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The Top 3 Reasons Why The Paint Won’t Adhere To Primed Walls

When you paint a surface, the paint needs to adhere to that surface for it to last. The paint can start peeling and chipping away quickly if it doesn’t adhere. In this blog post, B.I.G. Painting will discuss the top three reasons the paint might not stick to primed walls. We will also provide some solutions so that you can get your painting project back on track!

Importance of paint adhesion:

Paint adhesion is the ability of the paint to bond or stick to the surface it is being applied to. It is essential for several reasons:

  • Paint that does not adhere properly will not look good. Paint that peels and chips looks terrible and can make a room look old and shabby.
  • Paint that does not adhere properly will not last long. Even if you are very careful, the paint will eventually start to peel and chip.
  • Paint that does not adhere properly can be challenging to repair.

It is much easier to prevent paint adhesion problems than to fix them.

Reasons Why Paint Might Not Be Sticking to the Primed Walls

Improper surface prep:

A common reason paint doesn’t stick to walls is that the surface wasn’t properly prepared before painting. This usually happens when homeowners try to save time by skipping the all-important step of sanding the walls. Any bumps, ridges, or imperfections will show through once the paint dries, so it’s essential to take the time to sand the walls before painting. Most paint stripping chemical producers include a rinse that neutralizes or removes any residue that can hinder subsequent coats from adhering correctly.

Improper priming: 

When the proper primer is used, it aids in the adhesion of paint. Some general-purpose alkyd, shellac, and water-based primers can act as a base coat to let oil- or water-based paints adhere better. Most all-purpose water-based primers may be applied over latex or oil paints, and they have gained popularity among DIYers since they emit less odor, are simple to clean up and can be finished in less than an hour.

Bonding primers are designed to help paint adhere to surfaces that have been previously painted with a glossy finish. Try the scratch test if you’re unsure whether your walls have glossy paint. Gently scratch the surface of the wall with your fingernail. If little paint comes off, it’s probably safe to assume the walls are primed and ready for new paint.

Improper paint: 

If you’re sure that your walls are primed, and the surface is smooth, then the next step is to check the paint. Make sure you’re using high-quality paint that is designed for use on primed surfaces. For example, if you’re painting a wall exposed to a lot of moisture, like in a bathroom, make sure you’re using paint that can withstand high humidity.

Ending note:

The best solution for the adhering problem is to seek the advice of a professional painter or home renovation expert such as B.I.G. Painting in Alpharetta. We can help you identify the root of the problem and find a solution that will work for your specific situation.

You can be sure that we will provide you with the best quality and service from start to finish.

Schedule a free estimate today!