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Common Reasons Why Paint Bubbles, Peels or Cracks

Painting is an art form that requires the right skill as well as the patience to carry it out from start to end. Even though it has been made to look easy and quick by the media, but in reality, it requires a lot of attention to detail and patience to paint. Whenever you’ve made the decision to paint the interiors or the exteriors of your home, you should always take care of a few things. Many amateur hands make mistakes that lead to the paint bubbling, peeling or cracking. Our Cape Cod painting company, Total Care Painting, has a team of skilled, experienced professionals who can manage your home’s interior and exterior in a very competent manner and deliver you the results that you require.

Here’s a brief overview of why the paint bubbles, peels or cracks, and how to solve it:

Prevent Paint Bubbles

When you apply a coat of paint, it sticks onto the surface like a film. If this adhesion isn’t sufficient and proper, the area underlying the film will bubble up and eventually peel.

There are quite a few reasons for the paint to bubble. When you paint on a hot, cold or damp surface, the coat will surely not stick to the surface and give enough space for bubbles to appear. Similarly, high moisture content before, during or immediately after the paint job will also lead to bubbles. So, neither paint on a humid day nor do it too quickly as it will create bubbles upon stroking. It’s a given that you need to prepare the surface before paint can be applied.

To prevent paint bubbles, our professional painters in Cape Cod recommend cleaning, preparing and drying the surface and using primer-sealer before painting. Wait out for a good day to start your project; one that isn’t too humid, hot, dry or cold.

Avoid Paint Peels

If the paint is applied on a smooth, slick, glossy or hard surface, it is likely to peel off since that surface will be non-porous. Paint requires a rough texture for proper adhesion.

For the paint to stick effectively onto a surface, the surface needs to have small ridges and peaks that soak in the paint. This gives the paint coat with a variating surface to settle into. Consider it this way, when you paste a sticker onto a clean and smooth surface, you can peel it off easily. However, if you paste it onto a rough surface such as wood, it keeps sticking in bits and pieces here and there. Similarly, for paint, the surface needs to have proper texture.

To avoid paint peels, our professional painting company in Cape Cod MA recommends sanding and preparing the surface before applying paint. Do not mix incompatibles such as galvanized metal and oil-based paints. Test on the small surface before starting overall.

Avert Paint Cracks

Depending on the quality of the paint, it may crack over time. Even a hairline crack can expand gradually and eventually chip off a huge chunk of the paint coat.

The cracks can appear for a number of reasons. If the paint was low-quality, old, dried too fast, was spread too thin and/or was applied too thick; it will surely start cracking soon enough. Also, ensure that you do not paint oil-based paint over latex paints or apply further coats before the previous one has completely dried out. Once again, being a leading residential painting service in Cape Cod, we want to emphasize on the need to clean and prepare your surface before starting.

To avert paint cracks, make sure that you clean, prepare, sand, prime and then paint the surface in question. If you miss or mishandle any step of the process, it will lead to the paint cracking slowly as the time goes by.

At Total Care Painting, our home painting services in Cape Cod is always available to take on any kind of painting project for your residential property, be it interior and exterior. With our services, you own ever have to worry about the paint bubbling, peeling or cracking. For our painting services, contact us at (774) 327-9118.

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