5 Common Paint Problems and How to Fix Them

Your home’s exterior paint job may have existed before you moved in. Or you might have had it re-painted after you moved it. Whatever the case may be, there are exterior paint problems that can arise as a result of issues you have little control over. The good news is that for nearly every paint problem out there, there’s a paint solution. In this article, we’ll look at 5 common paint problems and how to fix them.

Alligatoring Paint Problems

Have you noticed the surface of your home’s exterior paint looks like the skin of an alligator? If you said yes, then you have a problem known as alligatoring. This can be caused by a number of things out of your control. If you have an oil-based paint, it may have lost its elasticity which leads to cracking. Another cause can be painting over old paint or primer that has not fully dried.

If you find yourself dealing with alligatoring, the best thing to do is to remove the alligatored area, then sand it down, add new primer, and re-paint it. 

Bubbling Paint Problems

Have you noticed bubbles on the surface of your home’s exterior paint? One possible reason this happened is that the paint was applied when the weather was so hot that the surface of the house was too hot, and caused bubbling.

The best way to tackle a bubbling problem is to scrape and sand the area until you’re down to the substrate, then prime and re-paint. Make sure it’s not a hot day when you apply the new paint!


A chalky powder on the side of your home is never a good look. There a few common causes of chalking. Perhaps the most common reason for chalking is using interior paint on the exterior of your house. Sometimes people do this in an effort to save money, not realizing why it’s not a good idea, and ultimately ends up costing them more. Low-quality exterior paint can result in chalking as well.

The best thing to do with chalking is to remove it with a trisodium phosphate solution or even a power washer, then paint the area with high-quality exterior paint.


Mildew is an unpleasant fungus that can grow on the outside of your home under the right conditions. One condition is new paint being applied over old paint that already had mildew on it.

The best way to remove mildew is to use trisodium phosphate. After you have rinsed the exterior and made sure all the mildew is removed, let the siding dry, then apply a high-quality exterior paint.

Peeling Paint

Do you have paint literally peeling off the sides of your house? Chances are the previous paint job was done on a poorly prepared surface. It probably wasn’t cleaned and sanded properly.

The only remedy for a peeling paint problem is to scrape off all the peeling paint and re-paint the right way. This means a proper preparation and high-quality exterior paint.

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