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Posted: 12 Oct '16

The Reasons Behind Paint Bubbling, Cracking and Peeling

Edmonton Painters from Repaint Professionals Ltd
Contrary to what many people think, painting is not an easy job. Sure, you can slap on a couple of coats in relatively short time if you don't mind what it looks like once it's dry, but you will likely see bubbling, cracking and peeling in the finish. As your Edmonton painters, we're often asked why this happens with paint, so we thought we would give you some answers here.

Big or Small, Bubbles Don't Belong on Your Wall

There's nothing more frustrating than when you're painting, going at a good pace and you look at your work and see bubbles in your paint. There are three types of bubbling and each have different causes.


Tiny Bubbles

Most often when you see tiny bubbles on the wall when painting it's because you've either shaken the paint too much, or you've tried to go too fast with the roller. The higher the gloss ratio in your paint, the more likely you are to get bubbles from moving too quickly.

Medium to Large Bubbles

Your Edmonton painters see this problem often, especially on exterior paint jobs. Paint does not handle extreme temperatures or humidity well. If you try to paint the exterior of your home during the dog days of summer when the temperature is hovering close to 30 C and the relative humidity makes it feel more like 40 C, the surface you will be painting will be damp and when you add the extreme temperature, it's a recipe for bubbles. The same can be said if you're trying to paint and it's less than 10C.

Massive Bubbles

You really need to understand your paint and its qualities. Trying to use an oil-based paint over latex causes these huge blisters.

When You're Cracking Up

Cracks range widely in size and type, meaning there are various causes for them to occur. The most common reasons we see as professional painters in Edmonton include:

  • An unclean surface or paint is applied too thickly
  • Paint was spread too thin or was low quality with poor adhesion
  • The primer was wet or new paint was applied over a glossy finish

Without seeing the cracks, it is difficult to determine exactly what caused them. Each cause creates a different type of cracking effect.

Peeling Problems

Paint is not cheap, so when see layers of it peeling off your walls or floors, chances are good you will be incredibly frustrated. Basically, paint peels when it can't stick to the surface you're applying it on. This can happen for many reasons, such as high humidity, improper paint selection or a surface that is too glassy.

At Repaint Professionals, we understand how frustrating it can be when your new paint job starts cracking, peeling or develops bubbles, which is why we do free estimates so you can see the difference and value in getting the job done right the first time. Contact us today and get one of our Edmonton painters to transform your home with a fresh coat of paint!

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