Effects of Bad Paint Jobs

Many people believe that a paint job is as easy as buying some brushes and the perfect color, but without the right patience and skill, a simple painting job can go very wrong. There are a lot of complicated steps in every paint job, and cutting corners can wind up costing you more money than expected. In this article we will cover the most common problems that can arise from a bad painting job.

Effects of Bad Paint Jobs


Blocking is the undesirable sticking together of two painted surfaces when they are pressed together, for example, a door sticking to the jam. This can be caused by not allowing sufficient dry time before shutting doors or windows. I can also be caused by using low quality or gloss paint.

Foaming or cratering

This is when bubbles and craters form in the paint and bubbles break in a paint film during application and drying. This can be caused by shaking a can of paint before using the paint, using low quality paint, excessive rolling or brushing the paint, or by applying a gloss or semigloss paint over a porous surface.

Mud cracking

Mud cracking is deep and irregular cracks resembling dried mud in dry paint film. It may be caused by paint being applied too thick or when paint builds up on corners during application.


This is the increase in the gloss or sheen of paint film when subjected to rubbing, scrubbing or having an object brush up against it. Burnishing is usually caused by using flat paint in highly trafficked areas, frequently washing and spot cleaning the painted area, objects rubbing against the wall and the use of lower grades of paint with poor stain and scrub resistance.

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