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Interior Paint Problems: Poor Print Resistance

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Object imprint on painted surface.

Paint showing poor print resistance.
(Photo: Rohm & Hass 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 or other object.

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 you allow for the recommended "cure" time for the paint before it is put into service. Cool or humid conditions require more drying and curing time.

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