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Top 5 Causes of Blistering and Peeling Interior Paint

There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint on the walls to liven up a room. At the same time, nothing dampens spirits quicker than noticing that the paint has started to peel or blister.  

Many homeowners incorrectly assume that blistering and peeling only occurs with exterior paint jobs. Weather conditions are a contributing factor to these issues, but they’re not the only culprit.  

Take the time to understand the top five causes of blistering and peeling interior paint. If your paint job is already showing signs of problems, it may be time to call in an experienced Alpharetta painting contractor 

1. No Surface Preparation

If you apply paint to a dirty, unprimed wall, it’s going to peel. Your walls may look visibly clean, but they’ll need to be washed before starting the project. Taking the time to prep the surface ensures a smooth paint application.  

Once the work area is clean, prime the walls. This is especially important if you’re going from a dark color to a lighter one, or if the previous coat was glossy. Be sure to use the correct primer for the type of paint you’re applying. If you’re not sure, ask an expert for guidance.  

2. Problems with Moisture

Moist or damp walls disrupt the paint’s drying process. Even if they feel dry to the touch, moisture in the air clings to the walls. It weakens the paint’s adhesive properties, making it difficult for the coat to settle.  

Without proper adhesion, the paint film will lift from the underlying surface. This causes blistering, which looks like bubbles on the wall. Keep an eye on the weather, and avoid painting before or after a rainstorm.  

3. Incompatible Paint

If you’re painting over an existing coat, you need to make sure the types are compatible. Latex, oil, and water-based paints don’t tend to work well together. If you have to use a different type, get expert advice on the best primer to use first.  

4. You Get What You Pay For

Not all paint is created equal, and the cheap options are inexpensive for a reason. They typically do not have the same adhesive qualities, causing them to peel off the wall. Stick with reputable, brand-name paints that meet quality standards for application.  

5. Rushing the Second Coat

Don’t rush to put on that second coat of paint. Proper drying time between layers will prevent peeling. The paint can will indicate how long you need to wait, but giving a full 24 hours is always a safe bet.  

Hire the Experts 

Sometimes, DIY projects sound great in theory, but the excitement wears off in application. Interior painting is a time-consuming process and needs to be done correctly to avoid blistering and peeling.  

Save yourself the hassle, and leave painting to the experts at J. Stevens Painting. We’ll clean and prime the surfaces, provide our own drop cloths and furniture coverings, and ensure the paint application is smooth and beautiful.  

Get a free estimate for your interior painting needs. Contact J. Stevens or call 770-365-6889 today.  

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