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What Makes Your Paint Start Bubbling?

What Makes Your Paint Start Bubbling?

Find out why your paint may have started to blister or bubble.

There are many possible reasons for a paint job not to work out in the end. A common reason painting doesn’t go well is because the paint began to either blister or bubble. When paint bubbles, it means the paint film starts to separate from the surface underneath it. There are multiple reasons this could happen. Find out why your paint may have started to blister or bubble.

Potential Causes

For a lot of people, painting is thought to be treated as a job you do yourself, but there are incentives for bringing in professional help. Even with smaller and simpler paint projects, more can go wrong than you may think. In the case of bubbling, there are many potential catalysts.

Sometimes, the surface on which you’re painting is hot and/or dirty. Perhaps your surface had excess moisture after painting was finished. In other instances, your surface wasn’t prepared as necessary prior to painting.

Then, there are reasons involving the type of paint you use. You can cause bubbling if oil-based paints are placed on top of latex ones. Latex paints can bubble if they take on too much moisture shortly after drying has occurred.

Knowing these potential causes for bubbling can help you prevent such an event from happening.

Ways to Prevent Paint From Blistering

Firstly, prepping your surface properly goes a long way towards preventing bubbling from taking place. You can prep your surface by applying a primer-sealer. Once it has been applied, allow the primer to dry before painting.

If you’re going to be painting somewhere humid, you can minimize your chance of blisters with the help of vents or exhaust fans. Lastly, as we mentioned earlier, there is an incentive to hiring a professional painting company to complete your project. They will know what to do to make sure your paint doesn’t experience any blistering. Even if you don’t need them to complete the project for you, they can still give you some useful pointers you can apply to your own project.

Repairing Existing Bubbles

When you repair bubbles, the end goal is for the solution to be long-lasting. This is not anything that you’ll want to handle again. To start, sand and scrape any bubbly paint from your surfaces. When you get the surface nice and smooth, follow the steps we had mentioned earlier, such as using a primer and waiting for the surface to dry before you start painting. Make sure paints you use are high-quality too.

Whenever paints reach the substrate, you have to remove whatever sources of moisture are around. Also, be sure to repair any caulking that has come loose, and consider installing vents or exhaust fans to help lower the humidity levels around you.

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