Poor resistance to paint blocking can result in painted surfaces sticking together, such as a door sticking to the jamb.
Sticking doors and windows are often due to a paint adhesion problem called blocking. Paint sticking to itself upon contact is typically caused by paint not drying properly.
What Causes Paint Blocking, or Sticking?
- Blocking can occur when insufficient time is allowed for the paint to cure before closing doors or windows
- Using low-quality semi-gloss or gloss paints can also lead to blocking
How to Prevent Paint from Sticking
- Use top-quality, oil-based paint or semi-gloss or gloss acrylic latex paint. Low-quality latex paints can have poor block resistance, especially in warm, damp conditions.
- Follow paint label instructions regarding dry times
- Doors and windows should be adjusted to open and close properly
How to Solve Paint Blocking or Sticking
- Applying talcum powder, wax, or soap on the problem area can temporarily relieve sticking.
- Remove all loose paint and sand the surface. Glossy surfaces should be sanded dull.
- Clean the area and allow it to dry.
- Prime as needed and apply topcoat. Follow manufacturer's instructions regarding drying time.
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