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Wrinkling - INTERIOR/EXTERIOR

A rough, crinkled paint surface, which occurs when uncured paint forms a “skin.”

Causes

  • Paint applied too thickly (more likely when using alkyd or oil-based paints).
  • Painting during extremely hot weather or cool damp weather, which causes the paint film to dry faster on the surface than under the surface.
  • Exposing uncured paint to high humidity levels.
  • Applying top coat of paint to insufficiently cured primer.
  • Painting over contaminated surface (e.g., dirt or wax).

Solutions

  • Scrape or sand to remove wrinkled coating. If using a primer, allow it to dry completely before applying topcoat. Repaint (avoiding temperature/ humidity extremes), applying an even coat of top quality interior paint.

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