Interior paint problem solver



Development of a yellow cast in aging paint solvent-based enamels


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


Downward drooping movement of the paint film immediately after application, resulting in an uneven coating.

Roller spattering

Tendency of a roller to throw off small droplets of paint during application.

Roller marks/stipple

Unintentional textured pattern left in the paint by the roller.

Poor stain resistance

Failure of the paint to resist absorption of dirt and stains.

Poor sheen uniformity

Shiny spots or dull spots (also known as 'flashing') on a painted surface; uneven gloss.

Poor scrub resistance

Wearing away or removal of the paint film when scrubbed with a brush, sponge, or cloth.

Poor hiding power/opacity

Failure of dried paint to obscure or 'hide' the surface to which it is applied.

Exterior paint problem solver



Appearance of a denser colour or higher gloss where wet and dry layers overlap during paint application.


A rough, crinkled paint surface occurring when paint forms a 'skin'.


Black, gray or brown areas on the painted surface.

Tannin staining

Brownish or tan discoloration on the paint surface due to migration of tannins from the substrate through the paint film.

Surfactant leaching

Concentration of water-soluble ingredients on water-based paint, creating a blotchy, sometimes glossy appearance, often with a tan or brownish cast.

Poor gloss retention

Deterioration of the paint film, resulting in excessive or rapid loss of lustre of the topcoat.

Poor alkali resistance

Colour loss and overall deterioration of paint film on fresh masonry.


Loss of paint due to poor adhesion. Where there is a primer and top coat, or multiple coats of paint, peeling may involve some or all coats.

Nail Head Rusting

Reddish-brown stains on the paint surface.

Fading & poor colour retention

Premature and/or excessive lightening of the paint color, which often occurs on surfaces with a sunny exposure.