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

Possible cause

  • Paint applied too thickly (more likely when using alkyd or oil-based paints)
  • Painting during extremely hot weather or cool damp weather, which causes the paint film to dry faster on top than on the bottom
  • Exposing uncured paint to high humidity levels
  • Applying top coat of paint to insufficiently cured primer
  • Painting over contaminated surface (e.g. dirt or wax)



Scrape or sand substrate to remove wrinkled coating. If using a primer, allow it to dry completely before applying top coat. Repaint (avoiding temperature/humidity extremes), applying an even coat of top quality interior paint.

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