All About Bubble, Peeling & Cracking Of Paint

Painting is one of the most economical yet the best transformations that a home can get. A new and fresh coat of paint changes the entire looks of a home.

However, the transformation is not a child’s play. Not every painter can transform your home completely right. Painting if not done rightly, bubbles start forming inside the paint and peeling and cracking become common. This not just hurts the appearance of a home but also leads to an unexpected repair.

Paint bubbles

Bubble forms underneath the paint when the paint loses its adhesion. The common reasons for bubble forming in your painted walls are:

–          You painted a dirty surface.

–          You painted at extremely hot or cold temperature.

–          You did not prepare the surface well before painting.

–          You painted in a humid climate or a damp surface.

–          You painted too hurriedly and carelessly.

–          You used oil-based paint above the latex.

These bubbles may result into the peeling of paint.

How to prevent forming of bubbles?

Preparation is everything. Clean carefully and make sure the surface is not damp. Using of a primer-sealer and drying it completely helps you have a smooth paint and prevent bubble-forming.  Besides these, you should be careful about the weather as well. Extremity like too cold, too hot or too humid weather is not a good time for painting.


If the paint is unable to hold onto the surface of a structure, it results in peeling of the paint.

The common reasons for peeling of paints are:

–          You painted at a very glossy surface.

–          You painted on a humid day that resulted in bubbles formation and thereafter peeling as the time passes by.

–          You painted galvanized metals by oil-based paints.

How to prevent paint from peeling?

Painting a surface that is too sleek may lead to peeling of the paint afterward. Instead, what you can do is sand the surface before you start painting.

Paint crack

Like bubbling and peeling, cracks are also one of the major issue troubling people. The cracks in the paint grow with the time to make the problem harsher. And when you just ignore this, the paint starts flaking off with the time.

The common reasons for cracking of paints are:

–          You used a low-quality paint.

–          You spread the paint too thinly or too thickly.

–          You did not prepare the surface well and the surface was dirty or damp.

–          You applied the second coat before letting the first coat of paint to dry.

How to prevent cracking of paint?

You should use quality paint and make sure the painting area is cleaned and smooth. Apply the second coat of the paint after the first coat has been dried. Not too thin, and not too thick!

If the crack is not huge, use a scraper to remove the paint around the crack. Then sand the scraped surface, use a primer and paint it.

Or if the trouble seems a huge one, remove all the paint around with a scraper or a heat gun. Then sand it, use a primer and give it another fresh coat of paint.

With the great transformation come several potential risks.  So it’s best to call professional painters who can guide the project from the inspection to completion without any error.

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