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    Paint foaming problem

    Painters & Decorators

    Why does paint foaming occur? Is there any way I can manage this problem? What should I do? Thanks for your time and I look forward to your response.

    Asked by Sharon on 2nd Mar 2021
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    Vanessas Painting and Decorating

    It sounds as though saponification has occurred. Saponification is where alkalis reacts with moisture in the surface and that’s how you get the ‘soapy’ effect.
    The affected area will need to be free of paint and dried out before applying an alkali-resisting paint to resolve the issue.
    Regards Vanessa"

    Answered on 2nd Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report

    "There’s loads of reasons this can happen as mentioned in other answers. If it has happened already just stop painting. Let it dry fully and sand it back. It’s not worth carrying on and hoping for the best. It’ll be worse and more work in the end.
    120 grade sandpaper will be fine but it will be dusty so get some sheets down, windows open and wear a mask. Rub it all off and apply a primer such as a Zinsser product - depending on your needs.
    Check manufacturer instructions on the tin or online before going at it again.
    You’ll be alright."

    Answered on 2nd Mar 2021 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    Ola Decorator & maintenance

    This condition can eventually lead to peeling of the paint if not corrected. Paint bubbling can happen shortly after a paint or longer term.
    In other words, that surface need to be treated ( stabiliser) and check the paint itself , if it has expired etc.
    Remember always put paint in a good temperature ( in house is better and not shed )

    Hope this helps"

    Answered on 5th May 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Au Faix

    "Foaming can occur when the air bubbles in the paint don’t burst. You will tend to find this happens more often with cheap watery paint"

    Answered on 4th May 2021 - Member since Apr 2021 - report
    TAG Housing Maintenance

    "You can buy a defoamer, or the way most decorators go about it is by allowing the paint to dry off foaming occurs, then sand it and paint over it.
    Foaming sometimes occurs in painting and the only thing you can do to prevent is make sure walls are dry and you have plenty of ventilation before and during."

    Answered on 29th Jul 2021 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
    T@P decorating

    "The quality of the paint could have a lot to do with it. Shaking a half tin on the surface you have painted on would be most likely"

    Answered on 20th Apr 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
    Lewis Decorators

    "Paint foaming can be caused as the film of the paint unsticks to the surface. This happens when the wall is slightly damp to hot or a combination of both."

    Answered on 18th Mar 2021 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
    Whitey’s Painting & Decorating

    "Paint usually foams when air gets into the wet paint creating bubbles on the surface, maybe sand back to fresh and keep the room your decorating better ventilated"

    Answered on 2nd Mar 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report

    "1-You shook an incomplete can of paint.

    2-Use of low-quality paint or old water paint.

    3-It's too fast to apply (especially with a roller).

    4-Using a roller with an inappropriate pile length.

    5-Too frequent movements of a roller or brush


    All paints foam to some extent when applied, but the bubbles in high-quality paint burst before the paint even dries, which ensures a homogeneous surface with good bottling. When applying paint that was produced more than a year ago, don't make too many movements with a brush or roller. Apply glossy paint and silky shiny paint with a short pile roller, and when applying such paints to a porous surface, primer it first or apply a filler. The areas where the craters were formed must be sanded before repainting."

    Answered on 2nd Mar 2021 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
    Pataki Peter

    Several thing can occur foaming for example :
    - Shaking a partially filled can of paint.
    - Use of low quality paint or very old latex paint.
    - Use of a roller cover with wrong nap length.
    - Excessive rolling or brushing of the paint.
    - Applying a gloss or semi-gloss paint with a long nap roller.

    All paints will foam to some degree during application; however, quality paints are formulated so the bubbles break while the paint is still wet, resulting in good flow and appearance. Use a quality synthetic roller sleeve (5mm nap for gloss & semi gloss and 12mm nap for low sheen and flat finish)."

    Answered on 13th Apr 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report

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