Painting may seem easy. However in reality, it is more than just opening a tin of good quality paint and applying them on the walls. Here we shall discuss the common painting problems and how house painters Cleveland fix them.


Blistering paint refers to medium or small sized blisters or bubbles under paint film that is commonly found on wood siding and trims.

House painters in Cleveland or for that matter in any part of the world say that paint that is exposed to direct rays of the sun dries up to quickly. Other causes behind blistering are high levels of humidity; rain or dew after the latex paint has dried up. House moisture escapes through the walls as a result of improper house ventilation.

Possible repairs that painting experts suggest are as follows:

•    Blistered paint and sand should be scraped away to bare wood.

•    Wood should be allowed to dry completely.

•    Sand, paint and prime should be stored in non-humid and non-direct conditions.

•    Use of good quality latex paint.

•    Corrective repair measures must be taken in case of lack of ventilation in home.

•    Doors and windows must be inspected for repair.

•    One should consider siding ventilation if required.

Alligatoring and Checking:

This is referred to by the painting experts as cracking of the paint film resembling a reptile skin.  Checking is similar to alligatoring and is characterized by evenly spaced cracks in the paint film which is relatively less severe.

Potential causes identified by house painters in Cleveland are:

•    Application of the second coat of paint before the primer or the first coat has dried up completely.

•    Second coat was applied over an incompatible paint like hard oil enamel or glossy paint over a latex based paint.

•    Aging oil based paints with little elasticity because of fluctuations in temperature.

Possible repairs suggested by the painting experts are as follows:

•    Prime, sand and the old paint must be removed with flexible latex based paints.

•    Use of high quality latex paint.


Efflorescence is identified by crusty white salt deposits that appear in the form of bubbles through paint film of a masonry structure. Salts in concentrate or brick get dissolved with water that leaches on the surface as water evaporates.

Potential causes identified by the house painting experts are:

•    Poor surface preparation

•    Migration of heavy moisture through the exteriors of masonry walls

•    Penetration of ground water because of inadequately waterproofed basements

•    Cracks on the masonry walls

Repairs suggested by house painters are as follows:

•    Source of moisture entering the masonry walls must be eliminated. Downspouts, gutters, caulk joints around the doors and windows must be cleaned with a butyl rubber caulk.

•    Waterproofing agents must be applied to the outside walls, if moisture is penetrating from outside.

•    Loose chalking and flaking paint, efflorescence must be removed with power washing, scraping, or a wire brush before repainting.

•    Trisodium phosphate cleaning solution should be used to clean a surface and rinsed with clean water thoroughly.

Hiring a professional house painter will help you to get rid of all these problems associated with house painting.

This article was written by Winter Truss, on behalf of Rhino Shield, offering professional house painting services. To know about the tips offered by painting experts for painting basement walls, you may visit

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