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Four Common Painting Issues And How To Fix Them

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Everyone wants their home to look perfect. However, painting issues can strike at any time. Knowing how to correct these issues will help get your home back to picture-perfect status in no time.

Paint Blistering

You'll know if your paint is being affected by blistering as it looks similar to human blisters. This bubbly paint is frequently caused by moisture or improperly prepping your surface before painting. In uncommon cases, blistering can also be caused by painting latex paint over an oil-based paint.

To fix blistering paint, you'll have to sand away the blistered area until it's as smooth as possible. Next, you'll have to apply a matching compound to smooth the surface before painting the wall.


Stipple occurs when your roller imparts an unwanted texture on your walls. Sometimes stippling occurs when either the roller or paint is of poor quality. However, it can also occur if an improper roller technique is being used to apply the paint.

Correcting stipple requires a lot of sanding to smooth the wall's surface. After you've done so you can apply a fresh coat of paint. Proper roller technique starts with rolling a W pattern on the wall's surface. Next you fill in the W with parallel strokes before moving on to the next section. You should finish each "W" section without lifting the roller for the smoothest application of paint.


Paint that is yellowed or fading is usually caused by age, or exposure to too much sunlight. Paint that has yellowed due to age may also be loose or flaking. Be sure to knock any loose pieces of paint free and smooth the wall's surface with patching compound before painting.


Burnishing appears as an isolated shiny area on your wall. These areas are caused by spot-cleaning the same area repeatedly, or by something brushing against the wall's surface. To correct this problem, you should avoid using flat paint in areas that are heavily used. You can attempt to fix the issue with an abrasive sponge. However, if that doesn't work you should carefully repaint the area using a quality semi-gloss paint. You should also give the paint several weeks to cure before washing it to prevent problems.

If you don't want to tackle your paint issue yourself, you can always hire a painting contractor. A residential painting contractor will be able to diagnose your paint issue and help get your home's walls looking pristine again.