughly. Again, the surface of the paint may dry too fast, and it will in turn wrinkle. Each coat of paint also needs to be applied in an even, thin layer. The rate of coverage varies with each different type of paint. Be sure that you follow the manufacturer's directions in regards to the spread rating. If, by chance, the paint is too thick, you may be able to diminish its volume with the appropriate type of thinner. Smooth out heavy spots in the paint before it starts to dry. Be sure that you avoid painting exterior surfaces in direct sunlight because the heat will cause the paint to dry too fast. You shouldn't paint an exterior surface in the evening either, because the temperature will turn cool and damp before the paint has dried thoroughly.

And, don't try to apply paint when the temperature is below forty or fifty degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the paint type. Be sure that you read and follow the manufacturer's directions on the paint cans in order to achieve the best results.

If you end up with wrinkling in your paint job, you must repair the affected areas. To do this, you can first allow the paint to dry thoroughly. Then, you can sand the wrinkled paint off of the surface. Wipe the area clean with a clean, damp cloth, then repaint. You can also use a liquid paint remover to take the wrinkled paint off. If you choose this method, all of the paint will be removed all the way down to the bare surface. Before you can paint this bare surface, you will need to prime the area before you apply the first coat of paint.

Or, if the paint underneath the surface is still soft, you can use a paint scraper to remove most of the wrinkled paint. Then, sand the area smooth and clean the sand paper dust off with a clean, damp cloth. Repaint the affected area and allow the first coat to dry thoroughly before applying a second coat.

As long as you allow every coat of paint to dry thoroughly; apply each coat in an even, thin coat; and paint in favorable weather conditions, your paint job should turn out looking fine.

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