How to Fix Alligatoring, Bubbling, Dripping & Other Paint Problems in Hampton Bays, NY

One of the largest contributors to the overall look and feel of your home is the paint. Interior and exterior paint help make a statement in every home. Whether your style is contemporary, classic, rustic, or western, you want your paint to look exactly right to help your house come across the way you want it to. So when pesky paint problems pop up, homeowners are typically interested in getting them fixed right away. The problem with paint issues is that most people don’t have any idea how to fix them! Today we will give you some suggestions for how to fix some of the most common paint problems.

Bubbling Paint on Ceiling & Walls

You may notice your paint start to have small to medium sized bubbles under the paint. Wood siding and trim are the most common areas for paint to bubble. Paint bubbles can be caused by painting damp wood, painting in direct sunlight, or moisture in the walls. To repair bubbled paint you will want to scrape the ruined paint from the wood. Make sure that your wood dries completely. Prepare your painting area by sanding and priming. Make sure that you are using high-quality paint.

Alligatoring AKA Crackling Paint

Crackling paint can also be called alligatoring. Crackling paint begins to crack and resemble reptile skin. Applying a second coat of paint before the first coat is all the way dry is the most common cause of crackling paint. Oil based paints can also cause crackling in your paint. Using a latex based paint can help prevent this painting annoyance.


If your home has brick that has been painted, you may have paint struggling with efflorescence. Efflorescence is caused by salts in the brick becoming dissolved in water and then coming to the surface as the water evaporates. Making sure that moisture is not getting into any walls that are made out of brick can help prevent this from happening. You can remove the affected paint, power wash the surface, let it dry completely, and repaint the surface.

Dripping Paint

Nothing is more frustrating than painting a wall just to come back to admire your paint job and seeing paint drips on your wall. Most paint drips are caused by the paint being applied too heavy. Painting surfaces that are not clean can also lead to dripping. If you notice dripping while the paint is still wet you can easily use your brush or roller to redistribute the paint. When the paint is dry it will need to be sanded and then reapplied.

Peeling Paint

Peeling paint can be caused by poor adhesion at the time of application or moisture under the paint film. If your paint is peeling it is typically because the surface painted was prepared properly. Dirty or wet surfaces are the biggest culprits for peeling paint. Making sure that you clean and dry your painting surface before painting is your best way to prevent it from peeling. If you paint is peeling it will need to be removed and reapplied.

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With so many problems that can arise when painting your house, you will want to make sure that you take your time to properly plan and execute your painting job. Hiring a professional painter can take the stress out of the process. L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. would love to come and give you a quote for your next painting job.

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