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How to Prevent Poor Paint Print Resistance

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Object imprint on a painted surface.
(Photo: The Paint Quality Institute)

Poor print resistance is the tendency of paint film to take on the imprint of an object that is placed on it, such as a glass.

What Causes Poor Paint Print Resistance?

  • Using a low–quality semi–gloss or gloss paint
  • Placing an object on a painted surface before the paint has fully dried

How to Prevent Poor Paint Print Resistance

  • Use only high–quality acrylic semi–gloss or gloss latex paint. Low–quality latex, semi–gloss, and gloss paints can have poor print resistance, especially in warm, damp conditions.
  • Use acrylic latex paints because they generally have better print resistance than vinyl latex paints. Fully cured alkyd paints also have excellent print resistance.
  • Make sure to allow for the recommended "cure" time for the paint before the surface is put into service. Cool or humid conditions require more drying and curing time.

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[Source: The Paint Quality Institute]

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